Instant Pot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Rice

Creamy and cheesy, this tasty Instant Pot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Rice is prepared with basmati rice and will win rave reviews from the whole family.

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Instant Pot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Rice

Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 5 mins
SERVES 6 to 8
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 25 mins


  • 2 bags Success® Basmati Rice
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup brick-style plain cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced, divided


  • Flavorful sauces, aromatic basmati rice, and gooey cheese: our Instant Pot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Rice is a recipe for success! Packed with protein, this cheesy chicken dish is sure to be a filling family favorite.

    Step 1

  • Remove rice from bags. Season chicken with salt and black pepper. Add rice, chicken, broth and buffalo sauce to inner pot of Instant Pot. Close and lock the lid. Select Pressure Cook setting on High Pressure for 5 mins. When pressure cooking is complete, Quick Release the pressure. Once pressure is released, remove lid.

    Step 2

  • Remove chicken from Instant Pot; shred and return to Instant Pot. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing until cream cheese is melted; stir in half of the green onions.

    Step 3

  • Garnish with remaining green onions.

    Recipe Tip

    Sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese if desired.

All- American Flavors

With Buffalo sauce and ranch dressing, this all-American dish can be served for either a satisfying weeknight dinner or as a delicious BBQ Side Dish. From coast to coast, the USA has so many flavors, so take a culinary tour around the country and discove what each region has to offer!

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Cream Cheese Substitutes

If you find yourself without all the ingredients, you might still be in luck if you happen to have the right Substitutions to Have on Hand. The best cream cheese substitute — in terms of both taste and flavor — is pureed cottage cheese with a few drops of lemon juice. Or, greek yogurt can be strained overnight (with a cheesecloth) to match the texture of cream cheese.

Another option that could work well in this recipe would be ricotta — even if it’s a bit thinner. It’s a soft cheese that is both sweet and tangy, and to compensate for the consistency, simply splash in some heavy cream or half and half.

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