Instant Pot Chicken with Quinoa, Pistachios and Apricots

Instant Pot Chicken With Quinoa, Pistachios and Apricots
Food Network
Prep Time
1h 5 min
4 servings

This is going to be your new go-to healthy weeknight dinner. Full of protein and fiber, this dish is light, yet very satisfying. The heat of the chile and ginger balance out the sweetness of the apricot, and the pistachios provide a pleasant crunch.



medium boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 8 oz each)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
cloves garlic, finely grated
serrano chile, seeded (optional) and chopped
yellow onion, chopped
tbsp freshly grated ginger (from a 1-inch piece)
cups red quinoa, rinsed well and drained
1 ¾
cups low-sodium chicken broth
tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
cup chopped dried apricots
cup shelled, roasted salted pistachios
Fresh mint leaves, chopped scallions (green part only) and lemon wedges, for garnish



Special equipment: a 6- to 8- quart Instant Pot® multi-cooker. Cook’s Note: Settings may vary on your Instant Pot® depending on the model.

Step 1

Sprinkle the chicken generously with salt and pepper. Add the oil, garlic, chile, onion, ginger, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to a 6-quart Instant Pot®. Set to saute on high (see Cook’s Note), and cook, stirring frequently so the garlic and ginger don’t burn, until the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the quinoa, chicken broth and half the rosemary and cover with the glass lid. Let boil for 5 minutes.

Step 2

Carefully place the rack in the pot and lay the chicken on top in an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining rosemary over the top. Follow the manufacturer’s guide for locking the lid and preparing to cook. Set to pressure cook on high pressure for 1 minute.

Step 3

After the pressure cook cycle is complete, follow the manufacturer’s guide for natural release and wait until the natural release cycle is complete, about 5 minutes. Be careful of any remaining steam and unlock and remove the lid. (See Cook’s Note.) If the chicken is undercooked, carefully lower back onto the rack in the pot and cook on high pressure for 1 minute more. Transfer the chicken to a plate and let sit uncovered until ready to serve.

Step 4

Set to saute on high and continue to cook the quinoa until all of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove the insert from the pot and stir in the apricots and pistachios. Serve the chicken over the quinoa and top with the mint, scallions, a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil.

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