FREE Pressure Cooker School

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard about the Instant Pot, aka. electric pressure cooker. I’ve heard from several of you who recently received one as a gift and are feeling a little intimidated by it. That’s exactly why we’re offering Free Pressure Cooker School!

Free Pressure Cooker School

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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of College Inn®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I love Ham and Bean Soup, but it typically takes quite a few hours to make.  Enter the Instant Pot or any brand of digital pressure cooker.  This appliance makes it possible to have fantastic Ham and Bean Soup in less than one hour!

And this recipe is healthy too. Beans, ham, vegetables and a generous portion of College Inn® make this recipe simple and nutritious.

If you haven’t tried using your Instant Pot yet, this is an easy recipe to test it out.  Everything gets added to the pot at the same time.  The lid is sealed and the cook time set, then you can work on other things – maybe fix a big salad and some cornbread – while the soup cooks.

Once the timer goes off, the soup is ready to serve.  It doesn’t get any easier than this.  You don’t even need to soak the beans before cooking.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup:

Do be sure to rinse and pick through the Great Northern beans before adding them to the pot. Dried beans often of small stones or other debris that needs removed before cooking.

There’s just a small amount of chopping for this recipe, but it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes and probably less than that.

If you decide to try it, share your results using #CollegeInnBroth!

This is truly a recipe that anyone can make!

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried great northern beans
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 4-5 small carrots or 2-3 large chopped
  • 1 pound ham cubes
  • 6 cups or 48 oz. College Inn® Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse and pick through the dried beans to remove any small rocks or debris
  2. Place rinsed beans, onion, garlic, celery, carrots and ham in Instant Pot.
  3. Pour College Inn® Chicken Broth over all the ingredients in the pot. Stir in the salt.
  4. Seal lid and set cook time for 35 minutes.
  5. Do a quick pressure release.
  6. Serve in bowls.
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See also: The 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories

How to Cook Beef for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing how to cook different meats for the freezer in the  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Knowing how to cook meats quickly in the pressure cooker and being able to stockpile your cooked meats in your freezer will allow time to enjoy both a healthy meal and family time on these longer spring and summer days.

How to cook beef for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

First up, let’s look at cooking beef in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Here’s a quick video for you with tips for cooking beef in your pressure cooker.

Ideas for using frozen cooked beef

Beef and Noodles

  • BBQ beef for hot sandwiches or Korean beef Haystacks or Tacos.

  • Beef pot pie – Try adapting this Chicken Pot Pie by using beef broth and cream of mushroom or celery soup.  If you prefer, you can make your own white sauce instead of the soup, with this recipe for white sauce.

  • Beef tacos – add taco sauce to the beef to season it.

  • Beef Vegetable Soup

 

Tips for freezing cooked beef

  • You’ll want to have plenty of zip top freezer bags, freezer tape and a sharpie or two on hand. Even though you think you’ll remember what is in each freezer bag, it’s too easy to confuse bags once they’ve been frozen for a bit. Especially since cooked beef can be frozen for 3 to 4 months.
  • Go ahead and label them as shredded beef roast, along with the date you cooked the beef. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did later. If you have a specific recipe in mind for your beef, you’ll find some good ones listed in the next section, then include further prep instructions and sides that you may want to add.
  • Be sure to cool your cooked beef before sealing it in the zip top bags to prevent ice and freezer burn to set in.
  • If you are new to pressure cooking and the instant pot, check out my honest review of two brands I own, the Instant Pot vs. Cuisinart

Which recipe will you start with?

For those of you with an instant pot and the rest of us who now have one at the top of our wish list, it doesn’t take long to see how handy this little powerhouse kitchen appliance can be. And when you add some of my favorites from the 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories list, there are even more possibilities.

So which of these beef recipes will you be fixing for dinner this week? Share with us in the comments and be sure to check back next week for another post on cooking a different meat for the freezer in your instant pot.

And if you don’t own an instant pot, you can use your slow cooker for this too.  Either way, it’s so nice to have the meat cooked and ready to go when you need it.

How to Cook Turkey for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Welcome back to our next post in the Cooking Meat for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker! If you happened to miss last week’s post you can catch up by clicking on this link: How to Cook Beef for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

This week we’ll be sharing some tips and recipes focusing on turkey. And just in case you didn’t know, turkey is great every month of the year, not just in November.

One of the beautiful things about turkey is that you can easily use it in place of chicken in so many recipes. It allows for a slight change of pace and it’s really easy to cook up lots of it to freeze ahead and add to recipes in a flash.

