Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken and Rice

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No need to wait for take out delivery with this Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken and Rice. Even the rice steams in the pot at the same time the chicken cooks!

  • Yield: 4
  • Ready In: 32 mins
  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:2 mins
  • Extra Time:20 mins
  • Ready In:32 mins

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (diced (about 1 inch pieces))
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 onion (cut into thin wedges)
  • 1 can (8oz pineapple chunks or tidbits packed in juice, NOT drained)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 red pepper (diced)
  • 1 yellow pepper (diced)

For the Rice:

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

To finish:

  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Brown chicken: Set the instant pot to sauté. Add the oil and the chicken pieces. Season with salt and pepper and cook until browned. Add onion, stir, and cook for 1 more minute. Switch off the instant pot.
  • Mix sauce: Add the can of pineapple (juice AND chunks) to the chicken in the instant pot. Add 1/2 cup BBQ sauce and diced peppers and stir well, making sure you scratch any browned bits from the bottom of the pot (or you’ll get a burn warning).
  • Add rice: Place the trivet over the chicken. Add the rice to a an oven-proof dish (metal or glass work) that fits into the instant pot. Stir in the water, oil and salt and place the dish on the trivet.
  • Cook: Close the lid of the pressure cooker and set the valve to the “sealing” position. Choose “pressure cook” on high for 2 minutes. Once the cooker indicates the end of cooking time, do a 10 minute natural pressure release (just unplug the instant pot and leave it alone), then manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Finish: Open the lid and remove the rice and trivet. Fluff the rice with a fork. Stir together the remaining 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, cornstarch and water. Set the instant pot to sauté. Stir in the BBQ sauce mix and simmer until thickened, about 1 minute. Serve over rice.

Step by Step Recipe Video

Nora’s Tips

A note about the firmness of the vegetables/pineapple:

  • The pepper and pineapple will get soft and stir into the sauce (for so much delicious flavor!).
  • If you want firmer chunks of pepper and pineapple in the final dish, stir 1 extra small can of pineapple chunks (drained) and 1 or 2 extra diced peppers into the chicken and sauce as you’re adding the cornstarch to thicken.

A note about the method to cook chicken and rice at the same time in the instant pot:

  • Simply place a trivet over the chicken and sauce ingredients, then place a dish filled with rice and water on top of the trivet. You can use an aluminum dish or an oven-safe (!!) glass dish. Just make sure it’s deep enough to allow the rice to expand.
  • I’m using a simple oven- and microwave safe food storage container. No need to buy any fancy equipment ☺️ If you want to eliminate any risk of a glass dish bursting all over your dinner, go for aluminum. I have never had the glass dish burst, but if you’re scared, don’t go for glass.
  • I also just use the trivet that came with my instant pot, but it’s a play with fire because the chicken can stick to the bottom a little that way (cooking time is very short, so it won’t burn to a crisp, but I thought I’d note that down). If you have a trivet with slightly higher legs, that’s perfect.

Cooking Time:

  • Since this is diced chicken, it cooks VERY fast. We’re talking 2 minutes of pressure cooking time. And yes, that’s really enough. I tried 5 minutes, 4 minutes AND 3 minutes before setting on the 2 minutes while I was testing this recipe.
  • The rice cooks perfectly in 2 minutes, too, by the way, as long as you use a plain old long grain white rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 751mg | Potassium: 1014mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 97.1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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