Instant Pot Salsa Chicken & Brown Rice – Gluten Free

by Sharon on February 20, 2017

Beginners to pressure cooking will love this easy Instant Pot Salsa Chicken & Brown Rice. It is simple and family friendly! Gluten free and full of fiber, this will  be a healthy staple on your dinner table.

Rice, beans and chicken in a bowl topped with cheese, cilantro and avocado with a red checkered napkin and an Instant Pot in the background

 

This Instant Pot Salsa Chicken & Brown Rice is one of those one pot wonders. The IP is so great for those.

It’s why I invested in this handy kitchen tool!

Simple one pot, no babysitting and a delicious, consistent product.

What separates the Instant Pot from a slow cooker is the very useful saute function.

Instead of browning meat or sauteing veggies in another pan, you can do it right in the Instant Pot. Love that!

Anything to lessen the never-ending pile of washing. Joe calls me ‘the dirty dish maker’.

That’s life with a food blogger.

Don’t worry. I have a few names for him too. 😉

Rice, beans and chicken in a bowl topped with cheese, cilantro and avocado with a red checkered napkin and an Instant Pot in the background

 

HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT SALSA CHICKEN & BROWN RICE

First, I sauteed up some onions in a little bit of coconut oil then hit the pot with freshly minced garlic. I did use homemade bone broth in this recipe instead of water as the liquid.

Using broth adds so much flavour.

This is something I cannot recommend enough.

Rice, beans and chicken in a bowl topped with cheese, cilantro and avocado with a red checkered napkin and an Instant Pot in the background

Another homemade addition was the black beans that I made from dried. Did I make them in the Instant Pot?

Of course I did!

Remember friends, you were warned.

It’s been Instant Pot city up in here. You could even call me a pot head. 😉 I promise to share all of these recipes with my fellow junkies.

Rice, beans and chicken in a bowl topped with cheese, cilantro and avocado with a red checkered napkin and an Instant Pot in the background

 

I used frozen chicken breasts for this recipe. Using frozen chicken makes it easier to cut into chunks beforehand and because the Instant Pot is like my little magician, it cooks in the same time as the brown rice.

A perfect little marriage. 🙂

I’ve also been cooking up frozen chicken breasts to shred for soups, salads or wraps.

The final touch on this easy, breezy dish was fresh cilantro.

Rice, beans and chicken in a bowl topped with cheese, cilantro and avocado with a red checkered napkin and an Instant Pot in the background

I know that cilantro is a love it or hate it ingredient.

Count me in the love it list.

I adore the fresh, clean taste of cilantro and topped my plate liberally. Couple that with a bit of freshly grated cheese and BOOM! Dinner is ready and it’s delicious to boot.

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken & Brown Rice

 

I’m a huge fan of healthier Mexican inspired dishes and am so glad this one out of my Instant Pot was a hit.

WATCH HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE:


Yields 4 servings

Serves 4

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken & Brown Rice – Gluten Free

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 frozen chicken breasts, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 398 ml. can black beans, drained & rinsed (I used 1.5 cups)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt & 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup broth
  • toppings:cilantro, cheese, avocado, sour cream

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to saute and adjust it to low heat. Add oil and let it warm up until liquid. Add onions and saute, stirring periodically,until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for another minute. Keep stirring as not to burn the garlic
  2. Add in the chicken pieces, brown rice, beans and seasonings, and stir well. Add the salsa and broth and stir well again
  3. Turn off the saute function
  4. Lock the lid in place and press the manual button. Set the time for 18 minutes
  5. Allow pressure to release naturally. Stir and serve with desired toppings.

Tags

Allergy :    
gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
peanut free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free
7.8.1.2
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https://thehonoursystem.com/instant-pot-salsa-chicken-brown-rice-gluten-free/

Rice, beans and chicken in a bowl topped with cheese, cilantro and avocado with a red checkered napkin and an Instant Pot in the background

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jo Vanderwolf August 13, 2018 at 10:39 am
I just got my instant pot last month and have only used it once. Not going to lie, I'm intimidated. This recipe sounds like one I could tackle though! Thank you for sharing. It sounds delicious.
Sharon August 13, 2018 at 1:02 pm
Bust it out, girlfriend!! If anything the IP is a wicked prep cook. Beans, rice, chickpeas, broth all super easy and hands off. :) And this recipe of course! Thanks Jo!
Vanessa | Zest & Simmer August 13, 2018 at 12:57 pm
Love how easy this instant pot recipe is! It’s my new fave kitchen gadget. Salsa chicken is definitely a winner!
Sharon August 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm
You and me both, Vanessa! Total favourite around here. Thanks! :)
Elaine August 14, 2018 at 7:15 am
I'm always looking for different ways to use my Instant Pot, so your post is really helpful! Like you, I love the sauté function. It eliminates those extra dishes! This allergy-free recipe is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing.
Sharon August 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm
The IP is in constant use this summer. I love not heating the place into a raging inferno. ;) Thanks Elaine!
Kristen August 16, 2018 at 12:07 pm
I don’t have an instant pot but I would totally recreate in a regular one. Looks delicious!

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