10 Minute Pressure Cooker Chicken Barbacoa

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  • 4lbs boneless/skinless chicken (mixture of breasts and thighs)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 chipotle peppers
  • 12 teaspoon adobo sauce (more means it’s hotter)
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup chicken stock (or water)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 34 tablespoon chopped cilantro


  1. In a blender, combine the vinegar, tomato paste, garlic, cumin, oregano, cloves, pepper, salt, lime juice, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, sugar and stock. Blend to combine.
  2. To at least a 6qrt pressure cooker, add the chicken, bay leaves and the liquid from the blender. Lock the lid, set the timer for 10 minutes on high. When the timer is done, do a quick release on the pressure.
  3. Remove the lid and shut off the pressure cooker. Using tongs, take out the chicken pieces placing them either into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or on a plate. If using the mixer, turn it on and mix just until the chicken is shredded (leave some chunks). If doing it by hand, use 2 forks and shred the chicken. Remember you want some bigger pieces.
  4. With the liquid still in the pressure cooker, remove the bay leaves (discarding them) and place the shredded chicken back into the liquid. Add in the cilantro, stir and let it rest in the liquid for 10 minutes.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, scoop out the chicken and serve or place in a lidded container.
  6. With regards for the liquid, you can discard or, after straining the fat out, freeze it for later uses. It’s great as a liquid for dirty rice, pasta dishes and quinoa.


Serving ideas:
– Nachos
– Burritos
– Quesadillas
– Barbacoa Bowls
– Sandwiches
– Pizza toppings

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