Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice

This Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice will be the best comfort food recipe that you make in your pressure cooker! A one-pot recipe loaded with cheese and mixed vegetables, it will become a family favorite that you make over and over again.

I am all about the Instant Pot these days . . . and that is coming from the sister who swore by her slow cooker!

(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:

  1. Boneless chicken breasts
  2. Olive oil
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper
  5. Onion
  6. Garlic
  7. White rice
  8. Chicken broth
  9. Water
  10. Cream of chicken soup
  11. Cheddar cheese
  12. 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.

Mix in your favorite vegetables

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:

  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • green beans
  • peas
  • zucchini
  • squash
  • spinach
  • 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!

Serves: 6-8

Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice

This Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice will be the best comfort food recipe that you make in your pressure cooker! A one-pot recipe loaded with cheese and mixed vegetables, it will become a family favorite that you make over and over again.

15 minPrep Time

16 minCook Time

31 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups white rice (uncooked)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag frozen mixed vegetables


  1. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Press “saute” button on Instant Pot and let pot heat up. Add in olive oil to pot, then add in chicken, salt, pepper, onion, and garlic. Saute over heat until onions become translucent and chicken starts to brown (5-6 minutes).
  3. Add rice and cook for 1-2 minutes more; just until rice starts to turn golden brown.
  4. Add in chicken broth and water, then place lid on Instant Pot. Press “manual” button and set timer for 8 minutes.
  5. Once cooking time is complete, switch the valve on top to “venting” (i.e. a quick release).
  6. Remove lid and add in soup, shredded cheese, and frozen vegetables. Mix everything together until cheese is melted and vegetables are warmed (if you need to turn it on saute to help the vegetables cook, you can do that. Just be sure to stir continuously so that it doesn’t burn).


Instant Pot
egg free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free

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