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Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice | lifemadesimplebakes.com
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Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice Recipe

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 556kcal


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.


Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 834mg | Potassium: 1337mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 6385IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 6mg