Cauliflower Rice in the Instant Pot is the perfect compliment to any meal, and this Instant Pot Cauliflower Rice with chicken is the perfect healthy version of your favorite Mexican dish. I love that it’s easy to make and impresses your guests!
Prep Time5minutes 
Cook Time18minutes 
Total Time23minutes 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cauliflower Spanish Rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 329kcal

Table of Contents


  • Instant Pot 6 qt
  • Instant Pot Trivet


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth low sodium
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste


  • Turn the Instant Pot to sauté and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot sauté the onions, jalapeños, garlic, and cilantro for about 1 minutes. Add the cumin, chili powder, paprika, and mix around. 1 tbsp olive oil1/2 onion1 jalapeño1 tbsp garlic2 tbsp cilantro1/2 tsp cumin1/2 tsp chili powder1/2 tsp paprika
  • Next add in the chicken and chicken broth. Lock the lid into place and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure using manual for 9 minutes. Release pressure using the quick release method. 4 boneless chicken thighs1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Remove the lid and place a steaming basket over the chicken. Add the cauliflower florets to the steaming basket. Lock the lid into place and cook on high pressure again for 1 minute. Release the pressure using the quick release method. 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • Carefully remove the steaming basket full of cauliflower. Using a fork or tongs remove the chicken and set aside. There will be about 1/4 cup liquid at the bottom of the Instant Pot. Strain the liquid from the onions and jalapeños, leaving about 2 tbsp. of liquid and the onions and jalapeños in the Instant Pot.
  • Add the cauliflower back into the Instant Pot. Use a mash potato masher to break the cauliflower into rice like chunks. Stir in the tomato paste to give the cauliflower rice a nice orange color. 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • Serve the rice immediately and top it with the chicken, fresh tomatoes, limes, and more cilantro.


  • You can use already riced cauliflower in this recipe. Add the riced cauliflower and close the lid for a few minutes instead of cooking the cauliflower rice at all. I always err on the side of undercooked (because I can cook more) than mushy cauliflower rice.
  • If using frozen cauliflower rice, cook it on high pressure for 0 minutes (that’s right–zero minutes). That will allow your Instant Pot to come to pressure and then you can release pressure without fear of overcooking the frozen cauliflower rice.
  • This is already a healthy Spanish rice dinner, but if you’d like to make this recipe even healthier, use chicken breasts instead of boneless and skinless chicken thighs.

Healthy Eating Plans

21 Day Fix Spanish Rice:

Entire recipe: 3tsp, 4.5 G, 3.75R | Count per serving (recipe serves 4): .75 tsp, 1.25 green containers, .9 red container

5 Freestyle Smart Points per serving | 5 2022/2023 Points

Keto/Low Carb:

10 grams of carbohydrates per serving, 7 net carbs per serving

2B Mindset:

This is a perfect dinner recipe, and you could use it for lunch as well if you add an FFC.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 702mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 979IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

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