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Easy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Instant pot chicken and rice is ready in less than 30 minutes! Packed with veggies and so much flavor, this dish is perfect for a quick dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 500kcal


Spice mix

  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instant pot chicken and rice

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ cup white button mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 ½ cup Basmati rice
  • 2 cups water


  • In a small bowl, mix the spices and divide it in half.
  • Season the chicken breasts on both sides and let them sit as you’re preparing the rest of the ingredients. 
  • Press the “saute” button on the pressure cooker and pour in the olive oil. Saute onion and garlic until golden, add in the mushrooms and cook it for a minute. Add carrots and peas to the pot and stir well.
  • To the onion and mushrooms, add the rice and the remaining of the spice mix. Stir well and add the water. Scrape the bottom to make sure nothing is sticking. 
  • Place the chicken on top of the rice and veggie, do not stir, and lock the lid. Make sure the valve is on “sealing”.
  • Press “cancel” and then press “pressure cook” and make sure it’s set on high. Set the timer for 8 minutes. 
  • Once the cooking time is done, let the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Then do a quick release and serve. 



  • To turn this into a complete meal, you can serve this dish with Mediterranean salad, Cucumber tomato feta salad or Persian Salad Shirazi.
  • If the chicken breasts are too thick, cut them in half widthwise to make sure they cook completely. 
  • You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe. The cooking time will stay the same. 
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 
  • Looking for more flavor? Add a can of chickpeas (drained) instead of peas. You can also make this dish spicy by adding ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper to the spice mix. 
  • Instead of water, you can use chicken or vegetable stock to cook the rice and chicken. 


Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 739mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3713IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg