Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

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Make this Super Easy Mama’s Ultimate Comfort One Pot Meal: Instant Pot Chicken and Rice (Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice)! Tasty weeknight comfort food that warms your soul & satisfies your tummy. Your family will surely keep coming back for more! 😉

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Many readers love Instant Pot One Pot Meals and have requested some more simple One Pot Chicken and Rice Instant Pot Recipes we can make even on a chaotic weeknight!

We usually use the Pot in Pot Rice method for cooking Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipes. That is, having the chicken ingredients in the bottom and the rice in a smaller separate bowl on top in the same Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

From our observations, the newer Instant Pots are seemingly more sensitive to the “BURN” error, so it gets trickier with cooking both the Chicken and Rice in Instant Pot at the same time (without the separate pot-in-pot bowl).

After testing with different methods, cooking liquid ratios, this Mama’s Chicken and Rice comes out fully cooked plump soaked with flavorful chicken juice, tomato sauce, and sweetness from the carrots with tender juicy chicken.

It’s a real super easy weeknight one pot meal that’s flavorful, comforting & easy to eat. 😀

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Let’s cook some tasty Mama’s Instant Pot Chicken and Rice!

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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Make this Easy Mama's Ultimate Comfort One Pot Meal: Instant Pot Chicken and Rice (Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice)! Tasty weeknight comfort food your family will keep coming back for more!
4.94 from 48 votes
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Total: 52 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 514kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Garnish

  • 2 stalks green onion , thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Brown Chicken Thighs in Instant Pot: Heat up Instant Pot using "Sauté More" function. Wait until it says "HOT" (~8 mins).
    Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot (ensure oil evenly covers the whole bottom).
    Season one side of the chicken generously with salt & black pepper. Add chicken thighs in Instant Pot, then brown each side for 5 minutes. While one side is browning, season the other side with more salt & black pepper.
  • Saute Onion & Garlic: Set aside the browned chicken thighs. Add in sliced onions and 1 tsp (5.8g) tomato paste, then saute for two minutes. Add in a pinch of dried oregano and dried basil, then saute for another minute. Add in minced garlic cloves, then saute for another 30 seconds.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour ½ cup (125ml) unsalted stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
  • Pressure Cook Chicken and Rice: To prevent the "BURN" error, first layer browned chicken thighs and chopped carrots at the bottom. Add 1.5 tbsp (22.5ml) regular soy sauce and 2 cups (440g) Jasmine rice in Instant Pot. Pour in 1 ½ cups (375ml) unsalted chicken stock. Make sure the rice is fully submerged in the cooking liquid. Layer quartered tomatoes on top.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure 7 minutes + Natural Release 12 minutes. Turn Venting Knob to Venting Position, then open the lid carefully.
  • Season Chicken and Rice: Taste and season with more salt (for reference, we added 3 large pinches of salt).
    *Pro Tip: For this recipe, you'll want to season with more salt as the flavor boost will be quite dramatic.
    Turn off the heat, then fluff the chicken and rice before serving.
  • Serve: Garnish with thinly sliced green onions, then serve this wonderfully comforting & tasty Mama's Instant Pot Chicken Rice! Enjoy~ 🙂
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Nutrition:

Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 653mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5855IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken and rice recipe, chicken rice instant pot, instant pot chicken and rice, instant pot chicken recipes, instant pot chicken rice, pressure cooker chicken, pressure cooker chicken and rice
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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

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Prepare Ingredients for this Tasty comforting Mama’s Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe:

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe Ingredients

1

Brown Chicken Thighs in Instant Pot


Heat up Instant Pot using “Sauté More” function.

*Tip: For older versions – press “Saute” button, then “Adjust” button. For newer versions – press “Saute” button twice.

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Wait until it says “HOT” (takes roughly 8 minutes). This prevents the chicken thighs from sticking to the pot.

Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot. Swirl the inner pot to ensure the oil evenly covers the whole bottom of the inner pot (as shown in bottom photo @ top left corner).

Season one side of the chicken generously with salt & black pepper.

Add the chicken thighs in Instant Pot, then brown each side for 5 minutes.

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While one side is browning, season the other side of the chicken with more salt & black pepper.

2

Saute Onion & Garlic


Set aside the browned chicken thighs.

Add in sliced onions and 1 tsp (5.8g) tomato paste, then saute for two minutes.

