This Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Power Bowl is hands down my favorite go to lunches ever. It is the perfect pick me up on those days where I am just dragging. Plus, it is quick and easy to make! I am here to tell you that I have found the future of food. The future is now, and it is in your Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Bowl
This protein-packed chicken bowl is also a great dish to make for your family, because everyone will love it. Plus, you can customize the toppings with their favorite veggies and proteins! Give this recipe a chance and I bet you’ll be glad that you did.
In less than 30 minutes my entire meal was done (minus cooking rice) and I had juicy tender chicken breast on top of brown rice, which acted as an amazing base for all those yummy toppings. I dressed mine up with some fresh ingredients like corn, bell pepper, kale and spinach. And just like that dinner was ready!
Now I won’t lie. Most days when I make this for lunch I use left over shredded chicken. This way all I have to do is dump everything (except the rice) into the pressure cooker, seal the lid, and press start.
Once the power bowl toppings are done cooking you can quick release the pressure, remove the lid, and stir in your uncooked white rice. Then add the lid back on and pressure cook again for another 12 minutes.
Cooking rice in the Instant Pot
I would not recommend stirring in uncooked rice unless you have been cooking with your pressure cooker for quite some time. And I 100% would not recommend this method if you are planning to use brown rice.
The reason I do not recommend new users to stir uncooked rice into their chicken powerbowl is that you cannot really measure out the liquid to rice ratio. This makes it very easy to eyeball the amount of uncooked rice wrong which could easily result in a burn notice or crunchy rice…
There are many different types of rice, and each one has a different cooking time. Brown rice is the longest to cook, while white rice is the quickest. Be sure to pay attention to the time differences depending on the rice you choose. 🙂
If you do not have leftover shredded chicken just laying around, then no worries you can still easily make this chicken power bowl! It does not take much more time at all to saute a chicken breast!
If you are new to using the saute function on your pressure cooker make sure to give our Saute Tips and Troubleshooting a read before you give it a go.
Items Recommended for Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Powerbowl
Alrighty y’all, let’s get cooking!
- 1lb boneless chicken breasts
- 1tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1tsp chili powder
- 1tsp onion powder
- 1 14.5oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes or 2 cans of Rote
- 1 14.5oz can of corn, drained
- 1 14.5oz can of black beans, rinsed
- Set Instant Pot to sauté mode. Add oil to pot.
- While waiting for oil to heat, sprinkle dry seasoning mixture over chicken breasts.
- Once oil is heated, brown both sides of each piece of chicken. Set browned chicken aside.
- Add tomatoes, to pot, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom. Then add corn, beans and water to pot. Stir and let simmer.
- Meanwhile, cut chicken breasts into bite-sized cubes. Return chicken to pot. Add more water if desired.
- Cancel sauté mode. Cover pot with lid. Set to high pressure for 8 minutes. Natural release.
- Serve hot over white rice or brown rice.
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