Instant Pot Chicken and Rice {with Lemon & Feta Cheese}

This Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is comfort food at its finest, but the addition of fresh lemon and feta cheese {my fave} take it up just a notch. It’s easy to make and a family favorite too, so put this recipe on your weekly meal plan and give it a try.Instant Pot Chicken and Rice {with Lemon & Feta Cheese}. Ultimate comfort food from scratch

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Since I raise my own meat chickens, I’m always looking for delicious ways to use bone-in chicken pieces. Bone-in breasts and thighs are the perfect choice for this recipe, because they add better flavor than boneless skinless meat, and they’re cheaper too!

I also save the bones after we eat this meal and use them with other chicken pieces (does anyone really like chicken wings or backs?) to make homemade chicken bone-broth. If you like to make your own chicken broth, this recipe also serves double duty –> two meals for the price of one! And that helps feed my family organic food for less money. SCORE!

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice {with Lemon & Feta Cheese} 

One thing that makes the Instant Pot different from a slow cooker is that you can saute right in the IP. I love that because then I’m not dirtying multiple dishes and clean-up is easier. If you don’t already have one, I recommend that you get an Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice {with Lemon & Feta Cheese}Making this dish is pretty easy. Just grab your Instant Pot, and let’s get started!

Making this recipe is pretty easy. To start, you’ll brown your chicken in batches because all 4 pieces won’t fit at the same time. Then, saute veggies, also right in the Instant Pot.

I add mushrooms because I love them and also to torture my kids. LOL. Sometimes I chop them fine first to hide them, and sometimes I say screw it and just add the sliced mushrooms. If you don’t like mushrooms, feel free to leave them out, but I like them in this recipe.Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Once the chicken and veggies are sauted, add the rice, broth, put the chicken pieces back in the IP and cook everything under pressure for 15 minutes. Immediately quick release the IP once it’s finished cooking (don’t let it switch to warm), then remove chicken, add lemon juice, feta, and parsley. After 5 minutes, fluff the rice, serve with chicken, and enjoy!

Yields 4-6 servings

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice {with Lemon & Feta Cheese}

A delicious twist on classic chicken and rice. This recipe was adapted from one I found in

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 4 bone-in chicken pieces, breasts or thighs
  • REAL salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 TBS avocado oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped button mushrooms, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice, or other long-grain rice of your choice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, more if desired


  1. 1. Heat oil in Instant Pot over medium high heat until just smoking. Pat chicken dry, season with salt and pepper, and brown in batches, skin side down, about 6 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate.
  2. 2. Add onions, garlic, and mushrooms, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in rice and cook about 30 seconds. Stir in broth and sure to scrape up any browned bits off the bottom and push the rice into the liquid. Add the chicken back into the pot, skin side up.
  3. 3. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes and quick release the pressure as soon as the cooking time is over.
  4. 4. Transfer chicken to serving dish. Add the parsley, lemon juice, and feta cheese to the rice, and let stand for 5 minutes while the rice finishes cooking. Gently fluff with a fork and serve with chicken.
  5. Enjoy!


This recipe feeds my family of 6, but we split two large pieces of chicken between 4 kids. It was adapted by a recipe I found in Pressure Cooker Perfection from America's Test Kitchen .


IP chicken and rice plated

Want more healthy Instant Pot recipes?

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  1. Beautiful birth, Michelle!! Isn't it amazing how a mother's body knows exactly what it needs to do to protect the baby? Glad that he is here healthy and safe. Love the photos of your wee ones as even littler wee ones.
  2. velamentous cord? or something like that... my Ben had that too, and we were SO grateful for how his birth played out also. <3
  3. What a beautiful story! I was intrigued by home births but I didn't have it in me you could say. I love seeing women like you that have amazing birth stories as such!
  4. Love, love, love reading your homebirth stories! I can't believe Ben is already 9. He is such a sweet little dude. <3
  5. I really enjoyed your post, Michelle! I wanted home birth but had a small heart issue they were concerned about. I did get to have a midwife with my third child, and what a difference that made! A baby born in a home environment gets such a peaceful start compared to a hospital birth...and mom probably gets a lot better sleep afterwards.
  6. Thanks for sharing - I enjoy reading stories like this. Side note: Cora looks just like you in these photos :)
  7. Great story! Thanks for sharing. I need to write mine down like this so I don't forget. I may even have done that somewhere on paper, but I don't even know where it is! I had 3 of my 4 babies at home and my last was a water birth. Love loved it!

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