You will want to consider using a smaller turkey, or cutting it up before cooking because they are so much larger than chicken and typically will not fit in an instant pot whole.

How to Cook Turkey for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker is a great way to cook a turkey breast.  Be warned though – a whole turkey won’t fit inside a pressure cooker, unless it’s very small.  You’ll want to use a turkey breast or boneless turkey roast instead.

Add at least 2 cups of water or more.  You can also add onions, celery, salt, pepper and other seasonings as you like.

Turkey cook times:

  • Boneless turkey roast: 15-20 minutes thawed or 30-35 minutes frozen
  • Turkey breast with bones: 25-30 minutes thawed or 40-50 minutes frozen

Here’s a quick video for you with tips for cooking a turkey breast in your pressure cooker.

Ideas for using frozen cooked turkey

Substitute the chicken in any of these for Turkey cooked in the instant pot.

Turkey Broccoli Picnic Pita Pockets

How to cook turkey for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Creamy Turkey Florentine Quesadillas

White Enchiladas

How to cook turkey for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

15 Minute Skillet Turkey Curry

Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

How to cook turkey for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Easy Turkey and Tortellini  Kale Soup – substitute turkey for the chicken in this recipe.

Turkey Casserole

How to cook turkey for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Quick and Easy Chipotle Turkey Bowls

Mandarin Turkey and Rice Bake

How to cook turkey for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Easy Turkey Alfredo Pasta Bake

Get more ideas for recipes you can swap Chicken for Turkey in this post of 30 ways to use up leftover Thanksgiving Turkey.  And then there’s also this post 10 Recipes to Use Costco Rotisserie Chicken (or Leftover Turkey) and you’ll find even more ideas for using turkey in this post Ingredient Spotlight: How to Use Leftover Turkey

Tips for freezing cooked turkey

  • Zip top freezer bags, freezer tape and a sharpie or two are your best friends here. Since cooked turkey can be frozen for 3 to 4 months, you’ll want to label each bag and include the date it was cooked.
  • A good rule of thumb is about 3 cups of cooked turkey per bag. If you have a specific recipe in mind for your turkey, you’ll find some good ones listed in the next section, then include further prep instructions and sides that you may want to add.
  • Be sure to cool your cooked turkey before sealing it in the zip top bags to prevent ice build up and freezer burn.
  • If you are new to pressure cooking and the instant pot, check out my honest review of two brands I own, the Instant Pot vs. Cuisinart

What are you cooking in your Instant Pot?

If you own an instant pot, what meats have you already cooked in yours? And if it’s still on your wish list, where would you start? New appliances can be a bit intimidating, but hopefully, you’ll find enough inspiration here to tackle you Instant Pot and be an expert in no time.

If you’re already enjoying your Instapot, then you’ll want to check out my 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories post to see how you can do even more with your new appliance.

And for those of you still dreaming of your Instant Pot, you can use your slow cooker in the meantime. Whichever method you choose, having your meats already cooked and frozen sure does cut down the time and stress of fixing dinner.

We’ll have more meats, tips and recipes for you in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back.

Pressure Cooker Homemade Apple Sauce

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Of all the delicious things there are to eat in the world, I’m pretty sure that warm, homemade apple sauce is near the top of the list.  You must give this recipe a try soon!

This is the pressure cooker version of my slow cooker apple sauce recipe.  The slow cooker makes great apple sauce, but it does take a while.  That’s fine if it works for your day, but if you decide at dinner time that you’d like homemade apple sauce, you’ll want to use the pressure cooker.

The total time for this recipe to cook is about 20 minutes.  You’ll program the pressure cooker for just 5 minutes, but it will take some time for the pot to come to full pressure.  Still, this is totally doable for a weeknight meal, especially if you have help peeling and slicing apples.  Once you’ve got everything in the pot, it’s all hands-off, leaving you free for other things.

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Instant Pot vs. Pressure Cooker

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If you spend any time at all online looking at recipes, I’m sure you’ve seen the buzz about pressure cookers, electric pressure cookers in particular. It took me a little while to jump on the bandwagon, but you could consider me to be fully onboard at this point. Not because everyone else has one, but because they really do help solve some of our common dinner hour dilemmas. The biggest problem is deciding which one to get with so many options on the market. Since I own two of them, I decided it would be helpful to share an honest Instant Pot vs. Pressure Cooker Review for you between some of the most popular models.

