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Instant Pot Santa Fe Chicken Rice Bowl Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Santa Fe chicken rice bowl is my go-to comfort food. It's a hearty mix of chicken, rice, beans, and corn, all spiced up and cooked in my trusty Instant Pot. Topped with cheese and avocado, it's a bowl of pure yum!

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Ever find yourself stuck in a dinner rut, craving something zesty yet comforting? Meet my go-to solution: Santa Fe Chicken Rice Bowl. This meal, cooked lovingly in an Instant Pot, is an explosion of flavors - think tender chicken, hearty black beans, sweet corn, and a kick of chili. Trust me, one bite and you'll be hooked. Ready to shake things up for dinner? Let this recipe guide you to a meal that's deliciously satisfying.

Ingredients for Santa Fe Chicken Rice Bowl

  • Chicken breast: Lean protein source, adds flavor and texture to the dish, a staple ingredient in many chicken-based recipes.
  • Rice: Provides a hearty base, absorbs flavors well, adds texture, and makes the dish filling and satisfying.
  • Black beans: Adds fiber and plant-based protein, complements the chicken, rice, and spices, creating a balanced meal.
  • Corn: Sweetness and crunch, adds color and texture, complements the other ingredients, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Diced tomatoes: Adds moisture and acidity, a burst of freshness, enhances the dish's flavor, and provides a saucy element.
  • Chicken broth: Infuses flavor, keeps the dish moist, enhances the savory profile, and ties all the ingredients together harmoniously.
  • Cumin: Earthy and warm spice, adds depth and complexity to the dish, a key flavor in many Southwestern and Mexican dishes.
  • Chili powder: Adds heat and smokiness, enhances the dish's flavor profile, a classic spice blend in Tex-Mex cuisine.

Kitchen Tools Required

  • Instant Pot: Cooks the ingredients quickly and efficiently, saving time while infusing flavors together perfectly.
  • Knife: Used for dicing the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces for even cooking and easy eating.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1 lb chicken breast, diced
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, cilantro


  1. Place chicken, rice, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper in the Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 10 minutes.
  3. Once the cooking time is up, allow for a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.
  4. Stir the mixture well and serve in bowls.
  5. Top with shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, and cilantro if desired.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 450 kcal | Carbohydrates: 55 g | Protein: 30 g | Total Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 70 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 8 g | Sugar: 5 g | Calcium: 100 mg | Potassium: 700 mg | Iron: 4 mg | Vitamin A: 500 µg | Vitamin C: 20 mg

Preparing and Storing Santa Fe Chicken Rice Bowl

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the recipe as directed and let it cool completely.
  • Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to eat, reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the dish to cool completely before freezing.
  • Portion into freezer-safe containers or bags.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in the microwave or on the stovetop.

One interesting fact about this instant pot Santa Fe chicken rice bowl recipe is that you can add a splash of lime juice before serving to give it a zesty kick and enhance the flavors. It's a simple trick that can really elevate the dish!

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Recipe

Can I use frozen chicken for this recipe?
Yes, you can use frozen chicken, but you may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian?
To make this recipe vegetarian, you can substitute the chicken with tofu or additional vegetables and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
Can I add other vegetables to this dish?
Absolutely! Feel free to add your favorite vegetables like bell peppers, onions, or zucchini to customize this dish to your liking.
How long does it take to cook this recipe in the instant pot?
The cooking time in the instant pot is 10 minutes on manual high pressure, but remember to account for the time it takes for the pot to come to pressure.
Can I meal prep this dish for the week?
Yes, this recipe is great for meal prep! Simply divide the cooked dish into individual containers and store them in the fridge for easy grab-and-go meals throughout the week.

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