Cajun Chicken and Rice
By :Regina Braun
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Votes: 56
Rating: 4.32
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Canadian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Cajun Seasoning, Chicken, Rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
4-5 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning divided
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive or avocado)
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups rice rinsed
  • 1 bell pepper cut into large chunks
  • 2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
Course Main Course
Cuisine Canadian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Cajun Seasoning, Chicken, Rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
4-5 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning divided
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive or avocado)
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups rice rinsed
  • 1 bell pepper cut into large chunks
  • 2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
Votes: 56
Rating: 4.32
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Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make them thinner. Season well from both sides with Cajun seasoning (about 2 teaspoons).
  2. Heat the Instant Pot by pressing the ‘Sauté’ button. Once display shows "hot", add the oil and sauté the onion and garlic until lightly browned. Turn off Instant Pot by pressing Cancel.
  3. Stir tomato paste into the pot. Then add rinsed rice, bell peppers, and 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (or more to taste and for more heat). Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour the broth over the rice mixture and carefully arrange the chicken breast halves over top.
  5. Close the lid and turn the valve to Sealing. Cook on Manual at high pressure for 10 minutes.
  6. When time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure by turning the valve to ‘Venting’.
  7. Once the pin drops, carefully open the lid. Shred the chicken with two forks, then stir to combine the Cajun chicken with the rice. You can adjust the seasoning to taste at this point.
  8. Serve with chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
36 replies
  1. melindaelliott
    melindaelliott says:

    Very easy recipe with great flavor. My rice was very mushy/clumped together. What kind of rice did you use?

  2. lilac_jive
    lilac_jive says:

    I could eat this all the time! I used enriched rice last time and it came out kind of mushy, will try parboiled next time.

  3. Jasonk001
    Jasonk001 says:

    Good simple recipe. Really enjoyed it. I fryed onions and then added garlic to prevent the garlic from burning

  4. Ember0902
    Ember0902 says:

    Great flavor! I substituted quinoa for rice and it turned out delicious! I didn’t love the texture of the chicken but I rarely do 🙁

  5. Uglyblackhat
    Uglyblackhat says:

    Awesome! We skipped the onion and bell pepper. Even the slightly picky three year old ate almost everything on her plate! Will definitely make this one again.

  6. oneflipgguy
    oneflipgguy says:

    Mine came out mushy too but its tasty! I even forgot to season the chicken! Consdering that I only used 1/3 of the seasoning the recipe asks for it’s tasty! Will definite make it again!

  7. VivJenn
    VivJenn says:

    It was ok, feel free to go heavy on the cajun seasoning ours wasn’t too flavorful. We used jasmine rice which came out mushy so we’ll use a tad less liquid for next time. This was my first meal with the instant pot so I’m still learning. Don’t know if the rice was mushy because I left it on 13 min vs 10 or because of the type of rice. Will be making this again soon and update review.

  8. patriciamohorn
    patriciamohorn says:

    This was my very first dish and the display read burn within a few minutes. I started to panic and Googled the message burn. I opened the lid and scraped the bottom. Tried again and burn displayed again. I gave up and put the dish in the oven. Still tasted good but I added too much liquid. Rice was mushy but overall good flavor.

  9. han-z
    han-z says:

    Truly a great recipe. This was my second Instant Pot recipe and I found it very easy and very tasty.
    This was not the last time we made this dish!
    And: try your Cajun seasoning in advance! I had no look on the ingredients before using it. There is tons of chili in this one so our dish was REALLY hot 🙂

  10. Cmfk
    Cmfk says:

    Came out pretty good but be careful with subsitutions. We went with brown rice and didnt thInk about thw difference in cook time. Next will cook the rice in a rice cooker and the rest as listed and try that. Thank you. Corey

  11. Photoshopman72
    Photoshopman72 says:

    Me and my wife tried this dish today and the flavor was great!

    We needed to add more seasoning once served but other than this, the flavor was good.

    The only negative is the rice was way too soft for our liking. I will research a way to keep the rice a bit more firm.

    We will try again with adjustments.

  12. Rfcaddell
    Rfcaddell says:

    I’ve made this twice now and love it. The only thing I do different is when everything is done cooking I pulled the chicken out and shred it on a platter place it back in the pot and mix it up.

  13. Two2tsnipes
    Two2tsnipes says:

    Super yum. I used most of the small can of tomato paste and used brown basmati rice from aldi (della brand). I also increased the rice because I only had a little left in the bag, so I upped the broth to accomodate for that. Very good. Do all the cutting before you start. Perhaps put the garlic in after the onion has cooked a bit.

  14. Stuwe
    Stuwe says:

    It tasted great! I used brown rice so I cooked it for 22 minutes. A little crusty on the bottom, so if you used brown rice, add a little more water.

  15. Tsimon
    Tsimon says:

    I made this exacrly like the instructions. It was really good! I added corn to it and the next time i will add salsa to the top right before serving. I felt it was a little dry for my liking. However it is REALLY good and we will be making it again soon

  16. Jindi
    Jindi says:

    Hi guys, I’m using the IP for the first time and making this recipe while trying figure out the IP. It states to cook and manual at high pressure for 10 mins. Since my IP is the latest version, mine doesn’t have the manual button, but the Pressure Cook button…I’m trying to increase the time, but it increases second by second and only goes to 4 mins! Am I doing something wrong?

  17. Kayemmgee
    Kayemmgee says:

    Easy and flavorful! But I think the rice could have used less time – it’s a bit more mushy than it should be.

  18. Klownyhat
    Klownyhat says:

    Just tried this…first time using the instant pot…like mostly everyone else here…the rice came out mushy…maybe less broth next time?

  19. Jaag
    Jaag says:

    Great flavour and chicken very tender. Basmati rice over-cooked so will reduce time. Maybe add more vegetables next time.

  20. Irmanerd
    Irmanerd says:

    Really enjoyed this! Rice a little mushy like most others but will adjust next time 🙂 added some salsa at serving time and voila!

  21. Roaminggypsey
    Roaminggypsey says:

    Used parboiled rice and wasn’t mushy at all! Should have let pot cool after sautéing as “burn” message came up! Needed some pepper as was a little bland but over all really enjoyed!

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