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
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 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.

Keywords: Instant Pot, Mexian, chicken, rice, tomatoes


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. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
116 Responses
    1. Deb

      When you buy your tomatoes there are cans that say chili seasonings. I just used a tin of Aylmer Accents chili seasonings diced stewed tomatoes. Just look at the section that sells diced/stewed tomatoes. They are very common.

  1. Sheila

    I have the 9-in-1 Instant Pot. It does not have a Poultry button. If I use the Manual button how much time should I set the IP?

  2. Marlene

    This looks awesome! 2 things, Do you really only use 1/2 cup of water?? Or are you including the liquid from the canned tomatoes? Also, Brown rice: how much liquid/cook time do you need to convert this recipe?

    1. Hi Marlene, yes, the liquid from the canned tomatoes makes up the difference. If you’re cooking brown rice I would increase the 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup and see how that goes. I’ve never tried it with brown rice, so if you do, come back and let us know!

      1. Caroline

        I wanted you to know I made this w/ brown rice with the suggested 3/4 cup. It was the perfect weeknight meal, exactly as written. Thanks so much!

  3. Kris

    Holy cow, I just made this. I did add red pepper flakes. I like it spicy. I’m thinking Mexican risotto. Big hit! Going to freez some for a day I dont want to cook but want a good meal! Thanks for the share!

    1. If you look where the diced tomatoes are in the store, they’ll have other flavor varieties like garlic and herb, chili ready, etc. You can use rotel, but make sure you use the proper amount as Rotel is usually only a 10 oz. can.

  4. Sandra Farrar

    Thank you so much for stating the fact that you need to leave time for this recipe to pressurize and then to release the pressure. that is so important to plan a meal and I thought it was great when I read it in your instructions. This recipe looks very good and I will definitely try it out. Thank you!

  5. Kim Heggins

    OH MY GOODNESS! Made this recipe this morning, so impressed with how quick and how yummy this dish is! I was a bit nervous using my insta pot with meat in it (have only cooked rice so far) and wow! Simply amazing! Thank you for the most delicious recipe!

  6. Monique

    This looks really great. I dont have a pressure cooker. How can I change the recipe to suit me? How about using a slow cooker?
    Thanks. Love your recipes.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; 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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