5-Ingredient Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice
By :Pillsbury
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Votes: 57
Rating: 3.84
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
4 servings
  • 1 1/2 cups Progresso™ chicken broth from 32-ounce carton
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package boneless skinless chicken thighs cut 1-inch pieces, 20 ounce
  • 1 package fresh broccoli florets 10 ounces, about 4 cups
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 4 ounces
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
4 servings
  • 1 1/2 cups Progresso™ chicken broth from 32-ounce carton
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package boneless skinless chicken thighs cut 1-inch pieces, 20 ounce
  • 1 package fresh broccoli florets 10 ounces, about 4 cups
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 4 ounces
Votes: 57
Rating: 3.84
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  1. Spray Instant Pot™ insert with cooking spray. Mix broth, rice, salt and pepper in insert.
  2. Stir in chicken and broccoli. Secure lid; set pressure valve to SEALING. Select MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK ; cook on high pressure 10 minutes. Select CANCEL. Set pressure valve to VENTING to quick-release pressure.
  3. Stir in cheese. Broccoli will break down when stirring.
Recipe Notes

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For a pretty pop of green on top, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley leaves.

For best browning, pat chicken pieces dry before tossing with salt and poultry seasoning.

Kitchen Tested - 11/2017.

82 replies
  1. Drwagner
    Drwagner says:

    Yummy and simple enough for kids. BUT. It needs more broth. Maybe a total of 2 cups would’ve done it. I also think it works better to put the chicken in first, after spraying the pot, so that it stays more moist.

  2. Ironweaver
    Ironweaver says:

    Simple enough to throw together when you’ve a migraine. Followed suggestion to add more broth, worked well.

  3. UnderPressure
    UnderPressure says:

    Works well with the extra broth suggestion. Just so you know, although it is quite tasty, it comes out looking like prison slop.

  4. Charris289
    Charris289 says:

    I like this recipe because it’s easy. I added minced onions, cayenne pepper and hot curry powder. I also added the extra broth but thought it was a little too moist. I substituted chicken breast for drumsticks and cooked it for 20 minutes instead of 10. It was actually quite tasty!!!

  5. abradford81
    abradford81 says:

    Just got my Instant Pot and used the app to see if I could make anything right away. Came across this recipe pretty quickly and saw i had everything needed to make it.
    This recipe really is super easy and quick, best thing was my family loved it! Big hit in our house and will be making again and again!

  6. Nmkalka
    Nmkalka says:

    Sooooo easy and delicious!! Had to cook for an extra couple mins because the rice wasn’t to our liking! Tastes sooo good though!!

  7. Sloancpa
    Sloancpa says:

    Rice was not cooked completly. Bottom of pot had burnt rice. Seems like recipie needed more broth. First meal with the pot. Followed directions.

  8. Sakat38
    Sakat38 says:

    I didn’t follow directions entirely. I layered and it came out great. Water, chicken, rice, (i did broccoli and cheese soup), and frozen broccoli. Did not stir until it was completed.
    Husband said it turned out bland so next time ill try broth and see if that adds flavor. I enjoyed it. Added garlic powder and shake cheese in my own bowl and it was even better! Probably would have been amazing with some extra shredded cheese!

  9. lllaurena
    lllaurena says:

    Im confused. It says 35 minutes to cook, but the recipe says 10 minutes.
    And what setting is it? Pressure Cook? Poultry? Rice?

  10. lllaurena
    lllaurena says:

    Ok, figured it all out.
    Rice turned out perfectly and the meal was delicious.
    I used 2 cups of broth and added a bit of butter.

  11. berrygee
    berrygee says:

    I made this recipe again. The first time, I agree it needed more broth and it also left some rice stuck to the bottom. This time around, I used olive oil to coat the instapot insert instead of spraying it. Put chicken down first, then broccoli, rice and added 2 cups of broth. Also added mushrooms and didn’t stir until after it finished cooking. This was by far the BEST way to cook this recipe!

  12. Todddkelly@yahoo.com
    Todddkelly@yahoo.com says:

    Apparently the trick to avoid “burn” is to really coat the bottom with non stick spray or oil of some kind.

  13. mhennen
    mhennen says:

    Cooked for 35 min…its easy and tasty. Glad I seasoned the chicken. Ita not the most pretty dish, but hearty on a cold winter’s day.

  14. Miss Nickles
    Miss Nickles says:

    I love this review section. I check it before trying to make anything from here. Thank you all for undoubtedly saving me from burning my family’s dinner, lol.

