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Easy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice – Step by Step Video

This Instant Pot Chicken and Rice recipe is a delicious one-pot meal. You would swear that this easy wild rice and chicken recipe took all day to make but cooks in less than 30 minutes.

Moist and tender chicken is mixed with creamy risotto-like wild rice and some beautiful veggies. This recipe is thick like an instant pot chicken and wild rice casserole.

This recipe has been updated. I’ve added some instructions and tips that I believe will make it easier to follow. No changes were made to the actual recipe. I hope you will enjoy making it and eating it as much as we do.

A white bowl  heaping with chicken and rice filled with carrots, onions, and herbs over a blue cloth. Two white plates are in the background.

Had I known how easy it is to use my instant pot, I would have shown it a little love sooner. Where do I start? What should I make first? Instant pot wild rice and chicken is a great place to start!

Yay, I got an instant pot! That was me a few years 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.

Do you do this too or do you dive right in?

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 a creamy chicken and rice instant pot recipe

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 chicken and wild rice instant pot recipe.

First I’m going to tell you a little bit about this easy instant pot chicken and rice recipe and then I’ll share a lot of information about the instant pot. If you’re already a pro, this chicken wild rice instant pot recipe will be a cinch for you!

Ingredients used to make frozen chicken and rice instant pot pressure cooker chicken and wild rice recipes

Chicken and Wild Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless. You can use bone-in but it will require you to cook your chicken and your rice separately.
  • Rice – I used a wild rice blend. You can substitute with brown rice. I wouldn’t use white rice because it cooks much quicker than wild rice and may turn out mushy.
  • Vegetables – Carrots, onions, and celery are what I used. You can use what you like including zucchini, peas, broccoli, or cauliflower. Make sure that they’re diced so that they will cook at the same rate as the other ingredients.
  • Chicken broth – Canned or homemade. I use a low-fat, low-sodium variety.
  • Seasonings – I used thyme, salt, and pepper. You could use whatever you choose. Rosemary or a spice blend such as Italian or Mediterranean would be delicious.

How To Cook Chicken and Rice in an Instant Pot

Feel free to use these instructions as a checklist for the perfect chicken and rice instant pot recipe.

  1. Assemble all of your ingredients. Chop up your vegetables.
  2. Lay the vegetables over the bottom of the instant pot.
  3. Top the vegetables with the chicken and then add the rice.
  4. Pour the chicken broth over all of the ingredients.
  5. Sprinkle with seasonings.
  6. Close the instant pot lid and set the pressure valve to “seal”. Set the manual function for 15 minutes.
  7. When the time is complete, turn the instant pot off and allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes. Manually release the remaining pressure by opening up the pressure valve.
    1. I use a wooden spoon and keep my face at a distance. Hot steam can burn you.
  8. Open up the lid. Shred the chicken. I remove it to a cutting board using two forks. Stir the chicken and rice together and serve.
Top-down view of a white bowl heaping with chicken and rice filled with carrots, onions, and herbs over a blue cloth. Two white plates are in the foreground next to 2 forks.

Common recipe questions

Can you cook rice and meat at the same time in Instant Pot?

Yes, you can. You can cook raw chicken at the same time as the rice in an instant pot. I used a wild rice blend which cooked perfectly. If you use ordinary white rice it may overcook and become mushy.

Do I have to use chicken breasts in this chicken wild rice instant pot recipe?

No, you do not. You can use boneless legs, thighs, or a combination of parts.

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 them 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.

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Close-up of instant pot chicken wild rice

Pro TIPS

  • I always make a lot more than we can eat in one meal. I’ll put the extra amount we need for quick chicken and wild rice dinner in a zip-lock freezer bag and lay it flat on a baking sheet in the freezer.
    • The bags can be removed from the baking sheet once they’re frozen. You can stack the bags or put them in the freezer door.
  • You can easily make this rice and chicken instant pot recipe into a chicken and wild rice soup by adding more broth. As is it’s more like an instant pot chicken and wild rice casserole.
  • Use a timer anytime you make pressure cooker chicken and wild rice recipes. Recipes can get overcooked easily.
  • Make sure that you seal the pressure valve. It’s easy to overlook that step. You’ll lose your steam and the instant pot will have difficulty coming up to temperature.
  • Leave out the chicken and make a wild rice instant pot side dish recipe.

