Friday, January 21, 2011

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Middle Eastern Chicken

I've continued to have fun playing with food and my new toy, the Pressure Cooker over the last week, and have come up with another winner!

I'm by no means a Pressure Cooker Expert yet, but I'm definitely getting the hang of this thing, and I really love the fact that foods cooked in it seem to be so much more flavorful - I think that Jamie (my hubby) has actually licked his plate after every single pressure cooker meal that I've prepared - and that's saying something considering he typically is not a huge fan of any "Paleo Meals" that I prepare for him.

The following recipe took a lot of modification from the original, which called for yogurt, flour, potato starch, and rice - so I knew I was taking a "risk", but it turned out great - so good that I felt it was "share-worthy".

I was a little hesitant to add the mint because it just really seemed like an odd combination, and I've never used mint in a recipe before, but it was very good and I don't think the dish would have been the same without it.

Pressure Cooker Middle Eastern Chicken (Paleo Version)


3 lbs Chicken Breasts or Tenders
1/4 cup Olive Oil
6 Green Onions, Minced
5 Cloves Garlic, Crushed
1/2 cup Parsley, Minced
1 Tb Dried Mint
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1/2 cup Organic Free Range Chicken Broth (read label to avoid sugar/soy/gluten/etc)
3 Tb Fresh-Squeezed Lemon Juice
3/4 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk (Divided into 1/2 cup & 1/4 cup portions)
Sea Salt to taste
1/2 tsp White Pepper (ground black pepper would work if you don't have white)
2 Egg Yolks
1.5 Tb Arrowroot Powder


Heat Olive Oil in bottom of pressure cooker, and then briefly brown chicken on both sides (in batches).

Remove chicken to a plate, and set to the side.

Add Green Onions, Garlic, & Parsley, and saute in hot oil for 2 minutes, then add Chicken & Stir.

Sprinkle with Mint & Cumin.

Add Broth, Lemon Juice, 1/2 cup Coconut Milk, Salt, & Pepper, and stir well.

Secure lid and bring to pressure over high heat (will take approx 10-12 minutes).

Reduce heat to medium (but maintain pressure), and cook 10 minutes.

Remove Pressure Cooker from heat and let pressure release naturally (natural-release method).
Remove lid, Remove Chicken, and set on a plate (leaving sauce in pressure cooker).

Ladel out 1/2 cup of the broth, add remaining 1/4 cup coconut milk, and whisk into egg yolks.

Whisk ArrowRoot Powder into the egg yolk mixture, and then stir back into cooking liquid in Pressure Cooker.

Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until thickened (about 10 minutes?)

Spoon over chicken, and serve.

This dish is tangy, savory, and creamy all at the same time!

I served mine with grilled broccoli and Mel's Creamy Spicy Greens, and this was a great combination.

1 comment:

Melissa Urban said...

We made this last night for dinner, without a pressure cooker. We just cooked the chicken in a pan (in butter - we're not on the Whole30 right now!) and cooked the sauce and other ingredients in another pan. We combined the two when the chicken was almost done, and let it stand and thicken for about 10 minutes. It was AMAZING! Really delicious.

The next day, we heated the leftovers up in a pan with a little more chicken broth, coconut milk and lemon. It made a little more sauce and was just as good the second day. Thanks for sharing, Christie!

Melissa & Dallas