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Magically Moist Breaded Chicken Breasts

Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Breasts (Magically Moist!)

Ingredients

1-2 lb chicken breasts, we used chicken breasts that were 7-8 oz each

1/4 C. mayonnaise (high quality!- Best Foods, Hellmann’s, Dukes, or homemade)

1/2 C. Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

1/4 C. grated parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Remove the boneless skinless chicken breasts from the fridge 15-30 minutes before cooking, if you’re able to. Bringing meat up to room temperature for a safe amount of time helps cook the dish evenly and 

Preheat the air fryer to 360F for 3-5 minutes.

2. Brush the mayonnaise on both sides of the chicken breasts. In a gallon-size plastic bag add the chicken, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese. Shake the bag to make sure the chicken gets evenly coated with bread crumbs and cheese.

Air Fryer Chicken Breast Cook Time

3. Bake the breaded chicken breast in the air fryer for ten mins and then flip over for twelve- sixteen more minutes. You just want to cook the recipe until the chicken internal temperature reaches 160F. I highly recommend using an instant-read meat thermometer to help with that. Let the chicken rest three -five minutes before serving. Serve the chicken breast whole or slice it for a fancier presentation. This recipe serves 2+ people using just 2 8 oz chicken breasts. You can add more chicken breasts if desired.

Notes

Let the chicken breast sit out for thirty-fifteen minutes before cooking.  

Preheat the air fryer to get more consistent cooking.

Using a gallon-size bag, makes it easy to coat the breading on the chicken breasts, but you can also coat it by first adding the crumb mix to a low dish and pressing the chicken into the mix on both sides.

Cut the gluten or carbs by switching to gluten free or low carb breadcrumbs.

If your chicken breasts are smaller than 7-8 oz each, take a couple of minutes off of the cooking time.

Use a large air fryer if you want to cook more than 2 chicken breasts at a time. The crumb mix will coat up to 3-4 breasts.

Replace the mayo for olive oil if you don’t like or don’t have mayonnaise.

Swap plain breadcrumbs for seasoned and add your favorite seasoning instead.

Source Whole lotta of yum

Healthy Chicken and quinoa burrito bowls

Instant Pot Chicken and quinoa burrito bowls

Ingredients

2 tsp. Taco seasoning

6 to 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed

2 Tbsp olive oil

3/4 C. Fresh refrigerated tomato salsa

1 C plus 1 tablespoon store bought chicken broth

3/4 C. Red Quinoa, rinsed

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

Salt and pepper

1 C. Guacamole

Directions

1. Rub the taco seasoning into the chicken. Pour the oil in pot, select sauté, and adjust to more/high heat. When the oil is hot, brown the chicken on one side only until golden brown, three minutes per batch. Press cancel . Drain the fat in the pot and return the pot to the appliance.

2. Add 1/2 cup of the salsa and 1/4 cup of the broth to the pot and scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Add in the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pot. Spoon the remaining 1/4 cup of salsa over the chicken.

3. Place a tall trivet in the pot over the chicken. In a 7-inch metal baking pan, combine the quinoa and remaining 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of chicken broth. Spoon the beans over the quinoa mixture, but don’t stir them in. Place the uncovered baking pan on trivet. Lock on the lid, select the pressure cook function, and adjust to high pressure for twelve minutes. Make sure the steam valve is in the sealing position.

4. When the cooking time is done, quick release the pressure. Remove the baking pan and trivet from the pot. Fluff the quinoa-bean mixture with a fork and season with salt and pepper. Divide the quinoa among bowls and top with the chicken and some of the cooking liquid from the pot. Top with guacamole. Sprinkle with the optional toppings, if using, and serve.

Source Instant Pot Miracle 6 Ingredients or less

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 lb broccoli crowns, florets left in 3-inch pieces, stems sliced

2 C. Store-bought vegetable or chicken broth or homemade

1 large (12-ounce) russet potato, peeled and chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 C heavy cream, warmed

3/4 C grated aged cheddar cheese

1/2 to 3/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

1. Put the oil in the pot, select sauté, and adjust to normal medium heat. When the oil is high, and the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown, four minutes. Press cancel.

2. And the broccoli, broccoli, potatoes, one and a half teaspoons of salt if you grounds of pepper and stir to combine. Back on the lid, so I liked the pressure cooker function, and then just to high pressure for 10 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is in the sealing position.

3. When the cooking at time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure add the cream and cheese and whisk to combine and break up the vegetables season the soup with the nutmeg and additional salt and pepper.

