Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
Savory and comforting, this Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is cheesy, simple to make, and the leftovers reheat well.
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This recipe is low fat, gluten free, healthy carb, and a Trim Healthy Mama E Fuel.
I have had this recipe photographed for months, but have never taken the time to sit down and actually post it.
I love this recipe – it is simple, it uses my favorite kitchen accessory, and it is an E meal!
I have found myself gravitating more to the FP (low carb/low fat) and E (healthy carb) fuels recently. Now, don’t get me wrong! I still love my S (low carb) fuels as well!
(Do these abbreviations sound foreign to you? You can check out this post to see more about Trim Healthy Mama and what it is.)
But I think I have begun to realize that you cannot eat cream cheese, heavy cream, and all these Heavy S fuels all day long. It is good to juggle your fuels (which is something that THM has always taught).
Perhaps it has something to do with “Mature THM.” I’ve heard Pearl and Serene talking about how your eating changes the longer you are on the THM plan.
Those delicious S fuels and recipes are what makes this plan seem doable in the beginning. It is amazing all the delicious things you can eat, and still lose weight!
But as time progresses, some people (me included) begin to see a stall to their weight loss. I’m wondering if that is because we focus too much on the S fuels and forget about those amazing E’s and FP’s!
Trim Healthy Mama is a beautiful plan of BALANCE. No major food groups are out, but it is important to keep a balance to our eating as well! I’ve actually found (for me) that I lose better when I eat more E meals/snacks.
Now before we go any further, please let me assure you that I am by no means perfect at this way of eating.
I still go off plan (more often than I would like to admit) sometimes. If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you are probably familiar with my struggles. I struggle at times just like you may.
So please, I am NOT scolding anyone (except maybe myself). I’m just sharing some of the thoughts that have been swirling through my head.
But on to the Instant Pot Chicken and Rice recipe!
Easy Chicken and Rice
No doubt my Instant Pot is has become my favorite kitchen appliance. My husband bought it for me one year ago at Christmas. It sat in the box for a while because I was too intimidated to use it!
But now that I have the hang of it, I use it all the time. Multiple times a week!
An Instant Pot speeds up cooking time while using up to 70% less energy!
I use it to cook chicken breasts, steam eggs, cook (Dreamfields) pasta, make soup, chicken wings, and now this easy Chicken and Rice recipe! (This is the Instant Pot I have.)
You can also use it to make an easy Bone Broth!
I wanted to make this a “Cheesy” chicken and rice dish. But if you are familiar with Trim Healthy Mama, you know that cheese (S) and brown rice (E) don’t mix well together – you end up with a crossover!
But for this recipe, I chose to use Light Laughing Cow Cheese, which is low enough in fat that you are still well within the E guidelines!
I also used the Trim Healthy Mama Bullion Mix. This adds flavor to the recipe, and the nutritional yeast deepens the “cheesy” level!
I also learned another trick from the Trim Healthy Table Cookbook – using riced cauliflower in brown rice dishes! This enables you to make them stretch further, and lowers the carbs a bit so you can actually eat MORE!
No-one would ever know that there is cauliflower in this dish. It blends in perfectly with the rice.
I used the riced cauliflower pictured below, but you can use any brand (or even make your own) so long as there are no sauces added to it.
I was excited to see this particular blend, and I can’t wait to use it in more recipes!
Also, you do not have to use the Light Laughing Cow Cheese, but it does add a creamy element to this dish!
If you need another idea for an Instant Pot Chicken and Rice dish, check out this Instant Pot Lemon Basil Chicken and Rice Recipe from Tastes Better from Scratch. (Be sure to use the brown rice option.)
So, what do you need for this Instant Pot Chicken and Rice?
1.5 Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, cut into bite-sized pieces.
3 Tablespoons Trim Healthy Mama Bullion Mix (easy to make, or you can use your own favorite bullion)
1 ½ Teaspoons Salt
½ Teaspoon Marjoram
1 12 ounce Bag Riced Cauliflower
2 Cups Uncooked Brown Rice
2 ½ Cups Water
6 Light Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges
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- 1.5 Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast cut into bite-sized pieces.
- 3 Tablespoons Trim Healthy Mama Bullion Mix easy to make, or you can use your own favorite bullion
- 1 ½ Teaspoons Salt
- ½ Teaspoon Marjoram
- 1 12 ounce Bag Riced Cauliflower
- 2 Cups Uncooked Brown Rice
- 2 ½ Cups Water
- 6 Light Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges
Place all of the ingredients except Light Laughing Cow Cheese into the Instant Pot Liner and stir well.
Place lid on Instant Pot and close and seal the valve.
Process at manual pressure for 22 minutes.
Allow to Natural Pressure Release for 10 minutes, then Quick Release.
Unwrap Light Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges, cut into small pieces and stir into the rice mixture.
If you do not have an Instant Pot, I believe you could make this in your oven, but I have not tested this method yet.
I would suggest putting the ingredients into a 9x13 glass dish and covering with foil. Bake at 350 for 45 -60 minutes or until done.