Instant Pot Chicken Ranch Rice—tender bites of chicken with smoky bacon, chopped spinach, parmesan cheese and creamy rice.
Instant Pot Chicken Ranch Rice
I love the recipe for chicken bacon ranch pasta so much that I decided to take all the awesome flavors from it and create a rice dish. It was seriously so delicious. Creamy and flavorful and not to mention easy to make. At my house we all scarfed this down and agreed that I should make it again.
Chicken: I used frozen boneless skinless chicken thighs. I buy them in a big package at Costco. You may also use bone-in chicken like thighs or legs. I loved how tender the chicken was. When I stirred in the parmesan and bacon the chicken broke apart with a spoon. You may want to know how chicken breasts would turn out. Due to the longer cooking time because of the brown rice they will likely turn out a little overcooked and dry. If you choose to go with chicken breasts I would use thicker, frozen chicken breasts (or switch out the rice as mentioned below).
Rice: I used brown rice for this recipe. It gets so creamy and tasty that you won’t even know it’s brown rice. If you’d like to try white rice I would use 1 1/2 cups rice and 2 cups broth. Then I’d use chicken tenders or chicken breasts that are sliced thinly or into pieces. Use a 5 minute pressure cooking time with a 5 minute pressure release.
Ranch dressing mix: the dry ranch dressing mix packets are found in the grocery store next to the salad dressings. This is a key to the flavoring of this recipe. I like the Hidden Valley brand and buy it in a big container at Costco. Some other recipes that I use dry ranch dressing mix for are Instant Pot Beef and Cheddar Ranch Potatoes, Instant Pot Ranch Mashed Potatoes, and Instant Pot Mashed Ranch Cauliflower.
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Tender bites of chicken with smoky bacon, chopped spinach, parmesan cheese and creamy rice.
- 2 scant cups chicken broth
- 1 ½ cups uncooked brown rice
- 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or bone-in chicken pieces (frozen is okay)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 3 Tbsp dry ranch dressing mix (I use Hidden Valley)
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 4 oz cream cheese
- ½ cup crumbled bacon
- 2 cups coarsely chopped spinach
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper
- Layer broth, rice, chicken, garlic powder, ranch dressing mix, tomato sauce and cream cheese into the Instant Pot.
- Cover and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 22 minutes on high pressure. When time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Stir in the bacon, spinach and parmesan. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve chicken and rice.
- Category: Chicken
- Method: Instant Pot
What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Chicken Ranch Rice I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
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