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Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas


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


  • Turn on instant pot or pressure cooker to warm up. Chop onion, cilantro, and cut off any fat on chicken.
  • Place chicken pressure cooker/instant pot. Top with onions and cilantro.
  • 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.
  • Pour over chicken and add chicken broth to the pot.
  • Close and set to high pressure for 40 minutes.
  • Let natural pressure release and serve on tortillas with cilantro, queso fresco, and onion.