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Chicken Burrito Bowls with rice and chips
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4.84 from 6 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls

Even better than your favorite fast-casual version, you can make Chicken Burrito Bowls in the Instant Pot in under 30 minutes. This recipe uses the Pot-in-Pot Method to cook the chicken and rice together at the same time.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Natural Release10 minutes
Total Time26 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Keyword: easy chicken recipe, easy dinner, instant pot, pot-in-pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 468kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $9.00


  • 6-quart Instant Pot / pressure cooker
  • 2-inch tall Metal Trivet
  • 7-inch wide Glass Bowl


Chicken and Rice

  • 1 ½ cups Long Grain White Rice (or Basmati Rice)
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Salsa (see note)
  • 1 ½ lbs Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breasts, chopped into cubes

Topping Ideas (choose your favorites)


  • Rinse and drain the rice.
  • To the bowl of the Instant Pot, add dried oregano, ground cumin, chili powder, salt, salsa, and chicken. Stir well.
  • Top the chicken with a 2” metal trivet. Place a 7” wide glass bowl on top of the trivet. (Be sure that both the rack and bowl are approved for use in the Instant Pot.)
  • Pour rice into the bowl and add 1 ½ cups water. Make sure all grains of rice are covered by the water.
  • Close and lock the lid.
  • Set the pressure valve to Sealing.
  • Cook on manual / high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • When done cooking, leave the machine on Warming (most machines automatically revert to this after cooking). Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. (Tip: I like to set a kitchen timer so that I don’t get distracted and forget.)
  • Manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully remove the bowl of rice and rack and set aside, covered, to keep warm.
  • Stir the chicken. If you prefer to serve it shredded for the burrito bowls, use the back of a spoon to gently break the chicken apart while stirring it with the sauce.
  • Taste the chicken and season with some salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Set out the rice, chicken, and any of your preferred toppings. Assemble burrito bowls at the table.


Salsa - Any type of salsa will work, but the more flavorful the salsa, the more flavorful the chicken will be. If your salsa seems super chunky or thick, it’s a good idea to add ¼ cup of water to be sure there is enough liquid for the machine to work correctly.


Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 954mg | Potassium: 894mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg