Instant Pot Chicken Recipe

Looking for a delicious and easy meal that your whole family will love? Look no further than this creamy, dreamy chicken and rice one-pot wonder. Just like risotto, but without all the hard work.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, more or less to taste



  1. Set Instant Pot to sauté mode. Add butter and let melt, then add garlic and onion. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add chicken and stir. Cook until no longer translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in rice, broth, and lemon juice. Stir well, bringing chicken pieces to top.
  3. Secure lid on pot and set valve to Sealing. Set to Manual High Pressure for 8 minutes.
  4. When cook time is completed, let naturally release for 2 minutes, then carefully Quick Release remaining pressure. Stir well and season with parmesan, salt, and pepper to taste. Add a little more chicken broth, if desired, to reach desired consistency – optional.
  5. If you find liquid still remaining on the top of your Instant Pot chicken and rice after cooking, stir well and turn on Sauté mode to fully incorporate.


  • Chicken broth: Use 3 cups of chicken broth if you prefer a firmer rice with a more separate grain. Use 4 cups for a more risotto-inspired chicken and rice, with a soupier, more stew-like texture. The rice will still have a clear grain but will be nice and soft. My family and I prefer 4 cups; we like the risotto texture more than when made with 3 cups. However, if you want your version to have clear grains of rice and be less creamy, use 3 cups.


  • Rice: Be sure to use white rice for this recipe! Brown rice is not recommended since it would take about 10 minutes longer, which would overcook the chicken. Do not use instant or minute rice.


  • Cheese: Fresh Parmesan is ideal, but can sub shredded cheese.


Keywords: instant pot chicken and rice