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Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Rice Bowls

Instant pot chipotle chicken rice bowls come together in no time! These hearty bowls are full of flavor and are great for meal prep!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: instant pot, instant pot chicken, instant pot chipotle chicken, rice bowls
Servings: 6 people

Equipment

  • instant pot

Ingredients

Brown Rice:

  • 2 cups uncooked U.S.-Grown long grain brown rice
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 bunch of cilantro coarsely chopped

Roasted Veggies:

  • 3 bell peppers diced in large chunks
  • 1 large red onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Chipotle Chicken:

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken tenders or 4 chicken breast
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce individual peppers- NOT 2 cans, (*see note)
  • 1 14-14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes in their juices
  • ¼ cup lime juice (or juice from 1 medium lime)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Cornstarch slurry (1 teaspoon cornstarch whisked into ¼ cup water)
  • 1 avocado sliced

Creamy Chipotle Lime Greek Yogurt Sauce:

  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt heaping ½ cup
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons adobo chipotle pepper sauce (sauce leftover from canned chipotle peppers)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon light mayo optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. While the oven preheats, add uncooked brown rice to the Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Pour in water. Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam valve to the sealed position. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook (manual) at high pressure for 15 minutes. When finished, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes (just leave the Instant Pot alone). After the “10 minute” natural release, turn the steam valve to the venting position. Do this carefully to avoid burning yourself. I like to use a long spoon to turn the valve. Wait for the steam to escape and then open the Instant Pot lid. Fluff with a fork and remove rice from the Instant Pot. Stir in the cilantro. Wash the pot to prepare it for making the chicken.
  • Place veggies on a large baking sheet. Drizzle the top with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss veggies in the olive oil and salt using your hands or a spoon. Place the baking sheet in the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the veggies from the oven and flip with a spatula. Bake for another 5-10 minutes until slightly charred. Remove from the oven and set to the side.
  • Add chicken, onion, garlic, spices, chipotle peppers (save sauce), diced tomatoes (and juices), lime juice, and honey to the Instant Pot. Stir to coat chicken in sauce. Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam valve to the sealed position. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook (manual) at high pressure for 12 minutes. *See note if using frozen chicken breast. When time is up, immediately turn the steam valve to the venting position. Do this carefully to avoid burning yourself. I like to use a long spoon to turn the valve. Wait for the steam to escape and then open the Instant Pot lid.
  • Once you can open the lid, turn the Instant Pot off. Remove the chicken to a large bowl or plate. Turn the Instant Pot to saute mode (high). Bring the cooking liquid to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid reduces by about half. Meanwhile, shred chicken with two forks. Add the cornstarch slurry to finish thickening the sauce. Once the liquid is reduced, turn the Instant Pot off. Return the chicken into the Instant Pot, and stir the chicken to coat in sauce.
  • Prepare the sauce (I like to do this while the chicken is pressure cooking). Blend together the Greek yogurt, lime juice, adobo chipotle pepper sauce,honey, mayo, salt, and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Taste and add additional salt or lime juice as desired.
  • Assemble the bowls. Place cilantro rice in the bowl first. Top rice with chicken, veggies, avocados, and Greek yogurt sauce. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

* If you love heat, feel free to add an extra pepper or stir in a few teaspoons of sauce from the can.
* If using frozen chicken, cook for 15 minutes.