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!
4.92 from 35 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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Recipe Notes:

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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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steph

Can I use chicken drumsticks? Would I adjust cooking time? Always love your recipes!! Thanks!!5 stars

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Jacqueline

Tried this recipe today and it was delicious! Goes great with kimchi 🙂5 stars

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Connie

substituted with skinless/boneless chicken thighs and orzo (instead of rice), and pressure cooked it for less time – worked great 🙂5 stars

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Adele

Wonderful recipe – thank you. How many cups of long grain rice can you cook in an 8 quart IP?5 stars

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Adele

thanks – so approximately I could use a little over 3 cups uncooked!5 stars

Adele

Wow – that’s a huge amount!! I’m making rice for a party and was worried that I might be able to make enough in my pot – I think you relieved my fear!!! LOL! Thanks you’re the best

SARA LIVINGSTON

I’ve made this twice and it’s was a hit for all 5 of us both times! The second time I used boneless skinless thighs and, if they turned out a bit dry, nobody cared! The lack of bone allowed space for a total of 6 thighs to accompany that amazing rice. We loved The huge everyone flavors. Once again y’all nailed it!!5 stars

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Sarah

FABULOUS! But as good as it is when I made it, it was the leftovers next day that really sealed the deal!5 stars

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Rosie

Hi!

Thanks for the recipe!

How should I adjust the time and liquid & other ingredients if using double the amount of skinless drumsticks (1022 g)?

Thank you!

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Rhonda G.

We made this tonight for dinner and it was fantastic! Thank you for sharing!!

In the future, we’d prefer to do boneless, skinless chicken thighs– how should we adjust cooking times for each step?5 stars

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Jane

This looks soo yummy! Just wondering if I can omit the soy sauce? I want to make it for my family, including my infant son, but I really don’t want him to have any sodium. Will it change the taste? Is there something I can substitute instead? Thanks.

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Bkhuna

First, I always follow your recipes as written to I can establish a baseline, they I may experiment.

The only mod’s I’ve made were substituting 2 tablespoons sambal for the tomato paste. I like a little heat in my food.5 stars

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