Instant Pot Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice

This easy Instant Pot Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice recipe is flavor-loaded comfort food without the work! Family-friendly and picky-eater approved. 

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This easy Instant Pot Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice recipe is flavor-loaded comfort food without the work! Family-friendly and picky-eater approved.

What if I told you you could have this gorgeous dish in front of you in 30 minutes? You’d probably laugh right in my face, right? Well go ahead and laugh, because it’s true.

I have to give nearly all the credit to my Instant Pot, though. I’ve sung it’s praises before, and I’ll be signing them again, but I really do enjoy creating recipes for this little stainless steel beauty to cook right up to perfection.

Instant Pot Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice | lecremedelacrumb.com

For this recipe, I simply combined everything I love about Mexican food and tweaked it for cooking in an instant — pot. (Anyone else crack themselves up as easily as I do?) Chicken, ooey, gooey, cheese, nutty rice, plus all those chunks of tomatoes and limes and spices.

There is almost zero way this recipe + those ingredients could have gone any which way but amazing.

Instant Pot Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice | lecremedelacrumb.com

Could I Use a Slow Cooker?

I’ll be honest — I didn’t test this recipe in a slow cooker. However, that being said, if you are an aficionado of slow cooking or you don’t own an Instant Pot, please, go ahead and give it a go, and then come back and let us all on how it came out. I’d really enjoy hearing from you.

If you are going to try a slow cooker, then I can give you my suggestions: Follow steps 1 and 2, except saute ingredients in a regular saute pan, not an Instant Pot, and reserve the rice to the last hour of cooking.

Add the sauteed veggies, and the rest of the ingredients except for the rice into the slow cooker. Then set your timer for about 3-4 hours on high or 4-6 on low.

During the last hour, add your rice, and then add the cheese when it’s finished (or put the lid back on for a few minutes until it’s melted). It should melt right up in no time.

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Can I Use Frozen Chicken?

Yes, you can use frozen chicken in an Instant Pot, but you have to increase the cooking time to about 20 minutes. From there, you can follow the rest of the instructions as stated.

Why Use an Instant Pot?

Instant pots cook meals in a fraction of the time it takes a slow cooker. I like it for this reason the most. Sometimes I forget to thaw my meat or to start the slow cooker before I walk out the door for the morning, and in these instances, it’s so nice to have a back-up plan (other than my drawer full of take-out menus).

Many Instant Pot models also will slow cook your rice, make your yogurt, saute your veggies and herbs, or even switch to “slow cooker” mode (potentially saving you room in your kitchen for yet another appliance). Once you figure out how your Instant Pot works, you’ll grow to love it as much as I do!

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What Are Some Other Mexican Foods?

I feel like this is such a loaded question. Authentic Mexican foods include tortillas, mole sauce, corn, tamales, enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, guacamole, chorizo…the list could go on and on.

Now, while I’m sure you won’t find any Mexican abuela using her instant pot to make up this particular dish, I’m sure we can all agree that it’s the essences of Mexican food that we are often after. It’s the spices, sauces, textures, smells, and flavors of Mexican food that cause us to seek new recipes, new (and often quicker) ways to get those flavors right into our mouths and adapt them for a busy lifestyle. I think if you’ve been on my blog for any amount of time, you’ll notice how much I love creating and cooking Mexican dishes.

What Other Ways Could I Top This Dish?

In my recipe, I suggest you top this Instant Pot Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice dish with cherry tomatoes, avocado, olives, cilantro, or sour cream. However, feel free to add whatever toppings you love. You could use all of these plus some pickled onions or jalapenos, hot sauce, guacamole, or even a fried egg! Yum!

 

Instant Pot Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice

This easy Instant Pot Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice recipe is flavor-loaded comfort food without the work! Family-friendly and picky-eater approved. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken and rice, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
hands-off time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 yellow or white onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • juice of 2 limes about 2 tablespoons
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup chunky salsa mild or medium
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • toppings: cherry tomatoes, avocado, green onions, olives, cilantro, sour cream

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to “Saute” setting. Drizzle with oil, then add onions and garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper and saute for 20-30 seconds longer. 

  2. Add chicken broth and lime juice, stir for a few seconds to loosen onions and garlic from the bottom of the pot, then add chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, and rice. 

  3. Place the lid on the pot, set vent to the “seal” position, and change to the “Pressure Cook” setting for 10 minutes. 

  4. Once time is up, let the pot naturally release for 5 minutes, then turn the vent to the venting position. Once pressure is completely released and float valve drops down, remove the lid. Remove chicken breasts and shred with two forks. Return to the pot and mix in with the rice.

  5. Sprinkle the cheese on top and place the lid on the pot for 3-4 minutes until the cheese has melted. Serve with your favorite toppings like cherry tomatoes, avocado, olives, cilantro, or sour cream.

 

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Can not find the number of servings this recipe makes. Did I just miss it?

    My mistake- it should say 4-6 servings!

This looks delicious! Keep those instant pot recipes coming 😊. I would be INTERESTED to heAr the adjustments if anyone tries this with brown rice. Thank you for the great recipe.

    I hope that you love this instant pot recipe! They’re so fun to use, right?!