Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

I'm on a mission.

My Husband and I recently watched a YouTube video talking about the differences between the American and Japanese diets.

I'm paraphrasing, but the US diet has about 47 different things in it. The Japanese has about 113 different things. Big difference.

So I'm trying to try new things.

My sister also challenged me to provide her with some Pressure Cooker Recipes that she can use. I love my pressure cooker. SO quick and easy.
You can find them here.

I have a Kuhn Rikon which is a great pressure cooker too, but there is something to be said about an electric one. I can set it and walk away.
No babysitting.

Anyway here's a recipe I tried the other night. The goal was 2 fold.
Use the pressure cooker and incorporate more variety of foods.
It was very yummy, even my most picky-est eaters loved it.

Chicken Cacciatore

Dice up the following:
2 cups onions or leeks
1 medium green bell pepper
5 button mushrooms, or another favorite variety

I turned the Pressure Cooker on to Saute. If using a regular one, place on stovetop and turn to medium-high heat.

Add 1 Tbsp olive oil
Put the onions and peppers in and stir frequently to saute about 2 minutes.
Stir in mushrooms.

Next you can do this two ways:

place 3 lbs bone-in skinned chicken breast, or thighs or a combination on top of the onion mixture.
Pour 2 cans tomato sauce over the top of the chicken.
Lock lid in place. Bring to pressure and cook for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let pressure come down naturally.

Cook 12 oz spriral pasta according to package directions.

Or Two:
After adding mushrooms, add 1 1/2 cups chicken broth. and 12 oz spiral pasta. Cut up boneless chicken breast or thigh or a combination. Place on top of pasta and onion mixture. Then top with 2 cans tomato sauce.
Lock lid in place. Cook under high pressure for 5 minutes, then quick release.

Next add:
1 can black olives sliced
2 Tbsp fresh or dried parsley
1 1/2 hands-full mozarella cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup parmesean cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Stir well to melt cheese.
Spoon onto plates, and top each serving with additional parmesean cheese.
So quick and yummy!

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