Chicken and Rice Pilaf, Instant Pot; a question

This is the 3rd chicken and rice recipe that I have done in my Instant Pot. The combination really works well. The chicken is tender and moist; the rice is almost like risotto, even though I use Basmati, which is usually fluffy, not sticky.

I’m slowly learning to change the ingredients for different results. I’m very cautious when it comes to experimenting with food.

I hate waste almost as much as I hate extra work.

I don’t cook in the afternoon, take carefully arranged photos, then reheat it or freeze it or whatever.

Whatever I make has to be good enough for us to have for dinner and I make it for dinner. If the recipe isn’t quite suitable for a blog post I’ll make it again, with modifications, for another dinner.

We eat what I cook.

I take my few photos quickly, so the food doesn’t get cold.

Now you know why I don’t have a million photos, carefully staged, with all of the steps involved. I’m a cook first; blogging comes later.

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Chicken and Rice Pilaf, Instant Pot

Another great dinner from the Instant Pot.
Please note – I made this with the skin on. Even when I leave the skin on I normally trim it and remove any extra fat. There is no provision for that when calculating the nutrition info. The skin added almost 400 calories to the dish.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot


  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp za’atar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) white wine
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken broth
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice


  • Sprinkle paprika, za’atar on chicken.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté for 4 minutes.
  • Add 1 tbs olive oil and, when hot, add chicken, browning on both sides.
  • Remove chicken to a plate.
  • Add remaining 1 tbs olive oil and set to Sauté for 3 minutes. 
  • Add celery, pepper, onion, garlic, and sauté.
  • When done, add wine, broth, and stir well, scraping up any browned bits.
  • Add mustard, tomato paste and stir.
  • Add rice and stir.
  • Return the chicken in a single layer on top of rice, skin side up.
  • Secure cover, set Instant Pot to High Pressure for 7 minutes.
  • Natural release for 10 minutes then quick release if needed.
  • Spoon chicken and rice into a serving bowl and serve


The cooking time includes coming up to pressure.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 1254
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 770.4 mg
  • Fat: 78.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 19.6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.4 g
  • Fiber: 3.2 g
  • Protein: 69.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 379.5 mg

Keywords: Chicken, Rice, Instant Pot, Rice Pilaf

Chicken & Rice Pilaf, Instant Pot

I have a new project.

I have no idea how to proceed.

After several hours of googling I realized that I still haven’t figured out the right question.

Maybe, if I present it here, I will clarify my question and / or someone will know the answer (or the question).

I was packing up Christmas the other day. We all know how doing something can take a tortuous path and we end up somewhere else.

I ended up in the cabinet under the bookcases that has the CD player and the CD’s. (In my defense it’s next to the cabinet that houses some of the more fragile Christmas stuff.)

The question was asked: What are we going to do with all of those CD’s?

My answer was: No problem, I’ll just rip them all onto a drive and we can get rid of them. (The easy part.)

Then the question was asked: Okay, great…. but how do we listen to them?

My answer was: ????? (must google…. still ?????)

Obviously we can listen on the computer where they are stored, but what if we want to listen by the pool? The old way would be to take the cd player to the pool and play the cd. Plus the computer is not exactly a great sound system.

Can I put them on a flash drive? Of course! But where do I play them?

Just upload them to the cloud. Good idea but…. how do I listen to them?

I don’t want to listen on my phone.

I want to be able to choose the music and listen, without earbuds.

The search will continue tomorrow, but if anyone has any ideas – as to equipment or asking the question, please let me know.

Oh yes.. I don’t want a subscription service that I have to pay for to allow me to listen to music I already own.

I may need to just keep the cds….

I seem to always be ahead of or behind the times.

8 thoughts on “Chicken and Rice Pilaf, Instant Pot; a question”

  1. You can “rip” them to your computer though they’ll be large files and take up a lot of room so you would be better off putting them on an SD card or their own external driver that you’d plug in with a USB to your computer. Does your computer support bluetooth? If so, get a really good bluetooth speaker, Anker and Bose make great portable bluetooth speakers, and then you’d just have the initial set up to connect the speaker to your computer. After that, provided the range isn’t more than 250 feet or so, you should be able to take the speaker to the patio while the music plays on the computer, but the output will be on the portable speaker, not playing through the speakers on the computer.

    If you don’t have bluetooth on your computer, a bluetooth dongle is fairly inexpensive. Email me if you have questions. I’ll be glad to help. You have a few other options but for you, if not wanting to play on your phone, that would be easiest.

    I made egg bites in my InstantPot yesterday. First time and they turned out really well though like you, I think I’d change a couple things, but I’ll definitely make them again. 🙂

      • All of my music is on my computer. I play my music through my stereo system. My second set of speakers are Bose outdoor speakers which have great sound. I have a separate router connected to the stereo input. So I select the music in my computer library and play it on my traditional stereo (wirelessly). My iPhone has an app which works as a remote control for my music on my computer. I can control the volume and select any song or album or playlist on my computer from my phone, anywhere within range of my Wi-Fi.

        • As I’m researching it all we’ll probably end up with something similar… But Android. Some of the devices will store a lot on SD Cards so that is also an option. Now that I know the words it makes looking easier – and harder. Wow there is a lot of stuff out there…. From $40 – $4000. I have now learned to enter price range in my queries lol
          Our WiFi is probably a lot more limited than yours, also.

  2. As Nightsmusic has pointed out there are many options available to listen to your CDs. It is more a case of deciding which one suits your needs and you may end up like us having several which are used depending on whether one or both of us want to listen and where.

    • The options are a bit overwhelming, but I’m getting them narrowed down. You are right, tho. I listen to Spotify a lot and the hubs rarely. It’s winter – a good time for an indoor project.

  3. Possibly a decent bluetooth speaker that can play your cd’s from your phone. I’m enjoying the winter sunshine here in the 47 but the image you brought up of listening to music lying by the pool is very attractive.

    • The winter sunshine has left us, for now. I’m finding devices that are the same size as a phone, but geared towards music with lots of optional storage. But so many! Our pool has ice at the moment….

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