by Olena

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

by Olena

Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe with boneless chicken breast or thighs and brown rice cooked in one pot of electric pressure cooker. Comes out perfect every time!

Healthy Instant Pot chicken and rice recipe with boneless chicken breast or thighs and brown rice cooked in one pot – electric pressure cooker. Comes out perfect every time and not mushy at all! It is so darn good, don’t you even think about cutting down the recipe.

Slavic countries are known for their outstanding plov (pilaf) dish and this is how we made ours in Ukraine. Only we had to hover over it on a stove for more than an hour. When it comes to chicken and rice in Instant Pot – everything cooks in one pot!

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What Are Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Ingredients?

My pressure cooker chicken and rice recipe is simple.

  • Boneless chicken breasts or thighs
  • Brown rice
  • Onion, garlic and carrots
  • Spices: cumin, dried thyme and oregano, salt and pepper.

Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe with boneless chicken breast or thighs and brown rice cooked in one pot of electric pressure cooker. Comes out perfect every time!

Can I Use White Rice?

Unfortunately the answer is “No” because it has different cooking time and requires different amount of liquid than brown rice. Plus brown rice is more nutritious – just try it.:)

Can I Use Frozen Chicken Breast or Thighs?

Fortunately the answer is “Yes”. However, keep in mind if using cubed – pieces have to be separated. If using whole breasts or thighs, make sure they are separated too. Keep in mind, pressure cooker will take longer to come to pressure and you will have to shred meat at the end.Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe with boneless chicken breast or thighs and brown rice cooked in one pot of electric pressure cooker. Comes out perfect every time!

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How to Make Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

  1. On Instant Pot, press Sauté and let appliance preheat a few minutes until display says Hot. Add olive oil, onion and garlic; sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Press Cancel and add thyme, oregano and cumin; cook another 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe with boneless chicken breast or thighs and brown rice cooked in one pot of electric pressure cooker. Comes out perfect every time!
  2. Add remaining ingredients in the following order: chicken, carrots, rice, water, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Do not stir. Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe with boneless chicken breast or thighs and brown rice cooked in one pot of electric pressure cooker. Comes out perfect every time!
  3. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 22 minutes.
  4. When display says OFF, release the pressure using Quick Release method by turning pressure valve to Venting position, which takes 2-3 minutes. I recommend doing so outside to avoid smell and mess in the house. Then open the lid. Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe with boneless chicken breast or thighs and brown rice cooked in one pot of electric pressure cooker. Comes out perfect every time!
  5. Stir. If you like corn and peas with your chicken and rice add frozen now and stir again. Serve hot! Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe with boneless chicken breast or thighs and brown rice cooked in one pot of electric pressure cooker. Comes out perfect every time!
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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

4.9 from 10 reviews

Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe with boneless chicken breast or thighs and brown rice cooked in one pot of electric pressure cooker. Comes out perfect every time!

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 26 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken boneless & skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1” pieces*
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 large carrots, shredded
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp thyme, dried
  • 2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice, rinsed & drained
  • 3 3/4 cups water*

Instructions

  1. On Instant Pot, press Sauté and let appliance preheat a few minutes until display says Hot. Add olive oil, onion and garlic; sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Press Cancel and add thyme, oregano and cumin; cook another 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  2. Add remaining ingredients in the following order: chicken, carrots, rice, water, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Do not stir.
  3. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 22 minutes. Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 15-20 minutes to come to pressure, you will see a bit of steam coming out from a valve, then float valve will rise and countdown will begin.
  4. When display says OFF, release the pressure using Quick Release method by turning pressure valve to Venting position, which takes 2-3 minutes. I recommend doing so outside to avoid smell and mess in the house. Then open the lid.
  5. Stir. If you like corn and peas with your chicken and rice add frozen now and stir again. Serve hot!

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.

Notes

*If using chicken thighs, add a bit less water ( 3 2/3 cups total) because thighs are fattier and add to the liquid content during cooking.

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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