Updated: Oct 30, 2018
Sometimes on this blog I'm just going to share with you some things I've stumbled upon which make my life easier. Today is one of those posts.
I am a girl who loves to eat. But hates to cook. I'm sure my Home Economist mother -- who has an actual college degree in how to be incredible inside a kitchen and home -- must cringe when she thinks of her progeny being so completely jacked up in the culinary department.
My people eat. I eat. But it's not anything legendary. I don't think any of my progeny will tell my grandchildren about Gramma's incredible homemade cookies. (The chicks at Wally World tend to provide my kids with those.)
ANYWAY. I hate to cook. But The Shorties just Keep. On. Coming. to me asking for FOOD for their bodies. Which never, EVER seem to be full! So I have to cook.
Enter the Instant Pot. This is a NEED, not a WANT, People. Sell the naming rights to your next child if you have to, but find a way to own this thing. It's so simple:
Buy whole chickens. (I find them cheapest at Sam's in a two-pack. Whole chickens are SO cheap!)
Sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
Pour 1 cup of water into the pot.
Turn on manual pressure for 55 minutes and then do a natural release when the time runs out.
Open the pot, take the chicken off the bones (it pretty much falls off), and chop it all up. (I use pulse on my Ninja to do it quickly.)
Put it in the fridge and then you have chicken for any stir-fry dish, any soup dish, any casserole, or just for your kids to snack on. (The little piranhas always try to snatch pieces of my chicken while it's warm!)
You have some options, too. I tend to not season my yard birds because we do a lot of Thai cooking up in here, and the flavors of heavily seasoned chicken don't mesh with curries and fish sauce. BUT you can add celery, carrots, seasoned salts, etc. and IT WILL BE HEAVENLY. Think of that smell when you pass the rotisserie section of the deli. That's what you get. Seriously.
And do you want to hear the best part? Add another 10 minutes to the time above and YOU CAN DO THIS WITH FROZEN CHICKEN, PEOPLE.
So you can basically procrastinate dinner for all the live-long day and STILL come up with a yummy meal. Just throw together some baked potatoes or Rice-A-Roni while that yard bird cooks and Voila! Mom is the Dinner Goddess.
And Y'ALL. That 3-4 cups of broth that is left when you pull the birds out of the Instant Pot? It's nectar from heaven. Use it and your soup that will knock your taste buds off. You're welcome.