Pressure cooker creamy chicken and rice casserole is amazing! Use raw or rotisserie chicken and Rice a Roni in your Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot for dinner! Total comfort food I tell you!
I was experimenting as usual and came up with what we are calling pressure cooker creamy chicken and rice casserole. It was meant to be chicken and wild rice soup but it came out much thicker and creamier than I had intended. Actually, we all agreed it was perfection, so I thought I’d share it with all of you! Listed as one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes we hope you like it too.
- It is actually in two places since you can use your Ninja Foodi too. Got a Crockpot Express or Mealthy?? No problem, you can make this in any brand you might own.
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If you’re looking for chicken rice casserole with no soup in a can needed, this is it! Many recipes call for cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom and those can be tricky when you pressure cook.
We actually made something similar years ago. It wasn’t quite as dump and go as this one and used white rice instead of boxed. BUT if you want to make Instant Pot chicken and rice without the creamy part we have directions for that too. Some used brown rice with this method and had luck.
Here’s what you’ll need for our new pressure cooker creamy chicken and rice casserole dish.
- raw – boneless, skinless, cut into bite size pieces
- leftover chicken or rotisserie – dice into small pieces as you see below
- Chicken broth
- Rice a Roni
- chicken or wild rice versions
- Celery is optional
- Olive oil
- Basil and parsley, black pepper optional
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- if you want to make it creamy at the end
Cooking time is quick after you throw everything in and set to high pressure!
I used leftover smoked chicken we had for the protein. This is a great leftover chicken recipe I tell you. I hate wasting food so I love having a few of these in my back pocket in order to use everything up. You could use frozen chicken breasts too and quickly defrost in your pressure cooker.
- Carrots and celery are optional. I halved baby carrots because that is what I had in the house already. Use what you have I say. If I only have 2 cups of chicken broth instead of 3 I use that and use more water. It is a very forgiving recipe.
Like I said, you can omit the heavy whipping cream at the end if you wanted and serve it as is. My oldest daughter said both ways were “so good!”
We make a lot of Instant Pot casseroles because everyone just seems to love them. With all the veggies, meat and either rice or noodles together it’s a one pot meal.
This is what it looks like once you add the cream though. It continues to thicken as it sits. If you want to thin it out just add some water but we loved it as is. It’s now been added to our favorite June pressure cooker recipes you should try.
Other recipes you should try after making our Instant Pot chicken and rice casserole
- Green chile rice is amazing
- Make our sausage and rice casserole in your pressure cooker too
- Crockpot creamy chicken soup is a simple meal
- Creamy chicken breasts in your Instant Pot
Make sure you quick release right when it is done. A natural release will make the rice quite mushy. Keep in mind this is a casserole style dish so the rice is creamy and very soft. If you like it a bit firmer then use precooked meat and set to 20 minutes with a quick pressure release at the end.
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese could be stirred in at the end for EXTRA creaminess too!
If you’d like to make something similar in the oven, try our green chile chicken casserole recipe.
Pressure Cooker Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole
- 2 c chicken precooked, or 2 med. size boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed
- 3 c chicken broth
- 1 c water
- 1 c carrots half baby carrots or cut large carrots into thick dials
- 1 c celery optional, cut into 1" pieces
- 1 onion diced
- 1 box Rice a roni chicken or wild rice version, with flavor packet
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp parsley
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 c heavy whipping cream if you want to add creamy element, can be left out
- Turn pressure cooker to saute (brown on CPE) and add olive oil, carrots, onions and celery. Cook until onions soften. Turn pot off.
- Add in all other ingredients EXCEPT heavy whipping cream. This includes the powdered flavor packet included in your box of Rice a Roni, stir.
- Put pressure cooker lid on and close steam valve as well. Set to pressure high for 25 minutes (timing works for both raw chicken pieces cut into bite size pieces, or precooked diced rotisserie chicken pieces)
- Do a quick release and lift lid. Can serve now and it is delicious. OR to make it creamy pour in your heavy whipping cream and gently stir in until it is combined well. If it is too thick for your liking, add 1/2 c. of water to thin out. Will continue to thicken as it sits too!