Instant Pot® Lemon Parsley Chicken & Risotto  

November 26, 2021
rice in a bowl

This satisfying Instant Pot® lemon parsley chicken and risotto is the ultimate “one-pot” comfort food. Once you see how easy it is to make risotto this way, you may never return to the traditional “stand and stir” method again.  
Prep time: 15 minutes  
Sauté time: 10 minutes 
Active cook time: 6 minutes (+ time to come to pressure) 
Natural release: 0 minutes 
Serves: 4-6 


2 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided 
¼ c. unsalted butter, divided 
1 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces 
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste 
½ medium red onion, chopped 
½ t. garlic powder 
1 t. dried thyme 
1 c. Arborio rice 
¼ c. dry white wine  
1¾ c. chicken broth 
1½ c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated 
3 T. fresh parsley, chopped 
1 T. fresh lemon zest, preferably organic 
2 T. fresh lemon juice 
To serve: Additional freshly grated Parmesan cheese 

rice in a bowl with cheese on top


  1. Select the “Sauté’ function and adjust the setting to high. Add one tablespoon olive oil to the unit. Once hot, add the chicken and generously season with salt and black pepper. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the chicken is browned on all sides, approximately 3-4 minutes.  
  1. Transfer the chicken to a plate and add the remaining olive oil and two tablespoons butter to the unit. Add the chopped onion and sprinkle with the garlic powder and dried thyme. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.  
  1. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and begins to develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes.  
  1. Add the Arborio rice and “toast” for 1-2 minutes by stirring continually in the hot butter and oil. Add the white wine and deglaze the container by gently scraping with a spatula to remove any browned bits from the bottom.  
  1. When the liquid is reduced by one half, turn the unit off by pressing the “Cancel” button. Return the chicken and any juices from the plate to the container and pour the chicken broth on top.  
  1. Cover and lock the lid into place. Set the pressure release valve to “Sealing” and then select the “Manual” button on the high setting. Set the cook time to 6 minutes.  
  1. When cook time is complete, do an immediate quick release of the pressure. Once the pin drops and there is no more steam coming out, carefully remove the lid. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, lemon zest, and fresh lemon juice. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir to combine.  
  1. Cover and let sit for 4-5 minutes to allow any excess liquid to be absorbed. Remove the lid and give the risotto a quick stir before transferring to individual serving bowls. Serve immediately with additional grated Parmesan cheese on the side. Enjoy!  

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