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Hoisin Chicken and Rice in the Instant Pot Recipe Hoisin Chicken and Rice in the Instant Pot Recipe


Hoisin Chicken and Rice in the Instant Pot Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This hoisin chicken and rice recipe is my go-to for a quick, flavorful dinner. It's a savory blend of tender chicken, aromatic spices, and fluffy rice, all cooked up in my trusty Instant Pot.

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I'm about to share one of my absolute favorites with you, this is my go-to hoisin chicken and rice instant pot recipe. No fuss, packed full of flavor, and ready in a snap thanks to the magic of the instant pot. Picture tender chicken thighs soaked in a delicious blend of hoisin and soy sauce, accompanied by perfectly cooked rice. Trust me, it's a game-changer on a busy day!

Ingredients for Hoisin Chicken and Rice

  • Chicken thighs: Tender and flavorful meat that adds richness and juiciness to the dish, perfect for absorbing the savory sauce.
  • White rice: Provides a neutral base to soak up the delicious flavors of the sauce and chicken, creating a satisfying meal.
  • Chicken broth: Infuses the dish with a deep umami flavor, enhancing the overall taste and adding richness to the rice.
  • Hoisin sauce: Adds a sweet and savory depth to the dish, creating a rich and flavorful sauce for the chicken and rice.
  • Soy sauce: Brings a salty and savory element to the dish, enhancing the overall umami flavor profile of the chicken and rice.
  • Garlic: Adds a pungent and aromatic flavor to the dish, enhancing the savory profile and providing depth to the sauce.
  • Ginger: Provides a warm and spicy kick to the dish, adding a fragrant and zesty flavor to the overall taste profile.

Kitchen Tools Required

  • Instant Pot: Cooks the chicken and rice quickly and efficiently.
  • Bowl: Used to mix the sauce ingredients before pouring over the chicken.
  • Tongs: Helpful for shredding the cooked chicken easily.
  • Grater: Essential for grating the ginger needed for the recipe.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • Green onions, chopped (for garnish)
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)


  1. Place chicken thighs in the Instant Pot.
  2. In a bowl, mix together chicken broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. Pour over the chicken.
  3. Add rice on top of the chicken.
  4. Close the Instant Pot lid and set to high pressure for 10 minutes.
  5. Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before quick releasing any remaining pressure.
  6. Shred the chicken and mix everything together.
  7. Serve garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 450 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45 g | Protein: 30 g | Total Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 120 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 5 g | Calcium: 50 mg | Potassium: 400 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Vitamin A: 100 µg | Vitamin C: 5 mg

Prep and Storage Tips

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the hoisin chicken and rice as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow the dish to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the hoisin chicken and rice as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow the dish to cool completely.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag, ensuring it's airtight.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

One interesting fact about this hoisin chicken and rice instant pot recipe is that you can add a splash of pineapple juice to the sauce for a sweet and tangy twist that complements the savory flavors of the dish. It's a simple hack that can elevate the taste and surprise your taste buds!

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Recipe

Can I use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs in this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute chicken breasts for chicken thighs. Just be mindful that chicken breasts may cook faster than thighs in the Instant Pot.
Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?
You can use brown rice, but you may need to adjust the cooking time and liquid ratio as brown rice typically requires more liquid and a longer cooking time.
Can I make this recipe without hoisin sauce?
If you don't have hoisin sauce, you can try substituting it with a mixture of soy sauce, honey, and a touch of five-spice powder for a similar flavor profile.
How can I make this dish spicier?
To add some heat to the dish, you can incorporate red pepper flakes, sriracha, or diced chili peppers when cooking the chicken and rice in the Instant Pot.
Can I double the recipe in the Instant Pot?
It's possible to double the recipe, but be cautious not to overfill the Instant Pot beyond its maximum capacity. You may need to adjust the cooking time slightly for a larger batch.

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