Hope everyone is well! I know I have been MIA but a lot has been going on. I have also been working on new recipes which I hope all of you will enjoy.
Today I have the chicken burrito bowl…who doesn’t like a good burrito bowl for some comfort?
This came to mind to make because I had all of the ingredients already in my pantry and freezer.
You can also use whatever kind of chicken you have. I had frozen chicken thighs with skin on…after it cooked I just made sure to take the skin off before I sautéed in cheese and I didn’t have to take the chicken out to shred because it shred as I was mixing the cheese in!
PS…I had mentioned I had a lot going on? Well if you look through my pages you will soon see a page for crafts to do with your family!
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Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl
A wonderful comfort food using ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
1lbchickenany chicken works...I used skin on chicken thighs
2tablespoonsoilomit if you are chicken thighs
1(14.5 or 15oz)candiced tomatoes, drained
1 (14oz)canblack beans, drained and rinsed
2 3/4cupsinstant whole grain brown rice
fresh ground pepper
1 1/2cupscolby jack cheese, shredded
Add chicken, stock/broth, rice and the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the cheese
Lock lid, turn valve to seal and press manual 10 and do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes then quick release
Open lid, and take skin of chicken (if it has any), add the cheese and stir until cheese is melted
Yes same here! My boys used to and still love Annie’s boxed mac n cheese…so when I first got my Instant Pot one of the first things I made was mac n cheese…at first they didn’t like it because it didn’t taste like the boxed stuff…you know the strong cheesy taste…but I kept making it making changes to it…
Today, I decided okay…lets put some ground beef in it and see if it makes a difference including some spices and cauliflower…
Now my boys love broccoli and carrots and potatoes…but they won’t try anything else…so I have been looking for ways to disguise veggies…cauliflower works well for mac n cheese because of the color…
So if you have kiddos and you want to get some veggies in them…try this recipe…I think it will be a hit like it was for my kiddos.
"Hidden" Cauliflower Hamburger Mac N Cheese
A mac n cheese your kids will love and you will love because they are getting some veggies in.
1cupheavy whipping cream
2cupsshredded cheddar cheese
1/2 (2)head (cups)cauliflower, roughly chopped
Press Saute, and when it says HOT, add ground beef, drain and then add cumin, cancel Saute
Add macaroni, water, salt, cumin, cauliflower and butter
Cover lid, turn valve to seal, then press manual 3 minutes, then quick release (don't be afraid to quick release here because the butter helps keep the foam low but if it does happen to get messy, close the valve and open in little spurts)
Press sauté, and add cream and cheese and mix really well until you get the consistency you desire
Today in Wisconsin it was 13 degrees and it felt colder waiting for my son’s school bus. So I thought okay…he is going to need something warm to eat…also my twin’s were under the weather so it was perfect for Jook.
I grew up on Jook…my mom and grandmother would make it whenever it was cold out or whenever one of us felt sick…they would cook it on the stove for hours. They used to put a whole chicken in there and have cloves of garlic which I learned to love as I got older…
Now when I learned that I can make Jook in the instant Pot for a lot less time…I was happy that I can share what my mom and grandmother used to make with my family.
So today my boys had some yummy Jook with chicken thighs in it…they have had it before but this time I made some changes to make it even more yummy.
Instant Pot Jook (Rice Porridge)
Comfort food on a cold day or if you are not feeling well
2cupsshort grain white rice
6cupsbone broth/waterI used a mix
Wash the rice several times until water is pretty clear
Add 6 cups of broth/water, garlic and salt
Close lid, turn valve to seal and press Porridge and Adjust until it says more (30 minutes) and then natural pressure release for 10 minutes
I used 4 cups of bone broth and 2 cups of water but you can use all bone broth or all water.
Also you can increase your liquid amount to how your family likes it...6 I think is great but if you want it more watery then add another cup or if you like it thicker like oatmeal then a cup less.