And while we’re at it, I’m including a few things to consider in determining if an electric pressure cooker is even a good fit for you and your cooking routines. So grab a sweet tea and join me for a thorough Instant Pot vs. Pressure Cooker review. Yes, I live in Kentucky where all the tea is sweet, and we’re more than slightly proud of that fact.

Before we dive too deeply into the review, let me clarify that when I say pressure cooker, I’m referring to the electric pressure cookers and not the stove-top one that many of our mothers owned. It’s not uncommon during one of my Wednesday morning Facebook Lives for a follower or two to chime in saying that pressure cookers make them nervous. We’ve all heard a horror story or two about stovetop pressure cookers that have left us somewhat leery of the electric pressure cookers as well. I honestly don’t have any experience with the stovetop variety, but I can assure you that the new electric pressure cookers are safe and easy to use.

The Pressure Cookers I own:

Cuisinart 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

My first electric pressure cooker was the Cuisinart CPC-600 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker. Like many of you, I have to admit that for the first few years I didn’t really experiment with it too much. Truth be told, I pretty much only used it for Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese. And even though it is the absolute best recipe for that classic that you’ll ever eat, it seemed a bit silly to own an appliance that I only used for one recipe.

Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

 

Fast forward a few years, and I decided to purchase the Instant Pot brand electric pressure cooker, specifically to compare the two brands for you. At the time, I figured I could just keep the one I preferred and pass the other one on. But, I now find myself using both of them for the same meal sometimes, so they’ve both found a permanent home in my kitchen.

Having used both of them for several years now has left me with plenty of time and experience to honestly do an Instant Pot vs. Pressure Cooker review. You may find a few more details here than you had even considered important, but if you’re going to spend good money on a kitchen appliance, it’s always a good idea to make sure it’s the right one for you!

What are the common features in the Instant Pot vs. Pressure Cooker Review

The best way to compare them is side by side. Since you’re reading this on your phone or computer, I’ll assume that you’re not actually standing in the kitchen section of your favorite store actually looking at these two pressure cookers. So go ahead and click on these links to see the two most common electric pressure cookers on the market today – the Instant Pot 6 Qt. Electric Pressure Cooker and the Cuisinart 6 Qt Electric Pressure Cooker. Go ahead … I can wait.

I’ll actually add in a few other of the most popular models by the end of this review, but not only are these the two that I own, they also happen to be two of the most popular on the market and more of an apples to apples comparison. But first, let’s talk about what these two have in common.

CAPACITY: Both of these models have a 6-quart capacity, and according to the manufacturers should feed 4 to 6 people. I have not had a problem with them being too small for my own family of 6, and most of those 6 are adults.

HOUSING: Both have a fingerprint-resistant brushed stainless steel housing, and we can all be grateful for how easy that is to keep clean!

DISHWASHER SAFE: The actual Instant Pot and Cuisinart housing are not dishwasher safe because of the electrical wiring in each. However, the inner pot is removable and dishwasher-safe, much like the pot of a slow cooker. Most of us would need some serious convincing to invest in a kitchen appliance that isn’t dishwasher safe!

WATTS: They both operate at 100 watts, for those of you who are all into those electrical details.

SIZE: The Cuisinart and Instant Pot are comparable in size with the height, depth and width all coming in around 12” to 13”.

AMAZON REVIEWS: Both models are either rated as an Amazon’s Choice or #1 Best Seller on Amazon with hundreds of reviews. I’m not sure how you shop, but I always find it helpful to read reviews by other users before I purchase a product. Many of them are quite informative about details I may not have considered, and others are just so cleverly written that they’re fun to read.

PRICE POINT: The Cuisinart and the entry-level Instant Pot come in at right around the same price point. Currently, the Cuisinart is $75 on Amazon, while the Instant Pot is $80. The Instant Pot is also available in multiple other models.

The 7-in-1 Instant Pot has some extra features and is currently selling for $100 while the 10-in-1 has even more features and a list price of $130. Each Instant Pot is available in an 8-quart model instead of the 6-quart and costs $30 more than the same model in the 6-quart size.

Similar but Different features in the Instant Pot vs. Pressure Cooker Review

This is kind of like the “same kind of different” category or something like that. There are broad similarities between the Instant Pot vs. Pressure Cooker by Cuisinart, but when you get down to the details of those similarities, they may actually be more different than similar. Read on and you’ll understand what I mean.

WARRANTY: Both pots come with a limited warranty, though the time on those warranties does differ. The Cuisinart has a 3-year limited warranty, while the Instant Pot is a 1-year limited warranty.

