Pressure Cooker Pineapple Chicken

Pineapple Chicken, A Semi-sweet Asian Influenced Dish

Pineapple Chicken Plate1

I almost called this “Hawaiian Chicken”, but I realized that just because something has pineapple in it doesn’t give me the right to call anything “Hawaiian”, so “Pineapple Chicken” it is! I was kind of going for Hawaiian flavors, but this isn’t exactly a traditional Hawaiian dish. It is more of a semi-Teriyaki-BBQ type dish.

Pineapple Chicken Ingredients

Quick and tasty, this is an excellent dish for a “school night”.

Let’s start by browning a couple pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs. Since many of you seem to be using the Instant Pot these days, I used the “normal” sauté mode for this. Work in batches and remove chicken to a plate after browning.

Ginger Chopped

When chicken has all been browned, sauté some ginger and garlic for 30 seconds or so, stirring continuously.

Add an 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple,  1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup brown sugar, a tablespoon of hoisin sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Pineapple Chicken Liquid

Place the chicken back in the pot.

Turn off sauté mode and lock the top on the pot.

Pineapple Chicken Cooked

Switch to manual mode and set for 15 minutes at high pressure.

When time is up, turn sauté mode to “normal”.

Pineapple Chicken Thickened

Stir some cornstarch and water together, add to the pot and simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring often until thickened.

Serve with sticky rice and a vegetable.

Garnish with sliced scallions

Pressure Cooker Pineapple Chicken
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian American
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Serves: 4 servings
A Hawaiian-inspired dish, similar to teriyaki, delicious with sticky rice and a vegetable.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 pounds boneless-skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 thumb sized piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • ½ cup soy sauce (Aloha brand if you can find it)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup water plus ⅓ cup water to mix with cornstarch
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt (plus some salt and pepper for seasoning chicken)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Scallions for garnish
Instructions
  1. With sauté mode on "normal", heat 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  2. Brown chicken on both sides, seasoning with some salt and pepper, and remove to plate, working in batches
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 30 seconds, continuously stirring
  4. Add ½ cup water, pineapple, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, hoisin sauce and salt
  5. Stir it all together and add chicken back to the pot
  6. Turn off sauté mode and lock top on pressure cooker
  7. On manual setting, set to high pressure for 15 minutes
  8. When time is up, let pressure come down on its own for ten minutes then do a quick release
  9. Set sauté mode to "normal"
  10. Make a slurry with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and ⅓ cup water and stir into sauce for 3-4 minutes to thicken
  11. Serve with sticky rice and a vegetable
  12. Garnish with thinly sliced scallions

 

Pressure Cooker Chicken “Faux” Pho

Fee, Fi, Pho, Yum!

Pho_In_BowlI don’t know why, but it’s difficult not to go into pun mode when discussing Pho. Maybe it’s the fact that most of the Pho restaurants around have a bad pun for a name. My favorite is 9021-Pho in Beverly Hills. I’ve never eaten there, it’s just my favorite name.

Chicken_Pho_Ingredients

Why do I call it “Faux Pho”? Because traditional Pho broth is simmered for many hours, sometimes days. And like my recipe for Saurbraten before it, my goal here is to take something that normally can take days and get the essence of the dish in a mere fraction of the time. Is it exactly the same? Er, no, hence the “faux”. But I can say that this is a super fragrant, tasty Vietnamese chicken noodle soup, or “Chicken Soup For The Seoul.” Sorry, that’s the last pun, I promise.

Pho_Spices

So, how do we go about constructing this thing? Well, get your spice bag ready first. Yeah, you could just dump the spices in the pot since we are going to strain the broth at the end anyway, but I like use a bag since you can whack it with the side of a cleaver or a mallet, to crack the cardamom and coriander without having spices shooting all over your kitchen. Put a cinnamon stick, about 4 star anise, 10 whole cloves, 5 cardamom pods (I used black cardamom) and a teaspoon of coriander seeds in a spice bag (or you could wrap in cheese cloth). With the side of a cleaver or a meat mallet (the smooth side), give the bag a little whack to crack the cardamom and coriander. Set the bag aside for the moment.