I would have used whole cloves because it gets nice and soft and tastes good but I knew my boys wouldn't eat it so I used minced
Now this dish was interesting to research because some people say to add whipping/heavy cream to the dish but some say it is not really carbonara if it has whipping cream so I decided to do without because for me, I don’t need the extra calories but my boys can but it does have bacon in it so that was good enough for me.
So my boys first could not wait for this to be done because they smelled the bacon I was sautéing and they kept asking me if it was done…I mean it wasn’t going to take that long to cook anyways but they were persistent!
When it was done…they really liked it! I actually wished I had fettuccine because I think it would have tasted better but all I had was bucatini which was also good also but I think the texture could have been better…also I only had shredded parmesan on hand but I would suggest finely grated parmesan to make it even smoother but it still tasted wonderful!
Here is the recipe…enjoy!
Instant Pot Chicken Carbonara
A very hearty and satisfying pasta dish your whole family will love
1lbchicken breasts, cut into 1/2 to 1 inch cubeschicken breast filets (raw or frozen) also work if thin enough
4slicesthick cut bacon, sliced
12ozspaghetti/fettuccine/bucatini noodles, split in half
3largeeggs, room temperature
1cupparmesan, finely grated
black pepper, coarsely ground to taste
white wine, splash to deglaze
1cupchicken stock/bone brothI used bone broth
Fresh basil (optional)
Fresh parsley (optional)
Press sauté and once it says HOT, add in bacon and cook until crispy and brown
Add onions and stir until slightly translucent
Add splash of wine to deglaze
Add 1 cup of chicken stock/bone broth
Cancel the sauté then add noodles, then cover noodles with water
Add your chicken
Close lid, turn valve to seal and set to manual 4 minutes, natural pressure release for 10 minutes
While the Instant Pot is doing its magic, whisk together your eggs, cheese, salt and pepper and herbs (if using)
Once done, open the lid, move the chicken over so that you can slowly add the egg and cheese mixture until well incorporated to the pasta (be sure to keep stirring the pasta), then stir the whole dish together until nice and creamy
Chicken is a staple in our household…we always have chicken in our fridge or freezer…usually in the freezer because we do shop at Costco…chicken is so versatile and thankfully my boys love it!
Today, I made for my boys chicken with potatoes and carrots…and I thought when I first got the Instant Pot…”why not put it in the same pot?” And when I did, it came out great! This time though I decided to add carrots into the mix…
This is what it looked like when it was done cooking and with a natural pressure release (NPR)…I know it may not look as appetizing but it worked!
As you can see how thick and big everything is…it was done in 10 minutes (cook time).
I cut it up for the boys so it would be easier for them to eat…the chicken was nice and moist, the potatoes were perfect and the carrots tasted like sweet potatoes! All 3 of my boys ate all of the carrots first and asked for more and I didn’t have any more for them.
So for those who are busy and need something quick for your family and especially for your kiddos…this is perfect! I know it may not look like much (I didn’t put a lot in because my boys don’t like a lot going on when it comes to their potatoes, chicken and carrots)…but you can always add your own spices in to your family’s liking.
Hope you enjoy!
Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes (with carrots)
A one pot, quick meal for the whole family.
1lbchicken breastsfresh or frozen
4mediumIdaho potatoes, peeled wholeyou can add as many as you like
Place trivet into the liner and then a cup of water
Place chicken and sprinkle with salt
Place potatoes and then carrots
Close lid, turn valve to seal, press the poultry setting and set to 10 minutes (use the "-" button), then natural pressure release for 10 minutes
Mine only needed 10 minutes because the chicken breasts were not that thick but whenever making chicken start with that time and then adjust as needed after checking to see if it is done...also you have to take into account that there were other ingredients in there that caused the pot to take longer to come up to pressure and then your natural pressure release time...and if you do need more time on your chicken please be sure to take out your potatoes and carrots because those will be done.