HANDLES: Clearly, both pressure cookers have handles that are cool to the touch. The only difference here is that the handles on the Cuisinart have a lower profile. That may not be a big deal to you unless you only have very limited space in which to store your pressure cooker, then it could be the deciding factor.

POWER CORD: Obviously they both have a power cord, or they wouldn’t be electric. But the Instant Pot cord is attached to the housing of the pot, while the Cuisinart cord is completely removable, making it a little easier to store and harder to damage. Then again, it also makes it a little easier to lose too, so there’s that!

ACCESSORIES AND REPLACEMENT PARTS: You can purchase replacement parts for both the Cuisinart and the Instant Pot, either at their company website or through Amazon. That is something that they have in common, but one difference here is the price points for parts. It seems like the Instant Pot parts tend to be cheaper.

You can purchase 2 Instant Pot brand sealing rings for $8, while the Cuisinart sealing ring is $15 on the Cuisinart site. The Cuisinart replacement inner pot is around $50 while the Instant Pot stainless pot is around $30 and the non-stick is closer to $20. At those prices, I could easily spend that same amount of money but get several accessories for the Instant Pot instead of just one for the Cuisinart.

Different features in the Instant Pot vs. Pressure Cooker Review

It wouldn’t be a comparison without pointing out the differences between these two popular models, so let’s look at the notable contrasts between these two.

DELAY START: The Cuisinart does not have a delay timer setting, the Instant Pot allows for a 24-hour delay start. This means you could put oatmeal in the Instant Pot at night and set it to be ready when you get up in the morning.

Or put dinner in it first thing in the morning, and set the timer to be ready for dinner. Even if you’re like me and prefer to be home when using your Instant Pot, that means you could walk in the door when it’s about to start but you don’t have to load it up after a long day. That may not sound like a big deal until it’s the end of the day and you’re hungry and tired and just don’t have the emotional energy to set it all up. It may sound a bit ridiculous, but we’ve all been there!

INTERIOR COOKING POT: The Cuisinart comes with a non-stick inner pot while the Instant Pot comes with a stainless steel inner cooking pot. The stainless steel pot is still easy to clean, but not quite as quick and super easy as the non-stick pot with the Cuisinart.

WEIGHT: The two pressure cookers are within two pounds of one another, but the Cuisinart weighs in a little lighter at 12.5 pounds compared to 14.6 pounds for the Instant Pot.

ACCESSORIES: While both of these electric pressure cookers come with a manual and recipe book, the Instant Pot includes quite a few more accessories. Both also come with a steam rack or trivet for cooking things that you don’t want sitting in the liquid, like baked potatoes. But that’s the only other accessory included with the Cuisinart.

The Instant Pot also comes with a soup spoon, a measuring cup and a rice paddle. These are not necessarily essential for every recipe, but they are quite handy and can actually be stored in the pot itself making them easy to find when you do need them.

PRE-SET TEMPERATURES: The Cuisinart has buttons for different types of cooking, we’ll get into those in a bit, but it does not have pre-set temperatures for specific types of food. The Instant Pot, on the other hand, has 7 pre-set temperatures.

PRE-PROGRAMMED BUTTONS: Again, the Cuisinart does not offer pre-programmed buttons, while the Instant Pot does. The buttons included on the Instant Pot are soup, meat, stew, beans, chili, poultry, multigrain, porridge, steam, manual, pressure cook and slow cooking.

These pre-programmed buttons may or may not be a dealbreaker for you. I prefer the manual setting because it gives me more control over how I cook my food. But, for some, this fix it and forget it feature may be exactly what you’re looking for.

SLOW COOKER FUNCTION: The final, and quite possibly the biggest, difference in the whole Instant Pot vs. Pressure Cooker Review rundown is the fact that the Instant Pot has a slow cooker function that the Cuisinart does not have.

You can use the slow cooker function with the lid that comes with the Instant Pot, or for $15 you can purchase a glass lid for your Instant Pot. And, if you’ve ever joined me on facebook live or spent any amount of time reading here on Eat at Home, you know being able to see my food in the pot is kind of a big deal to me.

For those of you limited on space and finances, being able to purchase one kitchen appliance that does double duty instead of purchasing two appliances is a win-win. And when the price point for the entry level Instant Pot is around $80, that’s a great deal.

And the winner is ….

Well, that’s really up to you, based on what you need. If you’re going for a more minimalist, easy to learn and smaller pressure cooker, then the Cuisinart may be the best fit for you. If you’re more about the bells and whistles and multi-tasking appliances, then the Instant Pot just might be the one for you.

