Recipe Review

This Hearty Mexican Chicken Is an Instant Pot Favorite

published Mar 19, 2019
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By now you’ve heard numerous reports of the Instant Pot’s versatility. Those reports have not been exaggerated. Case in point? This recipe for Instant Pot cheesy Mexican chicken, served over rice. It’s a family-friendly dish that will leave you feeling satisfied and content in no time at all.

Part of the fun of making comfort foods like this one is that it shouldn’t take too much effort to make, but it should still taste complex and flavorful. That describes this dish perfectly. It’s packed with black beans, gooey cheese, white rice, chicken breast, and salsa, but it only takes 30 minutes to make.

While some recipes simply let you dump all your ingredients in the pot, for this particular recipe you’ll want to add everything in layers: First, you need to sauté your onions and garlic (which you can do in the Instant Pot), then add your spices (cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper). Then you add the chicken broth and lime juice (be sure to stir the liquid a couple times, to remove stuck pieces of garlic or onions from the bottom of the pot), then finally the chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, and uncooked rice. Set the Instant Pot to the Pressure Cook setting, and cook for 10 minutes. If you used frozen chicken, add 20 minutes to your cook time.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this dish is the toppings. This is where you really get to play around with the dish and make it your own. For a healthy twist, you can top it with diced avocado and cherry tomatoes. It also goes great with a sprinkling of cilantro and chives and a dollop of sour cream. If you’re a fan of spicier flavors, try it with sliced jalapeños. Better yet, leave out small bowls of toppings so your family can customize dinner for themselves, and add a little adventure to a busy weeknight dinner.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice from Creme de la Crumb

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