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Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Mexican chicken and rice recipe that is packed with flavor. With black beans, rice, corn and protein, it is a killer one pot meal.

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

This Instant Pot Mexican chicken and rice recipe has vegetables, protein, and carbs all cooked together. Now that is my kind of meal! Just one of over 100+ quick Instant Pot recipes on our site. (affiliate links present)

We started this journey by making “regular” pressure cooker chicken and rice. There are less ingredients in this one and close to the traditional Campbells casserole you had as a child.

It was time to amp this up as a hearty Cinco de Mayo recipe, it was a real win for us all. You can make it as a Ninja Foodi recipe as well, any pot works.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Mexican Chicken and Rice

Yes you could make this on the stovetop in a pot. You’d follow the same instructions below but the cook time would be much longer. I’d make sure to stir it a few times and brown the meat in your first step.

Once your rice is nice and tender remove it promptly so it doesn’t overcook and dry out.

How do you make chicken and rice from scratch?

We will show you how right here. Using a pressure cooker means you only dirty one pot and the cook time with time to reach pressure is close to 20 minutes flat. It’s a great way to cook a low fat meal.

mexican chicken and rice instant pot

Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole

It is kinda like a loaded Instant Pot casserole of sorts. We love these because everything is added into the inner lining with NO precooking required. The biggest tip to remember when adding pasta or rice is to NOT stir it in.

You do not want either of these laying on the bottom or else burn on Instant Pot message may flash on your screen. If so the pot will turn off and you may not be able to rectify the issue since it’s all stirred together already.

  1. Diced boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs would work too
  2. Uncooked long grain white rice – I do not use Instant Pot brown rice for this as it would cook much longer and the other ingredients would overcook a bit.
  3. Chicken broth
  4. Can of Rotel
  5. Drained can of corn kernels
  6. Black beans drained too
  7. A bit of olive oil to saute your meat

Cheese is a must for us but if you needed it to be dairy free you could omit that entirely. We use a lot, some stirred in and more served on the top when done.

chicken in Instant Pot

Is chicken breast and rice healthy?

If left plain with just some seasonings and no sauce then yes. Unless you are focusing on a low carb or keto diet which would say no to the rice portion it is quite healthy as is made separately or together.

Can you cook rice and meat at the same time in Instant Pot?

Yes! We have done this with many other Instant Pot casseroles. Using different types of meat such as sausage and beef too it is a great way to make a homemade meal quickly.

instant pot chicken

Something else you might wonder about and we need to answer right up front:

Can you put raw chicken in Instant Pot?

Of course. You can even cook frozen chicken in Instant Pot if you forgot to defrost it. I typically saute it with olive oil but occasionally like with our Instant Pot orange chicken I skip that step too.

As far as the liquid goes you could use either broth or water. I will say that the first offers the entire dish a lot more flavor than the other though. I mean if I have some vegetable broth in the fridge that needs to be used up I’ll use that and the rest will be chicken stock.

pressure cooker mexican chicken and rice

Just wait until the very end to add your starch. Like I stated below you need to just sprinkle it on top and use your spoon to gently submerge it into the liquid below. Then the white rice will get tender but not burn.

Time needed: 9 minutes.

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

  1. Prepare

    Turn pot to saute and add olive oil. Add cubed chicken, diced onion and garlic if you wish, salt, garlic powder, paprika and some red pepper flakes.

    Cook until meat is no longer pink on the outside and then turn your pot off.

    Pour in your can of rotel without draining it (you want the liquid too), drained black beans and drained can of kernel corn to the bottom of the pot. Add your chicken broth. Stir all of this together.

    Sprinkle uncooked white rice on to the top and gently use back of spoon to submerge into the liquid, do not stir together.

  2. Cook

    Put lid on, close steam valve and set to high pressure for 9 minutes. Allow for a 2 minute natural release when done. Then quick release rest of steam.

    Lift your lid, fluff rice mixture with a fork and sprinkle 1 cup of your cheese on top. Now gently mix that in and set top on again just for 3 minutes so that melts.

Lift top off, serve with additional cheese, sour cream, chili powder, diced tomatoes, green onions, avocado slices on top. I mean I am sure you have other ideas for toppings as well….

chicken and rice recipe

This is what it looks like when we’re ready to chow down!! You can make it in any brand pressure cooker you may own. I have a Crockpot Express, Mealthy, Foodi and IP.

Ninja Foodi Mexican Chicken and Rice

If you do have this type of pot you could even go a step further! Like our Ninja Foodi spaghetti recipe you can add that extra layer of cheese and then air crisp it. That way it gets a bit crispy and brown and OH MY, need I say more.

That is amazing, you could do the same if you poured this into an oven safe dish. Layer more cheese on the top and under your boiler just for a few minutes. If you don’t want to do either it still tastes amazing y’all.

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice recipe

Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice

Looking for other ideas beyond this one but with the same Spanish flare? We have a bunch like our Instant Pot chicken taco bowls and more….

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Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Mexican chicken and rice recipe that is packed with flavor. With black beans, rice, corn and protein is a killer one pot meal.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword casserole, chicken, instant pot, mexican, pressure cooker, rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 582kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Turn pot to saute and add olive oil. Add cubed chicken, diced onions, salt, garlic powder, paprika and red pepper flakes once oil is hot and cook until meat is no longer pink on the outside.
  • Turn pot off and pour in can of rotel, drained black beans and corn as well as your chicken broth. Stir together.
  • Sprinkle uncooked white rice on to the top and gently use back of spoon to submerge into the liquid, do not stir together.
  • Put lid on, close steam valve and set to high pressure for 9 minutes with a 2 minute natural release. Then let out rest of steam quickly.
  • Lift lid, fluff rice mixture and sprinkle 1 cup of your cheese on top. Gently mix in and set top on again just for 3 minutes so that melts.
  • Lift top off, serve with additional cheese, diced tomatoes, green onions, avocado slices on top.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 582 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 1090mg47%
Potassium 1074mg31%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 1100IU22%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 335mg34%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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