Spices_In_Bag

Quarter an onion, peel and divide a piece of ginger into two pieces and crush a couple of cloves of garlic.

Onions_Garlic_Ginger

Turn your electric pressure cooker to the medium sauté mode and plop in the onion, ginger and garlic. Sauté until it gets lightly brown.

Onion_Ginger_Sauté

Place 2.5-3 pounds of chicken breast (with skin and bones attached) on top of the onions.

Pour in the chicken stock and stir in the salt, brown sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke.

Chicken_Breast

Toss in the spice bag.

Turn off the sauté mode.

Lock the top on, turn on manual mode and set the time for 12 mins.

While soup is cooking, cook a package of rice noodles according to package directions. When finished, drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking. I like to use the flat rice noodles that say “Pad Thai” on the package, but you can also use the narrow rice noodles.

Pho_Toppings_Plate

Get the toppings ready and arrange on a platter. I like to use fresh mint, lime wedges, bean sprouts and thinly sliced jalapeño. Put platter in the center of the table and a bottle each of Sriracha sauce and Hoisin sauce.

Spice_Bag_In_Pan

When the time is up for the soup, let the pressure come down naturally for ten minutes, then do a quick release.

Remove the chicken to a plate, and let it cool for a couple minutes.

Cooked_Breasts

Pour the broth through a strainer over another pot.

Strainer_And_Pot

Pour the broth back into the inner pot of the pressure cooker.

Chicken_ShreddedRemove the skin from the chicken and pull the meat from the bones.

Pho_SoupStir the chicken back into the soup.

To prepare the bowls, put some noodles in each one and ladle the soup into each one.

Noodles_In_Bowl

Sprinkle the green onions over each one and serve.

Soup_In_Bowl1

Let guests customize their bowl with whichever toppings they prefer.

Pressure Cooker Faux Pho With Chicken
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Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 4-6 servings
An aromatic, delicious and quick take on the Vietnamese Favorite.
Ingredients
For The Spice Bag
  • 1 cinnamon stick (about 3")
  • 4 star anise
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 5 cardamom (I used Black Cardamom)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
For The Soup
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 chunk of fresh ginger (about the size of 2 thumbs), peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2.5-3 pounds chicken breast with skin and bones attached
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cartons chicken broth (32 oz. each)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke
  • Thinly sliced green onions
  • Rice noodles (8-ounce box)
For The Toppings
  • Thinly sliced jalapeño
  • Mint leaves
  • Lime wedges
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Sriracha Sauce
  • Hoisin Sauce
Instructions
  1. Put spice bag ingredients in the bag or wrap in cheese cloth and give it a little whack with the side of a cleaver or the flat side of a mallet
  2. Set spice bag aside
  3. Heat the oil on sauté mode set to medium
  4. Drop in the onion and ginger and cook, stirring often until lightly browned
  5. Place the chicken over the onions
  6. Pour in the chicken broth
  7. Stir in the brown sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce and liquid smoke
  8. Toss in the spice bag and add the salt
  9. Turn off sauté mode
  10. Lock top on pressure cooker
  11. Set to manual mode, 12 minutes at high pressure
  12. While soup is cooking, cook the noodles according to package directions
  13. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water to stop cooking
  14. Arrange the toppings on a plate and set out Sriracha and Hoisin sauces
  15. When time is up, let pressure come down on its own for 10 minutes, then do a quick release
  16. Remove the chicken to a plate and let it cool for a couple minutes
  17. Pour the soup through a strainer into another pot
  18. Pour the broth back into the pressure cooker
  19. Remove the skin from the chicken and pull the chicken off the bones
  20. Stir the chicken into the broth
  21. Put some noodles in each bowl and spoon broth and chicken on top
  22. Sprinkle sliced green onions over each bowl
  23. Put platter of toppings on the table so that each person can customize the soup to their liking

 

Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken

The Indian Restaurant Classic Made Simple

Butter Chicken Plate1

Butter chicken, also known as Murgh Makhani is a North Indian dish that can be found in most Indian restaurants, and I have even seen frozen versions in my local market. But why buy mediocre frozen versions when you can make it fresh?

