This Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice dish tastes just like the casserole. Make this recipe tonight for a comfort food meal in just half the time!

overhead shot of chicken, broccoli, and rice on white plates topped with chips and cheese

Even if your weeknights are hectic, it’s still possible to have a delicious home-cooked meal. 

Traditionally, each ingredient in this dish is prepared separately before being baked in a casserole dish. Not only does this take a lot of time and energy, but it can make the kitchen unpleasantly hot. 

Instead, you can have this Instant Pot cheesy chicken and rice on the table in about half an hour. Plus, because everything is cooked in the same pot, you won’t have a pile of dishes to clean afterward!

If you like this Instant Pot chicken casserole recipe, Try this Gluten-Free Chicken and Rice or this Instant Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice. You also might like this gluten-free macaroni and cheese or chicken cordon bleu casserole!

You also might like these recipes for gluten-free cream of mushroom soup and gluten-free cream of chicken soup!

 

Ingredients You’ll Need

labeled ingredients to make Instant Pot cheesy chicken and rice
  • Chicken breasts – You’ll want to keep the amount of chicken to 1lb. So you many end up using just 1 chicken breast!
  • Broccoli – Cut into florets
  • Brown rice – Don’t swap in white rice here as the cook time isn’t the same.
  • Chicken stock – Adds more flavor than water when cooking the rice.
  • Soy sauce – Adds a little extra flavor to the dish!
  • Topping – I use crushed tortilla chips and melted butter for the topping. It adds a little crunch. You could also use gluten-free breadcrumbs.

How to Cut Broccoli

To save time, you can find bagged broccoli florets in the produce section of the grocery store. Otherwise, buy a fresh broccoli bunch and cut your own as follows:

  1. Rinse the broccoli well and gently shake out any excess water.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut off the stem as close to the head as possible.
  3. Hold the broccoli head on a cutting board with the remaining stem facing up. Make downward cuts to remove the florets from the center stem.
  4. Slice larger florets partway through the stem and pull apart the rest of the way with your fingers so you don’t get buds everywhere.

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice

numbered steps for making Instant Pot chicken casserole

Steam the broccoli first, then cook the chicken and rice at the same time. After that, mix everything together and add some crunchy topping. It’s that simple!

  1. Cook the broccoli florets in the Instant Pot using a steamer basket insert. Set the cook time to 0 minutes so the florets can cook as it comes to pressure, then do an immediate Quick Release. Set the broccoli aside and empty the water from the pot liner.
  2. Prepare the crunchy topping and set aside (this can also be done while the chicken/rice cooks!).
  3. Add the rice, liquids, and spices to the Instant Pot and give it a quick stir. Place the whole chicken breasts in the pot, pushing them down into the rice mixture. Cook on High for 22 minutes with a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release. Then do a Quick Release, if needed, to remove the last of the pressure.
  4. Next, transfer the chicken to a plate. Shred with two forks into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Fluff the rice in the Instant Pot before mixing in the sour cream, shredded cheese, and hot sauce. Then add the broccoli and chicken to the pot.
  6. Stir everything together until well combined. Spoon into bowl and top with the crushed chip topping.
Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli and Rice in white bowls on a counter

Recipe Notes

  • Whole chicken breasts – It’s best to leave the breasts whole so they don’t dry out. If your chicken breasts are extra thick, however, go ahead and slice them lengthwise to make sure they cook all the way through.
  • Frozen chicken – Because the brown rice needs so long to cook, fresh or frozen will work just fine. Make sure not to use more than 1 pound of frozen chicken.
  • Shredded cheese – Always buy fresh and shred your own. Bagged shreds have a preservative that has an unpleasant waxy texture.
  • Gluten-free – To make this recipe gluten-free, substitute the soy sauce for coconut aminos or gluten-free certified tamari.
close up of cheesy chicken and rice with broccoli in a white bowl

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! If you try this recipe please leave me a comment and star-rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

chicken and rice on white plate topped with shredded cheese
5 from 15 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 6 servings
This Instant Pot chicken broccoli rice dish tastes just like the casserole. Make this recipe tonight for a comfort food meal in just half the time!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb broccoli cut into small florets
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice I like using this Sprouted Brown Rice best
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lb chicken breast about 2 small chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce optional

