Instant Pot Citrus Chicken Carnitas

  • Author: Jenne Kopalek
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x


For Chicken

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 limes; juiced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cara cara oranges; juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • half white onion; chopped
  • 1/2 bundle cilantro; chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

For Topping

  • queso fresco cheese
  • 1/2 bundle cilantro; chopped
  • 1/2 red onion; chopped


  1. Turn on instant pot or pressure cooker to warm up. Chop onion, cilantro, and cut off any fat on chicken.
  2. Place chicken pressure cooker/instant pot. Top with onions and cilantro.
  3. In a bowl, mix citrus juices from the cara cara oranges and limes in a bowl. Whisk in the cumin, chili powder, and remaining seasonings. Whisk in garlic.
  4. Pour over chicken and add chicken broth to the pot.
  5. Close and set to high pressure for 40 minutes. (please read notes for more information)
  6. Let natural pressure release and serve on tortillas with cilantro, queso fresco, and onion.


The chicken is best the longer it cooks as it renders down the becomes very tender in the juices. Which is why we state 40 minutes cook time. Instant pot and pressure cooker times can vary. Some chicken is larger than others. With instant pot times saying 5 minutes for chicken that might be possible on a very thin piece of chicken but honestly on a large breast that we use 5 minutes wouldn’t even have the chicken done on the outside let less on the inside. I very highly suggest you cook your chicken longer as it is a health issue if you end up with raw chicken in the middle. Just an FYI!

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot, Chicken

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