Source Instant Pot Miracle 6 Ingredients or less

Instant Pot Salmon with Asparagus

Salmon with Asparagus

Ingredients

1/2-1 lb salmon

1.5 lb asparagus trimmed end

1 C. Cream Cheese

6 Tbsp. Mayo / (1/4 cup of butter can be added

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

Juice of 2 Lemons

Directions

1. In a small mixing bowl combine cream cheese, mayonnaise , mustard and lemon juice Rub the mixture all over the salmon.

2. Wrap each salmon and 3-4 asparagus stalks into 4 pieces of foil and let marinate for fifteen minutes.

3. Pour a cup of water into the instant pot and place the trivet. Place the foil wraps on top of the trivet.

4. Secure the lid and cook on manual mode for ten minutes (high). Once the fish is done, apply a quick pressure release. Open the lid and transfer the foil-wrapped salmon to a serving plate and serve with lemon wedges.

Source Instant Pot Cookbook for Beginners

Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

1/3 C. water or vegetable broth or chicken broth

¼ C. low sodium soy sauce

¼ C. honey

2 cloves garlic minced

¼ tsp. black pepper

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 tsp. cornstarch

Directions

1. Combine water or broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic and pepper in Instant Pot. Stir. Next, add the chicken breasts to the Instant Pot. Close the lid and turn the steam valve to the sealing position. Set Instant Pot to pressure cook/manual, high pressure. Set the cook time according to the size of your chicken breasts. For fresh: 8 minutes for small (7-8 ounce) chicken breasts, 10 minutes for medium (10 ounce) chicken breasts, or 11 minutes for large (12 ounce) chicken breasts.

2. The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure and then will start counting down the cook time. When it beeps to let you know the cook time has finished, carefully quick release the pressure by using the handle of a long spoon to turn the steam valve to venting. (If your chicken breasts were frozen, do a 10 minute natural release instead of a quick release. Just leave the Instant Pot alone for 10 minutes before turning the steam valve to the venting position.)

3. Wait for the steam to escape and the pin to drop down. Then, carefully remove the lid. Use an instant read thermometer to test the internal temperature of the chicken. It should be at least 165 degrees F. If the temperature is lower, finish cooking the chicken using the Instant Pot’s saute mode. Remove chicken to a clean plate or cutting board.

4. In a small bowl, stir together the two teaspoons cornstarch and one tablespoon of water. Turn the Instant Pot on saute mode and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring, until the liquid has thickened, 2-3 minutes. Turn off Instant Pot and remove the inner pot to stop the cooking process. Slice the chicken and stir it back into the sauce in the pot. Serve with rice and vegetables, or as desired.

**For frozen chicken breasts, add 3 minutes to the cooking times listed in step 4, and pressure cook (manual) at high pressure. Be sure that your chicken breasts are not stuck together as that will increase the pressure cook time.**

Notes

To Cook in a Slow Cooker:

1. Stir together water or broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic and pepper in slow cooker insert. Add the chicken.

2. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2 hours, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F.

3. Remove chicken to a clean plate or cutting board. Turn slow cooker to high setting.

4. In a small bowl, stir together 2 teaspoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Stir this into the liquid in the slow cooker and cook on high until thickened, about 20 minutes. Slice or shred the chicken and stir it into the sauce in the slow cooker. Serve with rice and vegetables, or as desired.

To Make as a Freezer Meal:

1. Add water or broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic, pepper and chicken to a heavy duty zip top freezer bag.

2. Freeze flat for up to 3 months.

3. When ready to cook, thaw in cool water just until sauce is thawed. Transfer to Instant Pot and cook as directed above.

Source Kristine’s Kitchen Blog

Energy Chocolate Granola Bites

– Chocolate Granola Bites –

• 1 Tbsp Coconut oil

• 11/2 Cups Old-fashioned oats

• 1/2 C. Sliced almonds

• 1/2 C. Pure maple syrup

• 1/3 C. Almond butter

• 1/2 C. Dark chocolate chips

• 1/2 C. Dried cherries or craisins

1. Add oil to the cooking pot. Press start/stop on the unit to start the sear/saute function Heat the oil until hot approximately three minutes.

2. Add the oats and the almonds and cook, stirring occasionally, until very lightly, golden and fragrant about six minutes.

3. Add maple syrup and almond butter and stir until oats and almonds are completely coated.

4. Add chocolate chips and dried fruit. Stir until chocolate is fully melted and all ingredients are well combined.

5. Allow mixture to cool for about five minutes then shape into 18 balls (about 1 heaping tablespoon each), transferring them to a plate or small rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm about twenty minutes. Serve or store airtight in the fridge for up to five days.

