It's time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! I love that my birthday falls a couple of days before, because it's easy to enjoy tacos and margaritas for a couple of days. Last year, I shared a recipe forChicken Tacos in an Instant Pot for Cinco de Mayo. This year, I am sharing a slightly different recipe that I like EVEN more. I made these into filling for tostadas, but this would work easily for burritos, bowls, or tacos.
With the exception of Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken and Dumplings is the perfect comfort food. Today was one of those days. It was cold and dreary and after spending the day stuck inside with my toddler who A) cut up multiple sheets of paper into tiny bits of confetti, and B) used marker to cover her entire face and hands, all before 11 am, I needed some major comfort. Since alcohol before noon is typically frowned upon, Chicken and Dumplings in the Instant Pot® to the rescue. We had a yummy and comforting lunch, and I was able to get through the rest of the day relatively unscathed.
We love spicy food at our house. My boys love to outdo each other when eating hot sauce. Even my baby can handle some significant spice. My mother-in-law contends that her consumption of spicy foods while pregnant caused my husband to be hairy and to love spicy food himself. While this is probably not true, when it comes to my husband, the hotter the better. We go through a steady amount of Sriracha, Tabasco, Franks, and Nando's Peri Peri Sauce. Another favorite condiment is Sambal Oelek, an Indonesian-style chili paste. I recently bought a jar and immediately thought about using it in a marinade for chicken. With the addition of more ginger, garlic, honey, and some other Asian flavors, this marinade was spicy, sweet, and complex. I served the finished chicken over rice, topped with a sweet and spicy chili paste.
I always forget how much I love Chicken Cacciatore. It is so easy to make, full of rich flavors, and can be adapted for the Instant Pot®. Chicken Cacciatore is an Italian stewed chicken that simmers slowly in tomato sauce. It can be served over rice, noodles, or even on its own. Some recipes call for dusting the chicken in flour. I never do this, which makes this a great gluten-free recipe. I think the sauce is thick and rich without any added starch.
I love Orange Chicken. There is an old-school Chinese restaurant in my neighborhood. Its décor has not been updated since the 1940s and they make a couple of things really well - namely Egg Rolls and Orange Chicken. Orange Chicken is deep fried deliciousness, covered in a sweet and sticky sauce. I only get a craving for it about once a year, which is good, because it's not exactly a health food. Plus, deep frying is not something I want to take on in my kitchen. I decided to try and adapt the flavors into a healthier version for theInstant Pot®. It was a huge success.
Yesterday was one of those day where I just did not feel like cooking. I knew I had chicken in the fridge that I had to use. I was too tired to grill and it was too hot to light my oven. I had taco fixings, but no shells. I felt uninspired and knew I had to think of something that would be a crowd pleaser with minimal effort on my part. When I opened my cupboard and found a jar of salsa, I knew dinner could be saved. Instant Pot® to the rescue with these amazing Chicken Burrito Bowls. I even made an easy salsa rice that I will share with you soon.
I have been working on a dessert for a couple of weeks, and so far, it is a no-go. So while I keep trialing and testing, I will instead bring you a really tasty recipe for Honey Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Thighs in the Instant Pot®. The recipe uses the Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce from the blog. On a rainy summer day like today, I like recipes like this that bring the flavors of a sunny barbecue indoors.
I am going to start this recipe for Hainanese Chicken Rice with a little Instantly Delicious geography lesson. Hainan is an island located in the southern part of China. During the late 19th century through World War II, immigrants started fleeing Hainan and living and working in Singapore. Singapore is a culturally diverse, island city-state situated at the southern tip of Malaysia. The Hainanese brought with them this famous dish, and it became very popular. This humble looking dish is served all over Singapore in food stalls, and should you ever visit Singapore, be sure to research who has the best. According to my Singaporean husband, simply find the stalls with the longest lines.
It's my birthday week and it is also Cinco de Mayo. Since I love Mexican food, margaritas, and celebrations, I decided to make chicken tacos using the Instant Pot® to celebrate. These were so fun and very delicious. Dressed with a little white onion, lime juice, and cilantro, these were the perfect tacos to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and my Birthday.
Lemony Chicken Soup is a standby because it cooks up quickly and is full of lemony flavor. I used the Instant Pot®, premade chicken stock. rotisserie chicken, and some cut up vegetables to make this quick weekday soup smell and taste like it was simmered for hours on a Sunday afternoon.
Hi, I am Julie and welcome to Instantly Delicious. I am so glad you are here to share in my adventures with using an Instant Pot ® to make easy, nutritious, and Instantly Delicious food.
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