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Balsamic Chicken with Cauliflower Mash

Balsamic Chicken with Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients

FOR THE CHICKEN

4 Whole chicken legs or breasts

1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp Olive oil

1 Large yellow onion

3 Garlic cloves

2 tsp Dried oregano

2 tsp Dried thyme leaves

1 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp Crushed red pepper flakes

1 Tbsp Sugar

1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar

1 14.5-oz can Diced tomatoes

FOR THE CAULIFLOWER

1 head Cauliflower

2 Tbsp Salted butter

1 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper

Freshly ground black pepper

Chopped fresh parsley

Directions

1. Season chicken the with salt and pepper Add oil to cooking pot. Press START/STOP on the unit to start Sear/Sauté function. Heat oil until hot about four minutes.

2. Add two chicken legs/breasts to pot skin down and cook until dark golden brown on one side about six minutes. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown. Then transfer chicken to a clean plate.

3. Add the remaining chicken to the pot and cook skin side down until dark golden brown on one side about six minutes. Flip and cook until other side is golden brown, about six minutes. Then transfer to a plate.

4. Add the onion, garlic, oregano, thyme, one teaspoon salt, one and half teaspoon of pepper and cook. Stir while scraping the bottom until the onion begins to soften about three minutes.

5. Add vinegar and sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, while scraping the bottom, until liquid is reduced by about half, about one minute. Add tomatoes and stir to combine. Return the chicken legs to the pot skin side up in a single layer.

6. Place smart cooker steam rack in cooking pot over legs with handles folded under. Lower smart cooker steam basket onto rack, then put cauliflower in basket.

7. Close lid and set to locked position. Set regulator to “Sealed.” Press Start/stop function. Pressure cook on high for nine minutes.

8. Carefully remove basket and rack from the pot and transfer cauliflower to a medium bowl. To a bowl add butter, one teaspoon of salt and one half of teaspoon of pepper, and mash with a potato masher or fork until smooth.

9. Cut thighs and drumsticks apart, if desired, and serve with cauliflower mash and sauce, garnished with parsley and pepper, if desired.

A PICTURE IS COMING SOON.

Source www.chefiq.com

Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

6-8 2.5 3 lbs chicken thighs or drumsticks bone-in, skin on

1 bottle favorite barbeque sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup chicken broth water can be substituted

2-3 drops liquid smoke optional

1 tsp. garlic powder optional

1 tsp. onion powder optional

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar optional

Directions

1. Pour one cup of chicken broth and three drops liquid smoke (optional) place steamer basket or trivet in the steamer. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper layer chicken in the basket. Close the lid. Pressure cook at High Pressure for eight minutes, Natural Release for ten minutes.

2. Spice up your store-bought barbeque sauce (if you choose) add garlic powder, onion powder, and apple cider vinegar. Place the chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet, generously apply your barbeque sauce.

3. Place chicken under the broiler on high for five-ten minutes until chicken is browned and caramelized. Serve and Enjoy!

Source We Dish It Up!

Easy Creamy Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion chopped

3-4 spicy chili peppers chopped, optional

2 cloves garlic chopped

1-1/2 lbs ground chicken

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/8 tsp. cayenne powder

1/4 tsp. paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

1 C. tomato sauce

1 C. Buffalo sauce

2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

8 oz cooked pasta

6 oz cream cheese

1 C. shredded pepper jack cheese or more as desired

Directions

1. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Add the onion and peppers and cook about 5 minutes to soften them. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, stirring.

2. Add the ground chicken and cook about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the meats are cooked through. Stir in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper, tomato sauce, Buffalo sauce and vinegar.

3. Stir and simmer about 5 minutes to bring the flavors together. If your sauce is too thin, cook a bit longer to thicken. You can easily let this simmer and let the flavors develop even more.

4. Next, add the cream cheese with the reserved pasta boiling water and stir until the cheese is melted through.
Add the cooked noodles and stir.

5. Stir in the shredded pepper jack cheese a bit at a time until it is melted through. Remove from heat and sprinkle with fresh herbs and crumbled blue cheese.

Source Chili Pepper Madness

Instant Pot Autumn Apple Chicken

Autumn Apple Chicken

Ingredients

4 bone-in chicken thighs

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 Tbsp. Canola oil

1/2 C. Apple juice

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 C. barbecue sauce

1 Tbsp. honey

1 garlic clove

2 medium Fuji or gala apples, coarsely chopped

Directions

1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Select sauté or browning setting on a 6-quart electric pressure cooker. Adjust for medium heat; add oil. When oil is hot, brown the chicken; remove and keep warm.

2. Add apple cider or juice, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in the onion, barbecue sauce, honey, garlic and chicken. Press cancel. Lock the lid; close pressure release valve. Adjust to pressure- cook on high for ten minutes. Let pressure release for five minutes; quick-release any remaining pressure. Press cancel. A thermometer inserted in chicken should read 170°.

