Instant Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice Bowls

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We’re giving this classic dish a flavor twist and making it in a snap. Instant Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice is sure to be a family favorite.

We're giving this classic dish a flavor twist and making it in a snap. Instant Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice is sure to be a family favorite.

Southwestern Chicken and Rice is the ultimate one pot meal. Everything gets thrown into the Instant Pot and dinner is ready in about 30 minutes. I can’t even remember how I got dinner on the table before the magical Instant Pot was invented.

Oh yeah! I used the slow cooker all the time. I still do when I’m in the mood for one of these slow cooker chicken dinners. But let’s face it. Fast is the name of the game these days. (If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, we recommend this one.)

Southwestern Chicken and Rice takes all those flavors you love, like beans, corn, chili peppers, rice and chicken and seasons it all with taco seasoning. Then it all gets cooked together for an easy meal.

One of my family’s favorite parts of this meal is the toppings. Some of our favorites are diced tomatoes, jalapeños, salsa, cilantro and lime wedges. Sour cream, cheese and avocado are also great additions, but you can totally top with your own favorite go-tos. The kids will love being able to create their own bowl.

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Instant Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice Bowls

  • Author: Kelly Nardo
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white jasmine rice
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (14 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilis
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • Optional toppings: sliced jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, salsa, green onions, cilantro, lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Add rice, corn, onion, beans, tomatoes and water to Instant Pot and stir to combine. Place chicken in mixture, making sure to cover some with the liquid. Sprinkle seasonings over chicken, rice and bean mixture.
  2. Close lid, make sure vent is set to sealed and set to manual for 12 minutes. Once done, either release pressure manually or let it naturally release.
  3. Remove chicken and shred with two forks. Place it back in the pot, stir to incorporate and serve with optional toppings if using.

We\'re giving this classic dish a flavor twist and making it in a snap. Instant Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice is sure to be a family favorite.

Note: The Cookful may receive a commission on purchases made through Amazon/affiliate links.

We\'re giving this classic dish a flavor twist and making it in a snap. Instant Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice is sure to be a family favorite.

Kelly Nardo

Kelly is the girl behind Eat the Gains, a food and fitness blog dedicated to providing wholesome and delicious recipes that fuel both workouts and everyday life. She is also a nutrition and CrossFit coach and runs a meal prep delivery service in Austin, TX. Her favorite color is orange and she has never met a vegetable she didn’t like - if you know, send it her way!