Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore


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This week my nutritionist put me on a low fiber diet, hoping that it will help me gain some weight (I’m currently about 20 lbs underweight). I’m supposed to be eating pasta, potatoes, bread, lots of “white” foods. These are foods I normally do not eat so I had to buy a few things from the grocery store. Also, my abdominal pain has increased this week and the meds my GI doctor prescribed aren’t helping. So I really haven’t felt much like cooking nor eating this week. But Mr.Surly still needed food and since he’s been working late I didn’t want him to come home and then have to make dinner. So I’m looking for easy, no fuss meals. This dish fit the bill. Just throw everything in your pressure cooker and it’s magically done in under 10 minutes. This could be made in either a skillet or pot, it would just take longer to cook. There was also extra sauce left over, so I have some “pasta sauce” for pasta this week. Sorry about the unappetizing photo, I just took a quick picture to post along with the recipe.



Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
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Serves 2 (with left over sauce)

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 bell pepper, diced
1 cup chopped carrots
1 onion diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ c chicken broth
4 Tbsp tomato paste
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (14oz can) diced tomatoes, undrained
Your favorite seasonings, to taste:
I used marjoram, oregano, basil, and Italian seasonings
2 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
Pasta, cooked and set aside

Heat the oil in pressure cooker. Add the pepper, carrots, onion and garlic, cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the onions soften slightly, about 2 minutes.

Stir in the chicken broth and boil until about half evaporates. Scrape up any browned bits sticking to the bottom of the cooker.

Stir in tomato paste. Lay the chicken over the veggie mixture and pour the diced tomatoes over the chicken breasts. Do not stir.

Lock the lid in place, cook for 8 minutes at high pressure.

Turn off the heat and allow the pressure to come down naturally. Remove the lid, tilting it away from you to allow steam to escape. Taste seasonings and adjust as necessary. I wanted my sauce a bit thicker, so I removed the chicken breasts and them set aside under a tin foil tent. I simmered the sauce until it thickened up to desired consistency (I think I may have added another Tbsp or two of tomato paste). Then I placed the chicken back in the pot, added a slice of mozzarella cheese, and covered until ready to serve. Serve chicken on a bed of cooked pasta. Top with additional cheese if desired.

Source: adapted from tasty kitchen

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16 comments:

Three Peas In A Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Don't apologize for the photo--this looks SO GOOD! Plus this recipe has the added bonus of being pretty quick. I'm going to be trying this soon!

Allen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love it. Thanks for sharing that.

Colin Vahle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thanks for you article!

Theodore said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Looks very delicious, thanks very much

Glendora Knopf said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

WOW, .It is amazing,thanks

Beth of pressurecookerpros.com said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you for sharing !

Cammy Erion said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks. I have read many of your post, it really good and interesting.

Robyn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Why do you apologize for the photo? Everything is O.K.

Nell said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It looks delicious. Lovely recipe and easy to do.

Anastasia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks. I love your post, it really good and interesting.

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Rosy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have bought a pressure cooker recently..so i was searching for recipes.Thanks a lot for writing on it.

DebbieD said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Looks like a terrific recipe, but I don't see chicken as one of the ingredients. How many chicken breasts did you use - 2? - and should they be skinless?

DebbieD said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Looks like a terrific recipe, but I don't see chicken as one of the ingredients. How many chicken breasts did you use - 2? - and should they be skinless?

surlykitchen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@DebbieD
How could I leave out a vital ingredient?! Yes, i used 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I updated the recipe to reflect my omission

Marina said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This perfect is a great start for today! I'm gonna try this for dinner. Thank you so much!

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