Instant Pot Chicken Roulade with Creamy Herb Rice

Just in time for Easter and all sorts of other spring celebrations, I sharing a simple-to-make yet sophisticated meal (entrée AND side dish) that’s ready in 30 minutes, prep to plate!  My Instant Pot Chicken Roulade with Creamy Herb Rice is a one-pot family meal that saves precious time in the kitchen, both cooking and cleaning up. More quality time with the family, doing the things you all love, while a beautiful dinner practically cooks itself -- who can argue with that!

To make the easy yet elegant chicken roulade, boneless chicken breast is butterflied and layered with deli ham, mozzarella cheese, spinach and asparagus. After rolling up and securing with toothpicks or cooking twine, the roulades sear quickly in the Instant Pot using the “sauté” function. A golden-brown exterior is created that magnifies the overall flavor of this Instant Pot chicken recipe.  

Creamy rice cooks alongside the chicken roulades as they finish off with in “pressure cooking” mode. This comforting, creamy rice is basically a warp-speed Instant Pot version of notoriously fussy and time-consuming risotto. The Arborio rice cooks in tandem with the chicken, in the same pot, meaning the mess and clean-up are kept to a bare minimum. Win!

The springy herb garden flavor comes from Instantly Fresh Herbs including parsley, red onion, garlic and chives. These freeze-dried herbs have been a staple in my pantry for years – they rehydrate alongside the moisture in any recipe and make it convenient to add fresh-tasting flavor without having to tend an actual herb garden.

Instant Pot Chicken Roulade with Creamy Herb Rice makes Easter meal-making easy-breezy – in fact you can just set the timer and go outside for an Egg Hunt!

Instant Pot Chicken Roulade with Creamy Herbed Rice

Serves 4 | Finish in 26 minutes
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An Instant Pot cooks this elegant yet easy meal, including stuffed chicken entrée and herb rice side, in under 30 minutes. A celebration-worthy meal for Easter or other spring gatherings.   

Ingredients

2 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts (approximately 1 lb.)

1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Poultry Blend Herbs

1 cup fresh baby spinach       

¼ lb. sliced deli ham        

6 spears fresh asparagus

3 ounces low-moisture mozzarella (slices or cut from block)

Salt & Pepper, to season

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 cups Arborio rice

2 1/2 cups chicken stock

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Garlic       

1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Parsley

1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Chives

2 tablespoons Instantly Fresh Red Onion

1/3 shredded Parmesan cheese

½ cup milk

Directions

Butterfly chicken breast by laying breast flat on cutting board, holding in place with palm of hand, and carefully slicing horizontally through chicken, stopping ¼” from opposing end. Repeat with remaining breast.

Open chicken breasts up into “butterfly” and sprinkle each breast evenly with Poultry Herb Blend, dividing among the two.

Next, layer chicken with spinach leaves, removing any obtrusive stems. Next layer a couple ham slices over spinach, number of slices will vary depending on how thinly ham cut.

Place cheese in a line down center (or lay flat is using slices) and place three (cut to fit) asparagus spears on each breast to one side. Starting at the end with the asparagus, start rolling the chicken tightly toward the other end. Use toothpicks or cooking twine to hold together and seal up ends. 

Add olive oil to Instant Pot and set on sauté mode. Once hot, add chicken breasts and sear for approximately four minutes -- 1 minute each on top, bottom and both sides. (Note: chicken will not be cooked through yet only browned on the outside, it will finish during pressure cooking). Using tongs, carefully remove chicken from Instant Pot a temporarily set aside on plate.

Add rice, chicken broth, vinegar, garlic, red onion, parsley and chives; stir until combined. Add seared chicken breasts on top, “end” sides up.

Add lid to Instant Pot and set to cook for 12 minutes on high pressure.  After time goes off, carefully quick release steam and remove lid.

Use tongs to remove chicken, set aside to cool for 5 minutes on platter.

Stir milk and cheese into rice mixture until combined. If any mozzarella cheese has seeped out of chicken during cooking, just leave it and stir into rice.

Slice chicken in ½ - ¾” cross-section slices to reveal inner ingredients. Serve atop mound of herbed risotto.


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