Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice

Okay, so I made this dish the other day and totally just meant it to be something I was making for myself as an experiment and not for the blog. Luckily, I decided to snap some photos of the process “just in case” it turned out good. Well, this pressure cooker chicken and rice turned out better than good. It turned out “stuff your face” good. Like, I wanted to eat it ALL. 

And don’t worry, I know pressure cookers can be expensive, but this recipe can also be made with a slow cooker and I’ve provided those instructions right along side the pressure cooker instructions. The only difference between the two methods is the type of cooking vessel and the amount of time needed. The pressure cooker is simply faster.

Seriously, guys, this has to be the easiest, most delicious thing I’ve made with so few ingredients, EVER. And the best part is that you can use just about any spice blend you like. You can make this weekly and never have it taste the same. I used a Creole seasoning blend this time, but you could do a curry powder, Greek seasoning blend, lemon pepper, caribbean jerk, or even a dry BBQ rub. Just take note of whether or not your seasoning blend contains salt. Mine contained a decent amount of salt, so I did not need to add any additional salt along the way.

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice

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I used the Instant Pot 7-in-1 cooker for this recipe, but there are several other manufacturers that make similar multi-function pressure cookers (Magic Mill, MaxiMatic, Power, GoWise). If you have a single function pressure cooker, but still want to make the rice in the pressure cooker instead of on the stove top, here are some directions from HipPressureCooking.com.

Oh, and one last note. Split or whole chickens are usually some of the least expensive cuts of chicken at the grocery store, which makes this recipe even more valuable. I bought cage-free organic chicken because my budget allows it and that’s important to me, so my prices may be higher than what you’re used to.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice is an easy and flavorful four-ingredient dinner that leaves zero waste. 

Total Cost $12.31 recipe / $3.08 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 whole split chicken (3-4 lbs. total) $10.79
  • 2 Tbsp (approx.) seasoning blend of choice* $0.60
  • 2 cups water $0.00
  • 1.5 cups long grain white rice $0.72
  • Handful parsley (optional) $0.20

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken well on both sides with your favorite spice or seasoning blend. If your sblend blend does not contain salt, season the chicken liberally with salt as well.
  2. Add two cups of water to your pressure cooker or slow cooker, then add the chicken pieces (they do not need to be fully submerged).
  3. Secure the lid, set the pressure cooker to high pressure. Once it reaches full pressure, cook for 30 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally. If using a slow cooker, cook on low heat for 8-9 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours.
  4. Once the chicken is finished cooking, carefully lift it out of the cooker and place it on a baking sheet. Adjust your oven rack so that the top of the meat will be 6-8 inches from the broiler. Turn the broiler on to high, place the chicken in the oven, and let it broil for 5-7 minutes or until the chicken skin is brown and crispy. Keep a close eye on the chicken while it's under the broiler, as it can burn quickly.
  5. While the chicken is broiling, pour the remaining liquid (broth) from the pressure cooker through a sieve to strain out any bone or skin fragments. Measure the broth to see how much was left behind. You'll want three cups of broth. If you have less, simply add enough water to make three cups of broth total. Taste the broth and adjust the salt if needed.
  6. Add the broth plus 1.5 cups of uncooked long grain white rice back to the pressure cooker. Secure the lid and select the rice function. Once the rice had finished cooking, allow the pressure to decrease naturally, open the cooker, then fluff with a fork. If your pressure cooker does not have a "rice" function, you can find manual instructions here. If using a slow cooker, simply cook the rice in the broth on the stove top, following the package instructions.
  7. Serve the tender chicken pieces over the cooked rice, with chopped parsley as a garnish (optional). The pressure cooker (or slow cooker) creates extremely tender meat, so the split chicken can be easily broken into pieces (breast, legs, thighs, wings) for serving.

Recipe Notes

*I used a Creole seasoning blend that contained salt. You can use any store bought blend, like lemon pepper, Greek, curry, caribbean jerk, or even a dry BBQ rub. Just take note that if the seasoning blend that you use does not contain salt, you'll need to season the meat with salt as well.

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice is an easy and flavorful four-ingredient dinner that leaves zero waste. BudgetBytes.com

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice is an easy and flavorful four-ingredient dinner that leaves zero waste. BudgetBytes.com

Step by Step Photos

Split Chicken

This recipe starts with a split chicken weighing about 3-4 lbs. total. I used a split chicken because I find them a little easier to handle than a whole chicken. You can definitely use this same technique on a whole chicken or even chicken pieces (breasts, legs, etc.). Season the chicken liberally on both sides with your favorite spice blend. If your spice blend does not contain salt, you’ll want to add salt at this point (just sprinkle it on liberally).

Water and Chicken in Pressure Cooker

Place two cups of water in  your pressure cooker or slow cooker, then add the seasoned chicken pieces (they do not need to be fully submerged). Secure the lid on the pressure cooker, then cook on high pressure for 30 minutes, and allow the pressure to decrease naturally. If using a slow cooker, cook the chicken on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-9 hours.

Pressure Cooked Chicken

At this point the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender and a lovely seasoned broth has been created in the bottom of the pot. Carefully lift the chicken out of the cooker and transfer it to a baking sheet.

Cooked Chicken on Baking Sheet

I like to cover my baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Now adjust your oven rack so that the top of the chicken will be 6-8 inches from the broiler. Turn the broiler on to high, place the chicken in the oven, and broil for 5-7 minutes or until the chicken skin is brown and crispy…

Broiled Chicken

Like this. Keep a close eye on the chicken while it’s in the broiler because broilers use an open flame that can quickly burn food. You may want to rotate the chicken half way through to make sure it browns evenly. (I also added my parsley garnish at this point.)

Pressure Cooked Chicken Broth

Meanwhile, you’ve got this insanely delicious broth left in the pot that you will NOT want to throw away. Strain the broth through a mesh sieve to remove any pieces of skin or bone that may have fallen off the chicken. Measure the broth to see how much you have. I started with 2 cups of water, but ended up with three cups of broth. If you don’t have 3 cups, you can add a little water to make up the difference. Now taste the broth and make sure it is adequately salted. Add it back to the pressure cooker along with 1.5 cups long grain white rice. Secure the lid and turn on the “rice” function. If you don’t have a rice function on your pressure cooker, here are instructions for making rice with single function pressure cooker. If you have a slow cooker, you’ll simply need to make the rice with the broth on the stove top according to the directions on the rice package.

Pressure Cooked Rice in Chicken Broth

Once the rice is finished and the pressure in the pressure cooker has come down, remove the lid and fluff with a fork. This is seriously the best tasting rice I’ve ever eaten. It’s already fully seasoned and even has a little chicken fat which gives it a rich flavor and great texture.

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice is an easy and flavorful four-ingredient dinner that leaves zero waste. BudgetBytes.com

And that’s it! Just serve the chicken pieces over the rice and add some chopped parsley for garnish, if desired. 

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice is an easy and flavorful four-ingredient dinner that leaves zero waste. BudgetBytes.com

I’m not kidding when I say that I’ll probably make this pressure cooker chicken and rice once per week and try a new seasoning each time. It’s just so delicious and too easy to not make it often. :)

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice is an easy and flavorful four-ingredient dinner that leaves zero waste. BudgetBytes.com