Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Rice

Chicken over jasmine rice with shiitake mushrooms, peas and parsley

Get ready to delight your taste buds with this simple yet delicious Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Rice recipe!

This one-pot wonder is perfect for busy weeknights, and it's sure to become a favorite in your household.

Chicken drumsticks over jasmine rice with shiitake mushrooms, peas and parsley with wooden spoon

Let's dive into the magic of the Instant Pot and create a flavorful dish that will transport you to the heart of Chinese cuisine.

Why This Recipe Works

The beauty of this Instant Pot Chinese Chicken and Rice lies in its simplicity and convenience. By utilizing the Instant Pot, you can cook the chicken and rice simultaneously, allowing the flavors to meld together perfectly. This means you can have a wholesome, satisfying meal with minimal effort and cleanup – ideal for those hectic days when you crave a home-cooked meal but don't have the time or energy for an elaborate preparation.

Additionally, this recipe is highly adaptable and budget-friendly. You can easily swap out ingredients based on what you have on hand, and it's perfect for using up leftover chicken or rice. The versatile nature of this dish ensures that it will never get boring, as you can experiment with different ingredients and seasonings to suit your taste preferences.

Ingredients

Chicken - Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs for tender, juicy meat. You can also substitute with rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken or chicken drumsticks.

Rice - Jasmine or Basmati rice work best for this dish, but you can use any long-grain white rice as well. Brown rice can also be used, but adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Soy Sauce - This adds depth and umami to the dish. You can use light or dark soy sauce, or substitute with tamari or coconut aminos for a gluten-free option.

Ginger - Fresh ginger adds a zesty kick and aroma. You can substitute with ground ginger if needed, but use a smaller amount.

Green Onions - These add color and a mild onion flavor to the dish. Chopped chives or shallots can be used as substitutes.

Chinese Chicken Rice

Tips

  • Rinse the rice thoroughly before cooking to remove excess starch and prevent the dish from becoming sticky.
  • Adjust the amount of soy sauce to your taste, and consider using low-sodium soy sauce for a healthier option.
  • You can add more vegetables, such as peas or diced carrots, for added nutrition and color.
  • To make the dish spicier, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce.
  • If using brown rice, increase the cooking time and liquid amount to ensure the rice is fully cooked.

How to Serve

This Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Rice is a complete meal in itself, making it a convenient and satisfying option for lunch or dinner. The hearty combination of tender chicken, fluffy rice, and flavorful seasonings creates a dish that is both comforting and nourishing.

To elevate your dining experience, consider serving this dish alongside some steamed or stir-fried vegetables, such as bok choy or broccoli, for added color and texture.

You can also pair it with some crispy spring rolls or chicken dumplings for a more authentic Chinese feast. If you're looking to add more protein to your meal, try serving the chicken rice with a side of tofu or a fried egg on top.

What if I don't have Chinese Five Spice?

No need to worry 🙂 You can still make this recipe and can a great result.

Just check out Best Substitutes for Chinese Five Spice.

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Chicken over jasmine rice with shiitake mushrooms, peas and parsley

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Rice

A quick and delicious dish of aromatic rice infused with Chinese flavors. This recipe is great for a simple yet flavorful meal.
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken, Chinese Chicken Rice, jasmine rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups jasmine rice rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ginger shredded
  • 2 lb bone in chicken marinated
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon green onions sliced
  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms marinated
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing rice wine
  • Dash white pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder
  • ½ teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon ginger shredded
  • olives for topping

Instructions

  • Mix together all the marinade ingredients and add chicken and mushrooms for 20 minutes.
  • Add the marinated chicken and mushrooms mixture, rice, salt and water in the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural pressure for 10 minutes and then do a quick release.
  • Dish out in a serving bowl, add olived on top and serve 🙂

Nutrition

Calories: 574kcal Carbohydrates: 64g Protein: 27g Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 6g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 126mg Sodium: 665mg Potassium: 399mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 122IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 42mg Iron: 2mg

Notes

  • Rinse the rice thoroughly before cooking to remove excess starch and prevent the dish from becoming sticky.
  • Adjust the amount of soy sauce to your taste, and consider using low-sodium soy sauce for a healthier option.
  • You can add more vegetables, such as peas or diced carrots, for added nutrition and color.
  • To make the dish spicier, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce.
  • If using brown rice, increase the cooking time and liquid amount to ensure the rice is fully cooked.
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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Rice

  1. This recipe has the wrong liquid to solid ratio. The amount of water I placed in the instapot triggered the system to give a burn error. I had to take everything out and cook the chicken on the stove top. Plus I added about 2 more cups of water

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