Thursday, August 11, 2016

Three Ingredient Salsa Chicken with Canned Black Beans-Pressure Cooker or Stove Top

Along with Chalupa (aka, Pig-N-Pintos), this Three Ingredient Salsa Chicken has quickly become a favorite freezer staple for my lunches. My electronic pressure cooker has this flavorful meal on the table with only 15 minutes of cooking time for thawed chicken or 22 minutes for a frozen breast. Either way, it's around a 30 minute meal. I make a small three serving batch, you can easily increase the amounts for a crowd.
The size of chicken breasts varies greatly, if they are huge I use 1/2 of a breast for a cup of salsa. If your crowd likes more meat, use the whole breast, you can always add more salsa when it's done cooking if needed. I buy the 8oz jar of Pace Picante Sauce at Dollar Tree, that makes this a really easy meal with two more servings for the freezer. This is also a great use for leftover salsa.

Three Ingredient Salsa Chicken and Black Beans
One small (or half of a large) boneless skinless chicken breast
1 C salsa of your choice
about 1/8 C water
15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
Tortillas or rice for serving
  • Pressure Cooker Method: Add chicken, salsa and water to pressure cooker. Cook on high for 15 minutes for thawed, 22 minutes for frozen chicken. Use manual release method. Shred chicken, add it and the black beans back into the pot. Heat through and serve with tortillas or over rice.
  • Stove Top Method: Gently poach chicken in salsa and water in small covered pan until you can shred it. Adding more water if needed. Shred chicken, mix it and the black beans back into the pot. Heat through and serve with tortillas or over rice.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)


  1. I'm definitely going to make this recipe for lunch. Quick and simple!

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  3. I cook chicken in salsa in the slow cooker and it works like a charm for Mexican recipes and tacos, beans are a perfect addition-

  4. Thank you, Lynn, for this recipe. The older I get the more I like easy recipes with few ingredients. I am going to make this, and be looking for the small jars of salsa at $ Tree. I think I have everything to make it right now, plus I like having leftovers!

  5. How did you know I was looking for new ideas for lunch? Thank you! Will be giving this a try soon!

  6. With so many terrific pressure cooker recipes, I may have to bite the bullet and purchase one. Your salsa chicken sounds amazing---so easy and quick!!!

    1. Do look into it but get a good quality one.

      My Mother used a pressure cooker and when I moved out I bought one. 40 years later I've had to replace my Mirror as I couldn't get gaskets that fit right any more. I love my Fagor and I use it for artichokes and corn on the cob. I use just the pot for canning jams and jellies. And I hard cook eggs in the steamer basket.

  7. So quick and flavorful Lynn! I'd love it over lettuce for a Tex-Mex salad. I'll have to look for salsa next time I'm at Dollar Tree, thanks for the tip. :)

  8. This looks like a great recipe and I'll share it with my daughter!!


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