My goal with this recipe was to strip it to the basics to make a fast and easy version that is perfect for a weeknight meal.

The chicken is traditionally cooked in a clay tandoor oven, but wouldn’t you know it, mine was in the shop. So, I just browned the chicken in the pressure cooker pan.

Butter Chicken Ingredients

Some may scoff at the fact that I eliminated the yogurt marinade, but that can add anywhere from another couple hours to an entire day. So if you are one of the scoffers, I will allow you a minute or so to finish your scoffing.

Onions

Ok, we are back. As you may have noticed, this is not a super authentic recipe, but it is super tasty.

As I have mentioned, boneless, skinless chicken is not really my favorite but it works well for this recipe (and it was cheap at the store). I brown it with the breasts intact to make things easier, then cut it into 2-inch chunks before adding into the sauce.

Chicken Browning

Let’s start by heating a little coconut oil and butter on medium-high heat in the pressure cooker pan. Mixing the coconut oil and butter helps keep the butter from burning.

Add the chicken breasts to the pan and brown them until they are a nice golden color, then remove them to a plate.

Lower the heat to medium and add in the rest of the butter.

Veggie Sauté

When the butter has melted, add some diced onions, along with some finely chopped ginger and Serrano chiles. If you have read many of my recipes you have probably noticed that Serrano chiles are my favorite chile to cook with. I have no idea if they are readily available everywhere, but we have them up the ying-yang here in SoCal. If your local ying-yang is not full of Serrano chiles, jalapeños will work fine. Sauté the onions, chiles and ginger until they start to soften (about 3-5 minutes).

Add in the garlic and continue to sauté for another minute or so.

Dump in some garam masala, cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, coriander and cayenne and sauté for 30 seconds or so. I usually put all the spices together in a small bowl so I can just add them in one swell foop, which makes things a lot easier.

Chicken In Sauce

Add a can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes, a tablespoon of tomato paste, a tablespoon of brown sugar, one cup of coconut milk and some salt.

Stir everything together.

Now cut the chicken into 2-inch chunks and add into the sauce mixture.

Lock the top on the cooker and turn heat to high to reach high pressure.

When high pressure is reached, adjust heat to maintain high pressure and set time for 7 minutes.

When time is up, remove from heat and let pressure come down on its own for about 7 minutes on its own, then do a quick release.

If sauce looks a little thin, place over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes to thicken, stirring often.

Chicken Finished

Serve with rice, naan, or any other flatbread. You can top with a little yogurt, which I had planned on doing but totally forgot until my dinner was totally digested. I did remember for the leftovers the next day, though.

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Cuisine: Indian
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The Indian Restaurant favorite, made quicker and easier in the pressure cooker
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 medium sweet onions, diced
  • 3 serrano chiles, finely chopped
  • 1 thumb size piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek
  • 1 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Yogurt (optional, for serving)
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter on medium high heat in the pressure cooker
  2. Brown the chicken breasts on both sides and remove them to a plate
  3. Lower the heat to medium and add the rest of the butter
  4. Add the onions, ginger and chiles and sauté until they start to soften (about 3-5 minutes)
  5. Add in the garlic and continue to sauté for another minute
  6. Dump in the spices (garam masala, cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, coriander and cayenne) and sauté for 30 seconds or so
  7. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, coconut milk and salt
  8. Stir everything together
  9. Cut the chicken into 2-inch chunks and add into the mixture
  10. Lock the top on the cooker turn heat to high to reach high pressure
  11. When high pressure is reached, adjust heat to maintain pressure and set time for 7 minutes
  12. When time is up, remove from heat and let pressure come down on its own for 7 minutes on its own, then do a quick release
  13. If sauce looks a little thin, place over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes to thicken, stirring often
  14. Serve with rice, naan, or any other flatbread

 

Pressure Cooker Hot Chicken Sandwich

Quebecois Hot Chicken Sandwich. Comfort Food At Its Finest!