Topping:

  • crushed tortilla chips + melted butter

Instructions 

  • Place a steamer basket in the bottom of the instant pot. (This also works with no steamer basket.) Add 1 cup of water and place the broccoli florets in the steamer basket. Secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 0 minutes (select Manual or High pressure and then dial down to 0; the IP will start on it’s own and the broccoli will cook perfectly as it pressurizes). Immediately release the pressure and set the broccoli aside. Pour out the remaining water.
  • Place the brown rice, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, soy sauce and chicken stock in the instant pot. Stir to combine.
  • Nestle the chicken breasts (leave them whole so they won’t get dry during cooking) down in the rice/liquid mixture.
  • Secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 22 minutes (make sure the valve is set to sealing then select Manual and then dial up to 22).
  • Meanwhile crushed the tortilla chips and mix with a tablespoon or so of melted butter for the topping.
  • Let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes and then quick release the rest of the pressure. Remove the chicken breasts and shred into bite-sized pieces. Fluff the rice with a fork and mix in the sour cream, cheddar cheese and hot sauce. Gently stir in the chicken and broccoli.
  • Serve topped with the crushed tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Notes

I’ve tried this recipe with long grain brown rice and it works great, but I really love/prefer using my favorite Sprouted Brown Rice in this recipe. (Not sponsored, I just love this rice!) The broccoli cooks perfectly using this steamer basket.
WITH FROZEN CHICKEN: This works great with frozen chicken. Just keep the cook time the same. The long cook time is to ensure the rice cooks through so frozen or fresh chicken will work. It may take a few extra minutes for the pressure to come up, but the recipe will turn out great. Do not use more than 1lb of frozen chicken.
Gluten-Free – To make this recipe gluten-free, substitute the soy sauce for coconut aminos or gluten-free certified tamari.

Nutrition

Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 975mg | Potassium: 1149mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1105IU | Vitamin C: 103.5mg | Calcium: 315mg | Iron: 3.3mg

This post was originally published on January 24, 2018. It was updated with step-by-step instructions on June 30, 2020. 

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Wow, this was amazing! Couldn’t stop eating. I’m definitely checking out the other recipes on your site to see what else I can make. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe!!! I have a picky son and he loves it.

    A tip to others: Tastes so much better with freshly shredded sharp cheese! Thank you!

    1. I have a burrito bowl recipe that calls for 1 cup of white rice – and the Instant Pot time for that recipe is 10 minutes. Though the chicken is cut up raw (not whole breasts like this recipe).

  3. 5 stars
    I LOVE this recipe! We’ve made it three or four times in the past couple of weeks. I do kind of customize it by adding some smoked paprika, cayenne, crushed red pepper, and more garlic. I also like to add in parmesan or some other hard Italian cheese for some extra flavor. It’s also good with some baby spinach!

  4. 5 stars
    I am obsessed with instant pot meals and this one is a great, comfort meal made in no time. We make this one over and over again.

  5. I had a LOT of leftover liquid, when using my frozen chicken. The rice was cooked through, but even after resting for a bit, I had about 1 1/2 cups of liquid left over. I dumped the rice/chicken through a strainer and all was right with the world again and then back into the pot to mix in the rest of the ingredients. turned out tasty, but not sure how I wound up with so much extra. Maybe my brown rice type.

    1. Willing to guess your pot wasn’t sealed. You’re only adding 2c on top of what is naturally in the chicken and there shouldn’t be much left with rice. Check your seal.

  6. Hi Erin.
    This is another one of your recipes that looks just great. I can’t wait to try. I see that your recipe calls for soy sauce. For soy sauce I typically use coconut aminos. Do you think that will work here?
    Thanks

  7. If I have left over ham, can I used that instead of the chicken? If so, how would I adjust the cooking time?

    1. You still need to cook the rice for at least 22 minutes if using brown rice. You could stir in the cooked ham at the very end with the broccoli!

  8. All I have is an ancient grain mix. It’s rice, bulgur, barley, wheat berries, red rice, oats and quinoa. Can I use this?

    1. I did try it with these grains and it turned out!! I usually like my rice a little less mushy, but it was still very good!

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