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5 Reasons Why You Need to Get an Instant Pot

Instant Pot has been around for a few years now, but only seems to have grasped our attention now, with the internet being spammed with instant pot recipes everywhere. A revolution in cooking, this amazing invention has made cooking a breeze, by replacing all other kitchen appliances used in cooking. Not only does it speed up cooking but is a blessing for those of you who’ve recently discovered their interest for cooking.

Instant Pot is definitely one of those inventions you didn’t know you were missing out on, until you get your hands on it. Here are 5 reasons why we think your next purchase should definitely be an Instant Pot.

1. Saves time

In this fast paced world, where we are always juggling between professional and family life, any appliance, gadget or tool that saves time is a blessing. Instant Pot speeds up your cooking task and lets you finish other chores by following the instructions entered in the beginning. That means no constant surveillance.

You’re not limited to cook a certain type of cuisines, but are free to try hundreds of easy instant pot recipes, many of them with less than 30 mins preparation time. What a great time saver!

2. Easy to Use

easy to use instant pot

What enhances its utility is its ease of use and comprehension. Being a 21st century invention, many baby boomers might be reluctant to buy one, considering the stereotypical complexity. However, it is a treat for users of all age groups alike, with its easily understandable options and manual that guides you through the process. Once you’ve added the ingredients, you don’t need to stir, check or be skeptical about the results. Just sit back and relax and let the Instant Pot do the talking.

3. Safe

Say goodbye to exploding cookers! The Instant Pot is safe to use which is especially beneficial for a house with kids. You don’t need to run after your kids when they go to the kitchen anymore, as it is completely covered. While microwaving your food can have adverse effects on the food quality through the emitted rays, Instant Pot lets you enjoy a healthier and scrumptious meal at home without going through any hassle.

What’s more? You can even take your electricity operated Instant Pot to picnics and on your RVs and boats without giving a care in the world and get home made quality food on the go.

4. Multi-Functional

If you were wondering whether an electric pressure cooker is worth the price you’re paying, we’ve got one more concern resolved. Instant Pot, other than being a pressure cooker features 6 more cooking functions including slow cooker (for the perfect traditional taste), rice cooker (to get the best cooked rice), steamer (for chicken and vegetables), sauté/browning pan (for the perfectly viscous sauces), yogurt maker (for quality home-made yogurt) and warming pot (no more microwaves).

This 7-in-1 technology definitely gives you amazing value for your money, making cooking convenient like never before. Not only that, but it lets you try recipes of various sorts and brings out the chef in you.

5. No Pre Preps

Since it encompasses almost all the features one can probably need while cooking, you don’t need to pre prep food by defrosting it, for example. No more waiting for hours to defrost meat, or slow cook your steaks, Instant Pot eases cooking tasks by minimizing pre preparations. Just stuff in the ingredients and let yourself relax while the food prepares itself. You can even pre plan your meal, well ahead of time (24 hours) and let it cook at some later time when you’re not available.

Making cooking convenient and easier than ever, Instant Pot further reduces kitchen chores by being easily cleanable, and makes no noise. No more worrying for undercooked or overcooked food. Now that’s what I call easy cooking.

Spicy Fried Chicken

InstaPot Spicy Fried Chicken Recipe from Ashley’s Kitchen

The KING of all dishes! You can never have enough with fried chicken. There is just something amazing about sinking your teeth down into that crispy, crunchy coating and into the juicy, tender flavorful meat. While we all are guilty of obsessing over KFC’s fried chicken every now and then, there are different versions of this masterpiece available everywhere. But what if you could make this scrumptious fried chicken using Ashley Que’s recipe?

Yes it is very possible to satisfy your fried chicken cravings with a very simple recipe, straight from our kitchen.

You will need a electric pressure cooker if you want to do it our way. We use InstaPot electric pressure cooker at our restaurant, which really makes our job easy and cooks healthy food.