  15. Adonadio
    Adonadio says:

    First real meal with IP

    Changed based on recommendation:

    32 oz Chix Broth (1 box)
    16 oz Broccoli Flowerets
    40 oz bag of chic thigs (cut up)
    3 cups rice (I used calrose)
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp pepper
    1/4 stick butter
    2 tbsp Season-all (to season chix)
    1/4 cup olive oil

    Cut up the chix, put in a bag with olive oil and season-all, let sit a few mins.

    Spray and oil bottom and sides of IP.

    Pour broth, salt and pepper into IP, add chix then rice then broccoli.

    Cook on high pressure, rele add cheese.

  16. CateHummel
    CateHummel says:

    I sauted a couple onions in coconut oil before adding the other ingrediants. I also used brown rice instead of white rice. Came out great.

  17. linseyrucker02
    linseyrucker02 says:

    So i just made this and it turned out great!!! I did change some things up as well. I used 2 1/2 cups of broth and i added garlic and onions as well, i also season the chicken before. Did not have any issues with burning or rice not being done.

  18. Courtney Cecil
    Courtney Cecil says:

    Just made it and turned out great! These comments are helpful! I used some of the tips such as adding more broth and doing oil at bottom of pot.

  19. chgm_911
    chgm_911 says:

    Super easy. Added 5 minutes on and rice perfect. Used brown rice.
    Funny thing, my son didnt complain about brocolli cooking until I vented it. And then he said, “whoa, that thing really makes brocolli smell like a fart….”
    Ha! Boys.

  20. LynnsPot
    LynnsPot says:

    My first recipe in 8qt IP. Upped recipe to 6persons. Did not burn, rice was overcooked, turned to green mush when was stirred in. Tasted bland, needed more cheese.

  21. eegoodman
    eegoodman says:

    Made this tonight! It was very good. It was also my first time to use my new IP. I did take into account all of the comments. So I added onion and garlic and sauteed first. Then added rice, broth, chicken, and broccoli. Changed the setting to Pressure Cook for 10 min. It took it awhile to get to the temperature because it said ‘ON’ for the longest time then once the desired temp was reached it started the 10 min countdown. Otherwise, very tasty and everyone at my house liked it!

  22. Lbamato05
    Lbamato05 says:

    First time using the Instant Pot. I used 2 cups of chicken broth. Seasoned the chicken with salt pepper, garlic powder and poultry seasoning. Used an 8 oz package of the cheddar cheese. Yummy!

  23. Gayelene
    Gayelene says:

    This was delicious! I browned onion, garlic and chicken first, seasoned it with lemmon pepper. Used jasmine rice! Really good!

  24. Susie Hoard
    Susie Hoard says:

    My first IP experience, glad for all the suggestions! I seasoned the chicken with sage, thyme, garlic salt, & pepper, then sauteed onions & garlic with the chicken. I added 2 cups of broth with the rice & broccoli. I didn’t mix it up & the rice was still hard after 10 minutes. I put it back on for 5 minutes, & it burnt a little on the bottom. So, next time I won’t layer, I’ll mix it up. It ended up to be a very tasty dish!

  25. hannahardaway
    hannahardaway says:

    I used 2 1/2 cups of broth and sprayed my inner pot reeeeeealllyyy well! It turned out great and didnt need extra time to cook. Rice came out perfectly!

  26. abick
    abick says:

    LOVE this recipe!! Soo good! Will definitely be making this again! …i did get the burn notice so i shut it off and added a tad more liquid and restarted it for the time left. Worked out great

  27. cshaner
    cshaner says:

    I just made this for dinner, and it was delicious! Per other comments, I used more chicken broth (about 3 cups) and I added extra seasoning (more salt & pepper, plus garlic and onion powders). I also added a tablespoon of sour cream and parmesan cheese. Even before the sour cream, it was surprisingly creamy! And the rice was cooked perfectly.

  28. corypowell71
    corypowell71 says:

    Really good. I think I’d want some more sharp cheddar in to give it more “twang” (?) but I really enjoyed it. It was very easy for me to make.

  29. Erik21788
    Erik21788 says:

    Just did this, didnt read reviews first, did have a little burn on bottom, but no issue…family and i think it turned out great…i would use more stock next time though

  30. daduncan123
    daduncan123 says:

    I cut 3 boneless skinless chicken breast into 1 inch cubes covered them lightly with olive oil and sprinkled Seasonal All on top of them. I also used three cups of chicken broth. It was a tiny bit thin when I took the lid off but it was the perfect consistency once we dished it and it cooled off enough to eat. Next time I’m going to try seasoning it with lemon pepper and see how it comes out and maybe add a little bit of onion too.

