Instant Pot Butter Chicken

It’s creamy, perfectly spiced and oh-s0-delicious! This Instant Pot Butter Chicken is a great weeknight dinner at the end of a busy day. This gluten and optionally dairy-free dinner is a one pot meal, thanks to the rice that cooks alongside the chicken. It’s guaranteed to be a new family favorite. Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

Instant Pot Butter Chicken Recipe

This Instant Pot Butter Chicken recipe is a great short-cut to a flavorful weeknight dinner! Boneless chicken breasts are cooked in a velvety smooth spiced tomato sauce and served alongside rice. This delicious dinner uses the pot in pot cooking method, which means cooking the butter chicken and the rice all together right in the pressure cooker! This gluten and optionally dairy free dish also reheats well for meal prep and is a add to your favorite Instant Pot Recipes.

Ingredients for Butter Chicken

  • Chicken Breast
  • Oil
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Puree
  • Garam Masala
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Chicken Stock
  • Butter or Ghee (for dairy-free)
  • Cashew Cream or Heavy cream
  • Cilantro

What is Pot in Pot Cooking?

This recipe uses the pot in pot method of cooking two different meal components in the Instant Pot at the same time. The ‘Pot in Pot’ method (or PiP) allows food to cook in a separate bowl that’s placed on a trivet on top of the other dish. Steam generated from liquid below the steam rack is used to build pressure and cook the food. In this case, the butter chicken cooks below the trivet and the rice cooks in the bowl on top.

What type of trivet to use

The trivet that typically comes with the purchased Instant Pot will not work for PiP. You must have a trivet that creates at least 2.5″ of space between the bottom of the pot and the trivet. We purchased the egg trivet, that works not only for evenly cooking eggs, but it also works as a steam trivet for PiP cooking. The one we purchased came with two trivets, use the one that will allow the bowl to fit over the chicken.

What type of bowl to use

There are two important factors to consider when choosing the bowl for PiP cooking. The first is whether or not the bowl is safe to use under pressure. Generally speaking, any stainless steel bowl will work. Also, oven safe glass such as pyrex can work. This is what we’ve primarily used for PiP cooking.

Why Farmer Focus Has Been our Chicken Choice for Years

I am so happy to continue my partnership with my friends at Farmer Focusto bring you today’s easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. I love being able to grab up a package of Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store and not having to question whether it is truly coming from meat raised in a humane way.

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with growers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Farmer Focus is a company that supports their farmer partners and that is working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard working family farmers.

Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! How awesome is that?!

You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

Don’t have an Instant Pot?

You can make this soup in the slow cooker too! Though, you’ll have to cook the rice separately.

To Make in the Slow Cooker:

  1. Place all of the ingredients except the cashew cream and butter in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4-6 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.
  2. 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time, remove the chicken and whisk in the butter and cream. Place there chicken back inside and continue to cook without the lid until the sauce has slightly thickened.

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Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:12 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:32 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2” piece fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 lbs. boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup long grain or jasmine rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • ¼ cup butter or ghee
  • ½ cup cashew cream (can also use heavy cream or coconut cream)
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Directions

  1. Add oil to the insert of a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Press the saute function, and heat the oil. Once hot, add garlic and ginger and cook while stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add tomato paste, tomato puree, garam masala, turmeric, salt and cumin and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Shut off the saute function and add in cinnamon stick, chicken stock and stir together. Place the chicken breasts inside.
  3. Arrange a 2.5-inch trivet over the chicken and place a 7-inch oven-safe bowl on top. Add the rice and water to the bowl. Secure the lid and move the steam release valve to Sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 12 minutes. Move the steam release valve to venting to quickly release the steam pressure. When the floating valve drops, remove the lid.
  4. Remove the rice and the trivet. Fluff the rice, cover to keep warm and set aside. Remove the chicken and dice into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
  5. Press the saute function and whisk in the butter and cream and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the diced chicken back to the pot to heat through.
  6. Serve the chicken with the rice, and garnish with cilantro, if desired.
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Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

This easy-to-make Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken is made with only 8 ingredients and no refined sweeteners. It is simple, flavorful and perfect for a weeknight dinner. It’ll be loved by both kids and adults alike and it just so happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

Chicken teriyaki recipe cooked in the instant potInstant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

This Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken recipe is not only healthy, but also super delicious. It’s made easy in the Instant Pot with just 8 ingredients. Serve it with your favorite side, but we suggest white rice, cauliflower rice and if you’re feeling like you need some extra veggies in your life some green beans or broccoli would fit right in here. We love this chicken teriyaki recipe because it’s one of those magical recipes that is so easily made paleo and with other dietary restrictions in mind by simply using real whole ingredients. A combination of honey and coconut sugar give it that characteristic sweetness and color. Then ginger and garlic give it that bright, bold flavor. And finally, the sauce is thickened with a slurry made from arrowroot.