Sandwich Top View

Ok, I’m not Canadian, but my heritage traces back to there. I also grew up so close to Canada that one time I accidentally got stuck in the line to cross the Ambassador Bridge to Canada because I was looking for parking to attend a concert in Downtown Detroit.

Once I reached the border guard, he let me make a U-Turn and go back to my search for parking. So, Canadian food is one of the cuisines I grew up with. And since a lot of it involves gravy, you can count me in!

There are quicker ways to make this recipe, such as buying a rotisserie chicken and jarred gravy, but I think this way is tastier, and it only takes about 40 minutes or so total.

Hot Chicken Sandwich Ingredients

It would not be a proper hot chicken sandwich if it wasn’t served with peas. You can use either frozen or canned, I have used both and I probably like canned better for this, but I used frozen this time. I usually just heat them in the microwave, but you can heat them on the stove if you prefer.

Plain white bread is traditional, but sometimes I switch it up with sourdough. Use whatever you like, but keep in mind that the bread should never be toasted! In fact I never understood this obsession with toasted bread. I don’t know if it is just here in SoCal, or it is everywhere, but it is difficult to order a sandwich in a diner without the bread being toasted. You usually have to specify “not toasted” to get  the bread in its natural state. Sure, some sandwiches, such as a BLT are normally served on toast, but something like a tuna sandwich or a corned beef sandwich? Come on!

Bread

To get started on the sandwich, melt a couple tablespoons of butter in the pressure cooker pot over medium heat.

Butter

Stir in 3 cups of beef broth, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, along with a teaspoon of Kitchen Bouquet (you can leave this out if you want, but I like the flavor and color it adds to the gravy.

Chicken Breasts Seasoned

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that this recipe utilizes the steam rack or trivet that came with your pressure cooker. All 3 of my pressure cooker came with such an item, so hopefully yours did as well.

Steam Rack

Season the skinless, boneless chicken breast halves with salt and pepper.

Once the sauce is stirred together, lower the steam rack into the pot and place the chicken on top of it. The chicken will be partially submerged, this is fine.

Chicken Breasts In Pot

Lock the top on the cooker, turn heat to high (or set your electric to reach high pressure and maintain for 10 minutes).

When high pressure is reached, adjust the heat to maintain high pressure (does not apply to electrics) and set timer for 10 minutes.

Slurry

While chicken/sauce is cooking, mix 3 tablespoons flour with about 6 tablespoons of water (just enough to make a thick liquid).

You can also heat up a can of peas at this time.

When time is up, do a quick release.

Remove the chicken to a plate.

Chicken Cooked

Carefully remove the steam rack.

Put the pressure cooker pot over medium high heat and bring to a simmer (electric use the sauté mode on high).

Stir in the flour/water mixture. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes to cook out the flour taste and to bring to the desired thickness, stirring frequently.

Shred the chicken meat with two forks. It doesn’t need to be finely shredded, just pull it apart.

Chicken On Bread

Arrange 1 piece of bread on a plate for each sandwich you are making.

Pile chicken on the bread (one breast half for each sandwich is good).

Bread On Plate

Put a little gravy on top of the chicken, then place another piece of bread on top. Add more gravy to the top of the sandwich, then top with peas.

Sandwich Assembled

Serve with French Fries.

Sandwich Finished 2

Enjoy, eh?

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Cuisine: Comfort Food
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Serves: 4 servings
Quebecois Comfort Food At Its Finest!
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 4 half breasts)
  • salt and pepper (for chicken)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons white flour
  • 8 slices bread (white is traditional, sourdough works great as well)
  • 1 can peas, or 1 bag of frozen peas
Instructions
  1. In pressure cooker pot over medium heat, melt the butter
  2. Stir in the beef broth, Worcestershire, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, the ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper and Kitchen Bouquet)
  3. Lower steam tray or trivet into the pot
  4. Place chicken on top of the steam tray (liquid will come over the top of tray and partially submerge chicken)
  5. Lock top on pressure cooker and bring to high pressure
  6. Set time for 10 minutes
  7. While that is cooking, make a slurry with 3 tablespoons of flour and enough water to make a thick liquid
  8. Heat peas in microwave or small pan
  9. When pressure cooker time is up, do a quick release
  10. Remove chicken to a board to cool and carefully remove the steam rack
  11. Put pressure cooker over medium heat and bring liquid to a simmer (on electric pressure cooker, use sauté mode on high setting)
  12. Stir in flour-water mixture
  13. Let simmer for 10 minutes or so, stirring frequently
  14. When desired thickness is reached, remove from heat
  15. Shred the chicken with two forks
  16. Place one slice of bread on each plate
  17. Top with chicken (approximately 1 breast half per sandwich
  18. Top each with another piece of bread, then cover sandwich with gravy
  19. Spoon peas on top of each sandwich
  20. Serve with French Fries

