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Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 224 kcal


  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Place all ingredients (except olive oil) in Instant Pot and toss well to coat chicken with spices. 

  2. Cover and seal Instant Pot. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Let Instant Pot naturally release pressure for 15 minutes, then release remaining pressure.

  3. Remove chicken from Instant Pot and shred with two forks.

  4. Heat oil in a skillet and brown shredded chicken until crispy.

  5. Serve in tacos, burrito bowls or salad.

Recipe Notes


For a Paleo or Whole 30 meal, make a burrito bowl with cauliflower rice, salsa, guacamole and chopped lettuce. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 912mg40%
Potassium 459mg13%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 13.6mg16%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.