Instant Pot Mini - Jerk Thighs and Rice is very flavorful, thanks to a good Jamaican jerk seasoning, and a few extra ingredients. The chicken thighs can go in frozen, and come out tender and infused with flavor! This pressure cooker chicken and rice recipe makes a nice meal for two.
Instant Pot Mini Jerk Thighs and Rice
Last year we went to the Caribbean. It was so warm and colorful, with the bluest water I have ever seen (and I'm from Washington!)! I had never been anywhere like that before, so I wanted to try all kinds of things, like snorkeling, visiting the botanical gardens, and meeting the wonderful local people. Of course that also included sampling the local cuisine!
One of the places we visited was Roatán, one of Honduras’s Caribbean Bay Islands. We got the local royal treatment! What a great place to visit! After visiting so many parts of the island, and learning about their culture, we had lunch at a little known "restaurant" next to a zip line that ran through the rain forest.
My Brother in Law had an iguana and rice dish. I took one look at the bones and just couldn't. I thought I was adventurous, but he totally showed me up! I did have fried plantains, red beans and rice, and a wonderful spicy lobster tail. It was spicy and sweet and delicious!
That lobster tail is what inspired this dish. But I wanted it to be really simple, and made in the Instant Pot! The closest I could come to the flavor was a Jamaican jerk seasoning. Those blends are readily available in the grocery store, and I haven't had a bad one!
The biggest difference I have found is that some are saltier than others, so I don't include salt as an ingredient in this Instant Pot Mini - Jerk Thighs and Rice dish. Just season with salt at the table if you need to.
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Instant Pot Mini Jerk Thighs and Rice is very flavorful. thanks to Jamaican jerk seasoning, and a few extra ingredients. This recipe makes a nice easy meal for two.
- ¾ cup Long Grain White Rice, rinsed very well
- 2 tsp Olive Oil
- ½ small Sweet Onion, diced
- 1 clove Garlic, pressed or finely minced
- 1 Tbsp Jamaican Jerk Seasoning**
- 1 cup Chicken Broth, low sodium
- 2 Chicken Thighs, boneless-skinless (fresh or frozen)
Rinse the rice until the water runs clear. Drain and set aside.
Turn the pot on to the Sauté function (Normal/Med heat). When the display reads "Hot" add the oil.
Add the onion and stir. Cook a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until it starts to turn translucent.
Add the garlic and stir. Cook, stirring constantly, about 20 seconds.
Add the jerk seasoning, stir well.
Stir in the chicken broth. Let it come to a simmer, then stir in the rice. Make sure all of it is submerged.
Lay the thighs in the broth mixture. Submerge them if possible. They will shrink a bit as they cook and will sink in a little on their own.
Put the lid on the pot and lock it in place. Set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Cancel the Sauté function.
Press Pressure Cook (Manual) and then the + or - to choose 7 minutes.
When the cooking cycle ends, let the pot sit for 5 minutes. Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to release the remaining pressure/steam.
When the pin in the lid drops, open the lid and remove the chicken thighs (you can either serve one thigh each, or break up the meat and mix it back in with the rice). Give the rice a stir and dish it up.
Don't use salt until you taste the dish. Most Jerk Seasoning has salt in it.
**You can use Cajun or Taco, for a different flavor profile!
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I made this in the 8 at. by doubling up the recipe (although I scaled back slightly on the jerk seasoning to appease my picky teenagers). Good flavor and texture, so I plan to use again.
Took me awhile but finally made this with the Mild Jerk Seasoning I mentioned earlier! Even halved the amount. Was just enough to give a slight bite. Will try a little more the next time. Still, a great meal with plenty of leftovers since it’s just me. Thank you so much for the recipes, both 3 qt. and 6 qt. that are easy to halve for the 3 qt.
Thank you, Sandy, for your recipes. I just made your Instant Pot Mini Jerk Thighs and Rice and it was delicious! I want you to know that I really appreciate your technical writing! Your step-by-step directions were so correct which took away any potential for error which I really appreciate. Once I get used cooking with my Mini Instant Pot
I may become more comfortable with experimenting.
That's great, Linda, I'm so glad you were able to make this! I appreciate your review!
How "hot" is the jerk seasoning? I like new tastes but not really into "hot" seasoning if really noticeable. Love the idea of being able to use my frozen boneless chicken thighs and having a Mini recipe!
It has a pretty good kick to it. You can just use less than the recipe calls for and see if that is to your liking.
Thank you for your reply. I just bought some mild Jerk Seasoning on Amazon to try - "Walkerswood Traditional Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, 10 oz., Mild, Versatile Jerk Seasoning, Add Traditional Jamaican Kick to Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Fish and Vegetable Dishes".
I was wondering about using beans instead. When I was in Jamaica, the side was a combo of pinto and black beans (and of course plantain, which I can't get here).
Beans would be good. Just need to use canned and adjust the liquid.
I only have long grain brown rice, what adjustments would I have to make to use it.
Hi Michele, the brown rice has a much longer cook time (20 to 22 minutes) than the chicken thighs, so they can't be cooked together. I would cook the brown rice separately, then combine them. Add some jerk seasoning to the rice water, and reduce the water in the IP to 1 cup. Then coat the thighs in the jerk rub and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, with a 5 to 10 minute natural release. That's my best guess!
I used brown rice as that is the only thing I use. The rice was just slightly underdone and chicken as well. But not uncooked, just not as tender as it could be. I did add 1/3 c water to recipe. Next time I will use another 1/3 c of broth or water and cook it 8 more minutes. I also added 1 bok choy chopped. It was fantastic. Only needed some salt and pepper and hot sauce lol