Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

The instant pot takes my affection for Chicken Taco Bowls to a whole new level,  allowing you to add all of the ingredients to the pot at the same time, without any prep! YES!! This recipe is a busy mom’s dream come true.  The toppings can really make this dish fantastic! I suggest a little shredded cheese, a dollop of plain greek yogurt, and definitely some fresh chopped cilantro and avocado. You serve this meal as is or along the side of warm corn/flour tortillas or tortilla chips on the side. You could also top with some shredded lettuce or chopped spinach to make yourself “Mexican Chicken Salad Bowl.”

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth , divided
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (or make your own here)
  • 15 ounce can black beans , rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn (frozen, fresh, or canned that has been drained)
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 1/4 cups long grain white, basmati or jasmine rice , rinsed and drained

Topping ideas:

  • cheese
  • fresh cilantro , chopped
  • avocado sliced
  • green onion , chopped
  • sour cream or plain Greek Yogurt

Directions:

  1. Spray bottom of IP with non-stick cooking spray. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth to bottom of Instant Pot and add chicken breasts.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with taco seasoning.
  3. Add black beans, corn, salsa, lime juice and rice.
  4. Add remaining 1 cup chicken broth.
  5. Press rice into the liquid to make sure it’s fully submerged.
  6. Set valve to sealing. Cook on Manual (high pressure) for 8 minutes and allow pressure to naturally release for 12 minutes, then turn to quick release.
  7. Remove lid and gently FLUFF rice with a fork (Don’t stir it!).
  8. Place lid back on (with power off) for 5 more minutes to allow rice to rest while you prepare the toppings.
  9. Pull out the chicken breasts and shred.
  10. Add a scoop of rice mixture to a bowl. Top with some shredded chicken, and other desired toppings. Serve with tortillas, if desired.