Instant Pot Chicken Breast and Rice

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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is a one-and-done dream dinner. Chock full of flavors you’ll love like Italian seasonings, garlic, and paprika and finished with a squeeze of lemon, this dish is perfect for those long winter nights. 

  •  Servings 4 servings


  • 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian blend seasoning or Herbs de Provence seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

for the rice

  • 1 cup long grain white rice, rinsed see note
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian blend seasoning or Herbs de Provence seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • juice of 1 lemon


  1. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Stir together dried herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Rub chicken with 1 tablespoon oil, then season all over with salt and pepper to taste, and finish with the seasoning blend. Add chicken to pot, brown for 1-2 minutes on each side, then transfer to a plate.
  2. Add butter to the pot. Once melted, stir in garlic. Stir in rice along with dried herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in broth.
  3. Set steam rack in the pot with the handles up. Place chicken on the rack. Cover and set to PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL for 5 minutes. Cook, then do a natural release for 5 minutes, remove lid. Transfer chicken to a plate. (see note)
  4. Fluff rice with a fork. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over chicken and rice, and serve.


  • Rinsing the rice removes the starch and keeps it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. To rinse your rice, simply place it in a bowl and fill with cool water, then strain the water out, repeat until water runs clear.
  • If after cooking the chicken and rice, you feel that the rice is not as tender as you would like, you can transfer chicken to a plate, tent with foil to keep warm, and set the Instant Pot to MANUAL for two minutes longer.
  • For brown rice, add another 1 cup of broth to the recipe. After cooking the chicken and rice as written in the recipe, transfer chicken to a plate, tent with foil to keep warm, and set the Instant Pot to MANUAL for 3 minutes longer.

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