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Cheesy Chicken and Rice (Instant Pot)

By Tiffany
February 14, 2023
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Cheesy Chicken and Rice (Instant Pot)

Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice

There are several meals that I keep in my “back pocket” for those days that are a little bit crazy, a little bit hectic – but still deserve a great tasting, homemade meal. This Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice is one of my absolute favorites.

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This creamy and delicious dish makes it seem as if you’ve spent a lot of time, hovering over the stove – stirring and stirring a smooth and creamy risotto. But, you haven’t! You chopped up some veggies and chicken. You threw that, along with some rice into your Instant Pot – and dinner was done in much less than an hour.

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How to Make Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Servings 4 people
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Time to pressurize 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
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  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 large chicken breasts - cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 fresh carrots - sliced julienne
  • 1 large onion - diced
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and pressed or sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt - divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or more)
  • 2 cups rice - jasmine
  • 1/2 cup parsley - finely chopped – separated
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese - separated


  • Cut the chicken, onion, carrots, garlic, and parsley as described above. Place in separate containers.
  • Turn your Instant Pot to saute. Add butter.
  • Once the butter has melted, add garlic to center where butter is not.
  • Allow garlic to simmer.
  • Add onion and carrot.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Allow to cook for approximately 7 minutes.
  • Add chicken.
  • Allow chicken to cook approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add remaining salt and pepper.
  • Add broth and rice.
  • Place Instant Pot lid, set to sealing.
  • Set your Instant part to manual high for 10 minutes.
  • Manual release all steam when finished.
  • Remove lid and add 1 cup of parmesan cheese and half of the parsley.
  • Stir well.
  • Serve and top with additional parsley and cheese as desired.


You may want to purchase extra chicken broth.  This way you can add more to keep the rice creamy if you feel it's too dry for you.  It's also great to have on hand for leftovers, as it tends to dry up as it keeps in the refrigerator.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesy Chicken, chicken, Instant Pot, jasmine rice

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