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Instant Pot Ranch Chicken and Rice | Large Family Recipes

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When it comes to a delicious dinner, this Instant Pot Ranch Chicken and Rice recipe is everything. Just think about this recipe for a second, it’s cheesy, juicy, and the ideal large family dinner. One thing that I’ve learned is adding a little cheese and ranch to some chicken and rice takes this recipe to a whole new level.

If you also need the slow cooker directions for this recipe, don’t worry! I’ve included the Crock Pot recipe and the Instant Pot recipe in the directions below – yay!

Perfecting a dinner in the Instant Pot takes some time, luckily I’ve done the hard work, all you have to do is make the recipe. This Ranch Chicken and Rice made in the Instant Pot will make dinner amazing. The idea behind the Instant Pot is that it’s not going to take you all day to make dinner.

Instant Pot Ranch Chicken and Rice

Do you have some chicken breasts that you are trying to use up? Don’t know what recipe to use? If you have an Instant Pot on hand and are in the mood for some chicken, then put this recipe on the menu. I think for a recipe that uses minimal ingredients, you get a ton of flavor.

Is your family trying to eat a little healthier this year? If so, you’ll love knowing this Ranch Chicken and Rice has lots of good ingredients in it. Chicken, rice, cheese, spices, and a few other ingredients help make this recipe worth it all.

Versatile Instant Pot Meal

What happens if you have leftover chicken from this recipe? Well, the good news is that this Instant Pot Ranch Chicken and Rice is versatile. You can use the chicken as a leftover in soups, tacos, casseroles and anything else you can think of.

The point is that this meal makes a lot, but there are plenty of options for leftovers. I’d love to hear your ideas on what you use your leftover ranch chicken in. I like making a big salad out of my leftovers.

Every single time I make rice, it’s rice for days! I can’t get over how much rice it makes when I’m only making a few cups full. I like using rice in other recipes throughout the week.

How to Store Instant Pot Ranch Chicken and Rice

Once you have this delicious meal cooked and you’re ready to store it, you may be wondering how to store it. You’ll want to grab an airtight container and store the chicken and rice in there. Rice dries out really quickly, so it may only last 3-5 days in the fridge.

This recipe is also freezable. The only thing you need is a freezable container or a freezer bag in order to store the meal. I like to freeze my meals flat so that they don’t take up too much room in the freezer.

What Goes With Instant Pot Chicken and Rice?

You may be thinking about what goes with a dish like this? The rice is an excellent side dish and the chicken is very flavorful. The only thing that I might add is a veggie or fruit as a side dish. I think corn on the cob would go great with this meal. The family is going to be so full after eating this Instant Pot Ranch Chicken and Rice.


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Instant Pot Ranch Chicken and Rice | Large Family Recipes

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 12


You’ll want to give this Instant Pot Ranch Chicken and Rice a try. This recipe is so perfect for big families. 


3 to 4 chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, diced

2 (1 ounce) packages ranch seasoning mix

2 cups long-grain white rice, uncooked

2 cups chicken broth

3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup heavy cream




  1. Set pressure cooker to “saute” and heat until hot. Add olive oil and chicken in two batches to brown on both sides. Set aside and keep warm.

  2. Keep the pressure cooker in saute mode and add the onions, cooking until softened, about 3 minutes.

  3. Pour chicken broth into pressure cooker and scrape the bottom with a flat edge spoon. 

  4. Add the ranch seasoning and white rice to pressure cooker. Stir to mix. Place chicken on top.

  5. Close and set the valve to sealing. Set the pressure cooker to manual or pressure cook for 8 minutes. Naturally release for 10 minutes before a quick release.

  6. Remove the lid and carefully shred the chicken. Into the chicken and rice, add the cheddar cheese and heavy cream. Stir to combine and serve.


For the slow cooker:

  1. Prepare the slow cooker crock with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. Place the rice and onions in the bottom of the slow cooker liner.

  3. Stir together the chicken broth and ranch seasoning. Pour over the rice. Top with the chicken breast.

  4. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Remove and shred the chicken. 

  5. Add the chicken, cheese, and heavy cream to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Recover and cook an additional 30 minutes.

This Instant Pot Ranch Chicken and Rice Recipe was featured in Large Family Meal Plan #3. You can find more large family meal plans here.

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