If you are like most busy people, planning and cooking dinner might be more than your brain can process after a long day of work, school, or raising a family. Enter the Instant Pot. This appliance is amazing for making quick one-pot dinners.
An Instant Pot is basically an electric pressure cooker. Cooking under pressure saves lots of time and produces meals that are rich in concentrated flavor and nutrients. For an Instant Pot primer, let’s explore a progression of 3 easy chicken recipes you can make any night of the week.
Whole Roasted Chicken
Instant Pot whole chicken is about as close as you will come to a rotisserie chicken with crispy skin and juicy, tender meat. A 5 pound chicken will fit into a 6 quart Instant Pot. Simply place approximately 1 cup of chicken broth in the pot. Coat the chicken with some olive oil and generously rub with a seasoning blend, such as herbs de Provence or creole spices plus salt and pepper.
The bird will be moist and crisp in approximately 30 minutes. The internal temperature should read 165°F when checked with a digital meat thermometer. Serve with a prepared grain and vegetable salad that you can pick up at the market and some crusty Tuscan bread.
Remember to save those roasted bones from the whole chicken to make stock the next day in your Instant Pot for soup.
Chicken Bone Broth
A good bone broth can take 8 to 12 hours to make on the stove top. The long cooking time pulls the minerals and collagen from the bones slowly. An Instant Pot can do this in approximately 1 hour.
Place that roasted chicken carcass, some celery, onions, carrots, a bay leaf, and splash of raw apple cider vinegar inside the Instant Pot. Cover with filtered water to just below the max fill line. Cook under pressure for approximately 60 minutes and allow to cool down for another 30 minutes. Strain the broth and use this as the base for chicken noodle soup.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup is a perfect one-pot meal for a cold winter evening or when you are just feeling a little run down. You can make a pot of healing soup in your Instant Pot in minutes.
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are great for making chicken soup because they have so much flavor. Combine these with chunks of carrots, parsnips, and onions. Season with garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Add 1 quart of your Instant Pot bone broth and cook under pressure for approximately 8 minutes. After the pressure releases, stir in dried egg noodles and simmer just until they soften. That’s it.
Benefits of Instant Pot Cooking
The obvious benefit of using an Instant Pot is being able to make a meal in very little time. Cooking under pressure ensures that all the vitamins and minerals remain inside the dish. This method of cooking also concentrates the flavors. And, clean-up is a breeze. Try these easy chicken recipes to get a feel for cooking in an Instant Pot.