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Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice


Chinese take-out right in your Instant pot. Packed with chunks of tender chicken, scrambled eggs, carrots and peas, this Instant pot chicken fried rice is easier and healthier. No more take-outs!!! 

instant pot chicken fried rice

I’m having a love affair with my Instant pot these past few months. Check out all these amazing Instant Pot Recipes

It took a while to get going ( I mean, mine was still in the original packaging for at least 2 months after purchase). But, once I realized the convenience, there is no stopping.

My favorite part of a fried rice in an instant pot is that it does not require cooked, cooled leftover rice. No planning needed! 

I’m all set to make chicken fried rice when the craving hits or in need a quick fix for school lunch box. An absolutely perfect side dish for all your favorite Chinese dishes or just a simple meal in itself.

(Hint: tis delicious with a fried egg on top <—- simple yet satisfying)

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Why Instapot chicken fried rice?

Instant pot was a game changer. I began with cooking white rice and slowly exploring more variations. So simple and is a great base for all your Mexican meals.  

Ever since, I have been putting my instant pot to good use. Chicken makes it’s appearance at least three nights a week in our home. So, chicken fried rice instant pot was a no brainer. My favorite part is that you don’t have to depend on leftover rice to enjoy hot pressure cooker chicken fried rice whenever your craving hits.

It is so convent that it is perfect for weekday meals and a balanced one as well <— carbs, protein and veggies, all in one. 

Wanna another reason? If I haven’t sold this recipe to you already:) Leftovers make great lunch box for next day. 

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How to make chicken fried rice in instant pot?

Step-1 : Heat oil in instant pot, scramble eggs and transfer

Step-2: If using frozen peas, add frozen peas in the now empty pot and cook for about a minute until thawed. Transfer

Step-3: Add a touch more oil, saute chicken, then onion and garlic.

Step-4: Add rinsed and drained rice, saute for about 20 seconds. 

Step-5: Stir in chicken stock and chopped carrots.

Step-6: Cook —> There are two different methods given. Scroll below for more details. 

Step-7: Stir in soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, ground black pepper, scrambled eggs and peas. 

Instant pot fried rice for the win!

How to make non-mushy fried rice in Instant pot? 

It totally depends on your rice, yes! Many, many readers have had huge success with this recipe and there are a few who have had mushy rice. Reason? it depends on the basmati rice you are using. Not all brands, packages of rice are the same though they all say basmati rice in the package —> Some need more water and some less. Some need more cooking time and some less. 

How do we solve this? I came up with two different cooking methods for you (you are welcome!). So, which method is right for you? 

Cooking method-1 

  • If you have tried this recipe already and you have had great success. Just stick to this. 
  • If you cook different rice recipes in your Instant pot and use the rice setting and love the way the rice gets cooked , then this is right for you. 

Cooking method-2

  • If you have tried this recipe before and had a mushy outcome, then go for this. 
  • If you are not sure about your rice or cooking method. 

Another important note for cooking rice in instant pot —–> It depends on the size of your Instant pot. 

I tried making this recipe in a 3-quart Instant pot and a 8-quart Instant Pot. Result? Fried rice in 8-quart was much more firmer that the 3-quart. So, if you a own a larger Instant Pot, then use that for firmer rice. 

Few notes on making this instant pot fried rice recipe:

  • Rinse rice in a strainer and let it hang out for couple of minutes to drain as much water as possible. This step is important to not only wash the rice, as well as remove excess starch <— less mushier rice
  • Do not double the recipe. It’s just too much to work with and makes the rice overcooked in the process. 
  • I used 1 cup of 33% less sodium chicken stock and the salt was perfect along with soy sauce. But, if you have regular sodium chicken stock, then I’d suggest using 3/4 cup stock + 1/4 cup water. 

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Can I make pressure cooker chicken fried rice with brown rice?

One of my reader made it with great success. Here is how she made it:

Followed cooking Method #1 AND doubled the recipe (she used the Duo Plus 8 qt and the rice setting was 12 minutes as well).

“The recipe came out PERFECT. I added a level teaspoon of pepper (for the original recipe, I would do 1/2 a teaspoon) and an additional teaspoon or two of soy sauce. Tasted it, and it really is just perfect!”

