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The Ultimate Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken

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The Ultimate Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken is the perfect dump and go Instant Pot recipe. Insanely easy prep, incredible flavor, and even an Instant Pot Freezer Recipe for a meal later on. Fiesta chicken is full of tender chicken, corn, Rotel, ranch seasoning and black beans. A meal in one! 

Fiesta Chicken is such a fantastic dinner recipe. The Instant Pot allows you to make a one-pot dinner that kids and adults will all love. Add on some of your favorite taco toppings and dive in.

The Ultimate Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken

Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken 

My goal this summer is to get my freezer prepped and full of quick and easy meals to make the fall and winter a lot easier on me. I have been in a cooking mood, thanks to my Instant Pot! I can dump in frozen chicken and cook away, it saves me from having to plan ahead. This is one of my husband’s favorite Instant Pot freezer recipes. He can even heat it up on his own if I am not at home. 

What Type of Rice Pairs With Fiesta Chicken 

I enjoy using long grain rice, but you are welcome to use what you want. Brown rice, Jasmine, cauliflower rice for a low carb option, etc. Feel free to make what you want to fit what you have in your pantry. You can also serve this with Chipolte Cilantro Lime rice 

The ultimate instant pot fiesta chicken

What Toppings To Put On Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken 

  • Guacamole 
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Salsa 
  • Cilantro 
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream 
  • Splash of Hot Sauce for heat 

You can add any of your favorite toppings to this chicken recipe. We mix it up with what we have on hand, but I treat it similar to a taco, on what I pile on top. 

Can I Use Homemade Ranch Seasoning For This Fiesta Chicken

Absolutely. If you prefer homemade ranch seasoning just use what is equivalent to a packet and call it good. I have used both methods and didn’t notice a huge difference either way. Fiesta Chicken

Does Fiesta Chicken Freeze Well

Absolutely! This recipe is great for turning into a freezer meal as I stated above. If you are wanting to prep some quick and easy dinner ideas for your family to heat up when you are away, or to make a night simple for you, this recipe is for you! I share all the instructions below in the recipe card!

Freezer Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken

How Long Will Fiesta Chicken Last In Fridge 

You can expect your chicken to last up to three days. Anything after that, I recommend using your best judgment to see if it is still good. The three-day mark is generally my cut off date for leftovers like this.

fiesta Chicken Rice

If You Love Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken, You Will Love These Recipes Too

  • How To Make Shredded Beef From Frozen in Instant Pot | I love that you can cook meat from frozen to tender and juicy in a short matter of time. This recipe is incredible and the beef is so versatile. 
  • Chicken Fajita Instant Pot Soup | Another winning dish. This soup is savory and full of rich flavors. We make this recipe a ton in the winter months, where you want something warm to warm you up on a cold day. 
  • Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork | This is great any time of year. Get that sweet and savory pulled pork right in your Instant Pot. Pile on a bun or serve over rice and dive in. 

Fiesta Chicken is a simple Instant Pot chicken recipe that I think you all will agree, is fantastic. Give it a try today!

Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken

The ultimate instant pot fiesta chicken

The Ultimate Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

 Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken is one of the easiest Instant Pot chicken recipes. Fiesta chicken is full of beans, corn, ranch, chicken and more.


  • 1 Pound Chicken Breast cut in 1" chunks
  • 16 oz Can of black beans ( drained)
  • 1 Pepper chopped
  • 16 oz can of corn (drained)
  • 2 Cans Rotel Tomatoes with Chillies
  • 4 oz can Jalapenos (optional)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 2 Cups Rice uncooked
  • 2 and a half  cups of water
  • 16 oz Colby jack cheese


Directions from thawed:

  1. 2 cups of rice in the instant pot along with water.
  2. Pour both packets of seasoning over the rice
  3. On top place chicken, corn, Rotel, Black Beans, Jalapeno's, and Peppers.
  4. Do not stir.
  5. Place on manual LOW PRESSURE for 12 minutes.
  6. Do a quick release.
  7. Stir in Cheese.

Directions to Freeze for a Freezer Meal:

  1. Use a gallon size freezer bag
  2. Add Chicken, tomatoes, beans, corn, seasonings, and peppers to the bag.
  3. Freeze for up to 6 months

To cook From Frozen:

  1. Remove from freezer bag and place in the instant pot with 1 cup of water.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes with a natural release.
  3. You can serve with pre-frozen Rice
  4. Or you can add 2 cups of uncooked rice to the pot
  5. Cook on LOW Pressure for 12 minutes
  6. Do a quick release.
  7. Stir in cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 535Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1331mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 8gSugar: 5gProtein: 41g

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  1. This recipe sounds really good but the Sodium is very high. I am on a low sodium eating program due to chronic kidney disease so is there something else I can do to lower the sodium ?

    1. @Myrna Vick, I try to do lower sodium. For this recipe I would get no-salt-added Ro-tel (a favorite of ours!) and no-salt-added black beans. Lower sodium taco seasoning . . . I think McCormick has one with 30% less sodium. I haven’t noticed lower sodium ranch packets. For that I’d either use half the ranch seasoning, or make my own.

      Don’t know if this would lower the sodium enough for your diet, but it’d be an improvement!

  2. Is the time the same for brown rice? Usually brown rice takes longer to cook. Also, did you drain the corn and Rotel?

  3. Quick question about this recipe (IP fiesta chicken) when you say pepper, do you mean bell pepper? Also do I drain the corn, beans, and Rotel?

