A our idea of dinner success: a delicious stew that comes together effortlessly on a weeknight, full of flavor but short on time and effort. This recipe for Whole30 Salsa Chicken Stew can be made in your Instant pot or slow cooker, and will quickly become one of your go-to meals that the whole family will enjoy.  

Whole30 Salsa Chicken Stew

Recipe & Photo by:  Autumn Michaelis of Whole Food For 7

Photo credit:  Autumn Michaelis | Whole Food For 7
Salsa chicken stew in a bowl

Whole30 Salsa Chicken Stew

4.34 from 502 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Cook Time with InstaPot 30 mins
Servings 6


  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth or bone broth
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 cloves minced garlic OR 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 pounds potatoes, cut into 1" chunks We love orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, but can also use russet potatoes
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced OR 1 cup jarred roasted red pepper
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro, finely chopped


  • TRIM chicken breasts and cut into strips.
  • In a small bowl, COMBINE cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, broth, salsa, and garlic.
  • On the bottom of a 5-6 quart slow cooker or large instant pot, PLACE chopped potatoes. Place chicken and diced red pepper on top of potatoes and pour broth mixture over chicken.
  • COVER slow cooker with lid and cook on low 8 hours or on high 4 hours. Or seal instant pot and cook on Stew for 25 minutes. Once done, manually release steam released if using instant pot, stir in cilantro and break up chicken as desired (we like large chunks, but shredded works too!).
  • Serve and enjoy!
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Autumn is a home-grown recipe creative who is also a mom to 5 boys (aka walking stomachs), a Whole30 Certified Coach, and Whole30 Coaching Manager. She loves making easy Whole30 & Paleo recipes for her large family of 7 that are budget and kid-friendly on her blog wholefoodfor7.com. Autumn’s background is a BS in Exercise Physiology and she is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist with many aerobics certifications. However, she left that to focus on the food we eat when she realized how much it can change our health. Autumn lives in Northern California and when not in the kitchen can often be found hiking, camping, and adventuring.