Chicken, Dinner, Food, Recipes

A Meal In Minutes! Salsa Dancing Chicken

I made a chicken dish the other night when I literally had 30 minutes to make dinner and feed my family – and even with the crazy rush the results were out of this world!  I blindly grabbed at the chicken thighs in my fridge, reached desperately for my pressure cooker, through in a few items on hand, and 15 minutes later we had a magical meal that I can’t wait to make again! The only problem – we didn’t have enough – so thank goodness I also had some left over chicken soup that rounded out the quick meal and made sure we all were full! Here’s the recipe and I would plan on doubling it!

Salsa Dancing Chicken
Salsa Dancing Chicken

Salsa Dancing Chicken

2 lbs bone-in, skin on chicken thighs (if you use boneless/skinless just decrease the cooking time by about 3 minutes)

2 tablespoons grass fed organic butter or coconut oil

1 yellow onion, halved and sliced

1 14.5 oz can of organic diced tomatoes, drained

1 12 oz jar of Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde of green salsa of your choice

1 tablespoon cumin powder

1/2 tablespoon paprika

Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

In the bottom of your pressure cooker heat either the butter or coconut oil over medium heat.  Sprinkle the chicken thighs with sea salt – make sure your pan is nice and hot and brown the chicken thighs for about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and set aside. Add the onions and saute for another 2-3 minutes.  Add the diced tomatoes, salsa, cumin, paprika and pepper and mix well.  Place the chicken thighs back into the pressure cooker in the sauce.  Lock the lid into place and bring to pressure.  Turn the heat down as low as you can while still maintaining pressure and cook for 15 minutes.  Serve with shredded cabbage and avocado.


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Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. Mary Beth says:

    This looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try it! Forgive me if I missed it in another post, but do you have any suggestions for cook time/method for those without a pressure cooker? Thanks!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Mary Beth! You didn’t miss anything! If not in a pressure cooker, I would use a slow cooker, prep the same way as for the pressure cooker and cook in a slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low. : )

      1. Tim Martin says:

        What? No.

        I’m not going to turn a 30 minute meal into a day meal.

        Dutch oven everything. Add a little more liquid (use broth or juice from the tomato can for pro status). 300F for 1 hour.


  2. Laura says:

    Love the name of your recipe… so fast, so easy… congrats!


    hip pressure cooking
    making pressure cookers hip again, one recipe at a time!

  3. Kellie Lumb says:

    Yum-O!! I can’t wait to make, but like Mary Beth will try in slow cooker, as I don’t have a pressure cooker – yet… Sarah I love your blogs, it feels like just having a conversation with a friend!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Kellie! I’m actually going to make this again today in the slow cooker! My family loved it… : )

  4. Susan says:

    Okay, I’m in on the recipe, but I don’t have a pressure cooker either. How long do I cook everything if I’m using a crocpot?

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Susan, too funny but I’m making this dish again today in my slow cooker! I have it on low and plan on cooking it for 8 hours.

  5. Nikki Burke says:

    Hey girl…. Please tell me what your number one, can’t live without kitchen tool/ appliance is. Where is the pressure cooker on that list? Really needing to speed up the work night dinner routine while keeping it real. Thx!

    1. Hey Nikki! #1 slow cooker, #2 pressure cooker, #3 food processor. HOpe that helps!! : )

  6. I love this.. I made this tonight for dinner my husband and i loved it… i do not have a pressure cooker so I made it in a frying pan! It came out awesome!!!! Thanks for posting this!

  7. I don’t know if you posted this somewhere but do you have a recommendation on a good pressure cooker? Any opinion on stovetop vs electric? Thanks!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Jane! I have only used a stovetop pressure cooker but I have had another reader comment saying that she likes her electric Cuisinart pressure cooker. I had a Food Network brand pressure cooker that I loved but it recently fell apart on me so after doing some research, I just bought a Fagor pressure cooker for the stove top and so far so good! Whatever you end up buying, make sure you buy stainless steel and not aluminum.

  8. Nick Cruz says:

    Will the cooking time be the same if I am using legs? .69 / pound at Sprouts just couldnt be passed up!

  9. This was so delicious! I ate the leftover tomatoes and onions while putting it in the fridge… couldn’t help myself!

    1. So glad you liked this recipe Dawna, I love it too and one of my hubby’s favorites! : )

  10. Kelly Mahany says:

    Tried this tonight and loved it!! Thanks so much for so many wonderful tasting, healthy recipes to try!! I have really been enjoying your website!!

    1. Thank you Kelly!

  11. Susan says:

    I have no idea what this is going to taste like, but my two boys have been running around my kitchen for the past ten minutes acting like “salsa dancing chickens,” so either way it’s a win in my book! Hilarious!

    1. Sarah says:

      I LOVE IT!!! That’s really what it’s all about anyway…. Thanks for making me smile!

  12. Heather says:

    Sarah, I often cook for just myself but love having leftovers to bring to work for lunch the next day. Any recommendations on how to modify your recipes to not make so much that half of it will go to waste? Thanks!

    1. Jacey says:

      When I have an overabundance of leftovers I like to just put them in plastic, meal size containers and freeze them. That way they’re easy to grab for later but I don’t have to worry about them going bad any time soon.

  13. Stephanie says:

    I made this in my Crockpot yesterday and it was delicious. Since I cooked it in the Crockpot, I didn’t use butter/coconut oil. Also, we added black olives at the end. Thanks Sarah for all your amazing recipes.

  14. Dorine says:

    Nutritional info?

  15. Jessica says:

    Sarah, I just recently found your blog and have either printed or Pinned a TON of your recipes. My daughter saw this picture yesterday and said, “ooh mom, that looks yummy, can we make that?” so I did. Everyone actually liked it. I just had some leftovers for lunch and wanted to tell you how grateful I am to have found this blog and thank you for all the work you put into maintaining it. I have a chuck roast in the fridge now to ready for “smokey roast” tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration. I am only beginning this Paleo change and hope it will be a lasting change my whole family will embrace.

  16. This looks amazing. I’m thinking about buying a pressure cooker, but I’m clueless about size. What size do you use to make your recipes (as those recipes will be breaking in my new pressure cooker)?

    1. I use a 6 quart. : )

  17. Aloha Sarah,

    I tried your recipe in my brand new pressure cooker and it came out GREAT! My family of six loved it and it is rare for me to find a recipe that all four kids all like. Thank you for sharing this kid-friendly recipe.

    With Aloha,

  18. This was super good and super easy! I did mine in the crockpot. I browned the chicken and sauteed the onions first.

  19. I love chicken thighs cooked in the pressure cooker–with or without the bones. Always turn out so succulent. Great recipe–thanks for sharing. Sounds so yummy!

    If you are interested, here are some of my favorite pressure cooker recipes.

    Lisa LaRocco

  20. Charly says:

    Great recipe! Just made these in our new electric pressure cooker. Very easy and delicious! Will be making again!

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