Pressure Cooked Lemon Pepper Chicken

wp-1449513862755.jpgThis recipe made for a flavorful, quick, and tender dish. The ingredients are few and simple, and with some tweaks here and there the dish can easily be changed. The best part about pressure cooking isn’t necessarily how quickly it cooks (although that is a plus) so much as how little of a mess was made compared to using a conventional oven.

Pressure Cooked Lemon Pepper Chicken

Bone in Chicken (Dark meat?!)

1/2 cup white wine

coarse salt and pepper

1 whole lemon

Flour

(Optional: Brown chicken on all sidesAdd wine to pressure cooker. Evenly coat chicken with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Add to pressure cooker with lemon halves and set cook time for 7 minutes. After cooking, remove chicken from pressure cooker and pour juices into a separate container. Allow 2 minutes to settle, and using a spoon, carefully remove the top layer of fat from the broth until only the juices remain. Return to pressure cooker (if you have a saute option, otherwise pan saute over medium heat), and slowly add flour while stirring until your gravy achieves desired thickness. Add to chicken, toss to coat, and enjoy!

Tip: Add a whole head of peeled garlic in place of the lemon and throw in some rosemary to mix things up.

Another Tip: This dish is perfect for large portions! After cooking, separate and freeze your leftovers for another day.

Tri (our) Pasta Salad!

 

Yesterday was Sunday brunch-becue day! Steak & chicken shish-kabobs required a light and refreshing side, so we decided go with a tri-colored pasta salad. This dish was especially fun because a major component, the tomatoes and cucumbers, began as its own side dish (compliments of a guest), but when deciding what to add to the pasta I ended up combining the two and voilà, lunch!

Tri-Colored Pasta Salad

Tri-colored Pasta

Sea Salt

Ground Pepper

Distilled Vinegar

Olive Oil

Chopped Kalamata Olives

Ice

Boil a pot of salted water (salted water makes all the difference between bland and flavorful pasta). Taste the pasta. It should be soft but still able to hold its shape (this is called al dente). Strain and immerse in ice water to flash chill. Strain again, add a splash of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper to taste, mix and set aside. Skin and slice cucumbers, slice tomatoes, add to pasta alongside the olives and mix again. And that’s it! A quick, light, perfect compliment to any barbecue!

Tip: Chopped pepperoni and/or cubed cheddar can be added to spruce up the salad even more!