And then that brings us to yet another question …

Do you even need a pressure cooker?

Yes, they are quite popular right now. Yes, there are many who count on them to get dinner on the table. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone needs one. Here are a few guidelines to know if it would be useful to you:

Do you have 30 minutes before dinner to cook?  Pressure cooker meals – even the fastest that only require 12 minutes of cook time – take at least 25-40 minutes to cook, including the time it takes to reach full pressure.

Some recipes will include the time it takes for the pressure cooker to come to pressure, and the time allotted for the release, whether that’s a natural release or quick release. Many will not, which may be why this has become a bit of a soapbox issue for me.

If you’re cooking a large cut of meat or a full pot of something else, it could take longer.  Of course, it’s all hands off cook time once it’s in the pot, so you can go do something else while it cooks.

If you don’t own a slow cooker and want to invest in a multi-function appliance, then an electric pressure cooker may be the best option for you. Though you’ll need to opt for one other than the Cuisinart because it doesn’t have the slow cooker function.

If you don’t mind, or if you just really enjoy learning to use a new kitchen tool, then an electric pressure cooker is a fun opportunity to learn something new.  It does have a small learning curve though.

Many of you have talked about having to get past the fear of those pressure cooker horror stories you’ve heard over the years. Mostly for me, it’s been getting used to it so I can know what it can really do for me. I had the same experience with the slow cooker.  The more I used it, the more I understood how to cook with it and the more helpful the appliance was to me.

My Winner in the Instant Pot vs. Pressure Cooker Review Debate is …

Though I get plenty of use out of both my Cuisinart and Instant Pot, I would have to say the Instant Pot is the winner in my book. It just outperforms the Cuisinart with all of the extra features, cheaper replacement parts and accessories, a delay timer and the fact that it comes in a variety of sizes and models.

So there you have it! Every detail that you could ever want in the Instant Pot vs. Pressure Cooker review debate. And now it’s your turn. Do you own an electric pressure cooker?

If you do, which make and model did you choose? And while we’re at it – why did you go with that particular pressure cooker? If you had it to do over again, would you choose the same one?

A few more resources for your electric pressure cooker …

Regardless of the pressure cooker you choose, you’ll also enjoy my picks for the 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories to get the most out of your appliance. Once you add the Instant Pot or Cuisinart to your kitchen, you’ll be completely amazed by all the things they can do. Adding a few accessories can bring this kitchen appliance from helpful, to downright necessary and pretty amazing.

One of the most-asked questions I get is about cooking rice in an electric pressure cooker. It’s a great place to start when you want to eat healthy and learn how to use your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Check out the Home Cook’s Guide to making Instant Pot Rice for recipes to cook every type of rice I could think of – white, brown, basmati, jasmine. It’s all there!

And to speed up the Instant Pot learning curve and get dinner on the table, grab your copy of the Free Instant Pot Meal Plan. That’s right – free! You’ll get 6 dinner recipes complete with side dish suggestions, a color-coded shopping list and even an Instant Pot dessert recipe.


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Pressure Cooker Mediterranean Chicken

Pressure Cooker Mediterranean Chicken with Feta

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Mediterranean Chicken started out as a slow cooker recipe.  Then I created it as a skillet recipe.

Now I’ve turned it into a pressure cooker meal.  Every version tastes great, so how do you choose which to make?  It depends on the time you have available.  I know I probably sound like a broken record, but I really want to make this clear.

Even though many pressure cooker recipes call for 15 or less minutes of cook time, it takes much longer than that in total.  You have to factor in the time it takes to reach full pressure and to release the pressure.

For a recipe like this one, the total time is about 35-40 minutes.  That’s starting with frozen chicken tenders.  It’s very convenient and easy to put all the ingredients in the pressure cooker.  And once they’re in there, you can do other things while they cook.

If you have 30-40 minutes at home before dinner time, using the pressure cooker is the way to go.

If you have time in the morning to load a slow cooker, but will be coming in ravenous at the end of the day, use a slow cooker.

If you only have 15 or 20 minutes to fix dinner at the end of the day, use the skillet method.  Speed that up even more by using rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken from your freezer.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches

Chicken Cacciatore Sandwich in the Pressure Cooker

I’ve been trying to experiment with the pressure cooker more lately. As I’ve said before, the decision to use a pressure cooker or slow cooker is entirely dependent on your timing. If you would rather get your prep done early in the day and/or you want to eat as soon as you walk in the door in the evening, the slow cooker is the way to go.

