Easy Chicken and Rice Recipe Made in Instant Pot!

Want some instant pot recipes for kids? I am always on the hunt for the best Instant Pot comfort dish recipes–like Instant Pot Chicken and Rice! Made from pantry staples, this easy dinner idea is a total winner for busy weeknights! 

Instant Pot Chicken And Rice in blue bowls on brown and white towels with bread and iced water
This easy Instant Pot chicken and rice recipe allows you to spend less time in the kitchen, and more time around the table with your family!

CAN YOU COOK RICE AND CHICKEN TOGETHER IN AN INSTANT POT?

I have actually been asked this question a few times! Yes, it is perfectly safe to cook chicken and rice together in your instant Pot, as long as you follow cooking directions. I also use a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is completely cooked through before we begin eating. 

Single serving of Instant Pot Chicken And Rice in green bowl
Meal prep and freeze your instant pot chicken and rice for a yummy lunch or dinner idea that is quick to reheat!

HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT CHICKEN AND RICE 

My Instant Pot is one of my secret weapons that helps ensure my family gets as many balanced meals as possible, especially on busy weeknights, when we are all coming and going.

I love that my Instant Pot basically does the work for me! 

It can be a challenge to find something that everyone agrees on for dinner, but I have found that you can’t go wrong with a creamy chicken and rice dinner! This one always hits the spot. 

This is one of my favorite instant pot recipes for kids.

THIS INSTANT POT CHICKEN AND RICE RECIPE

  • Serves 4-6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
Supplies Needed To Make Instant Pot Chicken And Rice - chicken broth, oil, rice, peas, spices, parmesan, mushrooms, garlic, chicken, carrots
If you are out of some of the ingredients listed, you can tweak the recipe to make a different version of Instant Pot chicken and rice!

Ingredients Needed For This Delicious Instant Pot Chicken And Rice Recipe

  • ½ cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil – canola or vegetable will work as well
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked long grain rice, rinsed well 
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced 
  • 3 cups of chicken broth 
  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt and black pepper to taste 
  • 1 cup frozen peas, optional
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped, plus more for garnish if desired
  • Parmesan cheese, optional for serving

How To Make This Yummy Instant Pot Chicken And Rice Recipe

Step 1 - Set you instant pot on high and add butter oil onions and carrots.- How to Make Instant Pot Chicken And Rice 
Set you instant pot on high and add butter oil onions and carrots.

Step 1

First, set instant pot to saute on high, add butter, oil, onion and carrots.

Step 2

Then, saute until soft and golden, stirring occasionally for about 4-5 minutes.

Step 3- Add minced garlic and oregano, stir and cook about 1 minute or until fragrant.-  Instant Pot Chicken And Rice

Step 3

Add minced garlic and oregano, stir and cook about 1 minute or until fragrant.

Step 4

Next, add salt and pepper to chicken, set aside.

Step 5- add your rice- Instant Pot Chicken And Rice
Add your rice!

Step 5

Rinse rice well, add to pot.

Step 6 -Clean and slice your mushrooms before adding them to the pot. -Instant Pot Chicken And Rice
Clean and slice your mushrooms before adding them to the pot.

Step 6

Then, clean and slice mushrooms, add to pot.

Step 7 - Now add the chicken broth covering all the veggies.- Instant Pot Chicken And Rice
Now add the chicken broth covering all the veggies.

Step 7

Pour chicken broth into pot covering rice and vegetables, add more broth if needed.

Step 8- Add the chicken to the top of the rice mixture and vegetables.- Instant Pot Chicken And Rice
Add the chicken to the top of the rice mixture and vegetables.

Step 8

Next, place chicken breasts on top of rice mixture.

Step 9 - Cover and cook on high for 10 minutes.- Instant Pot Chicken And Rice
Cover and cook on high for 10 minutes.

Step 9

Cover and cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes.

Step 10- Allow the instant pot to release pressure and then take out the chicken breasts. - Instant Pot Chicken And Rice
Allow the instant pot to release pressure and then take out the chicken breasts.

Step 10

When done, allow instant pot to naturally release pressure.

Step 11 - Shred it to bite size pieces. - Instant Pot Chicken And Rice
Shred it to bite size pieces.

Step 11

Remove lid, remove chicken and shred into bite size pieces.

Step 12- Stir in 1/4 cup parsley, peas, and chicken.- Instant Pot Chicken And Rice
Stir in 1/4 cup parsley, peas, and chicken.

Step 12

Stir in ¼ cup chopped parsley, peas and chicken.

Step 13- Mix well and dish out!- Instant Pot Chicken And Rice
Mix well and dish out!

Step 13

Serve immediately with parmesan cheese and parsley if desired.

Last step- Serve immediately! Instant Pot Chicken And Rice in a green bowl
Serve immediately!

Notes:

Don’t like white rice? Substitute with brown rice! Jasmine rice will also make it flavorful. Wild rice would also be great.

Instant rice or Minute rice may get soggy or overcooked.

Don’t have garlic? Just add garlic powder.

Boost this easy chicken recipe by adding fresh green onions on top.

Skinless chicken thighs will also work and will give more flavor. Make sure the chicken skin is off so your meal isn’t greasy.

IS INSTANT POT CHICKEN AND RICE GLUTEN FREE?

As long as you check all of your ingredients, yes, it is!

The grain used in this recipe is rice, which is usually gluten free!

Double check that your chicken broth and all other processed ingredients are gluten free, though. 

Prep Time
5 minutes

Active Time
20 minutes

Total Time
25 minutes

Materials

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil – canola or vegetable will work as well
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked long grain rice, rinsed well
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen peas, optional
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped, plus more for garnish if desired
  • Parmesan cheese, optional for serving

Instructions

  1. Set instant pot to saute on high, add butter, oil, onion and carrots.
  2. Saute until soft and golden, stirring occasionally for about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add minced garlic and oregano, stir and cook about 1 minute or until fragrant.
  4. Add salt and pepper to chicken, set aside.
  5. Rinse rice well, add to pot.
  6. Clean and slice mushrooms, add to pot.
  7. Pour chicken broth into pot covering rice and vegetables, add more broth if needed.
  8. Place chicken breasts on top of rice mixture.
  9. Cover and cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes.
  10. When done, allow instant pot to naturally release pressure.
  11. Remove lid, remove chicken and shred into bite size pieces.
  12. Stir in ¼ cup chopped parsley, peas and chicken.
  13. Serve immediately with parmesan cheese and parsley if desired.

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