Happy Friday! I’m slowly getting back to blogging regularly again since coming back from vacation (the last two recipe posts were written prior to vacation). We did a two-week cruise around the British Isles. So much beautiful sightseeing, tasty food, and cute sheep!
Plus, on the cruise ship, there were unlimited coffee, tea, and desserts until late into the night… sigh... I. Have. No. Self. Control.
Anyway, it’s good to get back to the groove of everyday life. Although, I’m going at a snail pace, I love testing and creating recipes to share with all of you. This one is made in my trusty Instant Pot. I hope you enjoy this one: Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice!
Place all the cilantro lime sauce ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined. Full ingredient amounts and instructions listed in the recipe card down below.
The cilantro lime coconut sauce will be thin with small bits of cilantro.
Brown the chicken thighs first before removing and setting aside on a plate. Then sauté the bell peppers and onions before returning the chicken back to the pot.
Pour half the sauce, making sure it gets distributed amongst the chicken and vegetables.
Then top the chicken and vegetables with rice and the remaining sauce. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes before applying a quick release (The picture is what it looks like right after you open the Instant Pot).
Give it a light toss with a spoon to reveal the chicken and vegetables. Taste for salt and pepper.
Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice Tips:
Prepare the ingredients before you start cooking. I like to gather all the ingredients, place them on the counter, and measure and chop them before I start cooking. The exception being the fresh vegetables (like cucumbers and tomatoes) that I add to the chicken and rice at the end.
Make sure you completely unroll (lay flat) the chicken thighs when browning and then again when you place them back among the vegetables and rice in a later step. This ensures that you get even browning and that the chicken will cook all the way through.
Place the rice on top of the other ingredients in the Instant Pot before cooking at high pressure. Don’t mix in the rice. Instead, spread the rice in an even layer over the top of other ingredients. Just make sure that rice touches the sauce. If you mix it in, the rice can burn onto the bottom of pot. Not fun to clean-up at all.
Finish with fresh vegetables. I like to use chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, more fresh cilantro leaves, and lime wedges. It gives the rice bowls additional fresh vegetable sweetness, crunch, and brightness.
This Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice Recipe is:
Delicious and flavourful: It has the delectable combination of fresh cilantro, freshly-squeezed lime juice and zest, a little zingy ginger kick, and a hint of coconut flavour from the milk.
Quick and easy to make: Great to make for a filling weekday dinner or a fast weekend meal.
Made with simple ingredients: The ingredients in this recipe are most likely easy to find at your local supermarket.
A fantastic meal for a family or for meal prepping: Leftovers keep well and re-heats wonderfully, so you can make it ahead of time and eat it over a few days.
I hope you try this recipe! If you make this recipe, please leave me a comment and rating below. Or you can tag me on any of my social media. I’m @yay_for_food on Instagram!