Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

4.50 from 6 votes

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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is a WINNER. Cook the chicken and rice together in the Instant Pot for an easy, tasty dish.

Side view of Instant Pot Chicken and Rice on a plate with a side salad. Instant pot and creamy sauce on the side.

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice with Basil Cream Sauce

This Instant Pot Chicken and Rice recipe comes from our Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce recipe. This is a much simpler version and it can all be done in the Instant Pot! Dinner was literally done in about 20 minutes. Rice, chicken, sauce all in a tasty one-pot meal. My family asks for this dinner a lot, and I happily oblige. The flavors in the simple cream sauce are to die for. If you haven’t tried many instant pot recipes, start here! It’s so easy, saves gobs of time and your family will devour it! One of our most popular instant pot chicken recipes for sure!

Ingredients in Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

This is one of those easy chicken dinners that you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand! Of course, you can add extra veggies or different types of rice but here’s what we start with:

  • Chicken breasts – Generally two pounds of chicken breast is perfect for this reicpe, but you can use chicken thighs, or even bone-in chicken. 
  • Seasoning salt – This spice can be found at any grocery store, and is a mixture of garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and other spices.
  • Rice – We like to use jasmine rice, but you can try white rice, brown rice, or basmati.
  • Chicken broth – There are delicious low-sodium options out there if you want to cut down on sodium but not flavor.
  • Butter – for the sauce start with about four tablespoons of butter
  • Garlic – minced
  • Heavy whipping cream – or combine with half and half
  • Basil – we usually use dried basil for the sauce. You can garnish with fresh basil if you have some on hand.
  • salt and pepper – to taste
  • Parmesan cheese – fresh grated cheese is delicious but you can use whatever type you like.
Instant Pot with wooden spoon stirring the cooked Rice and Chicken.

Tips for Making Chicken and Rice in an Instant Pot

  • When using an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, I like to use Jasmine rice. Mostly because it is aromatic and it doesn’t stick as much as other rice varieties. I have used regular long-grain rice with this recipe and it came out too gummy. Jasmine rice is perfect. 
  • Also, it is important to note that you MUST rinse it before adding to the Instant Pot. This also helps with the gummy-ness. It makes it so it doesn’t clump as much. For any recipe it is probably a good idea to rinse the rice.
  • This recipe calls for the chicken to be cut into pieces but it can easily be served with a full serving-size of chicken. If you do this, I would recommend seasoning the chicken and then browning it a little on each side. 
  • You can do this by using the “sauté” function on the Instant Pot and placing a little oil in it. Cook the chicken on each side until it starts to brown. Remove from the Instant Pot and follow the recipe as usual, adding the rice and then putting the chicken over the top.
Fork holding a bite of Instant Pot Chicken and Rice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this meal gluten free?

This whole meal is naturally gluten free. Because you are using the parmesan cheese as a thickener to the sauce, there is no flour involved! It is a perfect Instant Pot meal for those who are GF.

Can I add other veggies to this recipe?

Yes! This dish is delicious with frozen peas, carrots, green beans, a diced up medium onion, basically any vegetables you have.

How long can I store leftovers?

Store any leftover chicken and rice in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat by putting a serving in the microwave. You can also freeze leftovers in the freezer for up to a month. Thaw in the fridge before heating a serving.

Top view of Instant Pot Chicken and Rice with silverware on the side. Green salad served on the side.

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Side view of Instant Pot Chicken and Rice on a plate with a side salad. Instant pot and creamy sauce on the side.

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

4.50 from 6 votes
Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is a WINNER. Cook the chicken and rice together in the Instant Pot for an easy, tasty dish.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker


Basil Cream Sauce:


  • Cut chicken into 1″ cubes and sprinkle generously with seasoning salt. 
    Cubed raw chicken breast on a cutting board with a knife to make Instant Pot Chicken and Rice.
  • Rinse rice (this is important, see notes above) until water runs clear, drain well.
    Rice in a round colander to make Instant Pot Chicken and Rice. Basil and instant pot on the side.
  • Place rice in greased Instant Pot and add chicken broth.
    Instant Pot filled with chicken broth and rice to make Instant Pot Chicken and Rice.
  • Put chicken over the top of the rice. 
    Instant Pot with cubed chicken on top of rice and broth. Fresh basil sprinkled on top to make Instant Pot Chicken and Rice.
  • Place lid on Instant Pot and position knob to "sealing". Push "manual" button and set to "high" pressure for 5 minutes. While chicken and rice are cooking, prepare basil cream sauce.
    Allow to cook and natural release for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes you can quick release. Remove lid and fluff rice with a fork. 
    Instant Pot with wooden spoon stirring the cooked Rice and Chicken.
  • Spoon basil cream sauce over individual portions. 
    Plate of Instant Pot Chicken and Rice garnished with fresh basil and a side green salad.

Basil Cream Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan, saute garlic in butter over medium heat.
    Pan with butter and garlic to make sauce for Instant Pot Chicken and Rice.
  • Add chicken broth, cream, basil, and pepper. Bring to a simmer. 
    Pan with cream, spices butter and garlic to make sauce for Instant Pot Chicken and Rice. Wooden spoon on the side.
  • Turn heat to low and whisk in parmesan cheese. 
    Spoon holding creamy basil sauce for Instant Pot Chicken and Rice.


Instant Pot Note: We use a 6-quart Instant Pot brand pressure cooker that we bought in 2016. Different or newer versions may be more sensitive to the “BURN” notice. If you are concerned about the burn notice, please refer to the Instant Pot webpage about Overheat Protection, found HERE.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 802kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 27gFat: 53gSaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 198mgSodium: 3161mgPotassium: 388mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1645IUVitamin C: 10.3mgCalcium: 274mgIron: 1.5mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I rarely leave comments, but this recipe is so dang delicious! It’s a repeat item when I’m meal planning. I’ve made double batches to give to families with new babies, medical struggles, anything that would elicit some help with meals. Thank you for this yummy go to recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      Hahahah. I am laughing hysterically as I just noticed I actually HAVE previously written a review for this recipe. I mean it when I say I rarely leave comments. So this is hilarious. And it tells you just how scrumptious it is!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this so much I’ve made double batches for dropping meals for friends in need (e.g., new baby at home). It’s easy and it’s delicious.

    1. For brown rice, cook in the instant pot for 15 minutes, and natural release for 5 minutes. Hope this helps!

  3. 5 stars
    This is the 2nd time I’ve made this meal and we love it! Halved the recipe since it’s only my husband and I at home now and used 4 chicken thighs. Same cooking time comes out perfect! Thank you for this addition to our evenings. Ü

    1. Hi Lori- I am so glad you and your husband enjoyed this chicken and rice! Great idea using chicken thighs!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe! I julienned carrots and steamed them with broccoli and Brussels sprouts as a topper for this meal. The rice and chicken did give me the “burn” sign on my instant pot (8qt newer pot). Next time I will add at least 1 cup of additional broth or do rice and chicken separate somehow.

    1. So glad you liked it, sorry you got a burn notice! We will have to remake this recipe and see if we get the same results. Thanks for letting us know!

    1. You want to have plenty of visible liquid when you start the cooking process. You may need to add some extra chicken broth if it doesn’t seem like enough. Hope this helps!

    2. It’s more common for the newer pots because the element get hotter. Check out “pot-in-pot method” for instant pot for thick sauce meals!