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Instant Pot Creamy Casserole

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


The most delicious and creamy chicken casserole with rice, ham and cheese. You’re going to love how the Instant Pot helps you prep this casserole with minimal work. 


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (8 oz) container of cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch + 3 Tbsp of water
  • 1 heaping cup of ham cubes
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Pour chicken broth into Instant Pot. Add in the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with the kosher salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, smoked paprika and onion. 
  2. In a separate pot-in-pot dish (I used one of these stackable pans*) add the rice and 2 cups of water. Place a tall trivet* on top of the chicken and place the rice pan on top of the trivet. 
  3. Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 12 minutes. When time is up let the pot sit for 5-10 minutes before moving the valve to venting. Remove the lid. Carefully remove the rice pan and set aside.
  4. Add the cream cheese into the Instant Pot. Turn Instant to the sauté setting. Make a cornstarch slurry by stirring together cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir the slurry into the pot to thicken the sauce. Break up the chicken into smaller pieces (you can also remove the chicken from the pot and chop it). 
  5. Heat oven to 350° F. Spread the rice into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. Sprinkle the ham cubes evenly over the rice. Pour the chicken and sauce over the top. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. 
  6. Scoop onto plates and serve.
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot and Oven