Well, it’s official. I am OBSESSED with my new Instant Pot. If you haven’t heard of it yet, its pretty much a pressure cooker that has easy one-touch settings for different types of recipes. It also cooks your meals up to 70% faster than traditional cooking methods, and is one of my favorite small kitchen appliances. For someone who has a busy life, this can really come in handy. I actually waited an entire year to purchase a 6 quart one on Black Friday for the best price (Amazon always seems to have the best deal). The wait was sooooo worth it.
For those who still aren’t convinced, I’ll explain more. The first thing I ever made in my Instant Pot was actually a bagged soup mix from my local health foods store. I had been waiting to make it for a few days, and finally pulled it out to try to make before work so I would have dinner ready at night. Of course, I looked at the directions….and realized it contained dried beans. Yeah, TOTAL BUZZKILL. Presoak the beans for 4-8 hours or overnight? Who wants to wait that long? Not me.
So, I threw everything in the Instant Pot instead (dried beans and all) and set it on the “beans/chili” mode for 40 minutes. It was perfect! No soaking needed. It was that point that I decided to throw all of my pots and pans away so I could only use my Instant Pot. Ok, I’m kidding, but this appliance really has currently been making most of my weeknight dinners.
If I haven’t convinced you yet to buy an Instant Pot, hopefully this new recipe will. This orange chicken recipe was actually the second thing I ever made in it. The best part about using the Instant Pot is that you can sear the chicken in the pot before adding in the rest of your ingredients! It actually gets very hot, very fast, and makes it really easy to sear meat before cooking. Not to mention, the whole cooking process is done in a matter of minutes!
With this recipe, just add a few Tablespoons of oil to the bottom of the pot and set on “Sauté” mode. Once hot (it only takes a minute or less!), add in some chopped onion and the cubed chicken and continue to stir until the onion is almost translucent and the chicken is mostly seared… just for 2-3 minutes. Next, add in all your sauce ingredients and close the lid (turn the venting knob to seal). Set the Instant Pot to “Poultry” mode and adjust the time to 7 minutes. That’s it! No need to watch a pot over the stove, or constantly stand and stir. Just walk away and let it cook!
Once the chicken has cooked, use the quick release method by turning the venting knob to vent. When all the steam has released and pressure has come back down, open the pot and set it back to “Sauté” mode. Make a slurry by adding the remaining cornstarch to a few Tablespoons of water, then stir this into the chicken. It will only take a few seconds to thicken. Serve over some rice and top with freshly chopped green onion for the perfect easy weeknight dinner! All thanks to that spectacular Instant Pot.
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