Kitchen Fun, Meal Planning

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya Chicken and Rice

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I survived!  Not only did I successfully use my Instant Pot for the first time, I did not blow any of the windows out of the house AND I kept all of my fingers!  It’s time to celebrate with some seasoned chicken and rice! 

I am stoked about my first successful pressure cooker recipe- and as usual, I jumped into the deep end feet first.  Instead of starting with thawed chicken, I decided to go all in and use the frozen breasts that I had in the freezer – let’s open her up and see what she’ll do!  I am so excited about this little gadget.  Up until now, I have not been one of those moms who were obsessed with the Instant Pot – that may now change.  It was SO SO easy to go from frozen and in the freezer chicken to cooked and ready to eat entrée in about 20 minutes – that includes prep and cook time.


3 to 4 large chicken breasts

3 cups Jambalaya Rice

3 cups water

2 tablespoons Paprika

1 tablespoon garlic

1 teaspoon salt


Place rice and water in the bottom of pot.  Stir well.  Add spices and stir again.  Add chicken. 

I set it to poultry and high pressure.  Be sure your valve is set to sealing and not venting!  The recommended time was 15 minutes, so away we went. 

I let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes and then manually released it.  Either use a very thick kitchen towel or wooden spoon to turn the valve to venting.  You don’t want your digits anywhere near that steam, so be very – very careful releasing the pressure on your pot. 

That was a cinch!  I can’t wait to try more miracle recipes with this magical kitchen gadget.  I swear, this may be my kitchen unicorn.  The chicken was moist and juicy, completely cooked, and the rice was fluffy and tender.  This was the perfect first recipe to give me a little Instant confidence. 

Serve with a salad and vegies of your choice to complete the meal.  I also garnished with a little fresh parsley for color, but that is up to you.  Cilantro or chives would also up the flavor profile if you were looking for a flavorful garnish with a little personality.

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