Did you know that you can cook chicken breasts straight from frozen...in 10 minutes? In the Instant Pot, anyway. If chicken is comfort food, then Instant Pot chicken is comfort cooking.
One night after work, starving, I came home to an empty refrigerator. (Hey, it happens to the best of us.) I had just come back from vacation and, as I'm one of those people who clears out his fridge even when he's only gone for a short weekend, I hadn't yet made my grocery run to restock my provisions.
Then, I remembered the freezer. In it was a half-empty pint of cookie dough ice cream and a pack of frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Desperate, I threw them (the chicken breasts, not the ice cream) into my Instant Pot—still 100-percent frozen and unfeeling—along with a can of crushed tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and some spices. I set to Pressure Cook on High for 10 minutes. Though it took a few minutes to come up to temperature from frozen, and then for the pressure to release, the chicken came out fully cooked and perfectly juicy.
Humorist Arnold H. Glasow once wrote, "You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it." (In this case, you get the chicken by failing to plan dinner in advance, then saving the night by pressure-cooking it.)
In case you need another reason to believe in the magic of the Instant Pot, below are 11 quick and easy chicken dinners to make a convert out of anyone.
Urvashi Pitre recipes excerpted from Instant Pot Fast & Easy © 2019 by Urvashi Pitre. Photography © 2019 by Ghazalle Badiozamani. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Melissa Hartwig recipes excerpted from The Whole30 Slow Cooker © 2018 by Melissa Hartwig. Photography © 2018 by Ghazalle Badiozamani. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
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