Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Taco Rice—An easy 5-ingredient dump and press start recipe for the Instant Pot. Rice, chicken and black beans with lots of flavor.
Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Taco Rice
I was inspired to make this recipe when I saw a slow cooker recipe that contained just three ingredients: chicken, ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning. I wanted to make my version more of an all inclusive one pot dinner instead of just some meat for tacos. I threw in brown rice and a can of black beans too. The results were a yummy dinner that hardly took any effort or time at all.
I love brown rice and I love using my Instant Pot to cook it. I always use a 1 cup rice to 1.25 cup water ratio and a 22 minute cooking time with a 10 minute natural pressure release. For me it turns out perfect every time!
Related: Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe
What if I want to use white rice? I personally have not tried this recipe with white rice. White rice doesn’t take much time to cook at all (only 5-10 minutes of pressure cooking). So the issue with using white rice is that you’d also have to consider the chicken cooking time. If you wanted to try white rice try using a 1 cup long grain white rice to 1.5 cup liquid ratio and then cut up fresh chicken into chunks so that it will cook at the same rate as the rice. I would use a 5 minute pressure cook time with a 10 minute natural pressure release.
What if I want to use chicken breasts? I would recommend using boneless chicken thighs or bone-in chicken pieces for this recipe. They remain moist and tender for the 22 minute cooking time. Chicken breasts may get a little dry. If you do attempt to use chicken breasts I would use frozen chicken breasts so that they can remain more moist.
Can I use ranch dressing instead of ranch dressing mix? No. Don’t do that. The dry ranch dressing mix is for seasoning the rice and chicken perfectly. I like the Hidden Valley brand and I buy it in a big container at Costco. If you can’t find it at your grocery store you can make your own ranch dressing dry mix. Here is a recipe that you can use:
Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
- 1/3 cup dry buttermilk powder
- 3 Tbsp parsley flakes
- 2 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp dried minced onion
- 2 tsp dried dill weed
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
Run all the ingredients through a blender or food processor. Pulse about 10 times until all the granules are the same consistency. Store in an airtight container.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Taco 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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An easy 5-ingredient dump and press start recipe for the Instant Pot. Rice, chicken and black beans with lots of flavor.
- 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or bone-in chicken thighs, breasts or legs (frozen is okay)
- 2 Tbsp dry ranch dressing mix
- 1 Tbsp taco seasoning (see note)
- 1 (14 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- Optional toppings: diced avocado, sour cream, grated cheddar, chopped cilantro
- Add chicken broth into the Instant Pot. Sprinkle in the rice. Place the chicken on top of the rice in a single layer, if possible. Sprinkle the ranch dressing mix and the taco seasoning on top of the chicken. Dump the beans on top.
- Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 22 minutes on high pressure. When the time is up let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Gently stir. Serve the chicken and rice with desired toppings.
Some taco seasonings are more potent than others. When I tried this with the Winco brand it seemed too strong with 2 Tbsp of taco seasoning. With the McCormicks brand in the big Costco container it was not as strong. I suggest starting with 1 Tbsp of taco seasoning and then adding more later if it is needed.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. For the 3 quart pot no changes are needed. For the 8 quart pot you will need to increase the broth to 2 cups and then the rice will be 1 ⅔ cup.
- Category: Chicken
- Method: Instant Pot
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