Dump freezer teriyaki chicken in a freezer bag

Ingredients for Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

  • Chicken Thighs (boneless and skinless)
  • Coconut Aminos: This is a gluten free soy sauce alternative.
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Coconut Sugar 
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Arrowroot Starch

How to Prep This Ahead of Time

What we love about this dish is that you can prepare batches of this Chicken Teriyaki ahead of time and place in the freezer for the next time you need an easy dinner! This dinner meal prep is known as a freezer dump recipe. It’s as easy as placing all the ingredients in a freezer bag and stashing it away until you are in need of a quick weeknight. Simply defrost in the refrigerator overnight and place everything in an Instant Pot to cook at dinnertime!

Chicken Teriyaki Instant Pot

How to Make a Dump Freezer Dinner

So let’s talk a little bit about the concept of a “dump” dinner. A dump dinner is recipe that doesn’t really require too many steps in terms of preparation before it is cooked. Typically you just gather the ingredients, with minimal chopping, and dump them into the cooking equipment. Typically this is either a slow cooker, a stock pot or an Instant Pot. A Dump and Start meal refers to a meal that you just gather the ingredients, dump them in your pot and start cooking. A Freezer Dump Dinner is a meal that is gathered ahead of time and frozen in a bag. When you want to cook it, you defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then dump the meal in the cooking vessel when ready to cook!

For this recipe, it will work either way. Gather all off the ingredients for the Teriyaki Chicken and either prepare one (or more) batches ahead of time and freeze, or gather up all the ingredients and cook immediately in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker.

How to Make it with Rice in the Instant Pot

Since this dish pairs beautifully with rice. To save yourself the time of preparing rice separately you can just cook it in the Instant Pot. This is known as ‘Pot in Pot’ cooking. The ‘Pot in Pot’ method of cooking allows food to cook in a separate bowl that’s placed on a steam rack in the Instant Pot.  Steam generated from liquid below the steam rack is used to build pressure and cook the food. It’s easy, you just need to put the container being used for PIP cooking on a rack, and not directly in the inner pot.

For this recipe, it calls for cooking the chicken for 9 minutes, which is the minimum needed to cook this dish. If you wanted to cook rice at the same time, you can increase the cooking time to 11 minutes, which will cook both the rice and the chicken at the same time. 

To Make Rice with the Chicken:

Place all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot as the Teriyaki Chicken recipe states.

Then, arrange a 2.5-inch trivet over the chicken and place a 7-inch oven-safe bowl on top. Add the equal portions of rice and water to the bowl, along with a pinch of salt. For this recipe, 1 cup of dry rice would be sufficient.

Then cook on Manual High Pressure for 11 minutes.

Teriyaki Chicken Instant Pot Recipe

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Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:09 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:24 Serves 4

Ingredients

Optional Garnish:

Directions

  1. If preparing ahead and placing in the freezer: Gather your ingredients and place everything except the arrowroot and water, in a gallon sized freezer bag and seal tightly. Storage flat in the freezer. To defrost, place in the refrigerator the night before.
  2. To cook: Combine all of the ingredients in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Set the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 9 minutes with a quick pressure release once finished. 
  3. Make a slurry: whisk together the arrowroot with 2 tablespoons water. Press the saute function on the Instant Pot. Pour in half of the slurry mixture and mix together. If not thickened enough, add in the remaining slurry, until the sauce has reached your desired consistency. Shut off the saute function.
  4. Serve hot with white rice or cauliflower rice. Garnish with sesame seeds, red pepper flakes and cilantro.

