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Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas Recipe - Slow Cooker Option Too!

Enjoy this tasty Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas Recipe that also has a slow cooker option for those who love to slow cook. These chicken carnitas are so full of flavour and easy on your budget too as many of the spices if not all are probably already in your cupboard. So all you need is the chicken, tortillas and whatever garnishes if any that you want!instant pot chicken carnitas - slow cooker option too

We eat a lot of chicken in this family because we love it, it's a versatile protein and because we only buy chicken Raised by a Canadian Chicken Farmer we know its top quality, has the highest standards of animal care, grain-fed and always hormone-free.

When I need some recipe inspiration I can always go to chicken.ca for some ideas. they have so many fabulous recipes. I particularly love their Quick and Easy recipes section because all too often that's what I need. Doesn't mean they never lack in taste so that means my family and I always have a tasty meal even if it's quick to make. instant pot chicken carnitas - slow cooker option tooI've been using my Instant Pot more now that I'm getting used to it and because you can whip up a meal in no time. You do need to use the oven near the end just to crisp up the chicken but it's not a lot of time 5-10 minutes max.

I love all sorts of food but chicken really is my favourite protein so I wanted to make carnitas but instead of the usual pork I wanted chicken instead of course so that's how we got to this Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas recipe. You'll love how easy it is to make, so much flavour and everyone can put their own toppings on to suit their tastes. That's our kind of meal as we all like different toppings.instant pot chicken carnitas - slow cooker option too

So who is ready to check out this Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas Recipe? I think you will love it as much as we do. To help make things even easier for you when it comes time to get ingredients use the Chicken Farmers grocery app. I never do my grocery shopping without it. You can get it HERE. 

Yield: 6

Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas Recipe

instant pot chicken carnitas - slow cooker option too

An easy to make and easy on your budget Instant Pot chicken carnitas that are full of flavour, will fill you up and are great as leftovers too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 lbs Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 2 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 teaspoon Cracked Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 White Onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Serrano Peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Whole Orange, quartered
  • Water, as needed
  • Cooking Spray


Rinse and pat dry the chicken breast, then season with the salt and pepper, pressing the seasoning into the chicken. In a small dish, combine the oregano, cumin, and olive oil, then pat down into the chicken.

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Place the chicken in the bottom of a 6-qt Instant Pot, then top with the onion, serrano peppers, and garlic. Squeeze the oranges over the chicken, then drop the rinds into the Instant Pot. If the orange is a little dry, add up to ¼ cup of water, so that the Instant Pot will seal properly.

Set the Instant Pot to MANUAL for 20 minutes, and once finished, allow to naturally release for 10 minutes before quick releasing.

Heat the broiler to high and place the rack towards the top of the oven. Gently shred the chicken inside the Instant Pot, then transfer to a sheet pan greased with cooking spray. Ladle some of the liquid over the chicken, then broil for 5-10 minutes, or until the chicken is brown and crisp. Serve in tortillas with your favorite garnishes and enjoy!


If you'd like to do these in the slow cooker instead cook chicken for 4 hours on medium or high depending on your slow cooker.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 1375mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 48g

Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.

So was I right doesn't this Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas recipe look super easy to make? Even if it wasn't it would be so worth it but lucky for us all it is that easy! I'm craving some chicken carnitas right now and the best part is I could have some ready in less than 50 minutes!instant pot chicken carnitas - slow cooker option too

Are you craving these Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas as much as I am now? Don't waste any time go and make them but if you can't right now just PIN this recipe for later!

instant pot chicken carnitas - slow cooker option too

Make sure to check out some of our other delicious recipes, we have everything from appetizers to desserts!  Check out our slow cooker chicken meatballs too!

instant pot chicken carnitas - slow cooker option too

Looking for more tasty recipes? Check out this Perogie Casserole with Bacon!

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By on August 6th, 2018

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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22 thoughts on “Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas Recipe - Slow Cooker Option”

    • Sorry I haven't doubled it, you're going to have to experiment with that. As well as with any cooking times, it can vary depending on your slow cooker, instant pot, oven and more so always keep an eye on it.

  1. O M G!! This looks absolutely delish! I don't have an Instant Pot so I will be using the Crockpot version. But my daughter has an instant pot and I know she will love this too so I'm printing out this recipe for her as well. Can't wait to try it.

  2. In my home we eat a lot of chicken as well since its so easy to make and so many dishes can be made from it. I'm a taco lover and this recipe looks so super easy and yummy. Something I would have to create as well. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I've never heard of chicken carnitas. They look delicious! I think I'll make them in the slow cooker. I like it better than my instant pot. I'm making this soon. I'm curious what this dish tastes like.

  4. I don't know how you didn't end up just eating the chicken it looks so good. This looks easy enough to make. I want a instant pot but looking for a compact version. It is just me and I have a small kitchen with limited storage

  5. These would make a great meal. I love the slow cooker option. I can't wait to make these. Thank you so much for sharing

  6. Wow that sounds like a super easy recipe! I am always looking for quick meal ideas and I think I just found my next one. Wowza!

  7. I cant wait to try this recipe when Im making dinner for my family they would love it. Sounds easy to do and love to try using the instant pot to cook it in.

  8. Now that school has started, I neeed quick and healthy recipes like this. I can't wait to make this in my IP. My entire family will enjoy this, I'm sure! I love the use of orange in this recipe! 🙂

  9. Yummy! This recipe sounds delicious and so easy! I definitely need to get an instant pot, I had no idea there was such a wide variety of meals to make in it! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I do not have a Instant Pot as of yet, but I do have a Slow Cooker. I would enjoy trying Chicken Carnitas Recipe. It seems tasty and my husband would love it.

  11. This looks so delicious and I like how easy the recipe is to follow. Makes me think I need to get an instant pot soon.

  12. wow this looks so good,ive been dying to get an instant pot because of all the yums you can make with them and theyre so easy too.


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