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Salsa Chicken Thighs on a blue plate with a yellow striped napkin below.
Salsa Chicken Thighs with Rice
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
The flavor and spiciness of this super easy dish depends entirely on the salsa that you use. So use a salsa that you like it and make sure it is the right level of spiciness for you. If you’d like it even spicier, add some Jalapeño peppers to the rice with the bell peppers.
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: mexican
Keyword: Chicken, Pasta, Quick and Easy
Servings: 4
Calories: 431 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • 4 to 6 large skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ red onion finely chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 cup basmati rice basmati is best, but long-grain can be substituted
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ¾ cup jarred salsa
  • ½ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese about 3 ounces
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Pre-heat the pressure cooker using the BROWN setting.
  2. Season the chicken thighs with the salt and chili powder. Add the oil to the cooker and sear the thighs on both sides until well browned. Remove the chicken from the cooker and set aside. Add the onion and peppers and sauté until the onion starts to become tender – about 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir well to coat everything with the oil. Season the rice with salt, pour in the chicken stock and return the chicken thighs to the cooker, resting them on top of the rice. Top each chicken thigh with the salsa and lock the lid in place.
  3. Pressure cook on HIGH for 5 minutes.
  4. Release the pressure using the QUICK-RELEASE method and carefully remove the lid. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the thighs and return the lid to the cooker for another 5 minutes while the chicken rests and cools. Transfer the chicken thighs and rice to a serving platter sprinkle the cilantro on top before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Salsa Chicken Thighs with Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 431 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 1187mg49%
Potassium 651mg19%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1550IU31%
Vitamin C 64.1mg78%
Calcium 148mg15%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.