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! 😉
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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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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