Products I use to make Insta Pot Chicken and Wild Rice:

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  • Instant Pot – 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.
  • Chef’s Knife – This is my favorite knife and the one I use 99.9% of the time. It’s an investment but treated right will be like new for years to come. I consider it an investment into what I love and what’s more important than that?

What to Serve with Instant Pot Chicken and Wild rice recipe

A cool and creamy salad such as our Cherry Fluff Salad or Fruit Cocktail Salad would be quick and easy. Don’t forget a nice crusty bread such as easy-to-make Batard Bread.

It’s easy to make once you’ve done it, but I had 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.

Common Instant Pot Questions

I own an 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.

8qt and 6qt Instant Pot Control Panels

Common questions about cooking chicken in an Instant Pot.

  1. What functions do I need to use?
    • 1. Manual 2. Keep Warm
  2. Does the cooking time include the time it takes to heat up and release pressure?
    • No – Countdown starts when the pot reaches pressure. The fuller the pot the longer it will take to come up to pressure. When the timer goes off, 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.
  3. What is Pressure release? How do you do it? How do I know which method 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 the cooking time is reached the pot will beep and display L000. That 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.
    1. 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 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 so I didn’t use it.

The Meat/Stew function will strip meat from the bone so it 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. The time is calculated based on the longest item in the pot. For this recipe, it’s rice.

Cooking times reference – Sarah over at Instant Pot Life has some very handy reference sheets that you can keep handy for whatever you want to cook in your Instant Pot.

A white plate of chicken and rice filled with carrots, onions, and herbs over a blue cloth. A second plate is in the background. The title \"Instant Pot Chicken and Rice appear in the top left corner.

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Easy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Easy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice full of juicy chicken and creamy risotto-like rice and perfectly cooked carrots, celery, and onion. It's delicious comfort food in 30 minutes.
4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Pressure release time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Chicken, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword: Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
Servings: 6

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Video

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 357kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 25gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 393mgPotassium: 503mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 3615IUVitamin C: 9.8mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1.8mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

I hope this easy Chicken and Rice 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 and our 4-ingredient Tomatillo Rice surely will!

Recipe Rating




Elizabeth

Monday 17th of January 2022

This recipe was so easy. I chopped celery carrots and onions. I dissolved a cube of chicken stock in water. Let my chicken thaw and ran to yoga. When I came back, assembles everything in the instant pot and it was so good. I actually used a box of Uncle Ben's Rice, mixing the packet in with the chicken stock. I also added an extra 1/2 c of rice! It was perfect!!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

What great tips to use Uncle Ben's! I'm glad you enjoyed it, Elizabeth and appreciate you sharing your experience.

Stephanie

Monday 15th of November 2021

What would be the best way to reheat this meal after it has been fully cooked and frozen? This is a family favorite and I want to give it as a freezer meal to a friend. Thanks!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 18th of November 2021

Hi Stephanie! The way that I reheat this meal is to put it in a saucepan on low and let it reheat. You can also just put it in the refrigerator overnight and let it reheat.

Chelsea

Monday 4th of January 2021

I really liked this recipe. the flavor was on point but it seemed watery and my rice was slightly undercooked(almost like chicken and wild rice soup)..this is my 4th time using my instapot so maybe I am just getting used to everything.. Really really enjoyed the flavor.

Julie Menghini

Friday 8th of January 2021

Hmmm Chelsea, I make this the same way every time. Try giving it another 5 minutes cooking time or let it naturally release the whole time instead of just 10 minutes before naturally releasing it.

Hollie

Tuesday 7th of January 2020

Will it take longer if you used boneless, skinless chicken thighs?

Julie Menghini

Friday 10th of January 2020

No, it will not. I give it the same amount of time. Thanks for stopping by Hollie!

Courtney

Monday 2nd of September 2019

Do you increase the time if you wanted to use more chicken? Say 4 breasts?

Julie Menghini

Monday 2nd of September 2019

Nope! It will not take any longer.