This Instant Pot Chicken and Rice recipe make a dish that is tender, juicy, and delicious. Combined with the long-grain rice and vegetables it’s warm and creamy comfort food that is healthy for you. Using the Instant Pot makes clean up a breeze and a 30-minute meal that the whole family will love.
Yay, I got an instant pot! That was me a year ago and then it sat on a shelf. Why? Because I didn’t want to take the time to figure out how to use the darned thing. Had I known how easy it is to use I would have shown it a little love sooner. Where do I start? What should I make first? My vote is this easy Chicken and Rice Recipe. I’ll be showing you what you need to know to put this chicken and wild rice dish on your table in under 30 minutes.
My sister just got an instant pot and she was so happy when she made mashed potatoes in a jiffy. I told her that I’d made some creamy Chicken and Rice soup. She started asking me a ton of questions and said it would be helpful to have a video showing the steps I used to make this yummy chicken dish.
There are some pretty smart people that put together those appliance manuals and know they have to do everything they can to prevent injury, but I tend to go into a coma trying to read them and decipher exactly what I need to know to use it. While it’s easy to make once you’ve done it, there were some questions that I had and worked through. Since I was cooking a recipe that had a variety of ingredients I knew I couldn’t just plug it in and go.
Included in providing you with what you need to know to make this Easy Chicken and Rice recipe, I’m hopeful that you’ll have enough know how to make a ton of chicken dishes. Maybe I should call this “Instant Pot Chicken 101”! One thing to note I am using and 8qt Instant Pot. This recipe works perfectly in a 6 qt too. I’ve noticed that newer models of the Instant Pot now call the Manual button Pressure. They perform the same.
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Instant Pot Questions
Common questions about cooking chicken in an Instant Pot.
- What functions do I need to use?
- 1. Manual 2. Keep Warm
- Can I use frozen chicken?
- Yes – Use boneless unless you plan to cook your chicken separately. I used 2 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts and cooked for 17 minutes.
- Can I use a whole chicken (thawed)?
- Yes but cook it separately for 25 minutes. I actually cooked a frozen solid whole chicken and cooked it for 35 minutes but thought the texture resembled rubber. I’ll experiment further and update this post.
- Does the cook time include the time it takes to heat up and release pressure?
- No – The countdown starts when the pressure is reached. The fuller the pot the longer it will take to come up to pressure. Once the time is met the pot will go into the keep warm function and start the natural pressure release. Again, the fuller the pot the longer it will take to release the pressure.
- What is Pressure release, how is it done, and how do I know which one to use? Keep reading.
What Operation Functions do I need to know right now about my Instant Pot?
- Preheat – After you set the cook time, it will take about 10 seconds to begin. The control panel will show “ON“. The cooking time appears and will begin the countdown when the pressure is reached. Don’t Freak out thinking your pot isn’t working or that you have failed Instant Pot 101 (like I did)! Also, it is NORMAL to see a little steam escape from the top as the pot comes under pressure. Just make sure your pressure release valve is in the “sealing” position.
- Keep Warm/Cancel Key – When cooking time is reached the pot will beep and display L000 which is the Keep Warm function. Pressing the button will cancel any of the programs and takes the pot to standby.
- Pressure Release – The Instant Pot lid will not open when it’s under pressure – the float valve (red button) on top of the lid will be in the up position. There are three ways to release this pressure.
- Quick release – releases pressure instantly by pressing Cancel and then turning the pressure release valve to the Venting position. Be careful not to stand over the pot when doing this. I use a wooden spoon to push it so I don’t get burned by the hot steam! You don’t have to hold it. Just push it until it stays open. The float valve (little red button on top) will go down when the pressure is released and allow you to open the lid.
- Natural release – After the time countdown, the Instant Pot will beep. Press Cancel and let the pressure release on its own. The pressure button (little red button on top) will go down when the pressure is released and allow you to open the lid. This can take 20 minutes or more.
- 10-minute Natural Release – Let the Instant Pot go into the Keep Warm mode and set a timer for 10 minutes. Then press Cancel and release the steam like you would on the Quick release. I use this method most often.
Why did I use the Manual (pressure) function key? Since I’m using a variety of ingredients I knew I could program it to all finish at the right time using the Manual function. I use it 90% of the time.
When you make soup using the Soup function key the liquid will never go into the heavy boil state and the chicken will remain intact. I actually wanted mine to break down. The Meat/Stew function will strip meat from the bone so could be used if you are using bone-in meat. Since I was cooking rice and vegetables with my meat I didn’t use this function.
How do I figure out the time my recipes will use? Consult the manual. O.k. I don’t like that answer either. Basically, your time is calculated based on the longest item in the pot. For this recipe, it’s the rice.
I can only wonder what the checker at the grocery store thought when I rolled through with practically a flock of chickens. Another GREAT thing about this recipe is that it can be frozen in air-tight containers. All of that chicken went to a good cause because this is the Best Chicken and Rice recipe!
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- I always make a lot more than we can eat in one meal. I’ll put the extra the amount we need for a dinner in a zip-lock freezer bag and lay it flat on a baking sheet in the freezer. Once it’s frozen I remove it from the baking sheet and can stack the bags or put them in the door of my freezer. I am kind of an organizing freak and keeping a neat freezer helps me stay in a zen mood (that’s funny and never happens). It’s great going shopping in my own freezer for a guaranteed delicious dinner whenever we choose.
- You can easily make this recipe into chicken and wild rice soup by adding more broth.
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If you liked this recipe here are a few more delicious chicken dishes I think you’ll love.
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Instant Pot DUO Plus 9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer – I really recommend this Instant Pot. It has been so easy getting to know. I have the 8-quart size but the 6-quart size would be adequate for most recipes.
Easy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe
- 1.5 lbs chicken boneless and skinless
- 2 carrots diced
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 1/2 onion diced
- 2 cups chicken broth I use fat-free low sodium
- 1 cup wild rice blend or brown rice
- 1 tsp thyme (optional)
- .5 tsp salt
- .5 tsp pepper
- Add the carrots, celery, onion to the pot. Add chicken on top of the vegetables and then the rice. Pour the broth over the ingredients. Add salt, pepper, and thyme.
- Lock the lid onto the pot and move the pressure valve to the sealing position. Set the pot cooking time for 15 minutes.
- When the cooking time is finished, turn the pot off and allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then manually release the rest of the pressure. When the float valve is in the down position open the lid.
- Using two forks shred the chicken. Stir to combine and serve.
- White rice is not recommended for this recipe.
- Add 2 minutes of cooking time for frozen chicken.
- Some recipes state that putting the rice under the chicken may allow it to burn. I've never had that happen.
- You can add additional broth to make soup.
I hope this recipe will get your instant pot off of the shelf and show you how easy it is to use. If this recipe doesn’t this Instant Pot Pulled Pork Taco recipe surely will! You’ll be amazed at what this baby can do!