Looking for a really quick and easy way to make a relatively healthy dinner? One that just requires you to dump some chicken and one other ingredient into your Instant Pot, press a button, and go? We've got you covered!
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Read on for some easy and delicious recipes involving chicken breasts (or thighs) and your Instant Pot. These are not the meals you break out when you want to impress your friends or channel your inner Julia Child. They're for the days when you realize it's 5:30, you haven't even thought about dinner, you still have to drive another carpool, and cereal isn't an option!
But don't be fooled by these simple meals. They're really good, filling, and ideal for COVID cooking.
We get it! Life gets busy. Even if you don't have loads of time to plan out gourmet meals, you can still feed your family some delicious, nutritious chicken dinners. Whether you like shredded chicken, frozen chicken tenderloins, chicken thighs, or chicken breasts-- there's a chicken recipe for everyone.
I am personally a big fan of frozen chicken tenderloins for these meals. You can keep them in your freezer for a long time without worrying about them going bad. They also cook faster than frozen chicken breasts, and the softer pressure-cooked texture seems to work better on smaller pieces of meat for these two-ingredient recipes. Even better-- it's easier for little hands to cut them.
But any type of chicken or meat will work here. Pretty much any type of sauce or marinade could work here, too. Just use your imagination and enjoy!
Instant Pot cooking is NOT an exact science. The ratios of chicken to sauce are general guidelines and will depend on your family's personal preferences. At a bare minimum, use at least 1/2 cup of sauce, but you can use more if you'd like.
The same goes for the quantity of chicken. Many nights, I just dump my chicken tenderloins into the pot and let the magic happen. It pretty much always does!
If you use frozen chicken breasts or larger pieces of meat, plan on cooking them for about 10 minutes at high pressure. This should give your meat a nice texture that's ideal for shredding. If you're using thawed diced chicken, your cook time could be closer to 3 minutes at high heat. Since chicken strips or tenderloin is usually my meat of choice, I tend to cook them for 7.
In time, you'll figure out the right ratio for you and your family. You can always add extra sauce at the end as a garnish if you thought you didn't use enough. If you used too much, just throw out the extra, or add some broth and recycle as a base for a soup.
Bottom line: these chicken recipes are designed to make your life easier. So do whatever makes you feel happy.
This two-ingredient recipe involves pouring a jar of your favorite salsa or pico de gallo and chicken into your Instant Pot. I usually cook frozen chicken on high pressure for about 7 minutes, but you could get away with as little as 3 minutes if you have thawed diced chicken.
Once it's cooked, enjoy over rice, a salad, or put in taco shells and enjoy with beans or guacamole.
Grab a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce and some chicken breasts or thighs. Set your cook time for about 7 minutes, and let the pressure of the Instant pot do its thing. For this recipe, you might want to cook chicken breasts for about 10 minutes or more so you can shred the chicken for some delightful barbecue chicken sandwiches.
The perfect solution for those busy nights.
about 8 medium breasts. Can sub another type of chicken.
Put sauce and chicken into Instant Pot
Set Instant Pot to high pressure, cook for 10 minutes.
Enjoy as chicken breasts, or take a fork and shred.
Take a small jar (about 12 oz) or your favorite Pesto (I'm a huge fan of Trader Joe's vegan cashew pesto), add your chicken, and crank up the pressure! Serve it over cauliflower rice, regular rice, or just enjoy it on its own. It's an easy and delicious one-pot meal.
By recipe #4 you probably know the drill: get a bottle of Italian dressing and some of your favorite chicken. Put them in your go-to pressure cooker and wait for the timer to alert you when dinner's ready.
Looking for a delightfully tangy pressure cooker chicken? Add in 2 lbs of boneless chicken thighs (or chicken of your choice), 1/2 cup balsamic dressing, and in just a few minutes (probably close to 30 including the 10 minutes of pressure time) you'll have a delicious chicken dinner.
Who wants some creamy green goodness? Add a half cup of your favorite green goddess dressing, 2 lbs of chicken, combine in your instant pot, and dinner is served! This could also be a nice addition to Taco Tuesday if you're tired of salsa chicken. Serve in a taco shell, and enjoy with the tangy contrast of fresh salsa on top.
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