Recipe Notes

  1. Want to make this even easier and cook some rice alongside the chicken? Check out the body of the post for information on how to do this.
  2. To make this in the slow cooker:
    1. Place all of the ingredients except the arrowroot and water in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 4-6 hours, or low for 6-8. 
    2. 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time, make a slurry by whisking together the arrowroot and the water. Pour in half of the slurry mixture and mix together with the sauce. Close the lid and let cook for 10 minutes. Check the sauce consistency. If it has not thickened enough add the remaining arrowroot mixture.
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Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup

If you love chicken parmesan, you are going to love this Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup. This soup is made easy in the Instant Pot with our favorite chicken, a flavorful tomato broth and topped with all the classic chicken parm flavors. Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

Chicken parmesan soupInstant Pot Chicken Parmesan Soup

This Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup takes all the classic flavors of chicken parmesan but cooked up conveniently in soup form, without much work. It is pure comfort food in a bowl, but this version is lightened up compared to the classic. This dish starts off by cooking up chicken in a flavorful broth, quickly, in the Instant Pot. Then some pasta is cooked right in the broth, though this step is optional if you want to keep it low-carb. We then top the soup with parmesan cheese and my favorite gluten-free breadcrumb alternative: pecan breadcrumbs! I really love how special these nut breadcrumbs make the dish. They are naturally gluten-free and really give you that breadcrumb flavor, in a nutrient dense form.

Why Cooking Dinner in the Instant Pot is the Best

We could sing praises all day about about why we love the Instant Pot, especially for easy dinners! This appliance isn’t just for making quick work of typically long braised dishes like beef barbacoa or pork carnitas. It’s also great for quick weeknight dinners that don’t actually require much hands-on cooking. This Instant Pot Chicken Parm soup is great for all of that. The recipe doesn’t require very much prep work aside from gathering some ingredients. All that means an easy delicious meal without much effort.

Ingredients for chicken Parm soupChicken Parm Soup Ingredients

  • Farmer Focus Chicken Breast
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Tomato Paste
  • Diced Tomato
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Dried Oregano
  • Chicken Broth
  • Penne Pasta
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pecan “Breadcrumbs”

A Note about Cooking Pasta in Soup

We call for cooking the pasta directly inside the tomato broth for this soup. But a word of caution, only do this if you plan to consume immediately. As with any soup recipe, if you cook the pasta directly in the soup, the longer it sits the more broth the pasta will soak up. Eventually the pasta will become water logged if stored, and can disintegrate. So if you want to make this soup as a make-ahead lunch or dinner, cook the pasta and store the pasta separately and only add it when you are ready to eat.

Instant pot chicken parm soup with a ladleWhy we Choose Farmer Focus to Raise the Chicken We Buy

I am so happy to continue my partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you today’s easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. I love being able to grab up a package of Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store and not having to question whether it is truly coming from meat raised in a humane way.

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with growers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Farmer Focus is a company that supports their farmer partners and that is working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard working family farmers.

Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! How awesome is that?!

You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

Sprinkling Parm on chicken Parm soupSwaps for this Chicken Parmesan Soup

Want to make this dairy-free? Simply leave out the cheese on the top! Of course, part of the flavor profile on chicken Parm, is well, the Parm! But this soup is flavorful enough that it won’t be missed too much.

Want to make this nut-free? Go ahead and leave out the pecan breadcrumbs. If you wanted to substitute them with regular or gluten-free breadcrumbs, that works too!

Don’t have an Instant Pot?

You can make this soup in the stove top too!

  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add in tomato paste, oregano, salt and pepper and cook for 30 seconds. Add in diced tomato, chicken breasts and broth and stir together. Lower heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 30 minutes. Remove chicken, dice and set aside
  2. Add in 1 cup of water and bring the broth to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, toast the breadcrumbs: Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add pecans, italian seasoning and garlic powder. Cook stirring occasionally until the pecans smell toasted, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Once the pasta has finished cooking, place the diced chicken back in the pot. If needed, add remaining cup of water to thin out the soup.
  5. Serve the soup with a garnish of parmesan cheese, “breadcrumbs” and parsley.