  31. ErectionFrog
    ErectionFrog says:

    Learned the hard way it can take a while for the pot to come up to pressure. For sure need to season the chicken somewhat but otherwise delicious.

  32. daduncan123
    daduncan123 says:

    I added 3 cups of the chicken broth, it was a little thin when I took the lid off but by the time it cooled it was a perfect consistency. I used chicken breast instead of thighs but still cut them into 1-inch cubes.I also put a little olive oil on the chicken and seasoned it with Season All before putting it in the ip. Next time I’m going to try adding some sauteed onions and seasoning the chicken with lemon pepper seasoning. It was a delicious meal,quick and easy. My family loved it!

  33. paintecm
    paintecm says:

    Sticks to instapot and makes burn feature appear on screen. Highly disappointed especially after using specific directions. Really wanted to try this out

  34. Tiffanyweideman
    Tiffanyweideman says:

    I can bot say enough! I made it wiyg breasts sauteed onions and garlic. Huge hit!!!! Yummmmmmm

  35. Filstrupfamily
    Filstrupfamily says:

    Simple and delicious. We did add a can of Campbells Cheddar Cheese soup and my family absolutely loved it!

  36. Filstrupfamily
    Filstrupfamily says:

    We got the burn message about 7 minutes into the pressure increasing. We released the pressure and added more liquid and stirred everything together. After that we had no more trouble with it sticking or getting a burn message.

  37. lilyfield78
    lilyfield78 says:

    It burned before coming up to pressure. I added extra seasoning and it was still a bland, mushy, glob of yuck. If I could leave no stars I would.

  38. LJMR7
    LJMR7 says:

    Excellent dish (OK, it may not win any presentation awards but my family loved it nonetheless).

    I cubed 4 chicken breasts and marinated them in olive oil and McCormicks Perfect Pinch Italian seasoning – for a few hours. I also used brown rice instead of white and added a tad more rice and brocolli then called for, simply because of the extra chicken. I used 2 3/4 cups of chix broth.

    I cooked it for 23 minutes then stirred in cheese and a little sour cream. Done!

  39. Bmd3trout
    Bmd3trout says:

    I cut the broccoli in half and doubled the cheese. My son loves it but its not something id make a lot. It was a quick meal.

  40. Dwright2018
    Dwright2018 says:

    Very mushy, but ok in taste. Not sure I’ll make it again. I have leftovers but can’t imagine how it would taste heated up. Probably very mushy – x10!

  41. Tvcopcook
    Tvcopcook says:

    Oh my goodness! This was amazing! I added 2 cups broth. I’ve been “burned” too many times by the burn message. Safe. Hubby and 25yr son loved it.

  42. Ljcrutcher
    Ljcrutcher says:

    The recipe was great! I added about 3 cups of the broth just to make sure all of the ingredients were covered by the broth. We love this recipe! And will be trying it again.

  43. rzberry92
    rzberry92 says:

    Turned out amazing!! I changed the amount of broth to 2 cups, the rice to 1 1/4 cup, and the cheese to 2 cups. My hubby had seconds!!

  44. lesan
    lesan says:

    I also had to end up using 2 cups of broth because I kept getting the “burn” message. I also ended up using the low pressure setting, so it finally started the countdown to cooking! Others’s suggestions on using different spices was helpful. Poultry seasoning plus a can of cream of mushroom soup helped with the flavor. Didn’t look appetizing but it was really good!

  45. ssimon317
    ssimon317 says:

    Followed recipe for 2 servings. Used brown rice and cooked for 15 min. It was very watery. Not sure why… I used the exact amount of chicken broth….

  46. Suzerfayce
    Suzerfayce says:

    The main page says 35 minutes cook time. Then the actual recipe says pressure cook on high 10 minutes. We followed the recipe and ten minutes was not enough and the dish not turn out. I might try it again disregaed the instructions but use the same ingredients.

  47. Beachcrazy633
    Beachcrazy633 says:

    First meal in our IP and it was really good. I did go off of other people’s comments and sauteed a dice onion and some fresh garlic. I also seasoned my cubed chicken beforehand as well. The broccoli did turn to mush afterwards and it did resemble baby food, as my husband would say, but the overall taste was really good.

  48. Brehborn
    Brehborn says:

    Used 1 1/4 cup of broth with 4 oz of cream of chicken as people stated there wasn’t much taste. And of course added more than 4oz of cheese.

    Easy beginner meal as its a dump and go recipe

  49. Nimda
    Nimda says:

    Mixed wild rice blend and basmati.
    Add garlic
    More chese and sub 1/4 cup galf n half.
    Needed a little longer but was good

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