Asian Instant Pot Chicken and Rice (A Pressure Cooker Recipe)

Asian Instant Pot Chicken and Rice (A Pressure Cooker Recipe)

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A hearty one-pot meal with an Asian twist! This Instant Pot chicken and rice is super easy to make and so delicious. The tender rice, juicy chicken, and colorful peppers are cooked in a savory garlicky broth. It’s perfect for dinner or if you meal-prep your lunches. {Gluten-free adaptable}

The biggest reasons I enjoy using my Instant Pot to cook dinner are:

You can put everything in one pot

It requires very little prep

You don’t need to monitor the cooking process like you do with stovetop cooking

The cooking time is shortened

For example, I’ve made chicken noodle soup, curry beef stew, and chicken congee in the past. Every time I’ve been surprised by how well the results turn out, despite the simple cooking process.

Why this recipe 1. No browning required When I develop Instant Pot recipes, I try to keep the steps as easy as possible. Although most Instant Pot Chicken and Rice recipes require you to brown the meat, my recipe does not. Here is why.

It’s true that when you cook meat on the stovetop, you usually brown the meat to seal the juices and make the meat taste richer. This is not the case when using the pressure cooker.

The pressure cooker raises the boiling point of the water in the pot. The extra-high heat not only speeds up the cooking process, but also promotes caramelization and browning in a different way. Your chicken will be caramelized in the liquid without actually browning it with oil. Your chicken rice will have a deep and complex flavor.

2. Fast cooking You only need to lightly saute the aromatics, then layer everything and leave it to cook. Yes, you might argue that an Instant Pot takes time to add and release the pressure. But this is passive cooking time, which allows you to do other things instead of standing in front of your stove. It takes 7 minutes to add pressure, 10 minutes of cooking time, and 10 minutes to release the pressure. You can still get dinner ready very quickly!

3. Create bold flavor using the Asian approach I enjoy the classic version of chicken and rice seasoned with parsley, thyme, and paprika. But if you’re looking for a change of pace, you cannot miss this Asian seasoning combo.

My recipe uses onion, garlic, ginger, cumin powder, soy sauce, and a drizzle of sesame oil to create a savory gingery, garlicky base that is bursting with nice aromas. Of course, if you like to spice up your chicken rice, a squeeze of Sriracha sauce at the end is perfect!

More Instant Pot recipes Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot Curry Beef Stew

Instant Pot Chicken Congee

Instant Pot Eggs

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Asian Instant Pot Chicken and Rice (A Pressure Cooker Recipe)

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

10 mins

Total Time

20 mins

A hearty one-pot meal with an Asian twist! This Instant Pot chicken and rice is super easy to make and so delicious. The tender rice, juicy chicken, and colorful peppers are cooked in a savory garlicky broth. It’s perfect for dinner or if you meal-prep your lunches. {Gluten-free adaptable}To make a gluten free dish, use tamari to replace the soy sauce.

Course: Main

Cuisine: Chinese

Keyword: comfort food

Servings: 4

Calories: 417 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 ml) uncooked jasmine rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger (or 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 carrots chopped (yields 2/3 cup)
  • 1 bell pepper chopped (yields 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds (Optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion for garnish (Optional)
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