For anyone on the fence about the electric pressure cooker, you know you want one and I’m going to share a recipe tonight and another one tomorrow that will make you wish you had a pressure cooker! Seriously, both of these recipes can easily be made in the oven but they’re so much easier in the pressure cooker.
I have both the Instant Pot and the Cuisinart and I love them both for different reasons. What I love most about the Cuisinart is what would probably cause me to go with the Instant Pot if I could only choose one. The Cuisinart is non-stick and I like it but can already see that even with care, the finish isn’t going to hold up forever. The Instant Pot has pre-programmed settings like beans, yogurt, etc. that I really like too. I’m 100% happy with both of them and am surprised at how often I have them both going at the same time so I’ve never been sorry I invested in two of them.
This afternoon Nicole and I were talking and she told me she was thinking about making this Chicken and Rice Casserole for dinner. I told her I thought we could do it in the pressure cooker and that I would try it tonight. I used what I had at home so this is how I made it:
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 10 - 12 oz. frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup rice
- 1-1/4 cup water
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- Cajun or other spices for the chicken (I used Slap Ya Mama)
- 2 T. oil
- Season chicken with cajun spice.
- Add oil to pressure cooker and set to "Brown".
- Cook chicken til outside is brown. Add onions and celery and continue cooking til both are tender.
- Add rice, mixed vegetables, soup, water, salt and pepper. Be careful with the salt as the soup has salt.
- Place lid on cooker. Set to High.
- Set timer for 10 minutes.
- Allow pressure to release naturally. Turn pot off. (Do not leave on keep warm setting.)
- Remove lid from pot. The mixture may seem a little soupy but it will thicken up.
- Scatter grated cheese across the top and replace lid.
- Allow to sit for 10 - 15 minutes while rice absorbs more liquid.