I love you guys!!! 

instant pot chicken fried rice

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instant pot chicken fried rice
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3.82 from 282 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice

Chinese take-out right in your Instant pot. Packed with chunks of tender chicken, scrambled eggs, carrots and peas, this Instant pot chicken fried rice is easier and healthier. No more take-outs!!!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: instant pot chicken fried rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Maria Doss

Ingredients

  • 3-4 tablepsoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, whisked to combine
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup white basmati rice, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 cup (33% less sodium) chicken stock refer notes
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 3 tablepsoons soy sauce (more or less as desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Set instant pot in saute mode. When hot, add 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add eggs and scramble, remove on to a plate when done. (You don't have to continuously stir eggs. Stir 'em every 20 seconds or so, until cooked. This will yield larger pieces of scrambled eggs)
    Into the now empty pot (still in saute mode), add frozen peas. Saute, until thawed completely . The moisture from peas will help in loosening the eggs sticking to the bottom of the pan. Try scraping most of it. Transfer peas to the plate.  
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons oil to the now empty instant pot, Add chicken in a single layer, cook undisturbed for 2 minutes. Stir around and then add chopped onions and garlic, cook (stirring occasionally) for another 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add rinsed and drained rice and saute for about 20 seconds and then stir in chicken stock and carrots. Scrape sides, close Instant pot, lock lid, set valve to sealing, press cancel. (Refer notes below to see which method is right for you).
  • Cooking Method-1 : Select rice mode. (This is an automatic setting and mine took 12 minutes). When cook time is done, let the Instant pot be in warm mode for 5 minutes. When 5 minutes is done, turn valve to vent and let pressure release.Press cancel and open lid. Stir in cooked eggs, peas, soy sauce, sesame oil and ground pepper. 
  • Cooking Method-2 : Cook for 3 minutes on manual mode. When cook time is done, let it be in warm mode for 10 minutes (for al dente rice) and 15 minutes (for more softer rice) When cooking time is done, turn valve to vent and let pressure release.Press cancel and open lid. Stir in cooked eggs, peas, soy sauce, sesame oil and ground pepper. 
  • Some readers have suggested that doubling the recipe results in slightly overcooked rice. So, I’d suggest using the recipe as is. 
  • Remove pot insert from the instant pot base and place on a wire rack to cool for 5-10 minutes, before serving. 
    Enjoy hot Instant pot chicken fried rice for lunch/dinner or cool and pack into meal prep containers for the week. 

Notes

Which cooking method is right for you? 
Cooking method-1 
  • If you have tried this recipe already and you have had great success. Just stick to this. 
  • If you cook different rice recipes in your Instant pot and use the rice setting and love the way the rice gets cooked , then this is right for you. 
Cooking method-2
  • If you have tried this recipe before and had a mushy outcome, then go for this. 
  • If you are not sure about your rice or cooking method. 
Rice – any long grain white basmati rice can be used. Rinse rice in a colander until water runs clear. Let it hang out in the strainer at least for 5 minutes, to drain almost all the water. 
Chicken stock – I used 1 cup of 33% less sodium chicken stock and the salt was perfect along with soy sauce. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 924mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g

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Recipe Rating




Vicki

Monday 17th of January 2022

Can this be frozen?

Maria Doss

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

Hi Vicki, Yes! Freeze for up to a month and thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then microwave to re heat. Hope it helps, Maria

Tanya Cunningham

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

Can you use a 10 qt

Maria Doss

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Absolutely!

Rachael Jones

Friday 5th of February 2021

Could you share the calories per serving? Thank you!!!

Maria Doss

Saturday 6th of February 2021

Hi Rachel, It is 369 calories per serving, Maria

Karen

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

This recipe is delicious! I did double the recipe and stuck with cooking method number 1- auto rice setting for 12 minutes and it turned out perfect! So glad I doubled the recipe because my husband ate three bowls full 😋

Jilean A.

Monday 26th of October 2020

I am making this tonight so I will update, but I was wondering if it made any difference that I bought regular sesame oil instead of toasted sesame oil?

Maria Doss

Monday 26th of October 2020

Hi Jilean, toasted sesame oil adds the authentic Chinese flavor - just a little goes a long way. Hope it helps:)