    1. You can use any peppers I used a red and yellow yes drain the corn no on rotel

  4. For the fiesta chicken (under 30 days of freezer meals) When you take out of the freezer it said 12 high, but says add 2 cups rice then low 12. So is it high, natural release, then add the rice and do an additional 12 but on low?

      1. So you do both high pressure for 12 min and natural release. And THEN add rice and do 12 min on low pressure with quick release?

  5. I followed the recipe exactly and I got the burn warning. What am I doing wrong or how do I fix it when that happens?

    1. @Kristal, mine did the same and I followed the directions !! My sealing ring is correct so the rice must have burned. I added liquid and tried again bit it was already too late it seems…

    2. @Kristal, i wish i knew. My rice (the bottom layer) burnt to a crisp and super-glued itself to my IP.

    3. @Elena, I also got that add water signal and I followed all directions etc. I tried to add water but it was too late. It was ruined. Any suggestions

  6. The recipe says 2 cups of water but the from frozen directions only says 1. Do I put another cup of water in with the rice? Thank you!

  7. Hi,

    Tried the recipe and we loved it but it’s a lot of food! If I halve the recipe, is it still the same cook time?

  8. Is there something I can sub in for the Rotel my sil hates tomatoes. Broth? Maybe tomato sauce or tomaro soup

  9. Hi there.
    Looking forward to trying this recipe, but first what type of rice are you using?
    Thank you for this great post!

  10. I tried this and kept getting the “food burn” error on my IP. So it never cooked because the heat kept going down or turning off. Basically the rice was burning on the bottom of the pot. Any tips to keep this from happening? I read here in the comments not to drain the tomatoes so in the future I would make sure not to do so (I did as I was unsure). This sounded really good so I was disappointed it didn’t work out. Any tips appreciated to try again!

    1. Yes don’t drain the tomatoes and don’t stir I will do a video for this

      1. I had this issue too and I did not stir it. Is it better to put the rice after the water or water over the rice? I’m new to pressure cooking so I wasn’t sure

      2. @Allie Serban,

        Don’t put the rice on the bottom like the recipe says. I usually put chicken – corn, beans, then put rice in middle. It will burn with the rice put in the like the recipe says

  11. I just got an Instant Pot and this was my first meal ever in it. AMAZING!!!!! Everyone loved it!

  12. I had the same issue with the burn error. I didn’t stir the ingredients. The rice and water was Originally at the bottom. If there is a video that would explain how to avoid this, it couldn’t come soon enough.

  13. This was a wonderful recipe. How would it work if I halved the rice? Would I still halve the water?

  14. If we add the rice, and it’s uncooked, do we not need to add more water? I’m talking about when you do it from frozen. I would think we’d need more water if we’re adding uncooked rice.

  15. Any chance you could update your directions to account for the comments below? I missed the answer about draining the corn and I dumped the whole thing in there.

  16. This recipe is delicious and always a hit, but can you tell me how to prevent getting the “burn food” notice? I can never just let it cook for the required time. What do you recommend? Thanks!

  17. So good! I topped mine with salsa, avocado, and sour cream. I saw many had an issue with the burn warning that’s because the rice should be added last and then pushed down so that the liquid covers it. I do this with all my recipes that include rice. I added a little extra water to make sure it would be ok. Worked like a charm!

  18. I tried this tonight. I thought it was really good. I might try to add more chicken next time. Also, you will need to add time if it is frozen. At 20 minutes, it was still raw. I decided to use saute to boil it for a few minutes to finish cooking the chicken. I shredded the chicken when it was cooked.

  19. I want to make this. But I see many people have asked whether, when making from frozen, do you need to add more water before cooking the rice. I do not see a response. Please advise if more water should be added between cooking the chicken with accoutrements and cooking the rice. Thank you.

  20. On two different occasions my daughter and I made this recipe. Both times we had trouble the Insta Pot working correctly – two different Insta Pots. Using low pressure seemed to be the issue. She felt the content was too much .. Any suggestions?

  21. This is such a great idea. I have plans to do this for my elderly family. I have one question. If I were to be dropping all these recipes in crockpot instead, would you make any adjustments?

  22. I was excited to make this, but as soon as I turned the instant pot on it hadn’t even built pressure yet and it shows food burned and the rice is fully stuck to the bottom. What a waste.

  23. Amazing flavor! Bummer the rice didn’t cook all the way. I think maybe if you did high pressure for 3 minutes then a NP release for 10 it might have absorbed and cooked.

  24. I made exactly from the directions however my instant pot started alerting me that food was burn and it did. The rice didn’t get cooked all the way as my rice cooker would . What could you suggest? I was thinking maybe putting in the rice last instead first in your direction? It had a great though.

  25. Have you come up with a solution for the burn notice? I really want to try this again as it smelled so good the first time

    1. @Adventures of a Nurse, We had the same “burn” issue – we thought about trying to finish it in the oven because we don’t want to waste the ingredients.

      You are saying we should only use 1 cup of rice, correct? we’ll try it again – it smelled delicious.

      Thank you!

  26. I made the following modifications to fit my family’s dietary needs and it worked well. 1) Halved the rice and used brown rice; used 1 cup of brown rice with 1.5 cups of water, and cooked for 15 minutes. 2) To avoid the peppers being totally disintegrated, I added a bag of frozen peppers right before the cheese and sauteed for 2-3 minutes. 3) Used low sodium taco and ranch seasoning mixes.

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