Source CHEF iQ

Savory Pot Roast with veggies

INSTANT POT/Pressure Cooker POT ROAST

INGREDIENTS


1 Tbsp. Olive oil

3 lbs chuck roast

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. onion powder

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1/4 cup prepared horseradish

4 C. beef stock

3 lbs potatoes quartered

1 lb carrots peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks

Directions

Cooking a Fresh Pot Roast (Thawed)

1. Season roast with salt and pepper liberally. Turn the pressure cooker to saute. Once hot, add in the oil. Sear meat on all sides, three-four minutes per side. Remove meat from inner pot. 

2. Pour in beef broth and scrape up any browned bits on bottom of instant pot. Add the roast back into pressure cooker, along with the onion powder, garlic and horseradish.

3. Cook on high pressure for twenty minutes per pound. When the cook time has elapsed, allow for pressure to release for ten – twenty minutes. 

For Frozen Pot Roast

1. Place roast, beef broth, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic and horseradish in ithe nner pot of pressure cooker. 
Cook on high pressure for thirty minutes per pound. 

2. When cook time has elapsed, allow for pressure to release for ten-twenty minutes. 

Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

1. Sear Roast as directed.
Add remaining ingredients into pressure cooker and cook for 20 minutes LESS than directions state (Cook for forty minutes on high pressure for FRESH three pound Pot Roast or seventy minutes on high pressure for FROZEN three pound roast) Allow pressure to release naturally for ten minutes. 

2. Open instant pot and add in carrots and potatoes, seal pressure cooker and cook on high pressure for twenty minutes. Allow pressure cooker to naturally release pressure for ten-twenty minutes before releasing any remaining pressure. Serve the pot roast.  

Source A Mind “Full” Mom

Zesty Lemon Garlic Chicken

INSTANT POT/PRESSURE COOKER LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN

Ingredients


6-8 boneless chicken thighs skinless or with skin* *sea salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 tsp. garlic powder


2 Tbsp. olive oil

3 Tbsp. butter divided

1/2 small onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, sliced or minced

1 1/2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

Juice and zest of one lemon

1/3 C. homemade or low sodium chicken broth

Directions

1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Press the Sauté function (Normal setting on the Instant Pot and add the olive oil to the pot.

2. Place the chicken in the Instant Pot and allow to sear on each side for two minutes, or until golden brown. This helps to seal in the juices and keep it tender. (You may have to work in batches depending on the size and amount of chicken you are using). Once browned, remove from Instant Pot and set aside.

3. Melt the butter in Instant Pot and stir in the onions and garlic. Add lemon juice to deglaze pan. Cook for one minute then add Italian seasoning, lemon zest, and chicken broth. Place the chicken back into the Instant Pot, lock the lid, and turn the valve to SEAL.

4. Select the Manual (older model or Pressure Cook (newer model button and adjust the timer to seven minutes. It will take about five-ten minutes to come to pressure and start counting down.

5. When done, allow to naturally release for two-three minutes then using a long spoon push the valve to RELEASE, then remove your Instant Pot lid.

7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve hot with your favorite sides. Spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

(**If you want to thicken the sauce – make a cornstarch slurry using 1 teaspoon of cornstarch whisked with 2 teaspoons cold water and stir in the Instant Pot. Press SAUTE and allow to bubble and thicken up. )

Source The Recipe Critic

Sauteed Green Beans with Garlicky butter

Sauteed Green Beans

Ingredients

1 lb fresh green beans (washed, ends trimmed)

1/4 C. water

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter (see *)


4 cloves garlic (minced)

1/2 tsp. flaky sea salt (see **)

Directions

1. Add green beans and water to a 12-inch pan and cover with a lid. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and keep at a simmer for three minutes. Remove the lid. If all water has evaporated, add butter and garlic right away. If there is still liquid in the pan, simmer uncovered for 1 minute to evaporate it off.

2. Make a space in the middle of the green beans. Add the butter and garlic and allow garlic to cook in the butter for at least 1 minute, or until starting to turn golden. Toss beans in garlic and butter. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

Source Sweet Peas and Saffron

Sweet and savory Brussels sprouts

Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

1.5 lbs fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts see note

3 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tsp honey

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Trim ends from each Brussels sprout. If needed, peel off the wilted outer leaves and discard. Cut each in half.

3. Arrange the Brussels sprouts on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly. Spread vegetables into a single layer, making sure there is no overlap.

4. Roast Brussels sprouts for eighteen -twenty minutes or until you see browned caramelized edges. Remove from oven.

5. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together honey and balsamic vinegar. Pour mixture over roasted veggies. Toss to coat evenly. Serve right away.

Source Crunchy Creamy Sweet