I love Primal Palate Spice blends- gluten free, non GMO, Whole 30 approved, ORGANIC… the list goes on and on. They are such a great company and they really make it easy to pull a flavorful dinner together FAST.
I have been playing around with their blends for a while now and have finally perfected Chicken and Rice in the Instant Pot. The best part of this recipe is that you can use any of their blends and then adjust the vegetables and toppings to suit the flavor profile. A one pot wonder!
My favorite is the Super Gyro that is used in this recipe… and wait, also the Adobo. I have tried the BBQ Rub, Garlic and Herb and Meat & Potatoes in this method… ALL GOOD. And guess what you guys… this is really exciting… the lovely people over at Primal Palate have given me a discount code for my readers to get 10% off your order on their website! Use AMH10 at check out for 10% off you order. AND- it just gets better, I am partnering up with them for A Modern Housewife’s first giveaway! I will be giving away a 3 Bottle Spice Pack of my favorites! Super Gyro, Adobo & Barbecue Rub!
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So let’s get to the recipe! I just used plain old Uncle Ben’s rice (I had a big box to get though!) so that is what I recommend here… normally I like to use brown rice or jasmine rice but I have yet to test that out! Will report back when I do!
This recipe is so quick- you just layer the ingredients in your Instant Pot (the layering is important here so it cooks properly!) and you are done. No browning, no stirring, nadda. Okay ready?
Ingredients: (I normally list by quantity, but this is listed in order that they should be layered in the Instant Pot – it makes a difference!)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Medium red onion sliced
- 2-3 Large chicken breasts diced in 1-2 inch pieces
- 4-5 Garlic cloves minced (I like a garlic press)
- Sprinkle of salt
- A few grinds of fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Primal Palate Organic Spice Blends; Super Gyro
- 3 Tablespoons lemon juice (acid)
- 1 Cup dried white rice
- 1 1/2 Cup chicken broth (low sodium is good!)
- 2-3 Cups chopped Vegetables; green zucchini & cherry tomatoes are my pick here
- 1/4 Cup chopped fresh herbs such as parsley and chives *optional*
- 1/4 Cup Feta *optional*
- Tzatziki or Cucumber Dressing *optional* (see below)
- Add olive oil to the bottom of your insert in your Instant Pot.
- Spread sliced onion over the bottom of the pot. Then layer the chicken pieces on top of that evenly.
- Sprinkle the minced garlic all over the chicken making sure not to dump just in the center (this is a theme with this recipe!).
- Next sprinkle on salt, pepper and the Super Gyro seasoning blend again making sure to evenly cover the chicken.
- Drizzle the lemon juice over the chicken and then add the rice. Be very careful to spread this evenly in the pot!
- Now pour in the chicken broth, again evenly over the pot. You will want to then take the back of a wooden spoon to submerge the rice and layers beneath so that there is a thin layer of broth over everything.
- Now, place lid on the instant pot and switch to sealing. Using the manual function set to high pressure for 4 minutes.
- Once the cooking time is done do a quick release by switching the valve to venting. I like to throw a kitchen towel over the Instant Pot so steam doesn’t get all over my kitchen cabinets!
- Open the lid once the pressure has released. Take all the chopped vegetables and stir into the rice and chicken mixture. Replace the lid and allow the vegetables to cook in the residual heat for 10-15 minutes. This will give you tender crisp vegetables. If you like your vegetables more cooked and soft you can certainly add them in after step 6 and have them cook under high pressure. Whatever you like!
- Open the lid and mix again. Add the herbs and cheese if you are using. Stir again and portion into bowls.
- I like to top with my favorite sauce, a little more feta and herbs, even some pine nuts and throw some greens on the side. (see below!)
When I serve it I like to throw a handful of greens in there like the arugula in the photo! Always adding more greens around here! Also, I think this is just as good cold as it is warm but I’m a big rice salad fan!
As I said above, you can really mix things up here and use this as a starting point for so many different meals with different flavor profiles. Keep your chicken, onion, garlic, rice and broth all the same and swap out different Primal Palate Spice Blends, vegetables and toppings! (And clearly I think zucchini goes with EVERYTHING and could be added to any option below)
Some to consider:
- Primal Palate Spice: Adobo, Acid: Lime Juice Vegetables: Tomatoes, Corn, Zucchini Toppings: Guacamole, Salsa, Cheddar, Scallions, Chimichurri, Hot Sauce & Sour Cream.
- Primal Palate Spice: BBQ Rub, Acid: Apple Cider Vinegar or Orange Juice, Vegetables: Corn, Broccoli or Zucchini Toppings: Avocado, Ranch Dressing, BBQ Sauce, Blue Cheese, Hot Sauce, Scallions & Diced Cucumber.
- Primal Palate Spice: Taco Seasoning, Acid: Lime Juice, Vegetables: Tomatoes, Corn Toppings: Guacamole, Salsa, Cheddar, Scallions, Black Beans Hot Sauce & Sour Cream.
- Primal Palate Spice: Garlic & Herb, Acid: Red Wine or Balsamic Vinegar Vegetables: Broccoli, Asparagus, Sun Dried Tomatoes Toppings: Parmesan Cheese, Goat Cheese, Fresh Chopped Tomatoes, Pesto.