Chicken Meatballs and Rice

chicken and rice in bowl

Chicken meatballs and rice is a delicious one-pot dinner that's big on both taste and looks.

  • Author: Saima
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pressure cooking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 lb ground chicken meat
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme 
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups Basmati rice, rinsed and drained
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 small tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tbsp almonds, slivered


  1. Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and add the onion, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, black pepper, thyme, chilli flakes and salt. Mix well, grease the palm of your hand with oil, and shape into balls. You would need approximately one tbsp mixture to make one ball. 
  2. Switch on your instant pot to sauté mode and heat the butter in the steel insert. Slide in the meatballs and fry on medium heat until golden brown. Remove onto a platter. Fry in batches if you have to. Cancel sauté. 
  3. Spread the rice in a layer at the bottom of the steel insert. Arrange the fried meatballs in a single layer on top of the rice and pour the broth on top. Secure the lid, make sure the steam release handle is on 'sealing' and press the pressure cooking button (high). Set the timer to 5 minutes. When the timer goes off, wait ten minutes before releasing the steam and opening the pot. 
  4. Garnish with the slivered almonds and tomatoes. Drizzle some melted butter mixed with extra parsley on top of the rice. Serve hot. 


  1. Don't rinse the ground chicken or you will find it difficult to shape into balls.
  2. If your ground chicken mixture is wet for any reason, add some roasted chickpea flour (about 3-4 tablespoons) to it. It will absorb most of the moisture.
  3. Substitute chicken for the meat of your choice. The cooking times will remain the same. 


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