(If you are looking for the slow cooker version of this recipe, you can find it here: Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice).
I still use both appliances, but I LOVE my Instant Pot for busy nights and I can throw something together quick and easy.
Our sister Kristen is the QUEEN of Instant Pot – she has TONS of recipes on our YouTube channel where she shows you how to make pretty much anything in your Instant Pot (including these 5 soups that are perfect for beginners!).
This delicious, creamy, and flavorful cheesy chicken dinner with vegetables and rice comes together in less than an HOUR!
You read that right. I am able to make delicious meals in my Instant Pot just like this one! And not to mention that I can do it all in one device. No need for other pans! Can you say fewer dishes?? Yep, I thought you’d like that.
Ingredients needed to make Cheesy Chicken and Rice:
- Boneless chicken breasts
- Olive oil
- White rice
- Chicken broth
- Cream of chicken soup
- Cheddar cheese
- Mixed vegetables
The ingredient list may seem long, but they are mostly likely ingredients that you have on hand right now!
How to make Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice:
To get started, cut up the raw chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
Plug in your Instant Pot and press the “Saute” button to get the bowl inside the Instant Pot heated up. Once the screen on the Instant Pot reads “HOT” pour in the olive oil, and let that sit for about a minute.
Next, add in the cut-up chicken breasts, salt, pepper, diced onion, and minced garlic (fresh is always best but from the jar will work too).
Continue by sauteing everything until the onion becomes translucent and the chicken begins to brown up. It should only take about 5-6 minutes.
PRO TIP: If you let the oil heat up before you put the food in there it will help things cook faster.
Now that the veggies and chicken have been cooking for a few minutes, add in the rice and cook for another minute or two until the rice begins to turn a golden brown.
Hit the “Cancel” button to turn the heat off.
Next, add the chicken broth and water to the browned chicken and vegetables.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot (make sure it’s locked) and set the valve to seal. Press the “Manual” button and then set the timer for 8 minutes.
It will come to pressure (this will take 10 minutes or so) and then the timer will appear with the 8 minutes.
Once the timer is done, carefully switch the valve on top of the Instant Pot to “venting” (aka a quick release).
After the pin on the top drops, you are able to open up the Instant pot and add in the cream of chicken soup, shredded cheese, and frozen vegetables. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon until the cheese is melted and the veggies are no longer frozen.
If you need to turn the “saute” function back on to help warm the vegetables up a little more, do it! Just be sure to stir constantly to void burning anything.
And PRESTO it’s done!! See, super simple.
Related Article: How to convert any recipe into an Instant Pot recipe!
Want to mix it up?
You can change this recipe up by adding your favorite frozen vegetables or even fresh vegetables! Mix your favorites to make this dish your own.
Some vegetables to try in this recipe would be:
- green beans
- green peppers
If you use fresh vegetables, they might need to cook for a little longer or you could steam them before throwing them in with the chicken and rice mixture to make sure that they are tender.
MORE easy Instant Pot recipes!
We have an amazing YouTube channel where we make our tried and true recipes that everyone loves, and you are able to see how the magic happens!
For another great (so great you’ll probably make it every week) Instant Pot recipe watch this EASY Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe video! You can thank me later!
What Instant Pot do I use?
I have the Instant Pot LUX 6 Quart 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker. It’s basically 6 appliances in 1 – pressure cooker, rice cooker, saute, steamer, cake maker, and warmer.
Want more delicious Instant Pot recipes?
Here are some of our favorites!
- Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup
- Instant Pot Cashew Chicken
- Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Soup
- Instant Pot Shells and Beef
- Instant Pot Chicken Caesar Sandwiches
- Instant Pot Pork Chile Verde
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