 

Pressure Cooker Chicken Quesadilla

Just Don’t Call It A “Cheese” Quesadilla!

Quesadilla_Plate_Top

Looking around the interwebs at various recipes for Quesadillas, there seemed to be quitej a few recipes for “Cheese Quesadillas” (yes even Paula Deen doesn’t know any better), “Cheesy Quesadillas”. But seeing as how “Queso” is Spanish for cheese, that would be akin to posting a recipe for a “Tuna-y Tuna Sandwich”.

Chicken_Ingredients

But this recipe is for a quesadilla with the addition of chicken, so “Chicken Quesadilla” is appropriate.

Sure, there are quicker Chicken Quesadilla recipes, but this one has a tasty, braised chicken filling that would take longer if prepared in a conventional manner.

Tortillas_Cheese

I have made a smaller batch of this in my stovetop pressure cookers, but in my electric the minimum liquid is 1.5 cups, so a larger batch of chicken is necessary.

Cheese_Grated

This is a bit of a hybrid recipe, in that it utilizes the pressure cooker as well as the oven or griddle. I probably would do them on a griddle if I had one, but because of the size limits of my kitchen that probably will not happen soon.

Tortillas

This can also be done with smaller tortillas, using two tortillas with one on the top and one on the bottom, but my preference is to use large “burrito size” tortillas and fold them. This is also better if cooking them on the griddle, since your can just pivot them from one side to the other, whereas if you were doing it sandwich style, there would be a lot more difficulty in flipping it without losing all of the tasty filling.

I like to use a 9 or 10 inch tortilla. The ones I used this time were 12 inch and a little difficult to work with.

Chicken_Cubed

So let’s make the chicken filling. If you want to make the chicken dicing a little easier, you can pop the chicken breasts in the freezer for about 15 minutes or so to firm it up a bit.

In a couple tablespoons of your favorite cooking oil (it doesn’t have to be your favorite, your are welcome to cook in one you hate if you really want to), sauté a chopped onion until it becomes translucent. Add in 5 cloves of garlic (smashed with a press) and sauté for another minute.

Onions_Garlic

Add a couple pounds of cubed boneless, skinless chicken breast and cook until the outside starts to turn white.

Quesadilla_Spices

Add the oregano, cumin, salt and pepper and stir together.

Pour in 1/2 cup of beer and stir it all together.

Chicken_Beer

Add two cans of Ro-Tel, after draining the liquid from one of the cans.

Chicken_Rotel

Put the pressure cooker over high heat (if using an electric PC, switch to pressure mode). Put top on the pressure cooker and bring to high pressure.

When high pressure is reached, adjust heat to maintain high pressure and set time for 3 minutes.

When time is up, do a quick release.

Remove the top from the pressure cooker.

Chicken_Cilantro

Put pot over high heat (for electrics switch to the highest sauté or brown mode.

Add about 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro and simmer for 8-10 minutes until the mixture is reduced to desired thickness.

So, that’s it for the filling. Let’s put together our quesadillas.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Baking_Sheet_Tortillas

Lightly grease a baking sheet. Depending on the size of your tortillas, get out two or three of them (however many will fit on the baking sheet folded in half. If making a lot at once, use two baking sheets.

On one half of each tortilla, put one or two large spoons of the chicken mixture. Put a generous amount of cheese on each one as well.

Tortilla_Folded

Fold each quesadilla in half and put the baking sheets in the oven.

