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Not every one loves casseroles, but I do.  Dishes that are a complete meal in 1 dish make dinner even easier.  I do usually add another vegetable or two in terms of a salad or more steamed veggies, but I feel like that is just icing on the cake.  Going the extra mile.

That’s why I like this recipe – it’s a complete meal!  It’s got rice.  And chicken.  And broccoli.  And cheese.  And the wonderful warmth that comes from a freshly made casserole.

Instant Pots can get dinner on the table really quickly – depending on the recipe, of course.  BUT…where they really shine is that Instant Pot recipes usually mean a short prep time and fewer dishes.  Because the Instant Pot can both saute dishes and pressure cook them, most meals can be done just in the 1 pot inside the Instant Pot.  One dish to dirty means one dish to clean.  In this case, that’s mostly true – assuming you use a steamer bag of broccoli.  That’s what I do.  Each time I make this casserole with the broccoli inside the Instant Pot, it never turns out right.  So I just make all of it and add a bag of broccoli at the end.  Stir.  Serve.

This would also make a good side dish – just leave out the chicken and maybe even add more broccoli, if you want.  That’d be really tasty too!

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbls butter or olive oil
  • 1.5 - 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic (1 tsp minced garlic)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/3 cups white rice (not instant)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (or water)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbls flour
  • 2-3 cups broccoli, steamed (I just microwave a steamer bag)
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Turn Instant Pot onto saute. Add butter or olive oil.  When hot, add chicken, onion, and garlic.  (If your chicken is already cooked, just add onion & garlic until it's cooked, then add the chicken.)

  2. Cook until onion starts to get translucent. Add rice, broth and seasonings. Mix.

  3. Whisk together milk and flour and set aside.

  4. Cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes. When the timer is up, do a quick release.

  5. Immediately stir in milk & flour mixture.  Mix well.

  6. Add broccoli and cheese.  Stir.  Enjoy!

Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She tries to coupon, builds a smart stockpile, and always meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.

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