4 Easy Chicken and Rice Meals You Can Make in an Instant Pot
Whether you got an Instant Pot as part of your holiday present haul, or promised yourself you would dust off your old one with the goal of making more hassle-free meals in 2022, we're here to help you get (re)acquainted with the beloved kitchen gadget. And while Instant Pot devotees know that the device can whip up everything from homemade yogurt to mouthwatering mashed potatoes, this article will focus primarily on two staples—chicken and rice.
Chances are you're already very familiar with these two ingredients, and may even have them in your kitchen at this very moment. If not, they're very easy to procure, and typically cost less than similar foods like beef and quinoa. Thanks to the Instant Pot's general awesomeness, all you usually need to do when using it to make chicken and rice dishes is utilize the "sauté" function. The result, for those who don't already know, is tender chicken and perfectly cooked rice every time.
Per this standard chicken and rice Instant Pot recipe, you can have a balanced meal ready in a matter of minutes if you follow the below steps:
- Start by seasoning the uncooked chicken. Then add some fat (such as cooking oil and/or butter) to the Instant Pot before sautéing the chicken for a few minutes, removing it, and setting it aside.
- You can then pour in the rice along with some water or broth, and give everything a stir.
- Last but not least, rest the chicken on top of rice, hit "cancel" and close and lock the lid, and cook everything on high pressure for about 15 minutes.
While the spices, broths, and other ingredients you use will vary depending on the specific recipe, consider this easy method a blueprint for preparing chicken and rice in an Instant Pot. Once you've got the fundamentals down, you can use these staples to make a myriad of easy meals. Curious to know what your Instant Pot can do with little more than some chicken and rice? Keep reading for stress-free dishes you can make with (basically) the touch of a button.