Instant Pot Turmeric Chicken and Brown Rice is healthy comfort food and an easy, flavorful dinner that my whole family loves. It's gently seasoned with a flavorful blend of turmeric and warm spices.
My Instant Pot and I haven't settled into a regular routine yet. For the past year I've used it in fits and starts, trying to figure out how I can Instant-Pot my way to a less hectic life. In an ideal world, I'd use my Instant Pot a few times a week to get dinner on the table quickly and meal prep ingredients like beans, grains and vegetables.
But you all know how it goes. In the short term, it's hard to find the time and headspace that's needed to start something new. Even if you know it will probably make your life easier in the long term.
Lately, though, I've turned a corner. I've committed to using my Instant Pot on a regular basis to figure out how this thing is going make my life and your life easier.
Let's start with this recipe for Instant Pot Turmeric Chicken and Rice.
The gods were shining down on my kitchen table when I served this for dinner because both my kids ate it up. My youngest mostly avoided the chicken and just ate the rice, but still, that counts as a successful dinner. The flavors in this dish are mild and comforting but there is real flavor to keep adults satisfied too. It's kind of like sophisticated Rice-A- Roni.
I've kept the recipe as simple as possible because simple is the whole point of using an Instant Pot, right? Making this turmeric chicken and rice takes just a few easy steps:
- Chop onion, garlic and carrot in the food processor
- Saute vegetables briefly
- Add chicken thighs and spices
- Pour chicken broth and brown rice on top
- Cook 22 minutes on high pressure
The spices added are turmeric, coriander, cumin and a pinch of cinnamon. Warm and aromatic, with all that good healthy stuff that turmeric has to offer. If you can find fresh turmeric root, then use that too - grated over the finished dish as a healthy garnish.
I love meals like this that are kid-friendly and then jazzed up with garnishes for adults. Sometimes my kids dabble in the garnishes, trying new flavors and foods, sometimes they don't. This time, the crispy chickpeas were a hit.
My bowl of turmeric chicken and rice is always topped with crispy spiced chickpeas (recipe below), slivered almonds, cilantro and hot sauce. I love sauteed greens, like kale, on the side, too.
I hope your family likes this recipe as much as mine does. Let me know!
If you like this recipe, then you'll love Oven-Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Chickpeas with Turmeric and Coconut Milk.
More Instant Pot Recipes
- Looking for an Instant Pot recipe for white rice and chicken? Try my Simple Instant Pot Chicken and White Rice.
- Do you prefer chicken breast? Try my Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts with Potatoes and Carrots
- Do you like chickpeas? Try my Instant Pot Red Lentil Soup with Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas