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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

It’s been a long day. You’ve cleaned, organized, done laundry, made breakfast and lunch, cleaned up from those meals, done all the dishes and things are looking great. All of the sudden, you look at the clock and realize that it’s almost dinner time. As you head to the kitchen (while stopping an argument, having someone pick up the socks left on the floor and picking up a few things), you suddenly stop in horror. You forgot to defrost the chicken! How on earth are you going to make dinner tonight? 

With that handy Instant Pot, you don’t have to worry. In 15 minutes, you can have fully cooked, shredded chicken from frozen chicken. Until I got the Instant Pot, this is the #1 thing I struggled with when it came to making dinner for my family. Now, I no longer have to worry about it and it makes getting dinner so much easier.

Also, since I always have chicken on hand in the freezer, I can make a bunch of different easy dinners with this easy way making chicken. I could easily make chicken salsa nachos, shredded chicken tacos or quesadillas, Caesar chicken wraps, buffalo chicken dip…the possibilities are endless! I usually have to ingredients to make any of those meals at a given time, making me not have to wonder what’s for dinner! I can make an easy dinner within an hour or two.

Having shredded chicken on hand is a lifesaver, but if you forget, like I do, to make some up, this is a fabulous way to have some on hand in little time! 

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. frozen chicken breasts or thighs
  2. 1 cup water or chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Add chicken and water to the Instant Pot.
  2. Seal lid and make sure the vent is set to "sealing".
  3. Select poultry.
  4. Let cook until done.
  5. Either let the pressure come down naturally or use the quick release vent.
  6. Pull out chicken and shred.
  7. Use as needed!
Notes
  1. My Instant Pot needs at least one cup of liquid to cook anything, hence the water. If you wanted to up the flavor, you could also use chicken broth. There is also a rack that you can get for the Instant Pot that will hold up the chicken over the liquid. I've not been able to get any accessories for the Instant Pot, and I feel it is unnecessary.
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Instant Pot Hearty Chili

 

The ultimate comfort food from my childhood! Brown up some beef, add beans, water, and that good ole’ bag of premixed spices. Let it all stew away and you had yourself a good pot of chili. For the longest time, I kept on making it like my mama did. It was so cheap and easy! As we started moving to a more natural lifestyle, I was ready to move on from the pre-packaged mixes. Yet I knew we couldn’t give up chili. It’s always been one of my favorite meals and I’m pretty sure it’s my husband’s favorite food.

So we tried some different recipes. They were not that great. They either had huge tomato chunks, were too watery, had too many vegetables or they had no beans. We were looking for something that was thick, meaty, with beans to fill you up and it of course had to be spicy. I finally found a slow cooker recipe that seemed promising. Without much hope, I made a batch. That batch of chili was so spicy, not even my spice loving husband could eat it! However, he could tell that this recipe had promise. So I made another batch, this time drastically reducing the amount of cayenne. Now that was one good bowl of chili! It’s been our go to recipe ever since. I can make up a pot every week and my husband wouldn’t mind a bit. Over time I’ve made adjustments and changed a few things, the main one being on how it’s cooked.

I recently just got a pressure cooker, the 8 quart Instant Pot. This recipe seemed like the perfect thing to convert to the Instant Pot, as I could make a pot in 30 minutes, unlike the 4-8 hours of the previous recipe. This is helping me to remember to make dinner (since I don’t have remember earlier in the day) and it saves on electricity, which is good, because a lot of RV parks charge you separately for using the power. 

I’ve many compliments on the recipe, so I hope you enjoy this one as much as we have and our friends and family has as well!

Instant Pot Hearty Chili
A thick, hearty chili to fill the belly and satisfy the soul.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
  4. 2 cans (15 oz.) diced tomato
  5. 4 cans (15 oz.) black beans, undrained
  6. 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilis
  7. 1/2 tsp. celery salt
  8. 2 tsp. cumin
  9. 3 Tbsp. chili powder
  10. 2 tsp. salt
  11. 4 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  12. 1/4 tsp. cayenne
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot to Saute. Add ground beef and onion; cook until meat is browned. Hit the cancel button. Add in remaining ingredients; stir. Close lid of Instant Pot and make sure the vent is closed. Press the Bean/Chili button. After the chili cooks, either quick release or let the pot cool down naturally. Serve hot with grated cheese, maybe some sour cream. Don't forget the cornbread and honey!
To cook in a slow cooker
  1. Brown meat and onion in a skillet over medium high heat. Add to slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients. Stir. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
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