Instant Pot Lemon Basil Chicken and Rice is a simple and easy dinner that even the pickiest eaters will love. White rice and chicken cooked in the instant pot with broth, a hint of lemon juice and topped with fresh basil.

Instant Pot Lemon Basil Chicken and Rice cooked in the instant pot and then topped with fresh basil and sliced lemons.

The Instant Pot continues to save the day with another all-in-one dinner. I always get excited to share instant pot recipes where you can throw all of the raw ingredients together, and dinner is ready in just a few minutes!

This recipe was inspired by the one pan lemon basil chicken recipe that’s already on my site, and already a favorite with my family. It was one of the first recipes I wanted to test when I got my instant pot last year, and the end result is exactly what I hoped it would be.

Perfectly flavorful and tender rice, with juicy seasoned chicken and fresh basil. What a simple dinner, but it’s comforting and delicious in it’s simplicity.

A serving of lemon basil chicken and rice that was cooked in the instant pot, served on a speckled plate with a spoon, and a dish cloth in the background

 

How to make Instant Pot Lemon Basil Chicken and Rice:

I developed and tested this recipe in my 6-QUART INSTANT POT.

Cut the chicken into small pieces (that way it will cook at the same rate as the rice).

Turn the instant pot to saute and add the oil. You can use olive oil, canola or vegetable oil. Cook the chicken for a few seconds,  tossing it to cook on all sides. You don’t want to cook it all the way through, we just want to seal in the flavor from the spices, and give it a head start.

Process photos for making instant pot chicken and rice starting with the chicken added to the instant pot and browned, and then rice added to the instant pot with a wooden spoon.

Remove chicken to a plate and turn the instant pot off.

Add butter to the hot instant pot. As it melts, use a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan from the chicken and spices.

Add the rice, chicken broth and lemon juice to the pan and stir to combine. Smooth the rice into an even layer under the liquid. Add the chicken pieces on top.

Instant pot with chicken, rice and chicken broth in it next to another photo of the mixutre after it has been pressure cooked.

Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the valve to the sealed position. Turn on to manual or high pressure and set the timer for 3 minutes.

When the timer beeps, allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, and then quick release any remaining pressure.
Remove lid and sprinkle fresh basil over the rice. Gently fluff the rice mixture with a fork.
Ready to eat!
You can squeeze a little lemon juice on top, if you want, or serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Try adding some sautéed veggies to the mix, or serve it with a green salad or roasted vegetables.
A close-up photo of lemon basil chicken and rice served on a plate, on a wood tabletop.
Can I use brown rice instead of white?
Yes! Make the following adjustments to substitute long grain brown rice in this instant pot recipe:
Leave the chicken whole (don’t cut into pieces) and add 1 2/3 cup of chicken broth. Everything else in the recipe remains the same, but cook on high pressure for 20 minutes, with a 15 minute natural release.
Can I make it on the stovetop?
If you don’t own an instant pot yet, you can make this same One Pan Lemon Basil Chicken and Rice on the stove top.
Don’t miss these popular Instant Pot recipes:

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

Instant Pot Spaghetti

 

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Recipe

Instant Pot Lemon Basil Chicken and Rice cooked in the instant pot and then topped with fresh basil and sliced lemons.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 20 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice , uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves , chopped

Instructions
 

  • Cut chicken into bite size pieces and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and dried basil.
  • Turn instant pot on to saute setting. Add oil. Once hot, add chicken and cook, tossing to cook on all sides for 1 minute (chicken will not be cooked through.) Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Turn Instant pot off.
  • Add butter to the instant pot and use a a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the rice, chicken broth and lemon juice. Place chicken pieces on top.
  • Cover and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure (manual) for 3 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then vent to release remaining pressure.
  • Remove lid and sprinkle fresh basil over the rice. Gently fluff the rice mixture with a fork (don't stir it).
  • Serve immediately, garnished with extra chopped fresh basil, if desired.

Notes

Try my other Instant Pot recipes!

Nutrition

Calories: 458kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 19gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 422mgPotassium: 425mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 890IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 1.8mg

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  1. 3 stars
    Here’s the deal… the recipe is almost there, but it’s woefully low on fresh lemon juice as written. I’d strongly recommend at least doubling it! I did double it and it still wasn’t very lemony.

    Also, use chicken thighs instead of breasts and try a wild rice blend instead of white. The earthiness of the wild rice helps bring more flavor to the dish.

    1. Personally I think it had enough lemon juice as stated in the recipe. I much prefer breasts over thighs so wouldn’t recommend that change however I wild rice mix sounds good.

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