Pressure Cooker Chicken Fried Quinoa
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Instant Pot Chicken Fried Quinoa

Instant Pot Chicken Fried Quinoa "Rice" is packed with protein and is a healthier alternative to Chicken Fried Rice. Perfect for Weight Watchers and lower calorie diets.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time31 mins
Course: Main, Side Dish
Cuisine: American Chinese
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 475kcal
Author: Jill Selkowitz




  • Select Sauté/Browning on Pressure Cooker and allow pot to fully heat.
  • Add Olive Oil to cooking pot and swirl to coat.  Add Onions and Sauté for about 2 minutes, or until Onions begin to brown.
  • Add Ginger, Garlic, Soy Sauces, Salt, Pepper and Sambal Oelek.  Mix into Onions and deglaze cooking pot.  Add Quinoa and Toast for one minute.
  • Add Broth, White part of Scallions, Frozen Vegetables, optional Water Chestnuts and Chicken.
  • Lock on Lid and close Pressure Valve.  Cook at High Pressure (most machines default to high pressure) for 1 minute. 
  • When Beep sounds, wait 7 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure.
  • In a bowl, scramble eggs with Sesame Oil. 
  • Remove Lid from Pressure Cooker and Select Sauté/Browning. 
  • Push Fried Quinoa to the side and pour Eggs into cooking pot.  Let the eggs sit for 1 minute and then scramble. 
  • Slowly push Eggs under Quinoa, continuing to mix. 
  • Add Bean Sprouts and Green parts of Scallions. 
  • Mix Fried Quinoa until Bean Sprouts have softened and Eggs are firm.


Quinoa needs to be rinsed really well, to remove the bitter taste that is attached to the outside hull.

How to Wash Quinoa

  • Put the Quinoa in a Small Bowl and fill it up with Water. Grab a handful and rub the grains against each other in your hands.
  • Pour it though a Fine Mesh Strainer, and then shake out the excess.
This recipe goes super fast, so it is best to have all ingredients ready to go, before you even turn on the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
The Sambal Oelek Chili Paste will add a slight bit of heat, so if you want a mild Pressure Cooker Chicken Fried Quinoa "Rice" dish, omit the Paste.


Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1212mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4192IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 4mg