This chicken and wild rice Instant Pot recipe is a protein and a fiber-packed dish that is a total comfort food. The wild rice is packed full of vitamins and minerals to help fuel your body for the day. Step out and take a walk on the wild side with this wild rice and chicken dish. Hearty beans, wild rice, tender pieces of chicken, for one pleasurable dish that can be made quickly for an easy weeknight dinner for the family. Pair with a crisp green salad or starchy dinner rolls and you have a complete meal made in minutes.
A lot of people get confused with wild rice. Wild rice is from a different type of plant, and it isn’t even rice at all. That is why you find it has such a different texture than regular rice like white or brown. Wild rice gives you that more chewy texture on the outside with a very tender center. I think this rice gives your dish a more “earthy” taste with each bite. It is a lot different than white or brown rice and really can add a whole new level of texture and flavor to your dish.
In this chicken and wild rice Instant Pot recipe, I wanted a little bit more than chicken and rice. I grabbed some beans, and it gave this dish, even more, fiber and protein than it had to help keep us nice and full, and the flavor was perfect. The tender beans were so smooth, and amp’d up the comfort factor of this dish.
4 Wild Facts About Wild Rice
Aquatic Grass Not Rice
Like I stated above, wild rice isn’t rice. It is considered an aquatic grass that has grains that look and mimic rice. You can even think it tastes like a version of rice. Historically it was found most often in North America, China, and India.
Millions Of Pounds Each Year
Minnesota is one of the biggest states that produce wild rice each year, at millions of pounds. The US and Canada produce it as well, but Minnesota is for sure the leader in production.
Popped Wild Rice
Fun fact is you can use oil and heat and shake it as it warms up, and it will pop just like popcorn! Give it a try and see how you like it.
If you didn’t know wildlife like fish and even waterfowl will reap the benefits of wild rice as well as humans. It is full of vitamin B, riboflavin, and can help boost your immunity, help with vision, energy levels and more.
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Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion
- 1 pound Chicken Breast
- 1 tbsp Italian Seasonings
- 2 cups wild rice
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 16 oz cannellini beans
Place Pot on saute
Add Olive Oil, Onion, garlic and cook till tender about 1-2 minutes
Add Chicken and brown outside about 2-3 minutes
Add Seasonings, Rice, Beans, and Broth
Place Pot on Manual (or pressure cook) LOW PRESSURE Or use your Rice button for 12 minutes.
Do A Quick Release