Chicken Parmesan soup in a bowl

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Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:20 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:35 Yields 4

Ingredients

For Soup:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1-½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-28 ounce can diced tomato
  • 1-½ pounds Farmer Focus boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water, or more if needed
  • 4 ounces penne pasta
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • Parsley, for garnish

For Pecan “Breadcrumbs”:

Directions

  1. Press the saute function in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot and add olive oil. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add in tomato paste, oregano, salt and pepper and cook for 30 seconds. Add in diced tomato, chicken breasts and broth and stir together. Shut off the saute function.
  2. Close the lid and set the pressure-release valve to sealing. Cook soup on manual high pressure for 9 minutes with a quick release. Remove chicken, dice to bite-sized pieces and cover to keep warm while the pasta cooks.
  3. Press the saute function on the Instant Pot and add in 1 cup of water. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  4. Meanwhile, toast the breadcrumbs: Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add pecans, italian seasoning and garlic powder. Cook stirring occasionally until the pecans smell toasted, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Once the pasta has finished cooking, place the diced chicken back in the pot. If needed, add remaining cup of water to thin out the soup.
  6. Serve the soup with a garnish of parmesan cheese, “breadcrumbs” and parsley.
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The Best Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

Looking for a quick and flavorful way to cook chicken breasts? This Baked BBQ Chicken Breast recipe is perfect for any night of the week. Plus, we’re sharing our best tips for cooking chicken breasts in the oven.

Juicy sliced baked bbq chicken breastBaked BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

These perfectly cooked BBQ Chicken Breasts are your answer to a quick and delicious weeknight dinner. The chicken is pounded out to an even thickness, quickly marinated with a bit of apple cider vinegar and spices, topped with BBQ sauce (homemade or store-bought) and then baked to perfection. And we’re sharing all the tips we have to make sure you get the juiciest chicken possible! Serve this along side sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, cauliflower rice or on top of a big salad and dinner is served!

Piercing chicken breasts with a forkBaked BBQ Chicken Breast Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Coconut Sugar (omit if your BBQ sauce is already sweet)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Your Favorite BBQ Sauce

Marinating bbq chicken breasts

How to get Perfect Juicy Baked Chicken

The secret to getting juicy and flavorful chicken is ultimately about not overcooking it. That is the single most important part of cooking chicken breasts, which are lower in fat than their dark meat counterparts. However, we took a few extra steps in addition to correctly cooking the chicken to make sure this recipe is amazing.

First, you’re going to pound out the meat to an even thickness with a meat mallet (or a rolling pin). This ensures the chicken is perfectly cooked throughout, instead of having some parts of the chicken overcooked because they are thinner.

Next, you are going to quickly marinate the chicken with a dry rub. The apple cider vinegar adds flavor and makes the meat more tender, as does the sugar and spices. Once extra step we took with this chicken was to pierce the breast all over with a fork. This again, lets the marinade and BBQ sauce penetrate the chicken a bit more, as well as gently tenderizes the meat.

Lastly, and the most important step is to remove the chicken just before it has finished cooking. As all meat does, the chicken will continue to cook after it has been removed from the oven. We always suggest using an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature of meat, and chicken breast should be removed from the oven between 155º-160º. Once the chicken has been pulled out, cover the pan with aluminum foil and allow the chicken to rests. This let’s the chicken finish cooking to 165º and lets the chicken rest so all the juices stay within the chicken breast.

What type of BBQ Sauce to use

We really wanted to keep this recipe as simple as possible, so we left the option open to use either homemade bbq sauce or store-bought. Our recipe for homemade is pretty quick to put together, and can actually cook in the time required for this chicken to marinate. If you are want to use a BBQ sauce that you know has simple and clean ingredients, go ahead and make it from scratch! You won’t be disappointed.

One thing to note is that dry rub for the chicken has coconut sugar in it. If your bbq sauce has a lot of sugar in it, you can feel free to omit the extra added sugar. If you are using our homemade version, go ahead and use the coconut sugar as suggested.

Oven baked bbq chicken in a dish

What to Serve with Baked BBQ Chicken

Serve this bbq chicken up with all your favorite bbq sides. Here are some of ours:

Slicing into baked bbq chicken

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Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:30 Inactive Time 00:25 Total Time 01:00 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place chicken breasts on a steady surface between two sheets of parchment or plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound each to an even thickness of 1”.
  3. Place chicken inside a 9x13” baking dish. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the chicken and rub on the coconut sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, paprika, chili powder and cayenne on both sides of the chicken. Pierce the chicken lightly with a fork all over. Let the chicken marinate for 15-30 minutes at room temperature.
  4. Pour BBQ sauce over the chicken and cook until the chicken is nearly finished cooking through, to 155º-160ºF, about 30-35 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven and loosely cover it with aluminum foil. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes while the temperature of the chicken continues to cook from residual heat.
  6. Slice and serve with your favorite sides.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you are using a store-bought barbecue sauce that is already very sweet, you can omit the sugar in this recipe.
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Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice

This Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice is an easy-to-make dinner that the whole family will love. Made with a few simple whole ingredients, this healthy dinner will soon be a family favorite. Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

Cheesy chicken broccoli and rice in a bowlInstant Pot Cheesy Chicken Rice and Broccoli

Everyone needs to have a healthy, hearty and most importantly, delicious dinner recipe that can be made quickly on a weeknight, and this Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice can be it! This easy chicken and rice dinner requires only about 10 minutes of prep and hands on cooking time, while the rest is done easily in the Instant Pot. The rice is creamy, the chicken is perfectly cooked and juicy and the broccoli is crisp tender. We’re confident in saying even the pickiest of eaters will like this one!

Ingredients Needed for Chicken Broccoli and Rice

  • Farmer Focus Chicken Thighs (boneless and skinless)
  • Long-grain White Rice
  • Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • Chicken Broth
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Cheddar Cheese

Instant pot chicken and riceCooking Broccoli in the Instant Pot

We knew exactly what we wanted when we set out to make this recipe: cheesy rice, with perfectly seasoned chicken and broccoli that was not overcooked. But this last bit proved to be the most difficult. Cooking broccoli in the Instant Pot usually results in overcooked broccoli. While for some dishes, that fall apart broccoli mess works, for this we were looking for crisp tender broccoli that stayed whole. Cooking it fully in the Instant Pot by adding it with the rice resulted in broccoli that fell apart. Cooking it in the Instant Pot after the rice had finished cooking for 0 (zero) minutes made the rice burn.

What we turned to was frozen broccoli florets that had been mostly thawed by rinsing under lukewarm water. Good quality frozen broccoli has already been blanched before freezing. Once thawed, the florets are much quicker to cook than fresh broccoli. So for this recipe, we added the thawed broccoli florets to the Instant Pot right after the rice finished cooking. Then closed the lid and allowed the broccoli to steam with the residual heat. This resulted in crisp-tender broccoli.

If you prefer to use fresh broccoli for this recipe you will need to cook it separately first, then add it to the finished rice along with the cheese. To do this in the Instant Pot: cook it first on a steaming rack with 1/2 cup of water on high pressure for 0 (zero) minutes. If you don’t mind broccoli that is fall apart and wish to cook it with the rice, that is fine too! In fact, some kids will prefer it this way. It will result in soft broccoli bits all throughout the rice.

Stirring cheese into the instant pot with chicken broccoli and riceWhy Quality Chicken is a Must

With so few ingredients in this dish, it is incredibly important to use quality chicken. I am so happy partnering with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you this easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. You can 100% taste the difference. I love knowing that, without a doubt, when I pick up Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store, it’s the best there is and I don’t have to question whether it was raised in a humane way.

Chicken for chicken and rice recipe

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with farmers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Here is what I love about Farmer Focus: they are a company that supports their farmer partners and they are working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter Farm ID that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard-working family farmers.

Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! How awesome is that?!

You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

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Instant Pot Chicken, Broccoli and Rice

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:25 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:40 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice (rinsed and drained well)
  • 1-1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1-½ lb. Farmer Focus boneless and skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 3 cups (9 ounces) frozen broccoli florets (see note)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Heat oil, using the saute function in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Shut off the saute function.
  2. To the pot, add rinsed rice, chicken broth, chicken, salt, pepper and paprika and mix well. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes and when done use a quick pressure release.
  3. While the chicken cooks, rinse frozen broccoli florets under lukewarm water for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Once all the pressure has released, remove the lid from the Instant Pot and add in the broccoli florets and cheddar cheese and mix well to combine. Place the lid back on top, and switch the valve to sealing and let the mixture steam (leaving on the warming feature is fine) for 10 minutes. Release any built up pressure and remove the lid.
  5. Stir the rice and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. Frozen broccoli is used because after it is defrosted it cooks quicker than fresh broccoli would. If you prefer to use fresh broccoli for this recipe, you’ll have to partially (or fully) steam the broccoli before adding it to the cooked rice.
  2. If your frozen broccoli is large, once it is defrosted cut it into 1-½” florets so that it will cook evenly.
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French Onion Chicken Bake

This French Onion Chicken recipe is a keeper! Onions are quickly caramelized on the stove top, before nestling in some chicken, veggies and baked with some optional cheese for an amazing weeknight dinner. It’s gluten-free and only needs about 25 minutes of hands-on cooking. 

