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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is a quick dish you can whip up in just 30 minutes! It is hearty and delicious, with a fresh zesty lemon flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Coming to Pressure 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 514kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian dried herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups Jasmine rice un-rinsed
  • 1 head garlic unpeeled cut in half crosswise
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley finely chopped


  • Click on Saute and adjust it to high heat. Once hot add butter, oil, and stir for the butter to melt. Add the chopped onion, grated carrots, celery, minced garlic, and salt. Stir occasionally and cook for 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the chicken, some salt and the ground black pepper, Italian dried herbs, and dried parsley. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth and rice and stir to combine.
  • Cut the whole garlic head in half crosswise and add the garlic halves on top of the rice, cut-side down.
  • Add bay leaves and one half of the lemon.
  • Cover and lock the lid, set valve to sealed and cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes then do a quick release.
  • Open the lid, discard garlic head, bay leaves, and lemon half.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese and the fresh chopped parsley.
  • Serve topped with more cheese and garnish sprinkled with parsley.



Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1146mg | Potassium: 769mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2102IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 2mg