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Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas with Avocado Peach Salsa [21 Day Fix | Weight Watchers]

  • Author: Nancylynn
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x

Description

These easy Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas are juicy and tender and so fast thanks to the Instant Pot.  Top it with my favorite Avocado Peach Salsa for the most perfect taco ever! 


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Ingredients

Chicken:

Cooking oil spray

2 T olive oil 

2 T Salt free taco seasoning – click for recipe

½ tsp salt 

1.5 pounds boneless chicken thighs 

4 cloves garlic, minced 

¼ cup lime juice (1-2 fresh limes)

Juice of 1 orange

¼ cup chicken broth 

3 T chopped cilantro 

optional:  1-2 tsp of chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Peach Salsa: 

2 peaches pitted and finely chopped, peeled or with the skin on 

1 1/3 cup of ripe avocado, diced

1 small red or orange bell pepper, finely chopped

1/2 cup red onion, diced

minced jalapeno, to taste

1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

1 lime, juiced

For serving: 

corn tortillas – I warm them on a pan sprayed with cooking oil spray until they start to toast

Greek yogurt

red cabbage


Instructions

For the chicken:

Instant Pot

  • For best results, pound your chicken thighs using a meat tenderizer, then sprinkle on taco seasoning and salt.  Spray the Instant Pot with cooking oil spray and then add in ½ T olive oil. Then set the Instant Pot to saute and, working in batches, sear the chicken thighs, adding in an additional ½ T of olive oil, as needed. With the last batch, add garlic and saute for an additional minute.  
  • Add all chicken thighs to the pot.  Mix lime juice, orange juice, and chicken broth and pour over chicken.  Lock your lid. 
  • Then set your IP for 15 minutes on manual pressure.  After cooktime, do a 6 minute natural pressure release before doing a quick release. Stir in cilantro and shred chicken. 
  • Optional – if you like spicy|smoky carnitas, go ahead and add 1-2 teaspoons (or more) of chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce after cooktime.  The come in a can and they are super spicy, so just add a small amount to start.  The flavor is really delicious with the citrus and taco seasoning, but it’s not for everyone!
  • Serve with Peach Salsa, red cabbage, and greek yogurt with lime (if desired)

If you want a crispier meat, it’s very simple to use your Mealthy CrispLid to Crisp your Carnitas before serving!  This is actually one of my FAV ways to use my CrispLid!

If you haven’t purchased a CrispLid, you can crisp your meat up in your broiler.  Simply:

  • Preheat your broiler to high heat.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove carnitas from the pot and place on a greased or lined baking sheet.  Drizzle with some of the cooking juice and 1 T olive oil. Broil until edges are crispy (about 5 minutes), then drizzle with more cooking juice. 

Slow Cooker

  • For best results, pound your chicken thighs using a meat tenderizer, then sprinkle on taco seasoning and salt.  Spray a large pan with cooking oil spray and then add in ½ T olive oil. Then set the Instant Pot to saute and, working in batches, sear the chicken thighs, adding in an additional ½ T of olive oil, as needed. With the last batch, add garlic and saute for an additional minute. 
  • Add all chicken thighs to the slow cooker. Mix lime juice, orange juice, and chicken broth and pour over chicken.  Set for 4-8 hours on low. 
  • Stir in cilantro and shred chicken.  Follow broiling steps if desired, then serve with Peach Salsa, red cabbage, and greek yogurt with lime (if desired).

For the Peach Salsa

Mix ingredients for salsa and set aside until carnitas are ready.  That’s it!


Notes

21 Day Fix Container Count for 2 Tacos:  1 RED, 1 YELLOW, 1/2 PURPLE, 1/2 GREEN, 2/3 BLUE

Weight Watchers Freestyle Points for 2 Tacos with chicken thighs and FF greek yogurt:  8 (4 pts per taco)

Weight Watchers Freestyle Points for 2 Tacos with chicken breasts and FF greek yogurt:  4 (2 pts per taco)


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 Tacos

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