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Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice and How to Buy High Quality Meat for your Family!

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice is one of our favorite recipes! This post has been sponsored by Grass Roots, but all opinions are mine.

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My family has one thing in common. We all love meat. There is just something about a juicy grilled hamburger or baked chicken. When meal planning, I usually start with the meat we have on hand and form my meal around it. I like to stock up when there are sales and keep our deep freezer stocked with many choices. Finding the best choice for pasture raised  meat with no pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, or GMOs is sometimes tricky and usually expensive. It is hard for a meat loving family to buy the best choice in meat…usually.

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I recently discovered the Grass Roots company and have been very pleased. It is simple. You pick the meat you would like in your box and Grass Roots ships it out in an eco-friendly packaging with dry ice. When I received my box, everything was still frozen, so I just put it into our freezer. When you want to thaw something out, simply put it in a bowl in your fridge and depending on the size, it will be thawed when you are ready to prepare it.

I really love the labeling on the Grass Roots meat. How cool is it that my chicken came from nearby in Waco, TX?!

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When perusing the Grass Roots site, don’t miss the “Our Farms” section. You will read about the small broods and herds the animals are raised in, the farmers that care about the meat they are producing, and the transparency of these farmers and Grass Roots. 

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I received a box of Grass Roots meats last week and loved the selection! In my box was bacon, chicken breasts, ground beef, a whole chicken, bratwurst, and sliced ham. All of those meats were pasture raised and received plenty of sunlight…all of that meat was free of the stuff we don’t want to be feeding our families, and the entire box was only $79.

Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative:

  • raises animals that live outdoors where they get exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and fresh pasture every day and, as a result, meats are higher in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals
  • use regenerative agriculture, which replenishes the nutrients in the soil
  • meats are butchered by hand because Grass Roots owns and operates their own butcher
  • makes it easy to trace every step of the product from where it was raised to when it was processed
  • has an open-farm policy
  • freeze at the peak of freshness and ship it directly to your door
  • never uses antibiotics, hormones, pesticides or GMOs 

Save $30 on your first Grass Roots box of $150 or more with the code “GINGERCASA” at checkout!

My recipe for Instant Pot Mexican Rice is my most popular recipe, especially on Taco Tuesday. I wanted to make a delicious recipe that included one of the quality meats from my Grass Roots box that my family would love, so I made Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice. And it was a HIT with my family. The chicken was delicious and this recipe is no fail. You can use any chicken that you have on hand, but the chicken breasts worked really well. I think traditionally, dark meat is used in Mexican Chicken and Rice, but anything goes!

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Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

This is a great meal for families! Try 15 Minute Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice tonight and wow the family!


  • 1 lb chicken, diced
  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 3 cups of chicken broth or stock
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • dash cayenne, optional


  1. Set the Instant Pot on saute and add your oil and onions (if using onions.) Leave the lid off and stir frequently.
  2. Saute the onions for about 4 minutes and then add in chicken, rice, and garlic.
  3. Saute for about 2 minutes, until the rice begins to turn a golden color.
  4. Add in the tomato sauce, chicken stock, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper and stir. Scrape the bottom so the rice doesn’t burn.
  5. Close and lock the lid. Turn the Instant Pot to Manual for 12 minutes.
  6. When 12 minutes is up and Instant Pot beeps, open the vent and place a towel over it. Be careful, it is very hot.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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I made this today. Although it was delicious I got a burn notice twice even though I scraped the bottom really well so I ended up dumping it into a pot on the stove to finish it off.


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Ah, sorry to hear that! Maybe add 1/2 more liquid next time?

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Thank you for sharing the post! It's very helpful for me.

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