Set timer for 5 minutes.

Quesadilla_Plate_Side

When time is up, remove the baking sheets from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.

Cut into wedges with knife or pizza cutter and top with your favorite toppings.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Quesadilla
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Cuisine: Mexican American
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The Southwest favorite with a tasty chicken filling
Ingredients
For Chicken
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into approximately ½" cubes
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, pressed
  • ½ cup beer
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cans Ro-Tel, 1 drained, 1 with liquid (or other canned tomatoes with green chiles)
  • ½ cup (loosely packed) chopped cilantro
For Quesadillas
  • Flour Tortillas (quantity will vary depending on size)
  • 24 oz cheese, grated (I like half Pepper Jack and half Cheddar)
  • Toppings of your choice (I like Salsa, Guacamole and Sour Cream)
Instructions
For Filling
  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat (or medium sauté setting on electric model)
  2. Sauté onions until they become translucent (4-5 minutes)
  3. Add garlic and sauté for another minute
  4. Add in chicken and stir until it takes on a little white color (I prefer the meat not be browned for this recipe)
  5. Add oregano, cumin, salt and pepper and stir to mix
  6. Pour in the beer
  7. Add the can of Ro-tel with juice and the drained can of Ro-tel
  8. Stir, then turn heat to high and place top on pressure cooker (for electric, turn off sauté mode, put top on cooker and set pressure to high)
  9. When high pressure is reached set time to 3 minutes
  10. When time is up, remove from heat and do a quick release
  11. Remove cover from pressure cooker
  12. Place back over medium-high heat
  13. Add chopped cilantro
  14. Bring to low boil for 8-10 minutes, stirring often until mixture thickens
For Quesadillas
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (you can preheat while chicken is cooking)
  2. Lightly grease 1 or 2 baking sheets, depending on how many you want to make at a time
  3. Place two tortillas on sheet (can be hanging off the side since you will be folding) You might be able to get 3 on a sheet if using smaller tortillas
  4. Depending on tortilla size, put one or two large spoons of chicken on one side of each tortilla
  5. Top with generous handful of cheese
  6. Fold tortillas (like a large taco)
  7. Place baking sheet in oven for 5 minutes
  8. Cut quesadillas into wedges with knife or pizza cutter
  9. Serve with whatever topping you like

 

Sneak Peek – Pressure Cooker Chicken Quesadilla

Coming This Weekend, Pressure Cooker Chicken Quesadilla

PC_Quesadilla

Ok, not entirely in the pressure cooker, but the tasty filling is made in the pressure cooker. A couple minutes in the oven or on a griddle and there you go.

Here in SoCal, there aren’t many places that you can’t get a Chicken Quesadilla. So, I wouldn’t bother making one at home if I didn’t think I could do it better.

You be the judge when the recipe is posted this weekend!

Pressure Cooker Chicken Chili

A Super Fast And Zesty Chicken and White Bean Chili

Chicken_Chili1

Yes, I know, another chili recipe. But even here in SoCal the weather has been cooler, or as I call it, Chili Weather, although I’m sure many of your who reside in other places would make sport of me for calling 69 degrees “cool”.

I came really close to not posting this. I made this chili a few times and thought it would be a good one to post, but in looking around on the interwebs, I noticed that pretty much everybody, and I mean everybody, has a recipe for White Bean and Chicken Chile. Rachel – Check. Emeril – Check. Pioneer ladies, ladies and their sons, shoeless contessas, paleo people, everybody. What can I do with these ingredients that hasn’t already been done, I thought to myself (which is my favorite way)? Well, after making this recipe several times and doing some tweaking, it has become one of my quickest recipes to prepare, yet is still quite tasty. In fact, if you use boneless skinless chicken tenders as I did, you don’t even have to cut up the chicken.

Chicken_Chili_Ingredients

Put the pressure cooker pot over medium heat, or put your electric PC on “brown” or “saute” set to medium.

In a couple tablespoons of oil of your choice, brown the chicken a bit. I bought skinless boneless chicken tenders (sure, I grabbed them by accident, but they worked perfectly for this recipe). You can use 1-1/2 pounds of boneless skinless breasts and just cut them into couple-inch strips.

