This recipe also comes in handy when time is limited, or you forgot to load the crockpot in the morning. In the warmer months you’ll appreciate not standing over a hot stove or heating the kitchen for an hour while waiting for chicken to bake. Drastically reducing cooking times also equates to saving energy.
If you haven’t already done so, make friends with a pressure cooker, it’s your short order cook that prepares gourmet cuisine ultrafast. You can enjoy a complete meal prepared in one pot, in a fraction of the time, yet it tastes like it’s been simmering for hours. The pressure cooker keeps the ingredients moist, tenderizes the meat, preserves the nutrients and unites the flavors making a luscious sauce you’ll enjoy in minutes.
Chicken Cacciatore -- Pressure Cooker Recipe
3 to 3.5 pounds chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
Himalayan sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red onion, sliced
½ cup carrots, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 14.5-ounce can tomatoes, diced
½ cup white wine
1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 6-ounce can tomato paste (reserve until after cooking)
Season chicken breasts with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Pour olive oil into the pressure cooker and brown both sides of the chicken over medium heat. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning on the chicken. Next, add the garlic, onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, wine, sea salt and pepper. Close the cover of the pressure cooker securely and place the pressure regulator on vent pipe. Once the regulator has begun rocking, cook for 8 minutes with pressure regulator rocking slowly. Adjust the heat during the cooking process if needed. Turn off heat. Let sit for a minute and then carefully remove the regulator with an oven mitt. Place chicken on cutting board and cut into large chunks. Spoon tomato paste into the vegetable sauce in the pressure cooker and stir. Return the chicken to the sauce and serve.
(Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions when using a pressure cooker. For information purposes we used a Presto pressure cooker to prepare this entrée.)
What is your favorite dish to prepare in a pressure cooker?
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Check out Lowell and Deborah's super sturdy and handsome DIY Gardening Potting Bench Plans.