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Add in a pinch of dried oregano and dried basil. Saute for another minute.

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Add in minced garlic cloves, then saute for another 30 seconds.

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3

Deglaze Instant Pot


Pour ½ cup (125ml) unsalted stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon (as shown in below photo).

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Give it a quick mix.

4

Pressure Cook Chicken and Rice


To prevent the “BURN” error, we’ll need to first layer the browned chicken thighs and chopped carrots at the bottom of the pot.

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Then, add 1.5 tablespoons (22.5ml) regular soy sauce and 2 cups (440g) Jasmine rice in Instant Pot.

Pour in 1 ½ cup (375ml) unsalted chicken stock.

*Pro Tip: Make sure the rice is fully submerged in the cooking liquid.

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Layer quartered tomatoes on top.

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With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

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  • Pressure Cooking Methods: Pressure Cook at High Pressure 7 minutes + Natural Release 12 minutes

After 12 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position.

When Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

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Ta da! The chicken and rice smells sooo good & comforting~ 😀

5

Season Chicken and Rice


Taste and season with more salt (for reference, we added 3 large pinches of salt).

*Pro Tip: For this pressure cooker chicken and rice recipe, you will want to season the chicken and rice with more salt because the flavor boost will be quite dramatic.

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Turn off the heat, then fluff the chicken and rice before serving.

6

Serve Pressure Cooker Mama’s Chicken and Rice


Garnish with thinly sliced green onions, then serve this wonderfully comforting & tasty Instant Pot Chicken Rice One Pot Meal! Yummy~ 🙂

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Enjoy your Ultimate Tasty Comfort Mama’s Instant Pot Chicken and Rice!~ 🙂

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Kate

You two never disappoint but I have to say I was still surprised at how a simple combination of ingredients created such a delicious meal. I used a basmati rice blend with dehydrated veggies and mostly vegetable broth. I also waited to add in my tomatoes since I only had cherry-sized ones on hand. After the release I tossed them in and closed the pot for a few minutes to soften them up. I couldn’t get over how creamy and rich this tasted. All that amazing fond made quite a sauce to cook the chicken and rice. I can’t wait… Read more »

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Anne

This chicken and rice recipe is another yummy recipe from Amy+Jacky. I followed the recipe as written with the exception of substituting celery for the carrots. I didn’t have any carrots. It was so tasty and turned out perfectly with no burn problems. Everyone loved it and I had few leftovers. This will definitely go into my regular rotation because it is simple to make and tastes so good. Thank you for another great recipe.5 stars

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Florie

I tried it and it is sooo good.
I was wondering if you want to limit the rice to just one cup. How long should I cook it for?
Thank you!5 stars

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Joni

Love your site. Can I double this recipe? I have a 6 quart instant pot. Thank you. Joni

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M. Anderson

This is a great recipe and the dish is very tasty. I love that I already had most of the ingredients and I don’t cook often. That’s why I requested an Instant Cooker for Christmas. It was my first dish and I didn’t realize the thighs would start to burn if I didn’t move them around or turn them over before 5 minutes. Luckily, I turned the thighs in the nick of time and everything else went great. Thank you for the recipe and visual guide! I’m hooked!5 stars

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Kirsten

I first tried this about a month ago and it was PERFECT! Followed the recipe exactly. Great flavor and everyone absolutely loved it. My husband wanted me to make it again but we only had chicken breasts. After reading the comments, I shortened the time by a minute. It was still a little dry so if I use breasts again I would shorten the time by two minutes. But, the flavors were again FABULOUS! I added extra carrots and an extra tomato, as well as a bit more basil and tomato paste (no particular reason-just experimenting). This is definitely a… Read more »

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steph

How/can this be adjusted for brown rice or short grain rice? I probably make this at least twice a month – so simple and my preschooler (and hubby and I) love it!!!5 stars

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Kat

Had friends over for brunch…. at 5 o clock I realized this was turning into a full day affair. It’s NY day and everything is closed- Thanks to the simple ingredients I was able to pull this meal out of thin air. I used frozen chicken breasts (Partially defrosted so I could brown them + brown rice for 22 mins as suggested elsewhere). It was sooo good and everyone was so satisfied. Thanks Jacky + Amy – this was my third recipe of yours and they are always delicious.5 stars

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Claire

Was your chicken frozen? I just got the Instant pot duo nova a few days ago and have no idea what I’m doing lol

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