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Perfect Pressure Cooker Chicken

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Just look at this chicken, tender and full of flavor, it is really perfect!  Just imagine all of the things you can do with this perfect chicken!

I never wanted to use a traditional pressure cooker, as a matter of fact I don’t think that I ever have.  It always scared me when I was a child and my mother was using one.  I saw an electric pressure cooker years ago on one of the shopping channels and ended up ordering it, and it has made my life so much easier. Well, that one finally gave out and I ordered a new one from Amazon, it’s a little different and took a few uses to get accustom to, but it gives me the same results – fork tender meat in half the time of other cooking methods. The time may vary according to your model and cook settings but for me, I like the meat “fall apart” tender, not just tender, so I cook it a little longer than is necessary.  You just have to make sure you always have plenty of liquid in the pressure cooker.  Depending on the amount of chicken you want to cook and thickness, your cook time will vary greatly.

This recipe is specific for 4 chicken breasts, pounded thin and cut into large strips.

Get the chicken pieces in the cooker and put your favorite seasoning on them, and don’t forget the liquid.  If you haven’t tried an electric pressure cooker, you don’t know what you are missing.  It gives you results like a slow cooker but usually in 15 minutes or less instead of 6 – 8 hours.  It may take a couple of uses to get everything just like you like, buit will be well worth it.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (or water)
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose seasoning* (or less if your seasoning is strong)

Directions:

Pound chicken thin and cut into large strips or the size portions you desire. Season 1 side of chicken.

Turn pressure cooker on browning setting, and add canola oil. Place seasoned side of chicken facing down in the pressure cooker and season side that is now facing up.

Let chicken brown slightly and flip to brown other side. You may need to do this in batches, depending on the number of pieces that you have.

After all chicken is browned, put it back into pressure cooker and add the liquid. The amount of liquid will depend on the amount of chicken, but most of the time you will want at least 3/4 of the chicken to be covered with liquid.

Turn pressure cooker on high pressure and cook for approximately 10-12 minutes after pressure is achieved. For “fall apart” tender you may want to cook for an additional 2-4 minutes, just making sure that you have plenty of liquid in the pressure cooker.

Once pressure cooker is off, release pressure according to the instructions of your pressure cooker. Chicken should will be fork tender and perfect!

Recipe Notes:

or seasoning of your choice if you are preparing chicken for a certain type of meal (mexican, greek, etc.) and if your seasoning does not include salt you will need to add salt. You may also want to use a little less seasoning depending on the type you are using.

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