Ingredients

  • instapot fried chickenButtermilk-  1 cup
  • Salt- As per taste
  • Paprika- 1 teaspoon
  • Cayenne (for additional flavor)
  • Hot sauce- 1/2 cup
  • Chicken pieces- 8 thighs ideally
  • flour-  1 cup
  • Cornstarch- 2 tablespoons
  • Hot sauce- 1 teaspoon
  • eggs- 2
  • Oil (for coating)

Instructions

  1. First comes the brining process, for which you will take buttermilk, salt, paprika and cayenne in a zip-lock bag. Mix these ingredients and massage the chicken pieces thoroughly. Make sure it is fully submerged in this brine mixture. After this initial marination, refrigerate for up to 4 hours maximum.
  2. Drain the brine before proceeding any further.
  3. Next comes the main seasoning. For this, take a large bowl and put in the hot sauce and the paprika, cayenne, salt mix. You can also add in spices of your choice like garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder etc. Basically, the seasoning depends highly on your choice of flavors. However, the main spices have been listed out. This is your chicken seasoning. Mix well and combine.
  4. In a bowl, take the eggs and whisk them.
  5. In another bowl, Take the flour, the corn starch and the rest of the ingredients and spices together. Do this gently and taste the flour to make sure it tastes “seasoned”. This is the flour seasoning.
  6. Once your done with these steps, it’s time to use the instant pot. Take your instant pot and add in one cup of water. Lay in your chicken pieces in one layer.
  7. Set the instant pot on high pressure for 6 minutes. ( 6 for smaller pieces, 9 for larger pieces). Close the lid and seal the instant pot.
  8. After 6 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally followed by a quick release if necessary.
  9. Take your chicken pieces out, and set them on a baking tray. At this point, your chicken is prepared.
  10. Next, season your chicken generously, followed by dipping them in the egg mixture. Lastly coat them in the flour seasoning. Your chicken pieces are ready for the oven.
  11. Set the oven on 400 Degree Fahrenheit. Place your chicken pieces in the oven for 5- 10 minutes maximum. And you are done!

And don’t feel hesitant in trying your own flavors. As long as it’s spicy and has that crunchy layer to it, your fried chicken will be a definite winner. While fried chicken involves frying or baking but with a good instant pot you can make sure that the chicken is fully cooked and has that golden hue to it. After all, it’s the crispy golden skin that makes it such a favorite.

Fettuccine Alfredo

The 15-minutes Fettuccine Alfredo Pasta

Because who doesn’t like this Italian delight?

Pastas are a worldwide famous dish and for food lovers this saucy, creamy, cheesy fettuccine Alfredo is the probably the most sought after dish that exists. While most recipes turn this savory goodness into a complex, long and intimidating dish, we bring you this easy pasta recipe which is not only quick but highly appetizing.

Unlike the traditional recipe, this one does not involve flour for the thick sauce but features cheese as it’s main ingredient. So if you are a beginner cook and fan of cheesy pasta, this is a must try recipe for you.

Cooking Level: Beginner

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Fettuccine Alfredo12 ounces of Fettuccine Pasta
  • 2 Boneless chicken breast
  • Butter (unsalted) – 8 Tablespoons
  • Heavy Cream – 2 cups
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese- 1 and a half cup ( make sure to grate it)
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • olive oil- for tossing and “dressing”
  • Pinch of nutmeg (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large pot, boil water and add a generous amount of salt to it. Add in pasta and bring it to boil. This is how you “cook” your pasta. Nevertheless, boil until your pasta until it is tender but a bit firm and after straining the water, toss the pasta with oil.
  2. Cut your chicken breast in vertical thick strips (about a quarter of an inch) and season them with sufficient salt and pepper.
  3. In a large skillet. add in 2 tablespoons of butter and heat it on medium flame. Once the butter melts, Add in the chicken strips. Cook your chicken on high flame until the underside has turned brown. Cook your chicken fully and until it has attained a overall brown color to it.
  4. In the same skillet, turn down the flame to medium and add in the remaining butter. Once the butter melts, add in the cream and a dash of nutmeg(optional) and mix it. Simmer this mixture for a good 2 minutes and make sure it gets a bit of thick consistency. This will be the sauce, but don’t over-cook the sauce as once it cools it will thicken on its own.
  5. Add in the heavenly Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in the sauce and mix well. Add in the cooked chicken strips and cooked pasta and toss well. Taste and add jn salt and pepper (if needed).

And in case you feel that the sauce is too much, then give it a few minutes and you will see the pasta soaking in the sauce. There you have it! the best chicken fettuccine pasta in 15 minutes.