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Instant Pot® Garlic-Herb Chicken and Rice

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Delicious one-pot chicken and rice meal that everyone will love! I used my 6-quart Instant Pot® for this recipe."
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1 h 10 m servings 440
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Rinse rice in a colander until the water runs clear. Let soak while you prepare the rest.
  2. Mix lemon juice, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper together in a small bowl. Rub over chicken thighs.
  3. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)) and select Saute function. Add the oil when pot is hot. Add seasoned chicken to the pot and sear, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside.
  4. Melt butter in the pot, add onion, and cook until soft and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds, watching carefully as it will brown fast. Add oregano, thyme, dried parsley, paprika, and remaining 1 teaspoon chili powder. Mix well. Add rice and roast, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in chicken broth, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pot completely. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken in a single layer; add any liquid made while resting.
  5. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 8 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  6. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions for 10 minutes. Release any remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Let rest for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley when serving.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use chicken drumsticks instead of thighs, if preferred.
  • Watch the garlic carefully when cooking. I sometimes turn the pot off or lift it up when cooking minced garlic.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 440 calories; 19 41.6 23.8 84 919 Full nutrition

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I made the recipe as is and it was perfect! Perfect for a chilly night and it fills up my household of hungry guys! Thanks for a great recipe!