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Instant Pot Chicken Posole is a delicious and easy Mexican stew recipe that is rich, hearty, and full of flavor. This comfort meal is perfect to share with a group and can be made in just minutes using an Instant Pot.

bowls of Chicken Posole - Pozole

I’m often asked, “what is Posole?” Also spelled Pozole, it’s a delicious Mexican stew featuring tender chunks of pork or chicken, zesty tomatillos, and hearty hominy. Our Instant Pot Chicken Posole recipe is perfect for creating a rich and flavorful dish in a fraction of the time it takes to make a traditional stew. So, get out your pressure cooker, and let’s make this easy chicken pozole recipe.

Homemade Easy Posole is a Family Favorite

I started making Posole a few years ago. My husband loved the Pork Posole that a co-worker brought to work and suggested we try it at home.

From what he described, stewed pork should be fork-tender in a perfect Posole, with plenty of hominy – whole corn kernels that have been soaked in lime juice, and lots of zesty tomatillos and topped with fresh toppings.

One day, I found a recipe for Pork Posole that sounded similar to the dish my husband’s co-worker made. We tried it that night and it was delicious! And ever since then, it has been one of our favorite meals.

Green Posole or Red Posole?

Posole can be red (Rojo) or green (Verde), similar to red and green enchilada sauces. The colors come from using dried chiles or tomatillos.

Tomatillos are fruits that look like green, unripe tomatoes. They have a dry, leafy husk around them. People usually mistake them for small green tomatoes, but they are actually completely different.

This recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Posole uses tomatillos and green chiles to give the soup a green color.

My family prefers Verde Posole, so this is a great way to enjoy that same flavor in a different dish.

Here are the ingredients in our Chicken Posole Recipe

  • Tomatillos
  • Poblano chiles
  • Lime wedges
  • Garlic cloves
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Hominy
  • Chicken broth
  • Spices: Salt, pepper, dried oregano, and cumin
  • For garnish and serving: Avocado, cilantro, fresh onions, and tortilla chips

Over the years I have made small changes to the recipe to adapt it to our tastes. For instance, I add extra hominy.

You can also use chicken stock instead of chicken broth for this Instant Pot Pozole recipe.

I also like using chicken instead of pork since it cooks quicker and is a little healthy. Also, you can swap pork shoulder or butt in this recipe.

Chicken Posole bowls of ingredients

Chicken Posole in Instant Pot

The Instant Pot makes preparing our Chicken Posole recipe much easier. It only takes about an hour, compared to 4-6 hours on the stovetop or in the slow cooker.

If you are new to Instant Pot or pressure cooking, read this article on how to use the Instant Pot first.

Of course, if you are going to be at work or away from home all day, a slow cooker would be more convenient.

But, I have to say that the Instant Pot makes Posole much more flavorful. During the pressure cooking process, the meat is infused with broth and spices.

Step-by-Step How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Posole

To make the salsa base for the stew, you need to blend the tomatillos, peppers, and garlic. Since everything is going into the blender anyway, they just need a coarse chop.

Add the prepped ingredients to the blender along with the lime juice, and blend until smooth.

chopped tomatillos, peppers, garlic and lime

Next, turn on the Instant Pot and select the SAUTE feature. Once it’s reached temp (mine says “HOT” when ready), add the olive oil and brown the chicken on both sides. Remove and set on a plate.

Add the onions and seasonings, and cook until they are clear.

onions being sauted in the Instant Pot

Put the shredded chicken back into the Instant Pot, and add the blended tomatillo salsa, chicken broth, and hominy. Stir everything together.

To end the saute function, press CANCEL. Add the lid and twist to seal it. Close the pressure lever. Choose HIGH pressure from the manual setting and set it for 20 minutes.

Once the pressure cooker is done, use the quick-release method (according to the product instructions) to release the pressure. Be sure to protect your hand and aim the steam away from you.

Once all of the steam has dissipated, unlock and remove the lid.

a pot of homemade chicken posole

Pour the hot stew into bowls, and your Instant Pot Chicken Posole is ready to serve!

This is a great dish to share with a group of people. I recommend serving it with sides of avocado, cilantro, sliced radishes, cheese, or tortilla chips so that guests can put their favorite toppings on it.

Check out this Great Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Do you love cooking using the Instant Pot, we have some easy Instant Pot chicken recipes for you. If you want a quick and easy 30 minute chicken tenders recipe, our Instant Pot Chicken Tenders are perfect for you!

If you’re looking for a creamy and juicy dish, you’ll love these Instant Pot Chicken Thighs and Potatoes and Instant Pot Ranch Chicken and Potatoes. Then, if you’re in the mood for something soupier, try this Instant Pot Salsa Verde.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Instant Pot Chicken Posole without an Instant Pot or pressure cooker?

Yes, you can. For cooking in a slow cooker, see the recipe below.

What if I can’t find tomatillos?

You can use any type of green salsa (salsa verde). My favorite is the Herdez brand, but I also like the Hatch brand and Trader Joe’s brand that I bought from the grocery store.

Can I double this Posole recipe?

You can cook a lot of food in your Instant Pot as long as the ingredients stay below the MAX line on the inside of the pot. This shouldn’t be a problem with 8 quart pressure cookers.

I only have pork. Can I use that instead of chicken?

Yes, you can cook the pork instead. You can either slice a roast into 1/2 pound pieces or use pork chops that are whole or in bite size pieces.

Is this Instant Pot Pozole spicy?

This dish is not spicy. If you want it to be spicier, leave the seeds and membranes of the chiles intact. Or use medium salsa.

bowls of chicken posole recipe

Read my Instant Pot tutorials here: Instant Pot Basics – Pressure Cooking and Instant Pot Easy – 10 Tips and Hacks .

Here’s the Full Instant Pot Posole Recipe

Two bowls of Instant Pot Chicken Posole
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Instant Pot Chicken Posole

Our Chicken Posole recipe made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker is perfect for creating a rich and flavorful dish in a fraction of the time it takes to make a traditional version!
Course Soup, Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword One Pot Meal, Instant Pot, posole, pozole, mexican stew
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 209kcal


  • Pressure Cooker OR
  • Crock Pot


  • 1 lb. tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed and coarsely chopped (can substitute salsa verde/green salsa)
  • 2 poblano chiles, seeded and finely chopped (can substitute 1 jalapeno pepper)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 can (25 oz) hominy, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken broth


Instant Pot Instructions

  • Combine tomatillos (or jarred salsa), poblano pepper, lime juice, and garlic in a blender; blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • Select SAUTE function on Instant Pot. Add olive oil, chicken, onion, salt and pepper, oregano, and cumin; cook for 5 minutes. Add tomatillo mixture, hominy, and chicken broth. Stir to combine.
  • Close and lock the lid. Select Manual, HIGH Pressure function and set timer for 20 minutes.
  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method (according to the manufacturer's instructions). Unlock and remove the lid. Stir in cilantro. Ladle into bowls.

Crockpot Instructions

  • Omit olive oil. Add all ingredients except cilantro to the slow cooker pot. Place on lid and set to 4 hours for high or 6 hours on low.
  • Remove chicken, and shred with two forks. Return chicken and cilantro to pot and let sit for 30 minutes. Ladle and serve.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 535mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg

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9 thoughts on “Instant Pot Chicken Posole”

  1. 5 stars
    We had this for dinner last night and it was delicious. The whole family enjoyed it so I’m adding it into our dinner rotation!

  2. I love eating posole at restaurants, but never tried making it at home until I found your easy Instant Pot recipe and now I’m hooked on making it in my own kitchen! Thanks for the delicious recipe!


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