a fork alongside a bowl of chicken and rice

Chicken and Rice

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stovetop, instant pot
  • Cuisine: dinner


A healthy and easy chicken and rice recipe that can be made either in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop. Made with brown rice, carrots and onion, this flavorful one pot meal is a healthy weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy.



1 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup onion, diced

4 carrots, chopped (about 2 cups)

3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tsp)

1 1/2 cup long grain brown rice, rinsed

2 tsp poultry seasoning 

Kosher salt (omit if poultry seasoning has salt)

Black pepper

2 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 1/2 cup cooked chicken or about 1 pound uncooked chicken breast, cut into pieces

Optional: 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half


Instant Pot Directions

  1. Heat oil in the instant pot using saute function. Saute onion and carrot in olive oil for 3-5 minutes until onions are translucent. 
  2. Add garlic, rice, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper to the instant pot. Stir, then turn off saute function by pressing the cancel button.
  3. Add broth and stir to cover rice and vegetables. 
  4. Put chicken on top of rice and broth.
  5. Cover, seal and set pressure to cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Once the instant pot has completed cooking, let it sit for about 15 minutes natural pressure release. 
  7. Release any remaining steam, then stir in cream. 
  8. Serve.


Stovetop Directions

  1. In a large pot, heat oil and sauté onion, garlic and carrots about 3-5 min until onions are translucent. If using uncooked chicken, brown the chicken with the onion, garlic and carrots. 
  2. Add broth, poultry seasoning and rice, stir until rice is covered. Bring to a boil. 
  3. Reduce heat and cover, simmering for 45 minutes. 
  4. When rice is done, stir in cooked chicken (break up larger pieces of chicken as you stir), or if cooking chicken in the pot, shred this and stir the chicken into the rice mixture.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  6. Optional: Add cream and stir. 
  7. Serve.


  • Calories: 242
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 185 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Cholesterol: 28 mg

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