Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice

An easy, flavorful dinner that is ready less than 30 minutes! This Instant Pot fiesta chicken and rice is sure to become a family favorite!

Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice |

This is the last Instant Pot recipe I’ll be sharing until this fall! ? That seems crazy, but with summer just around the corner I’ll be sharing a bunch of salads and recipes you can make on the grill. I hope you’re ready! Until then, you should definitely try this 30 minute meal. It’s so incredibly easy to prep, insanely flavorful, and super easy to customize. If you don’t want to eat it bowl-style, wrap it up in a tortilla and enjoy it as a burrito.

Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice |

We’ve made this recipe three times now, adjusting things here and there. We definitely prefer using boneless skinless chicken thighs versus chicken cutlets. They get nice and tender without over cooking. I used a blend of seasonings and spices to ensure they would be delicious on their own and mixed in with everything else.

Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice |

Once the thighs are ready to go, add the chicken broth, rice, black beans, salsa and corn to the Instant Pot. I used low-sodium broth, long grain rice, freshly prepared salsa (don’t use the jarred stuff), and low-sodium black beans. I preferred the flavor that came with the leftover broiled corn we had on hand, however, thawed frozen corn works just fine too.

How to broil frozen corn:

  1. Turn on broiler to HIGH.
  2. Toss corn in a small amount of avocado or grapeseed oil, season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Place in oven for 5 minutes, stir, the broil for 5 additional minutes.
  4. Remove when slightly charred on edges.

A simple, yet smart way to add an extra flavor boost to any dish that involves corn, especially when it’s not in season.

Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice |

Stir everything together, then place the seasoned chicken thighs over top. It’s ok if the sink a little. Close the Instant Pot, cook for 8 minutes, then manually release the pressure.

Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice |

While everything is cooking in the Instant Pot, blend up the creamy cilantro sauce. Toss everything into a blender or food processor and pulse away. Easy, right? This bright, spicy, tangy, creamy sauce totally makes this dish! Don’t skip it!

Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice |

When everything is done, serve it up and add a dollop of sauce on the side. If you have extra greens you can chop them up and add them as garnishes like pictured above. Not necessary, totally optional. Enjoy!!


Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice |

Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice

An easy, flavorful dinner that is ready less than 30 minutes! This Instant Pot fiesta chicken and rice is sure to become a family favorite!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Author: Natalie
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For the chicken:
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
For the rice:
  • 1 1/2 - 2 c. low-sodium chicken broth - depending on how much liquid is in your salsa
  • 1 c. long grain white rice
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 c. pico de gallo - not the pureed stuff in the jar - mild, medium or hot
  • 1/2 c. frozen corn - thawed
For the sauce:
  • 4 cloves garlic - peeled
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper - more or less to taste
  • 3 green onions - ends removed
  • 2 c. cilantro
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 c. olive oil - more if needed
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes


  • Season chicken thighs with chili powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, salt, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  • Add chicken broth, rice, black beans, salsa, and corn into the Instant Pot, stir to combine. Place chicken thighs over top.
  • Place lid on, and turn Instant Pot on MANUAL mode with high pressure selected for 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, add the garlic, jalapeño and green onions, pulse for 30 seconds. Add cilantro, avocado, 1/4 cup olive oil, lime juice, salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Pulse until smooth and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add more olive oil to thin out sauce if needed. Set aside.
  • Once cooked, allow for the Instant Pot's pressure to release manually by switching the pressure release valve to venting, this usually takes about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the pot and serve with a dollop of the sauce and chopped green or cilantro, if desired.

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    1. Pressure cookers are funny in that you don’t actually need to adjust the cook time when doubling a recipe. You’re good to go as written!

  1. Just made this for dinner and put the recipe in my recipe binder to use again! This meal was so easy but tasted great and was very flavorful! My husband said it’s one of his top recipes now and we agreed it would be a good go to meal when we have folks in town. I’m now going to be spending my evening browsing through your other Instant Pot recipes : )

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. Hi Natalie!  This recipe looks fantastic!  About how many does this it feed?  I’m planning to do a bulk meal to split between 6 couples/small families and was thinking I’d quadruple the recipe (double and cook it two times each).  Or should I just go ahead and double and make three times?

    1. I think it would be just fine doing two double batches. You may want to reduce the cook time by a few minutes.

  3. Was very good but not enough liquid/broth for the rice. My Instapot kept going into BURN. Had to take everything out and scrape bottom out. Washed it and put everything back in with more broth. Needs at least 2 cups of broth.

    1. Hi Michele, I think it just depends on how much liquid is in your salsa. Mine had a lot! I’ll be sure to note that in the recipe 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    We love making rice in our Instant Pot. It really soaks in the flavor. This recipe was an absolute favorite! I love that it is a one pot meal too!

    1. Yes, it really does! Glad you enjoyed the recipe! And one pot meals are always so nice to have on hand. 🙂