Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe with boneless chicken breast or thighs and brown rice cooked in one pot of electric pressure cooker. One pot dinner for busy weeknights.
Author:Olena of ifoodreal.com
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:26 minutes
Total Time:36 minutes
Yield:8 servings 1x
Method:Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)
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*
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.
Add remaining ingredients in the following order: chicken, carrots, brown rice, water, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Do not stir.
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.
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.
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.
*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. You can also use cut up whole chicken with this amount of water.
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