Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice

$12.31 recipe / $3.08 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.71 from 44 votes
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Okay, so I made this Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice for myself the other day just 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, let me tell you, it turned out better than good. This Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice is “stuff your face” good. Like, I wanted to eat it ALL. 

Chicken and Rice (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice browned and in a serving dish.

What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?

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.

Pressure Cooker Alternative

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 below. 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.

How Long Does it Take to Cook Chicken in a Pressure Cooker?

Boneless cuts of chicken only take about 10-15 minutes (not including pressurizing and depressurizing time) to cook in a pressure cooker. Bone-in chicken takes longer to cook, whether in a pressure cooker, in an oven, or on a stove top. In a pressure cooker, you’ll want to cook bone-in chicken for about 30 minutes to make it fall-off-the-bone tender. That doesn’t include the time needed for the vessel to pressurize and depressurize.

Other Spice Blends

Not only is this one of the easiest and best tasting things I’ve ever made, you can use just about any spice blend you like with this method. 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.

What Type of Chicken Should be Used?

Split or whole chickens are usually some of the least expensive cuts of chicken at the grocery store, but they also happen to give the most flavor to this dish. You can use any cut, but whichever cut you decide to use, make sure it is bone-in and skin-on. That’s where the flavor is.. 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.

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice served up on a plate.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice

4.71 from 44 votes
Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice is an easy and flavorful four-ingredient dinner that leaves zero waste. Slow cooker instructions included.
Servings 4
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins
Total 1 hr 35 mins

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 

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 454.13kcalCarbohydrates: 54.4gProtein: 42.2gFat: 5.78gSodium: 154.48mgFiber: 0.08g
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Side shot of Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice in a white casserole dish

How to Make Chicken and Rice in an Instant Pot – Step by Step Photos

Split Chicken seasoned with spices on a red cutting board

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.

Overhead shot of Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice in a serving dish.

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

Front view of Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice in a bowl.

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. :)

Overhead view of a rectangular casserole dish with pressure cooked rice and chicken halves.

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  1. Easy and tasty but be warned, the time does not take into account the time for natural pressure release of your pressure cooker. 

  2. I don’t own a pressure cooker or slow cooker- how would I make this recipe in the oven? Thanks!

    1. Unfortunately, I haven’t tested this recipe in the oven so I can’t offer instructions.

    2. Try poaching it on the stove. Keep boiling it until it’s fork tender and then proceed with the recipe. This might take longer and will definitely require attention.

  3. This was absolutely incredible. Perfection. My new favorite comfort food. I used several spices to create a light schwarma / Mediterranean flavor: cumin (not too much!), paprika, cinnamon, onion powder, garlic powder, sumac, S&P, Emeril’s Essence, dried parsley and ground mustard. I also cut up a small onion and tucked it around the chicken for the broiling step. Squeezed fresh lemon juice over the chicken and in the rice before serving. Both the chicken and the rice were very rich in flavor and wonderful!!

  4. Absolutely amazing recipe! I’ve never left a review on a recipe before, this one definitely deserves it! I followed most of it exactly as the recipe states, except for I used chicken broth instead of water, and 2 cups of rice and 3 1/2 cups of the chicken broth. I used a pepper/paprika/garlic powder/salt seasoning mix on the chicken. The rice was definitely the best rice I’ve ever made and my kids agree! This will definitely be in our weekly rotation!

    1. Thank you leaving a review Niki! We love hearing from readers! Even better when it’s a hit with the kids. :)

      1. I’ve honestly made it five times so far and it’s not getting old! Thank you sharing this great recipe :)

          1. I made this last night, and it was so good! It’s really easy with the instant pot, but you do need to factor in that natural pressure release timing. The chicken took about an hour in the instant pot before I broiled it. This might be the best chicken and rice I’ve ever made. I did a seasoning blend of onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano + salt. The chicken was super juicy and the rice cooked in the broth was too good…couldn’t stop eating it. 

  5. This is fabulous!! I used a garlic and herb seasoning on my cut whole chicken. I cooked mine for 25 minutes because mine was pieced out and I used chicken broth instead of water.
    After the chicken finished it was perfection and I broiled it. I decided to use couscous instead of rice. I poured out the liquid into a mixing bowl, put 2 cups couscous in and 2 1/4 cups juices then put lid back on with it set to “keep warm” for 5 minutes.
    Both couscous and chicken finished at the same time… Awesome dinner. What a keeper!!

  6. Hi I have the new ninja all in one its called ( NINJA FOODIE ) it is so awesome my hubby got it for me for Christmas I love it it dose EVERYTHING in one pot . My question is how can I do the rice n chicken at one time do I still use # 2 cups of water for # 1 cup of rice I’m wandering because the exes water frome the steam will make it watery so how would I do it if anyone can help I would appreciate any ideas please ty to all Nancy

  7. This is a great recipe! I also substituted bone in skin on chicken thighs and only cooked them in the instapot for 20 min and they turned out perfect, the meat was falling off the bone. I didn’t season them as much as I could have, I’m always worried about over-spicing something, but it still tasted amazing.
    The rice was a bit too rich for my taste, but it was still very good. Next time I would probably do 2 cups of broth and one cup of water to cut the richness. This takes a while to come together (cooking the chicken, then cooking the rice, letting the instapot come to pressure and the natural release) but it’s all worth it in the end because you don’t have to clean ANYTHING up! It’s all in the instapot and IMO that’s a perfect dinner.
    I’ll definitely be making this again!

    1. It won’t change the amount of time that you have to set the pressure cooker for, it will just take longer for the pressure cooker to come up to the correct temperature and begin the set cooking time.

  8. I just got an up & want to try this. Can I use brown rice instead? I made a or roast first thing but the bottom was burned. I think I didn’t have enough liquid. Even though I followed a recipe that came with it.

    1. If you use brown rice you may need to increase the amount of liquid and cooking time.

  9. I have made this in the slow cooker countless times but finally got an IP so excited to try it in that tonight!! My only concern–you call for the 1:2 ratio for the rice, which is normal, but my IP wants me to use 1:1. I cooked rice in it last night using 1:1 and it came out great, if a little dry. When it comes time to cook the rice (chicken is currently in there), I may try 1:1.5 and see where that leaves me….

    1. Best measurement for liquid while making rice is the first knuckle line of your middle finger. This is old Japanese Style. Rest the tip of your fingers on top of the rice, when the liquid line is flush to your first knuckle line palm side…I guarantee perfect rice every time.. provided you’re going for traditional Asian style rice. This works the same for most rice. Some call for a tad bit more liquid. Enjoy! Best & easiest way to cook perfect rice everytine…. is stove top. Use above measurement. Bring to a boil with lid on. Once it comes to a frothy boil LID ON! Turn the burner off and leave alone 20 minutes. DO NOT REMOVE LID. Voila! Perfect rice! 

      1. Tried this with my pressure cooker with frozen thighs. Came out delicious with the rice, I used poultry seasoning and garlic.
        This will be a go to recipe for sure! 

  10. I am also broiler-less for reasons. Is the only point to the broiler to crisp the skin? Would another method like searing on a griddle/skillet suffice?

    1. Yes, the broiler just browns and crisps up the skin. I think the chicken would be too delicate to do it in a skillet, though. It’s really fall-apart tender after pressure cooking.