Savory Pressure Cooker Chicken

pressure cooker chicken recipeQuick and easy–those are the words every busy mom wants to hear when it comes to dinner. Our desire is to create a delicious and healthy home cooked meal. However, we are tightly squeezed under the pressure of time and the schedules of our family.

Dinner goal number one is a healthy meal. One of my go-to recipes for dinner is savory chicken. Because of being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and the fact that it is hereditary, I purchase whole free range chickens from a local farmer. Not only does this family farm allow their chickens to roam freely in their pastures, but they do NOT give them supplemental feedings with soy or GMO grains. This is vitally important in the life of someone with hypothyroidism or other illnesses like autoimmune disease or even cancer.

GMO grains are inflammatory in nature so when you consume them they create inflammation throughout your body. Soy, GMO or not, is detrimental to your thyroid and your hormones. Thankfully, I was able to find a precious family farm who is conscious about how they care for their animals, which in turn cares for me and my family.

Dinner goal number two is quick and easy. There are times when God blesses us with techology and resources to help us accomplish our goals. A pressure cooker has been amazingly helpful to me for a while now. There are several different brands from which to choose, but here is the brand we use.

Now that we have been blessed with the resources, let’s get cooking!

Savory Pressure Cooker Chicken

1 whole chicken

Rosemary, fresh

Himalayan sea salt

Pepper

apple, small

onion, small

celery stalk

Place rack in pressure cooker and add approximately 1 cup of water. Sprinkle dry seasonings on inside cavity and outside of chicken. Stuff chicken with quartered apple, quartered onion, celery, and a few springs of rosemary. Cook according to your pressure cooker’s directions. Mine states high pressure for 24-28 minutes and then release pressure.

There are multiple meals you an make with this recipe.

  • Serve it over mixed greens and raw veggies in a delcious spring or summer salad.
  • Serve it with mixed seasonal vegetables that have been roasted or sauteed (no nightshade veggies for folks with autoimmune or thyroid problems).
  • Add a sweet potato and veggies remembering to keep your fuels separated if you are a Trim Healthy Mama.
  • A delicious side of spaghetti squash drizzled with ghee or coconut oil would go wonderfully with this chicken. Here you’ll find an easy recipe for spaghetti squash.
  • Mashed cauliflower would pair well with this delicious protein as well.

I pray your meals are quick and easy, and that allows your nights to be filled with plenty of time with God and family.

Easy Back to School Meals

For most of us, back to school means busy, busy, busy. I need lots of meals utilizing a freezer, a crockpot, a pressure cooker, anything that shaves time off of my busy schedule. I’ve compiled a list of meals that will makes my life easier, and hopefully yours too!

Salsa Chicken

Roasted or Crockpot Chicken and Veggies (leftovers are great for dinner or lunch the next day)

34 Freezer meals

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash

Crockpot Turkey and Rice

Slowcooker Veggie Omelette (Trim Healthy Mamas can sub cream or almond milk for milk)

Crockpot “Stirfry” 

Pressure Cooker Irish Stew

If you can carve out a Saturday, or a few afternoons of your time, you can put many of these ingredients in freezer bags and just dump them into the crockpot or pressure cooker depending on the recipe. Double the recipes to make twice as many meals or to ensure you have leftovers for lunch. You can also make large batches of waffles, pancakes or muffins and freeze them for breakfasts as well.

I hope these tips and recipes help you. I know they are going to make my life a lot easier!

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Growing up, my sweet grandmama had a pressure cooker. She cooked quite a bit of meals in it, but my favorite was her fried chicken. My mouth is watering just thinking about that chicken–juice on the inside, crispy on the outside… Sorry, I’m getting a little distracted by the memory.

Unfortunately, today’s pressure cookers don’t fry chicken like the old ones, but they are much safer. We recently acquired a Cuisinart Pressure Cooker. I know lots of folks who have an Instant Pot. I think the Instant Pot is the more popular brand, but I from what I understand they are about the same.

We’ve made several recipes like cubed steak, whole frozen chickens (cooked in about half the time it takes to roast a fresh one), dried beans, brown rice, chicken and rice, and more. I think my favorite recipe right now is this spaghetti squash recipe I’m sharing below.

I love that pressure cooking shaves so very much time off of my cooking tasks. I’m always looking for ways to lighten my load and give more time to my family. Pressure cooking has been such a lifesaver for us. In fact, my husband is so intrigued by it that there have been many times when we’ve both had something on our evening schedule, and he has come home, thrown ingredients into the pressure cooker, and prepared dinner for us. I think it’s a bit of a Tim Taylor–MORE POWER grunting mentality, but that’s okay…whatever gets it done!

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash

 

  • Spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup water

Place rack and 1 cup of water in pressure cooker. Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. (You can remove seeds after cooking, but it’s much easier before. I forgot on to do it beforehand on this particular day.) Place it in pressure cooker. Using high pressure, cook for 8 minutes on high pressure and use quick pressure release.

Using a fork, scoop out squash, which fluffs out into strands like spaghetti noodles. Serve with your favorite meats and sauces.