Comfort classic Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole is a quick 30 minute meal. Making this easy casserole will be the highlight of your dinner menu week. It's filled with delicious flavors and reminds me of Grandma's cooking.
A One Pot Meal is ideal for many reasons. My favorite being that all the ingredients get a change to meld together to create a depth of delicious flavor. YUM
Wild Rice cooked in Chicken Broth is bursting with flavor. Then add some fresh carrots, celery, and onions to the mix and it's simply delicious.
The chicken will be perfectly cooked while the rice cooks in one pot. This recipe is a quick and easy clean up and very little mess in the kitchen. That's a Mom Win incase you didn't notice.
This recipe is from my friend Julie from Hostess at Heart for our Fall Freaky Friday blog hop. She is a wealth of knowledge and her recipes are fantastic. I can't wait to introduce you to her and share some more of her recipes. More on Julie below.
Instant Pot Wild Rice and Chicken Ingredients
Chicken. Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs
Vegetables. Carrots, Celery, Onion
Liquid. Chicken or Vegetable Broth
Rice. Wild Rice Blend
Seasonings. Thyme, Salt, Pepper
How to make Chicken and Wild Rice Instant Pot Recipe
This recipe is so fast to throw together, it's one of those magical recipes to feed the family in no time. And with very little prep work, it's a great family dinner. So let's begin!
For this recipe you will need to dice the veggies. Chop half an onion into small pieces, wash and dice celery and rough chop carrots. I've used both baby carrots and whole peeled carrots. Both work great.
Toss veggies into the bottom of the Instant Pot and pour Wild Rice Blend on top spreading evenly over vegetables.
Add Chicken Breasts right on top of rice and season with salt, pepper, and any other seasons you enjoy. Onion or Garlic Powder is a great addition.
Pour Chicken broth right on top and close the Instant Pot Lid making sure to seal the pressure valve.
The chicken and rice will cook in the Instant Pot together for a perfect dinner casserole.
Allow for a natural pressure release before releasing remaining pressure with a quick release. Then open the lid and remove chicken to shred.
Wild Rice can be tricky to pressure cook and can quickly become overcooked. Do not let the natural pressure release go on longer than suggested.
Remove chicken and shred before putting back into Instant Pot and cooked wild rice. Stir to combine and enjoy.
With any recipes there are always an abundance of tips to help you achieve the most flavorful and perfectly cooked recipe. So let me help you with some of my favorites.
Layering Ingredients. There is a method to the madness of laying the ingredients. By placing the vegetables on the bottom it creates pockets for liquid. This helps to prevent the burn notice.
Chicken. Using Chicken Breasts or Thighs are both great options. Make sure to remove any bones, skin and excess fat before placing in the Instant Pot. Cooked Chicken will easily shred and mixed into cooked rice.
Additional Seasoning. Adding Thyme really adds depth of flavor to this recipe. I also really enjoy an Italian Seasoning blend, Garlic Powder or Onion Powder. And of course Salt and Pepper to season the chicken.
Rice. Use a Wild Rice Blend with Brown, Wild, and Red rice. The colors are beautiful and the added flavors are fantastic. White rice cooks too quickly for this recipe and tends too be over cooked.
Vegetables. Of course add more of your favorite vegetables. Peas, bell peppers, zucchini, or even broccoli florets.
Fresh vs Frozen Chicken. I know you will ask, so let me just address your options. YES, use frozen chicken. When using frozen chicken Julie suggests adding 2 additional minutes to the cooking time.
I would agree if you are using chicken breasts as they are larger and thicker. If using chicken tenders or thighs do not adjust the time. They will cook perfectly in the allotted time.
Instant Wild Rice. I do not recommend using Instant Rice or Instant Wild Rice blends in this recipe. They cook in less time and will be mushy with this recipe.
Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Can I help you with a tip? This recipe can EASILY be made into a Chicken and Wild Rice Soup and it's delicious.
The weather has cooled drastically in Eastern Idaho and I can't wait to make more soup recipes with fresh French Bread to dip into it.
Just add additional broth after the recipe has cooked for a wonderful fall soup recipe.
Storage and Freezing for Instant Pot Wild Rice Casserole
Feeding a family of 4-6 people is ideal with this recipe. If there are leftovers make sure to store in a sealed container and keep in refrigerator. Instant Pot Chicken Breast and Rice will stay fresh for up to a week.
Leftovers can easily be reheated in the microwave or even placed in the Air Fryer at 350 degrees for a couple minutes on an air fryer safe plate or dish.
Making Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is easy to do with leftovers. Add leftovers to a larger pot and add Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth and heat until hot.
It's an easy way to enjoy 1 recipe two different ways.
Freeze Instant Pot Wild Rice in a freezer container or ZipLoc Bag for up to 3 months.
Freaky Friday Blog Hop
Freaky Friday Blog Hop is a round up of recipes shared by fellow bloggers to introduce you to other great food bloggers and it's so much fun! Meet Julie, her recipes are all family friendly.
In the past I've made her Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf which has been a huge hit in my home, especially with my picky eater. He loves it.
One recipe I'm super excited to try is her One Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta. It looks so creamy and delicious. Or her Pizza Casserole Recipe. It looks so fun and tasty.
