This Instant Pot Rice-a-Roni chicken is a kid friendly meal you do not want to miss! A family friendly meal that goes together in a snap and cooks in five minutes!!
Tender bite sized pieces of chicken are nestled in a classically savory and delicious homemade version of Rice-a-Roni.
And no worries, this version is all real food…no scary processed ingredients here! Just basic pantry staples will make this one pot wonder!
Remember Rice-a-Roni when you were growing up!!?
While it certainly still exists….I no longer am willing to purchase it. It contains some less than stellar ingredients I prefer not to feed my family.
And really, there is no need!
With a few simple ingredients and spices, you can have that classic flavor you fondly remember…and totally gluten free to boot!
Meet the Instant Pot Rice-a-Roni Chicken, a perfect quick recipe to throw into that mom arsenal! (If you just want to make the side dish, try my Instant Pot rice a roni with no added meat)
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Stove Top Rice-a-Roni Chicken?
I haven’t tested it yet, but I plan to!
- The liquid would need to be increased for simmering on the stove. I would start with 2 3/4 cup broth, added in after you have followed all the ‘Saute‘ instructions.
- Pour in the broth, bring to a simmer, then cover and let gently simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let rest another 5-10 minutes.
More Quick & Easy Instant Pot Meals:
Having lots of quick and easy recipes on hand is key to feeding your family well, even when time is crunched!! These recipes are all straight forward and call for simple ingredients. As an added bonus, they are kid-friendly!
- My Instant Pot Chicken Adobo is equally delicious atop a Chinese chicken salad or a bowl of rice!
- Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is a low carb creamy stew made with ground chicken….and a healthy surprise!
- Instant Pot No Noodle Lasagna (could serve over noodles too!!)
- Everyone needs an Easy Beef Stew in their life!
Instant Pot Rice-a-Roni Chicken Recipe:
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Instant Pot Rice-a-Roni Chicken
A real food version of chicken Rice-a-Roni with tender bits of chicken breast meat cooked along side for a perfect family dinner!
- 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
- 11/2 teaspoons sea salt to taste, will depend on the broth you use.
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 2 cups bone broth homemade or your favorite chicken broth
- 1 pound chicken tenders, chopped or bite size pieces of chicken breast or thighs.
Press "sauté' on your Instant Pot. Add in the oil or butter, and when hot, toss in the onion.
Meanwhile, mix your spices and broth together to be ready for step 5.
Stir the onion for a few minutes to soften, then add the broken spaghetti pieces to brown slightly, several minutes. You will notice the noodles getting darker in color. Hit 'cancel.'
Add all the rice, the seasoning mix, and chicken, stirring to combine.
Pour in the bone broth or chicken broth, stirring gently. Ensure no bits stick to the bottom...newer Instant Pots have a sensitive 'burn' notice sensor. If any rice kernels are on the side of the insert, shove them back into the broth.
Lock on the lid and set 'manual' high pressure time for 5 minutes. Called 'pressure cook' on newer models. It generally takes 5-8 minutes for the pressure cooker to come to full pressure and start its backward 5 minute timer, FYI! If you want to decrease this time, preheat your broth before adding it.
When the Instant Pot beeps, hit 'cancel', and let it sit (natural release) for at least 10 minutes before releasing pressure (pull pressure valve forward towards you). It is worth noting that this natural release time is essential for the rice to cook fully and the chicken pieces to tenderize. I often make the meal a couple hours in advance and just let it sit after it finishes cooking and I have canceled or turned the Instant Pot off. Stays nice and warm and ready for eating!
Vegetable addition note: In these pictures, I added some steamed broccoli to the end product...cooking broccoli WITH the rice would = mush broccoli - yuck.