Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

4.5 from 6 votes

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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is a WINNER. You cook the chicken and rice together in the Instant Pot which makes this dish SO easy! The basil cream sauce is to die for!

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice with Basil Cream Sauce

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice with Basil Cream Sauce

This Instant Pot Chicken and Rice recipe is derived 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, and all. My family asks for this dinner a lot, and I happily oblige. The cream sauce is 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!

Tips for Making Chicken and Rice in an Instant Pot

  • Chicken and rice can be made in any pressure cooker but we all use the Instant Pot. This is not a sponsored post or anything, it is just what we all prefer. The settings are all so user friendly!
  • 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 “saute” 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.
  • 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.
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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice with Basil Cream Sauce in a bowl with a fork
Instant Pot Chicken and Rice with Basil Cream Sauce

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice with Basil Cream Sauce

4.5 from 6 votes
Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is a WINNER. You cook the chicken and rice together in the Instant Pot which makes this dish SO easy! The basil cream sauce is to die for!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 6-Quart Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (See Instant Pot Note Below)


Basil Cream Sauce:


  • Cut chicken into 1″ cubes and sprinkle generously with seasoning salt. 
  • Rinse rice (this is important, see notes above) until water runs clear, drain well.
  • Place rice in greased Instant Pot and add chicken broth.
  • Put chicken over the top of the 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. 
  • Spoon basil cream sauce over individual portions. 

Basil Cream Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan, saute garlic in butter over medium heat.
  • Add chicken broth, cream, basil, and pepper. Bring to a simmer. 
  • Turn heat to low and whisk in parmesan cheese. 


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 beautiful three 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!