Finely chop the onion. Turn on the pressure cooker and press the SAUTE function. Adjust to high. Pour in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the chopped onion. Saute until translucent. Add cleaned and sliced mushrooms. Saute for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, dice the chicken. Combine all the seasoning ingredients and season the chicken pieces.
Take out the sautéed vegetables, pour in the remaining olive oil and add the chicken pieces in.
Quickly brown the meat. Turn OFF the saute function and deglaze the pot with some of the chicken stock. Throw the onions and mushrooms back in, as well as the chicken. Add the rice and chicken stock/broth and give everything a good stir.
Cover with the lid and lock it into its position. Turn the vent to the SEALING position. Press the MANUAL button (pressure cooking) and adjust the time to 3 minutes. When the cooking is finished, wait 7 minutes before releasing the pressure manually.
Stir in the butter and grated Parmesan. Taste it and add more seasoning if needed. Sprinkle with finely chopped chives (optional) and serve.
This recipe works also with sushi or paella rice. Each had a slightly different texture by the end of cooking. However, they all were cooked through so if you don’t have risotto rice, they would both be a great substitution.
Two cups of risotto rice weighs about 14 ounces/395 grams.
Chicken Stock or broth (any will work just fine) might have different amounts of salt added so I recommend seasoning the risotto at the very end, after you have already stirred in the butter and Parmesan. It might or might not need more salt.
This recipe was developed for a 6-quart/6-liter Instant Pot pressure cooker.
The amount of time needed for the pot to come to the pressure and time needed to release its pressure is not included in the overall cooking time. Count with an extra 20 minutes.
Parmesan can be substituted with Grana Padano or Pecorino. The amount you add is simply up to you but I don’t recommend omitting it – add at least 2 ounces/60 grams.
This recipe can be easily halved.
I used dry-ingredient measuring cups for all cup measurements in this recipe.
Make sure to cut the chicken breasts into same-size pieces. This will cook all of them equally without some being undercooked or overcooked.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Keyword: Chicken Risotto Recipe, Instant Pot Recipes, Pressure Cooking
Instant Pot Chicken Risotto
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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