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Get dinner on the table in just 30 minutes with this Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe. Delicious chicken and cheesy rice combine for the the best meal with tons of flavor. You are going to love this one pot meal.

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This is one of our favorite meals to serve on busy weeknights. The pressure cooker makes it all so easy and dinner can be ready in no time at all. In fact, it is so easy that you only need 30 minutes to have a wonderful dinner sure to impress.

Frozen chicken and rice instant pot is packed with flavor and always a family favorite. You may also love this Instant Pot Chicken Curry Recipe, Instant pot Lemon Chicken Recipe and Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala.

Why This Recipe Works

Using the instant pot has been a game changer for my family. Even if my meal is frozen, I can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes by pressure cooking. You are going to love how simple this instant pot frozen chicken and rice recipe is.

We love the creamy and cheesy texture that is even better served our favorite side dishes.


  • Chicken Breasts – You can use boneless chicken breast or chicken thighs that are fresh or frozen chicken breast
  • Olive Oil – You can use any kind of oil for sautéing
  • Minced Garlic – We used jarred minced garlic but you can use fresh minced garlic or garlic powder. See How to Mince Garlic Cloves.
  • Onion – If you don’t want to include onions you can add in onion powder or dehydrated onions.
  • Chicken Broth – We like using low sodium chicken broth or chicken stock. You can use a diluted cube in water
  • Cream of Chicken Soup – You can even use cream of mushroom soup or try our Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe.
  • White Rice – We usually use long grain white rice but you can also use brown rice, basmati or jasmine rice.

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Substitutions and Additions

  • Vegetables – Add frozen vegetables to the rice mixture. We like the frozen peas and carrots blend or green beans for an easy one pot dish.
  • Cheese – Add another ½ cups shredded cheese to the rice when finished cooking. You can even use different types of cheese for a delicious variation. Parmesan Cheese is a delicious option.
  • Seasoning – We used simple seasoning for this recipe, but you can add in a tablespoon of Italian Seasonings.

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

  • Step 1 – Turn the instant pot to the sauté setting. Add the olive oil, diced chicken, onions and salt and pepper to the pot.
  • Step 2 – Cook for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally until the onions are soft and the chicken is browned slightly. Add in the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes on the sauté setting in the instant pot.
  • Step 3 – Next add in the chicken broth and rice. Stir to combine all the ingredients together. Make sure that the rice is fully covered with the liquid (add more if needed). Then pour the cream of chicken soup on top but do not mix it in with the other ingredients.
  • Step 4 – Seal the instant pot and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. After the cook time, let the instant pot naturally release the pressure release by not moving the valve on the lid.
  • Step 5 – Once the pressure has been fully release, stir in the shredded cheese and serve warm. Enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • Sauté Chicken – Before adding in the other ingredients make sure to sauté the chicken, garlic, onions in the olive oil. It only takes a few minutes but this is to ensure the chicken is cooked.
  • Adding in Rice – Pour the rice in the instant pot and the chicken broth. Make sure the broth is covering the rice. You may need to add more if needed.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup – When adding in the chicken soup, there is no need to combine with the other ingredients. It will combine as it cooks.
  • Natural Release – Allow the instant pot to naturally release after the cooking time is up.
  • Stir in cheese – After taking cooking, take off the lid and stir in the cheese.

What to Serve with Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

We love that this meal is great served as it is, but I do like to add a side to it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Cook Rice and Chicken Together in the Instant Pot?

Yes, you can cook rice and meat together in the instant pot for a quick and easy meal idea. Cook the chicken first and then add in the rice with enough liquid for a tasty meal idea.

How to Store Leftover Chicken and Rice

Place the leftover chicken and rice in an air tight container once it has cooled to room temperature. Place in the fridge and it will last about 3 to 4 days.

Can You Freeze Leftover Chicken and Rice?

Yes, you can freeze chicken and rice. In fact it is the best way to store your leftover is you want it to last longer. Place in a freezer safe container and place in the freezer.
If stored properly your chicken and rice will last up to 3 months.

How to Reheat Leftovers

Reheat the leftovers in the microwave in 1 minute intervals until heated through.

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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

4.97 from 223 votes
Get dinner on the table fast with Chicken and Rice Instant Pot Recipe. Ready in only 30 minutes, Instant pot cheesy chicken and rice casserole is so simple.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 459


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  • Turn the instant pot to the sauté setting and add in the olive oil.
  • Add the chicken and onions and cook for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally until the onions are softened and the chicken is browned slightly.
  • Then add in the minced garlic and cook on the sauté setting for 1-2 minutes.
  • Then stir in the chicken and rice. Make sure the rice is covered by the liquid (add more broth if needed).
  • Next pour the cream of chicken soup on top of the other ingredients but do not mix it in with the other ingredients.
  • Seal the instant pot (by moving the valve on the lid to the seal position). Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. After the cook time, let the pressure release from the instant pot naturally by not moving the valve on the lid.
  • Once all the pressure has been released from the instant pot. Remove the lid, stir in the shredded cheese. The heat from the meal will melt the cheese.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-7 days. 
You can mix in a bag of frozen mixed vegetables into this meal when you add in the rice.  I have done this with frozen peas and carrots mixture before and it works great. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 459kcal, Carbohydrates 43g, Protein 22g, Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 68mg, Sodium 1276mg, Potassium 329mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 485IU, Vitamin C 6mg, Calcium 302mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Eunice says:

    5 stars
    First and very important DO NOT STIR AFTER ADDING THE RICE. Just gently spread evenly, add enough broth to cover. Pour soup on top. Follow directions as written.
    If you stir the rice you will get the BURN NOTICE.

  2. Amy says:

    I love all your recipes. Thank you for sharing. I need help with cooking from frozen.
    Frozen is mentioned in this post but I’m not sure how it applies to this recipe ? I’m guessing could cook the frozen chicken in the pot first then dice it up. Maybe still sauté the bits to brown a bit then continue ?
    It’s not easy finding recipes directly cooking from frozen, which is what I bought the pot for. I never remember to defrost ????? lol

  3. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes I think that would be delicious

  4. Iola says:

    Can cream cheese be added to make it creamy and cheesey?

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