Chicken_Browning

Remove the chicken to a plate and put the chopped onions in the pot. Sauté for a few minutes until they start to soften. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.

Add 2 teaspoons oregano, 1 tablespoon cumin and 1 tablespoon chili powder and stir into the onion mixture. Cook for another minute.

Now pour in just a splash of the chicken stock to deglaze, scraping any stuck chicken bits off the bottom.

Onions_In_Pan

Pour in the Salsa Verde. Make sure to use 16 ounces. I tried it with a 12-ounce jar and it just didn’t have enough flavor. If you can only find 12 ounce jars, buy 2. With the extra 8 ounces you can serve on the side with tortilla chips. And while you’re selecting your salsa, make sure it is made with tomatillos, not just green tomatoes. I think the tomatillos are what gives it a unique flavor, and I wouldn’t want to deprive you of that now, would I? No, I would not.

Add in 2 cans of drained and rinsed white beans. I have tried it with both Great Northern beans and with Cannelini Beans, and I prefer the Great Northern, but I will leave it to your discretion.

Beans_Drained

Now is the time to pour in the rest of the chicken stock.

Add a little salt and pepper and toss in the bay leaves.

Cover the pressure cooker and set to high pressure.

When pressure is reached, set timer for 8 minutes.

When time is up, do a quick release then remove the lid.

Put the pressure cooker pot over medium heat.

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Make a slurry with 2 tablespoons of the Masa and about 1/4 cup water, and stir it into the chili. Note: If you like more of a soup consistency you can skip this step, but I like it thicker. Plus I think the masa adds a little flavor. If you cannot find masa, or don’t want to buy it just to use a couple tablespoons for this, you can substitute fine grind cornmeal. Or you can try the Alton Brown method for thickening chili. I haven’t tried it myself, but in one of his recipes for pressure cooker chili, he substitutes crushed tortilla chips for the masa. And since tortilla chips are basically masa harina in chip form, it makes sense. It is also something that you may already have on hand. So, I say go for it, and let me know how it works!

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Simmer for another 3-4 minutes until thickened, then remove from heat. Adjust salt and pepper to your liking.

Add a squeeze of lime to each bowl.

You can serve it over rice, or with tortilla chips or bread on the side. I served it with rice this time.

You can top it with shredded cheese, or with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt. I went for the yogurt this times (mostly because I didn’t have sour cream of cheese).

Enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Chicken Chili
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
A quick and zesty chicken chili, perfect for a weeknight
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken (I used chicken breast tenders this time) Cut in around 1 x 2 inch chunks
  • 2 cans white beans (Great Northern or Cannellini beans work well)
  • ½ large or 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed with press
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 16 oz. jar salsa verde (made with tomatillos)
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons Masa Harina dissolved in ¼ cup water (You can substitute fine-grind cornmeal for this, or even crushed tortilla chips).
  • 1-2 limes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Over medium-high heat (or medium sauté setting on your electric pressure cooker), brown chicken pieces in a couple tablespoons oil (you will probably need to do this in a couple batches.
  2. Remove chicken to a plate
  3. Add onions to the pot (you may need to add a little more oil) and sauté until they start to soften
  4. Add in the garlic and cook for a couple minutes longer
  5. Stir in the oregano, cumin and chili powder and cook for about a minute
  6. Pour just a splash of the chicken broth into the pot to deglaze, scraping up any bits that are on the bottom
  7. Add the tomatillo salsa
  8. Add the chicken stock
  9. Turn heat to high (if using an electric pressure cooker, switch from sauté to pressure cook mode)
  10. Place top on pressure cooker and bring to high pressure
  11. Set time to 8 minutes
  12. When time is up, remove from heat and do a quick release
  13. Remove top
  14. Put pot back on medium heat and stir in Masa-water mixture
  15. Let simmer for about 5 minutes
  16. Remove from heat and serve with bread, tortilla chips or over rice
  17. Top with grated cheese, sour cream or yogurt
  18. I like to add a squeeze of lime to each bowl