Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice is a super quick and easy dinner that’s thrown together in minutes!

I love this Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice casserole! It's so easy - just toss everything in and let it cook for 12 minutes!pinterestInstant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice is the very first pressure cooker recipe I’m sharing on my site, and boy is this a good one.

It happened.

I drank the Instant Pot kool-aid and I’m absolutely hooked! Do you have a pressure cooker? If not, get one! It’s seriously life changing!

I'm absolutely obsessed with this super easy Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice!

I bought the Instant Pot last month for my birthday and since then, I’ve been playing around with it and getting used to the way it cooks. One of my favorite things about a pressure cooker is how you can just throw everything in, push a couple buttons and in minutes you can have super tender meat and flavorful dishes.

This recipe is a twist off of one of my One Skillet Recipes, Mexican Chicken Taco Skillet. If you thought a one skillet recipe was easy, well this IP recipe is even easier!!

I love this Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice! It's made in minutes in the Pressure Cooker!

Simply throw all the ingredients into the pressure cooker, give it a stir and pop the lid back on.

Push the Poultry button and adjust the timer to 12 minutes. Go grab a magazine and get some quality ME TIME before dinner is ready!

Yes, it’s seriously THAT EASY!

My whole family LOVED this Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice! So easy!

Here’s the thing with the Instant Pot – and maybe you already know this – when a recipe says it takes 12 minutes, that doesn’t include the time it takes for the pot to “come to pressure.”

  • Expect at least 10 to 15 minutes before the pot is pressurized
  • The 12 minute timer will start to count down.
  • This recipe tastes best when you let the pressure naturally release (another 10 to 15 minutes)
  • Total time from actual start to finish – you’re looking at close to 45 minutes, but keep in mind, this is totally hands free cooking!

ONE POT Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice! So easy and super delicious!

So, is the Instant Pot totally worth it? YES!

I’ve fallen in love with the ease of just tossing in all the ingredients and having super tender chicken, shredded pork, and fluffy rice. Beans are next on my list of things to make, so I’ll keep you posted on that!

I have even used the IP as a slow cooker with equal success, so it’s a great all around tool to have in your kitchen.

I love this Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice casserole! It's so easy - just toss everything in and let it cook for 12 minutes!

If you’re looking for your first (or next) Instant Pot recipe to try, give this Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice a try! You’re going to love it!

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Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice is a super quick and easy dinner that’s thrown together in minutes!

  • Author: Shawn Syphus | I Wash You Dry
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 (14oz) cans diced, chili-ready tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup fresh (or canned) corn kernels
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded marbled cheddar
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Taco toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • Diced tomato
  • Diced avocado
  • chopped cilantro


  1. Combine the chicken, diced tomatoes, onion, corn, rice, lime juice, garlic salt, cumin, butter and water in the pot of your pressure cooker and stir to combine. Set to the POULTRY setting for 12 minutes with the steam release valve in the closed position.
  2. Let the pressure cooker naturally release pressure (about 10 to 15 minutes). Stir the mixture to fluff the rice. Add in the 1 cup cheese and 1/3 cup chopped cilantro and stir until cheese is melted.
  3. Serve in bowls, with optional taco toppings if desired. Enjoy!


*Updated recipe 12/28/17 to increase liquid amounts to 1 cup of water.


  • Serving Size: 4 to 6 servings


My whole family LOVES this Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Rice! It's so easy and so flavorful!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
87 Responses
  1. Cyndi

    Yeah so I did NOT get a “burn” error. I cooked everything as specified except that I added an extra half cup of water because it just didn’t seem like enough liquid. It came to pressure, cooked, and I did a NPR. Then I dumped it into a bowl.

    The whole bottom of my pot and about 1″ of food from the bottom was scorched. The whole meal went into the trash. Sigh. This is my first fail making an IP meal, but it’s also the first time I didn’t read reviews and comments. I got too confident (cocky?).

    REALLY wanted to like this recipe!

    1. Hi Cyndi, oh man, I’m so sorry that you didn’t get awesome results out of this recipe. I’ve never had an issue with this recipe and burning or scorching on the bottom. Could it be that your pressure cooker took longer to come to pressure than normal? Maybe your seal wasn’t on properly?

    2. Brandon M. Sergent

      Black beans in the instant pot are astounding. Like 25 minutes and natural release, 4 to 1 dry to water ratio. No other steps needed.

  2. Dragana Forbes

    First of all I love this recipe. That was probably one reason why I didnt give up on it after first time it burned. No matter how much water I put it was a disaster. Yesterday I made just little tweaks, I put all the ingredients in the instant pot (except rice), mixed it completely and then put a cup of rice on top and half a cup of water on top of the rice. I didn’t stir it, just switched it on. It pressurized like a dream and cooked it perfectly without any burns on the bottom of the pot.
    Family loved it.

  3. David

    I also got the ‘burn’ notice on the IP Ultra. Burnt the heck out of my pot and we will be ordering takeout. It might have to do with the model pot used (at least that is what I read).

  4. Ben

    Burn notice twice, put it in a pot on the stove. After seeing the comment above, i added an extra half cup of water just to be certain. Not sure why it burned… do you coat the instant pot with anything before use? I was super sad because this was my first attempt at cooking with the instant pot…

    1. Hi Shawn, Your recipe for Mexican Chicken Rice says to place the on “Poultry” setting. I don’t have that on my Instant Pot. Would the “Meat/Stew” setting be the same?

    2. I’m so sorry you got a burn notice on this recipe. You can always coat the IP with non stick spray, but once you get a burn notice you have to completely remove everything from the pot, scrub it clean and start over. I don’t get a burn notice when I make this recipe, so I’m not sure why some do and some don’t.

  5. Casey

    I tried making this for dinner tonight. I kept getting the burn message. After 1 1/2 hours of trying to get it to cook I finally transferred it to the crock pot and it will cook for the next 4 hours. Tonight’s dinner is fast food but if all goes well we will eat this tomorrow.

    1. The tricky thing with the burn signal is that once you get it once, you’ll have to remove everything from the pot and scrub the bottom clean. Then start over and add a little more liquid. Did you make sure to add the cup of water to the recipe?

  6. Linnea

    I made this for lunch today – so tasty! I don’t know what chili tomatoes are, so I just used petite cut. I threw in a little taco seasoning too (largely because I realized I have no cilantro and was afraid it would be a tad bland without). Liquid level was fine, if anything a bit too much. Next time I’m going to try adding some black beans to give it a little more color and texture. Tomorrow the cold leftovers are going on top of lettuce for a taco salad!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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