I’ve come a long way in my instant pot journey in just a few short months. I used to think it was only good for some shredded chicken or pork, but now I want to make all things in my instant pot. Including some one pan meals like this instant pot seasoned chicken and rice.
Through many trials and errors I perfected making rice in my instant pot. Then I decided to up my game and make the chicken and rice at the same time. The result is truly wonderful.
The seasoned chicken is moist and flavorful. The rice is still fluffy yet almost creamy like risotto. The two together are truly wonderful especially when served with some roasted veggies like Brussels sprouts.
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I think every home cook can agree that we are really good at destroying a kitchen. I can use 3 cutting boards, 4 pans and countless mixing bowls on just one recipe. So I was delighted to learn that I can make this instant pot seasoned chicken and rice together and only need to clean my instant pot.
There are a few things you need to know before you attempt this instant pot seasoned chicken and rice. The size of instant pot matters. I have an 8 qt instant pot and I was able to fit 4 chicken thighs in mine comfortably. If you have a smaller instant pot or larger thighs, you may only be able to fit 3 in the pot.
You must rinse your rice before cooking it. I made this mistake before and the result is hard and undercooked rice. Giving your rice that nice soaking before cooking allows it to cook evenly with the chicken.
The type of rice matters. I have only tested this recipe with long grain white rice. That is your basic rice that you will find at a grocery store or Chinese restaurant. If you want to try a different type of rice, you may need to adjust the cooking time or rice/water ratio.
I’ve touched on this some already but to make this instant pot seasoned chicken and rice you will need a few pieces of kitchen equipment. Of course, you will need an instant pot or some other type of pressure cooker. I have not tried this recipe without an instant pot or pressure cooker and I’m not sure it would work.
Beyond that you will need some mixing bowls and a sharp knife and cutting board in order to dice your onion. If you want to pair your instant pot seasoned chicken and rice with roasted veggies you will need a sheet pan and oven or air fryer. I made these crispy Brussels sprouts in the air fryer.
To make this instant pot seasoned chicken and rice start by combining paprika, salt, pepper, oregano, and cumin in a small bowl. Season chicken thighs on all sides with this seasoning mixture. Turn instant pot on to sauté and pour in the avocado oil.
When the oil is hot add the chicken thighs to the instant pot and brown them for 3 minutes on each side. While the chicken is cooking rinse your rice until the water runs clean. Remove the browned chicken from the instant pot and add the diced onion.
Sauté onions in the instant pot until soft and fragrant. This will take about 3 minutes. While you sauté the onions scrape up the “flavor bits” left over from the chicken.
Next, turn the instant pot off and pour in water, chicken broth and rice – make sure rice lays in an even layer along the bottom of the instant pot. Arrange chicken thighs on top of rice with the skin side up. Set instant pot to sealing and then manual high pressure for 3 minutes.
When the instant pot is done cooking hit the off button and allow the pressure to release naturally – wait for the metal pin to drop, this can take up to 20 minutes. After the pin drops, open the instant pot, remove the chicken thighs and fluff the rice. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days
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