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Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice is creamy, rich comfort food with chunks of white chicken meat. It is probably my favorite chicken Instant Pot meal to date.

Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice

This delicious meal can easily be made in 30 minutes and serves 4 to 6 people. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal and is best served with a green salad, or steamed broccoli or green beans.

Heavy cream, a can of condensed chicken soup, and cream cheese plus lots of Parmesan cheese makes Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice an insanely creamy and cheesy meal.

Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice

Garlic powder and onion powder give it all the extra flavor it needs.

Lefotvers reheat well.

You can use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast.

The cream cheese that’s added at the end is what really makes this a wonderfully delicious chicken and rice. Kids will love this Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice. It has a fair amount of garlic flavor, but it is not too strong.

Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice

For best results, shred your own Parmesan cheese from a block of Parmesan instead of buying pre-shredded.

I use the Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer and love it. It can also be used as a slow cooker and a yogurt maker.

The whole family will be happy with this Instant Pot meal. It is so, so easy to make.

Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice

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Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice is creamy, rich comfort food with chunks of white chicken meat. It is probably my favorite chicken Instant Pot meal to date.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) can cream of chicken condensed soup
  • 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into chunks and softened


  • Cut chicken into strips.
  • Turn Instant Pot to "Saute" mode. Add butter. When melted add chicken and onion and cook until most of the pink in the chicken is gone.
  • Add water, heavy cream and chicken soup. Stir.
  • Add rice, sprinkling it in so that it is evenly distributed. Add garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Do not stir.
  • Place lid on. Make sure valve is in "sealing" position. Pressure Cook on HIGH for 5 minutes. Manually release pressure.
  • Once the pin drops, remove lid and stir in cream cheese. Stir in Parmesan cheese, cheddar, and parsley. Place lid back on for a few minutes to melt cheese. Stir and serve. It will thicken up as it cools.


Note: Cooking time does not include time for Instant Pot to pressurize. This usually takes about 10 minutes but can vary.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot

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162 thoughts on “Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice”

  1. Family loves this! Quick, easy go to and very filling. Love that my diverse eaters all agree on this dish. This was my first dish to cook in the insta pot.

  2. Delicious recipe! I have made it several times & never encountered problems with it. Entire family loves it.

  3. We absolutely loved this recipe. It also goes a long way for feeding a lot of people. Highly recommend

  4. My husband and I love this recipe! It is so good and it’s filling. Make enough perfect for 2 and it gives him a delicious lunch the next day. He even says eating it cold is good too, 10/10 highly recommend

  5. I have made this recipe a few times and after getting the burn notice and it refusing to pressurize I could save it by scraping the bottom, letting it continue to try to pressurize and eventually it cooks it how it should without ever pressurizing. BUT after cooking chicken, instead follow this method to get NO BURN NOTICE: add water, spices & heavy cream then stir. Add rice, making sure it goes under water level but DONT STIR, keep on top of chicken. Add cream of chicken in a glob on top of everything, DONT STIR, don’t even push under the water. Close lid and continue with rest of instructions. You really should never mix in cream of chicken or anything dense like it if you don’t want to deal with the burning. Always leave on top

  6. Rating a three because I’m currently making this and I keep getting a “burn” signal from my instant pot. this has happened to me before and I have to cancel it and move the ingredients around. I did not originally because after you add spices it says “do not stir”- so kind of had a feeling that might happened. I think the rice and chicken at the bottom are the reason for this. hopefully the food turns out okay still.

  7. Help! I followed the recipe exactly! My instapot started saying “food burn”. It turned off. The rice didn’t cook all the way thru! I’m so sad. Someone tell me what I did wrong. 🙁

  8. I am not sure what I did wrong but, the instapot didnnot build pressure and kept saying burn no matter what I did. I am really disappointed… So I had to pull it off the instapot and put it on the stove.

  9. Soooooo yummy! Good for picky kids, quick and easy. I could have eaten my weight in this stuff. Great job.

  10. Recipe was easy to prepare & meal turned out amazing. The recipe does not call for enough water. Before the instant pot ever built up pressure to cook on HIGH for 5 mins after adding the rice, the instant pot beeped at me saying “burn”. I had to add more water to the recipe. Overall was very good & super easy.

  11. My husband loved this so much that it has made the regular dinner rotation. Quick, easy, and delish. Makes a ton so we always have leftovers

  12. My family loves this recipe. But I make it exactly like the instructions say and get a burn notice everytime. Any thoughts?

    1. I use the rice setting because this used to regularly happen and it did not happen again. Just the auto setting under the rice button.

    1. I was wondering the same thing. Playing with the new ChatGPT it came up with the following estimate:

      Sure! According to the recipe, the serving size is about 1 cup of garlic parmesan chicken and rice. The approximate nutrition information per serving is:

      Calories: 387
      Total Fat: 13g
      Saturated Fat: 5g
      Cholesterol: 125mg
      Sodium: 1139mg
      Total Carbohydrates: 32g
      Dietary Fiber: 1g
      Total Sugars: 1g
      Protein: 34g

      Please note that this information is based on the ingredients and measurements listed in the recipe and may vary depending on the specific brands and products used.

    1. You should be able to, but you will need to add more time. Should only need to add a few mins.

  13. This was INCREDIBLE! I did modify mine a bit so I could make a bigger batch. I didn’t have heavy cream so I used milk instead. I didn’t add the cream cheese, but added more parm and cheddar mix…it turned out VERY creamy and with so much flavor! Will be making this again for sure!

  14. This is one of my favorite meals to make in my IP over the last few years. I follow the directions exactly every time and do not have any issues. Love it!!

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