On the other hand, if you have 30-40 minutes before dinner and/or you forgot to load the slow cooker in the morning, drag out the pressure cooker.

Recipes often state the cook time for the pressure cooker to be mere minutes. While this is true, it isn’t the whole truth. The cook time doesn’t take into account the amount of time for the cooker to reach full pressure or how long the pressure release takes.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches is based on the Slow Cooker version. Instead of serving it with pasta, I decided to make a sandwich out of it.

We love hot sandwiches, and this was no exception. Sandwich meals are great if you need to eat in shifts or if you’re in a hurry. Sides can be kept simple and it’s easy to pile the filling on a bun.

The ingredients are all very basic, but I failed to snap a photo of them this time.

Chicken Cacciatore Sandwich

I started this with frozen chicken tenders and it worked great.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches

Servings 6 -8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. frozen chicken tenders
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 green pepper sliced
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup red wine broth or water
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Sandwich buns
  • Sliced mozzarella or provolone cheese

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in order listed in pressure cooker, except cheese and buns.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 14 minutes.
  3. Do a quick pressure release.
  4. Remove lid and shred chicken with two forks.
  5. Serve meat on buns topped with cheese.

While that’s cooking, go ahead and check out my 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories post for more tips to get the most out of your Instant Pot.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry in the Pressure Cooker

One of my favorite slow cooker recipes is Chicken Curry.  I’ve also made a quick skillet version of this recipe.  It’s just so good!

This time I decided to try chicken curry in the pressure cooker.  I’ve been experimenting with altering slow cooker recipes for the pressure cooker.  Over all, this works really well.

For this recipe, I started with frozen chicken tenders.  On top of the chicken, I added salsa (nearly any type will work) and curry powder.

I set the pressure cooker to high pressure for 12 minutes.  It takes around 20 minutes to reach full pressure though, so the total time for this recipe is about 35 minutes.  That’s pretty fast, especially since it started with frozen chicken.

Want more delicious instant pot dinners? Sign up to download the FREE menu and color-coded grocery list so you can enjoy one of these great instant pot meals tonight.

You’ll also find my 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories list to be helpful in using your Instapot for all kinds of things.


Which method you choose – slow cooker, skillet or pressure cooker – entirely depends on the amount of time you have available and when you have that time.  If you have a few minutes to load the slow cooker in the morning, but need dinner done as soon as you walk in the door, then that’s the best method for you.  On the other hand, if you have 35 minutes to wait on dinner to cook in the evening, the pressure cooker is the way to go.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Curry

Servings 6 -8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. boneless chicken
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 Tbs. curry powder
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups rice cooked

Instructions

  1. Place chicken, onion, salsa and curry powder in pressure cooker.
  2. Set the pressure cooker on high pressure for 12 minutes.
  3. When the cook time is up, do a quick pressure release.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pot.
  5. Add coconut milk to pressure cooker. Stir into sauce.
  6. Return chicken to pot.
  7. Serve over cooked rice.

 

Pressure Cooker Re-do – Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

Pressure cooker jerk chicken sandwiches done

The other day, I decided to alter the recipe for Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Cucumber Mango Salsa and make it work for the pressure cooker.  Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes.  I’ve been thinking that all this pressure cooking frenzy going on around the interwebs was a bunch of craziness.

And then I tried it for myself.

Now, I will say that the sandwich meat isn’t as tender in the pressure cooker, but it was still good.  The key to knowing which appliance to use is knowing what the timing of your day is like.

If you have time to put the food into the slow cooker in the morning, then that’s the way to go.  But if you have more time in the afternoon (hands on time is still short), and can wait 30 or so minutes for dinner, then the pressure cooker is your friend.

Pressure cooker jerk chicken sandwiches

I used chicken tenders that were still frozen.  I set the pressure cooker for a 12 minute cook time.  The total time it took was about 30 minutes, including the time to come up to pressure, cook and pressure release.

Pressure Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

Servings 6 -8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. frozen chicken tenders
  • 16 oz. jerk marinade
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1-2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Rolls for serving

Instructions

  1. Place chicken, still frozen, in pressure cooker.
  2. Pour jerk marinade over chicken.
  3. Set timer on pressure cooker for 12 minutes.
  4. When cooking time is done, do a quick pressure release.
  5. Shred meat and serve.
  6. While chicken cooks, peel and dice the mango. Dice the cucumber. Toss together with lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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