Chicken and rice is the perfect comfort food all year round! Make it entirely in the Instant Pot to save on dishes! Quick, easy, nutritious and delicious!
Green rice is my absolute ultra mega favorite rice! It’s regular white rice (Jasmin and Basmati are my favorite) mixed with LOADS of cilantro and chopped up veggies mixed in if desired. An amazing flavor booster is bacon fat if you have some to fry the onions, garlic and rice in before cooking. If you don’t, use ghee like I did in this recipe.
My favorite protein for green rice has always been chicken or duck. I cooked the protein always separate though because cooking times and methods weren’t really that compatible I felt. That was until I started experimenting with my favorite kitchen gadget lately. The Instant Pot * is my new obsession! I experiment a lot with “all-in-one-pot” meals with it and jump in the air with joy when I finally get it right. Unfortunately, it requires loads of trials and errors until I hit the perfect cooking time and pressure and pressure release. You are lucky though, I do all the testing and you can enjoy the meals made to perfection :)
How to make chicken and rice in the same (Instant) Pot
Use the Instant Pot and watch the magic happen! No, they’re not paying me to say that, I’m just the most satisfied customer on the planet! Ever since making quinoa in the instant pot for the first time I found out it cooks SO MUCH BETTER than in a regular pot! I obviously made the conclusion that rice or any other grain must turn out equally amazing. And yes! It turnes out freakin’ fantastic! The advantage of the Instant Pot is that water doesn’t evaporate, you cook the grains with less water and avoid any kind of mushiness.
Now, exactly this is why the Instant Pot is perfect for cooking chicken and rice at the same time. Since there is little water involved the chicken “sits” on the rice, as opposed to being submerged in water. You basically steam the chicken breasts and they come out super duper tender and juicy. Boiled chicken breast is horrible if you ask me and steamed is the absolute best for moist, juicy meat.
Sauté some onion and garlic, add rice, add cilantro water (a tiny little bit less than the amount of rice because chicken releases juice), add hard veggies, place seasoned chicken breasts on top of it all and you’re ready to close the lids and let the pot do its magic. 20 minutes later….tadaaaaaa your Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is ready AND GREEN! :D
What goes with chicken and rice?
Well, that’s an easy question to answer. Veggies of course! No-brainer :P Remember to always fill half your plate with fruits and veggies for optimal nutrition.
In this case I recommend vegetables that are fairly hard and usually need longer cooking times. Veggies you would through into the same regular pot as rice. Think root vegetables like carrots and celery or bell pepper or squash. Any of those are great for this recipe. They will cook to perfection without becoming all mush. Zucchini for example would go really well taste wise but not texture wise because it cooks way too fast. If the only vegetables you have on had are soft, make them separately by sautéing in a pan.