French onion chicken in a a skilletFrench Onion Chicken Recipe

We are big fans of French Onion Soup, but we’ve never been big fans of how labor intensive the dish is or how long it takes (which is why we have a recipe for a slow cooker version). But this French Onion Chicken Bake? It’s like the best of both worlds; all that French Onion Soup flavor in a a heartier convenient weeknight dinner format. We also skipped the bread on this one and rely on perfectly cooked juicy chicken breasts to eat up all that caramelized onion flavor. The cheese is optional here, but highly encouraged. To make it a complete meal you can add in either diced potatoes to the bake, or keep it low-carb and use cauliflower florets instead.

Let’s Talk Caramelized Onions

Traditionally, caramelized onions are cooked over a low flame for a long period of time. The water is slowly cooked out of the onions and you are left with a sweet, jam-like consistency. Because we wanted this to be a weeknight dinner that still has all that caramelized onion goodness we’re making “quick” caramelized onions.

To make quick caramelized onions, begin by slicing the onions thin and giving them a 5-minute undisturbed sear at medium-high. The onions will be brown in spots and will start to sweat. You then lower the heat to medium low and cook down for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The onions should be light brown and be fully softened. This is the stage where you want to deglaze the pan with beef broth and dijon mustard and scrape up any of those browned bits from the onions to help give the dish that characteristic dark look. At this point you’ll add in the remaining ingredients and then place the whole dish into the oven to bake for another 20 minutes. The onions will continue to cook and become sweet and jammy. 

French onion chicken skilletFrench Onion Chicken Ingredients

  • Onions
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Beef Stock
  • Baby Potatoes (or Cauliflower)
  • Thyme
  • Butter (replace with oil if dairy-free)
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Mozzarella or Gruyere Cheese (omit for dairy-free)

Added Vegetable Options

To make this a complete meal we added in the option to include either potatoes or to keep it low-carb cauliflower florets. They are mixed together with the onions before being added to the oven to bake. Other vegetables could work too here, so long as they cook in about the 20 minutes it takes for the chicken to cook through.

French onion soup chicken casserole on a plateWhat temperature should chicken be cooked in the oven?

The safe temperature for chicken to be cooked to is 165ºF. However chicken will continue to cook for a few minutes after it has been pulled out of the oven so it’s a safe bet to pull out the chicken a few degrees before it hits that temperature. The surest way to know if a chicken breast is cooked through is to use an instant read thermometer. Insert it into the thickest part of the chicken breast and wait about 3 seconds for it to read the degree. We pull our chicken breasts out at 160º and then let the dish sit, lightly covered with tinfoil for 5-10 minutes so the chicken can rest.

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French Onion Chicken Bake

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:40 Total Time 00:50 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Heat butter and oil over medium high heat in a large oven safe skillet (12 inches or more, see note). Add onions and cook undisturbed for 5 minutes, until onions start to sweat and have browned in places. Reduce heat to medium low, add salt and and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened. Add garlic and thyme and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add in beef stock and mustard and scrape up any browned bits and continue to cook until the liquid has reduced by about half, about 2 minutes.
  3. Set aside ½ cup of the onion mixture. Add the cauliflower to the skillet and mix together with the onions.
  4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper then nestle the chicken in the skillet. Divide the set aside onions on top of the chicken.
  5. Place in the preheated oven and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. 
  6. Preheat the broiler. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the chicken and place under the broiler until the cheese is melty, about 1 minute.
  7. Remove thyme sprigs and serve.

Recipe Notes

  1. We kept this low carb by using cauliflower, but if desired you can use halved baby potatoes (about 1”) in place of the cauliflower. Or, if you wanted to make this dish as just the chicken bake, omit the cauliflower all together. 
  2. If you do not have a big enough oven safe skillet, you can bake this in a 9x13” oven safe dish.
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