Julie's recipes, like mine, don't require a lot of fancy ingredients. Just great family recipes full of flavor. She has been featured in Parade Magazine, Country Living, and Buzzfeed to name a few. She’s also been named America’s Best Food Blog too!
You can bet that any recipe you choose from Hostess at Heart will be fantastic. And I love how engaged she is with her viewers making sure to leave real comments to questions and helping making sure you enjoy a fantastic recipe.
Hop on over to her site and find a recipe you are excited to make. There are so many to choose from.
What's for Dinner?
It's the question I dread hearing night after night. Do yourself a favor and make this chicken and rice recipe for your family. Choose a side dish like a green salad or even a fun fluff salad like Mandarin Orange Fluff to serve with this recipe.
This easy chicken and rice Instant Pot recipe can be made in any brand of electric pressure cooker. I have used a 6qt and can easily be cut in half and made in a 3qt if needed.
Take a look at all of our 2022 Freaky Friday Fall Edition Recipes:
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- Feast + West - Bourbon Caramel Sauce
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Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice
- 1.5 pounds Chicken Breast or Thighs
- 1 Cup Wild Rice blend
- 2 stalks Celery Diced
- ½ Onion Diced
- 2 Carrots Peeled and Chopped
- 1 ½ Cups Broth Chicken or Vegetable Broth
- 1 teaspoon Thyme
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Pepper
- Chop ½ of a medium size onion, chop 2 stalks celery and peel and chop 2 carrots.
- Toss diced vegetables into Instant Pot
- Add 1 cup Wild Rice Blend on top of vegetables and place chicken breasts on top.
- Season Chicken breasts with salt, pepper, thyme
- Add Broth and place Lid on Instant Pot. Close and lock pressure valvue
- Set to Pressure Cook for 15 minutes allowing a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release
- Release remaining pressure and open lid
- Remove chicken and shred with forks. Chicken will easily fall apart. Stir shredded chicken into cooked wild rice
- Serve Hot
What a delicious and easy recipe!!!!! 10/10
This turned out amazing! I am always so glad to find new easy dinner recipes and this one's going on regular rotation!
I doubled the rice and chicken stock and added a few more carrots. Does the time need to be increased? Will my pot be too full when done? Thanks. We’ve got lots of company that’s why I doubled it. Hope I’m ok.
If you want to double the recipe I suggest doubling all the ingredients. Unless you wish to make soup then adding extra broth with some extra vegetables is perfect. Hope you enjoy!
I'll take any excuse to break out my Instant Pot during the week so this will definitely be on rotation! So cozy!
Hi Sam, I have to agree, this recipe is so cozy. It's wonderful comfort food and so good
Chicken and rice is definitely my thing and this could not be any better! Love using my instant pot for this one!
I have to agree Sue. Love love how easy this recipe is
Love this is made in an instant pot. A great way to get dinner on the table quickly.
Truly a lifesaver for this busy mom. A delicious meal in no time.
Can't wait to try this! I love that it doesn't used canned cream-of-whatever soup, like my old fashioned oven recipe, but still has the flavor from celery, onion and thyme :^)
This recipe is wonderful. So full of flavor all on it's own.
This is just SO comforting and delicious! We'll be enjoying it all fall and winter long for sure!
I have to agree. A delicious and easy recipe.
susan | the wimpy vegetarian
This looks perfect for all the chilly nights we're getting now. Thanks so much for the tips on layering (I had no idea about this!) and on the rice. GREAT tips.
You are welcome! I hope you enjoy this recipe
I have not yet tried this yummy looking dish yet, but plan too! If I have pre cooked chicken how and at what time would I incorporate it into this dish?
Hi Patty, if you are using precooked chicken I would add at the end and stir into the cooked rice. It will heat pretty quickly when mixed together. Enjoy!
So tasty! I made this two nights ago and not a bite was left!!
Hi Jennifer, Thanks for the feedback and I'm so happy to hear you loved it too.
What a beautiful job! Thank you so much for making this recipe. You images are drool-worthy!
Thanks Julie! We are in love with this recipe. It's comfort food and we love it.
This is such a perfect recipe for the change in seasons! Can't wait to make on a cool fall night.
Hi Chrissie, it sure is! As the temps drop we will be enjoying this recipe more and more.
I love how easy and simple this dinner is! I may have to add this to my dinner rotation because it looks too good!
Give it a try, it's a keeper recipe
I love me a good chicken and rice dish, and the fact that you can do this in the IP is a game changer for me! YUM!
Using the Instant Pot is a game changer. It's such a quick easy week night meal
LOVING the flavors of this IP chicken and wild rice recipe! My family loves meals like this so much, and they're such a time-saver for our busy weeknights.
Hi Erin, the Instant Pot is a great time saver. One Pot Meals are great!
This chicken wild rice soup is going to be on repeat on these colder nights!
Oh yes! This recipe makes great soup by adding extra broth. Mmmm, so good.
This looks like a great dinner. So many people including my family will love it!
Hi Debi, so happy to hear.
Super comforting meal right here!! I love my instant pot, and you are always my go-to for new pressure cooker recipes. Thanks for another winner!
You are very welcome. Recipes like this one make dinner prep so easy.