Ever since I got my Instant Pot, I’ve been experimenting with making one pot meals. I don’t want to have to do one side dish in the Instant Pot and then use other pots and pans for the rest of the meal. I’m all about minimal dishes and I know you’re all with me on that front! I created this Louisiana-style healthy jambalaya with shredded chicken breasts and brown rice and my husband literally had 4 servings of it. He begged me to write down the recipe and not change a thing the next time. It was so delicious and easy, I have to share with you!
Some of you jambalaya purists will be peeved at me for putting together a recipe with no shrimp and no sausage. But hey, there are plenty of different types! Jambalaya is essentially a rice dish with meat and vegetables. So the definition is pretty open. It’s all about the spices you add, and I stayed true to Cajun flavors on this one!
I made this New Orleans/Louisiana dish healthier by packing in the vegetables and adding plenty of bell peppers, zucchini and tomatoes and switching the rice to brown rice for extra fiber and antioxidants. For the protein I used chicken breasts to keep things lean. You could add shrimp if you like. I didn’t because my husband is allergic… but it’s one of my favorite proteins!
This healthy jambalaya with shredded chicken is gluten-free, high in protein and fiber and the perfect balanced meal with slow carbs, protein and healthy fat from avocado oil.
If you’ve ever tried to saute in a slow cooker, you’ll know it’s a tedious process. It takes such a long time to heat up and never gets hot enough to sear in some flavor. The Instant Pot is the polar opposite. When you use the Saute function, it takes just a few seconds for it to get searing hot. I love that because you can saute onions and any other vegetables as well as chicken or meat. That makes it the perfect tool for this recipe that needs both searing and rice cooking abilities all in one.
Healthy Jambalaya with Shredded Chicken Breasts and Brown Rice in the Instant Pot
Looking for more Instant Pot recipes? Try my Vegan Rice Pudding in the Instant Pot. It’s gluten-free and has no added sugar. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!
What’s your favorite Instant Pot recipe? Share in the comments below!