Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Instant Pot: Salsa Chicken Rice Bowls

With Thanksgiving all under our belt and as we head into December, I'm ready for a food detox - anyone else?! I recently had a craving for Chipotle since I haven't had a burrito bowl in quite some time. So with that as an inspiration, I looked at some of the recipes I had for a burrito filling. I found one which I tweaked quite a bit to make a chicken filling that was perfect on top of rice and our favorite accompaniments.

You could use this chicken filling for a variety of Tex-Mex dishes including burritos, quesadillas, tacos, taquitos, enchiladas, lasagnas, paninis, etc. But more than anything, I love how I just put the ingredients in the Instant Pot, set it and let it cook away. The chicken came out so tender, flavorful and because it makes quite a bit, it even freezes well!

Salsa Chicken Rice Bowls
inspired by AllRecipes

For Salsa Chicken:
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup jarred or homemade salsa verde
1 cup jarred or homemade salsa
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

For Rice Bowls:
cilantro rice or plain steamed rice
shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes
sour cream
or whatever toppings you prefer



In your Instant Pot:

Plug in the IP with insert set in place.


Place all the chicken ingredients into the IP.

Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press POULTRY and adjust the time to add 5 minutes.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.


When the IP beeps after pressure cooking, turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release any remaining pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen).

With a fork, start pulling the chicken meat apart into thin strings inside the IP. Keep pulled chicken meat and sauce, covered in the IP on the keep warm setting (which it defaults to after opening).

To assemble the rice bowls, place some rice on the bottom of an individual serving bowl. Top with some chicken and garnish with your preferred toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, etc).