3. Remove the chicken; keep warm. Select sauté setting and adjust for low heat . Add apples simmer, stirring constantly, until apples are tender, about ten minutes. Serve with chicken.

Source: From a good friend of mine!

Perfectly Cooked Instant Pot Teriyaki Salmon

Instant Pot Teriyaki Salmon

Ingredients

1/2 C. soy sauce

1/4 C. mirin

1/4 C. water

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. sesame oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 inch fresh ginger, grated, or finely chopped

1 pound salmon, cut into 4 fillets

2 tsp. cornstarch or all-purpose flour

black pepper to taste

For garnish:

1 tsp sesame seeds

2 green onions, sliced

Directions

1. In a bowl combine the soy sauce, mirin, water, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and pinch of black pepper. Place the salmon filets in a foil pan. Pour ⅓ cup of the soy sauce mixture over the salmon filets and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. Place the trivet in the Instant Pot. Add 1 ¼ cups of water to the Instant pot. Place the foil pan with salmon filets on top of the trivet. Close and seal the Instant pot. Turn the venting knob to SEALING.

3. Press PRESSURE COOK button and check to make sure the pressure level shows as “High” in the display. Adjust the timer to 3 minutes. When finished cooking, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest of the pressure. Remove the salmon filets from the pot. Remove the trivet and wash and dry the pot insert. Return the pot insert into the Instant Pot.

4. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water. Press the SAUTE button on the Instant pot. Add the remaining soy sauce mixture and cornstarch mixture and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened to your liking. Press the CANCEL button. Pour the sauce over salmon filets. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions and serve.

Source Miss Wish

Flaky Air Fryer Salmon

Air Fryer Salmon

Ingredients

2 -4 salmon fillets about 6 oz each

2 tsp rub with love salmon rub (or any other kind you like)

1 garlic clove

Salt and pepper to taste

1 Tbsp Olive oil

Cooking spray

Directions

1. Season your salmon fillets with olive oil, pressed garlic, salmon rub, and salt (to taste). I like this local salmon rub, but this salmon rub works well too. To make your own salmon rub, combine 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp thyme, 1 tsp smoked paprika, and 1 teaspoon brown sugar.

2. If you’re using an oven air fryer, line the bottom of the baking sheet with foil. If you’re using the basket type do not use foil. Instead, spray the bottom of it with nonstick spray.

3. Bake the salmon at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes if using an oven air fryer. If you’re using the basket type, cook for at least 12 minutes and add more time as needed. The cook time will depend on the thickness of your salmon fillet. The thicker the salmon, the longer it will take to air-fry. Always make sure the internal temperature of the thickest part of the salmon is at least 145 degrees fahrehiet.

Notes

Helpful Recipe Tips

• Salmon size– Choose pieces of salmon fillet that are similar in size so they cook evenly and finish baking at the same time.

• Pat it dry– make sure the fillets are blotted dry with a paper towel so that the spices adhere better.

• Check for doneness– insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the fish to make sure it reaches at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Source Simply Home-Cooked

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

For shredded buffalo chicken

1.25 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast

2 stalks celery, diced

1 small onion, diced

1 medium carrot, diced

1 cup buffalo wing sauce , see notes for homemade recipe

For serving

12 bib lettuce leaves

1 medium carrot, grated

1 stalk celery, diced

ranch or blue cheese dressing

Directions

For chicken

1. Using the Instant Pot, add chicken breasts, celery, carrot, onion, and buffalo sauce . Lightly stir to get sauce under the chicken. Close lid, seal pressure valve, and set on manual for 10 minutes. Start.

2. When time is up, either naturally release pressure, or manually release it by flipping the valve (careful!). Remove the lid, then remove the chicken breasts and place on a cutting board. Using 2 forks, shred the chicken. Add shredded chicken back to the pot with the buffalo sauce mixture; stir to coat.

For serving

1. Scoop 1/4 to 1/3 cup of chicken into each lettuce wrap, top with grated carrots and diced celery if desired. Add ranch or blue cheese* over the top of the chicken. Serve immediately

Source Domestic Super Hero

Instant Pot Autumn Apple Pork Chops

Instant Pot Autumn Apple Pork Chops

Ingredients

3 Apples (I prefer a sweet variety, like Red Delicious) sliced about 1/4″ thick

1 Small Sweet Onion (Walla Walla, Vidalia, etc) Cut in half and thinly sliced.

2-4 Pork Chops (I prefer bone-in 3/4″)

Salt

Pepper

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

1/4 cup Plus 1 Tbsp Water (divided)

4 Tbsp. Butter (unsalted)

4 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

Pinch of Salt

2 Tbsp. Corn Starch

3 Tbsp. Cold Water

Optional

2-4 Small Potatoes (to cook with pork chops as a side dish)

Garnish

Chopped Pecans (optional)

Directions

1. Prepare apples by coring, and slicing (peeling is optional. I never do). Set aside. Remove the outer skin of the onion. Cut in half and slice thinly (You will have half circles). Set aside.

2. Season the pork chops with a sprinkling of salt and pepper on each side. Go lightly on the pepper. Set aside while pot warms up. Turn the IP to Sauté mode (Normal heat). When the display reads “Hot” add the oil to the pot.

3. Add the pork chops, two at a time, and brown on each side for about 4 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and set aside. Add the onion and 1 Tbsp water. Cook the onion, stirring frequently and scraping to deglaze the pot (get all of the brown bits off the bottom). I like to use a wooden spoon. When the onions are translucent and tender, add the butter and stir until melted.

4. Add the apples and 1/4 cup water. Stir well. Add the pork chops (and any juices on the plate) back in and just set them on top of the apples. Don’t stir. If you are cooking potatoes with this dish, set them on top of the pork chops. Leave them whole (small potatoes).

5. Put the lid on the pot and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position. Cancel the Sauté mode. Press the Manual (or Pressure Cook) button and then the + or – button to select 10 (8 minutes for thinner chops) minutes.

6. ***Yes, the pot will come to pressure with only 1/4 cup of water in it. This is because the apples will release water as the pot is heating up and building pressure, so you will be okay. It’s the same for making applesauce! While the pork chops are cooking, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.

7. When the cook cycle ends and the pot beeps, don’t do anything to it, just let it naturally release pressure for 10 minutes (the counter will begin counting up). After the 10 minutes is up, turn the steam release knob to manually release the remaining pressure. When the pin in the lid drops, open the lid. Remove the pork chops (and potatoes) to a plate and cover with foil or a lid to keep warm.

8. Turn the Sauté mode back on.
Add the brown sugar mixture to the apple mixture and stir. Mix the corn starch with the cold water. Stir the corn starch slurry into the apple mixture, stirring constantly. When the mixture thickens, turn off the pot. Remove apple gravy to a serving bowl immediately.

9. Serve the pork chops smothered in the warm apple gravy. Yum! Garnish with chopped pecans, if desired.

Source Simply Happy Foodie

instant pot BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

1 Tbsp Light brown sugar

1 tsp Garlic powder

1 tsp Onion powder

1 tsp Kosher salt

1 tsp Smoked paprika

4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup Low-salt chicken broth

1/2 cup Barbecue sauce

1 Tbsp. Canola oil

1 cup Barbecue sauce

4 Hamburger buns

Dill pickle chips

Coleslaw

Prep

1. In a large bowl whisk brown sugar, garlic powder onion powder, smoked paprika and salt. Add the chicken and toss to coat. In a small bowl, mix broth and 1/2 cup barbecue sauce and set aside

Sauté

2. Add oil to cooking pot. Press “START/STOP” to start sear/sauté function. Heat oil until hot approximately three minutes.

3. Add chicken and cook until browned on one side, about four minutes. Flip and add the broth mixture.

Pressure Cook

4. Close the lid and set to locked to position. Set regulator knob to “sealed.” Press “START/STOP” on your unit to begin pressure cook function. Remove lid.

Finish and serve

5. Transfer chicken to a large bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Using two forks shred the chicken. Add one cup of barbecue sauce and 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid and stir to combine.

Serve on buns with dill pickles and slaw, if desired.

Source CHEF iQ app

CHEF iQ

Taco Stuffed Peppers

Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers

1 lb ground sirloin

1 envelope taco seasoning

3/4 C. salsa

1 C. black beans drained

1 C. corn drained

1/2 C. cream cheese

1/2,C. shredded Mexican cheese blend

Directions

1. Cut the red bell peppers in half, top to bottom. Carefully trim out the seeds and ribs from the inside. Place the four pepper halves, cut side down, in the basket of your air fryer. Cook at 375 degrees F for ten minutes.

2. While the peppers are cooking, heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground sirloin and cook until no longer pink, breaking it up with a heat-safe spatula as it cooks. Stir in the salsa and taco seasoning and allow to simmer for a few minutes.

3. Stir in the corn, black beans and cream cheese. Remove from heat and stir until the cream cheese is completely combined. Remove the peppers and fill each of them generously. Return them to the air fryer basket, filling side up. You’ll have extra filling. Make another round of peppers. Or save the filling and mix it into Kraft macaroni and cheese with some extra salsa for another meal.

4. Cook at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Open the air fryer, top each pepper with some shredded cheese and heat again at 400 degrees for 1-2 minutes, just until the cheese is melted. Serve the peppers topped with sour cream and taco sauce

Source Foodtastic Mom

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