Dinner in an Instant

The Instant Pot or Instapot is a real game-changer for busy families.  This programmable electric pressure cooker can help you crank out a tasty, high-quality meal in a fraction of the time.  Most versions are multi-function, with the ability to serve as a slow cooker, rice cooker, or yogurt maker in addition to a pressure cooker.  I find this appliance best for soups, stews, and pasta dishes.  Here is our family’s favorite Instant Pot recipe:

Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta

4 servings

  • 1-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 3 Tablespoons fajita seasoning or taco seasoning, divided

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 Red bell pepper, seeded and diced

  • 1 Yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 4 cloves minced garlic

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 can (10 oz) of Ro-Tel tomatoes or fire-roasted tomatoes

  • 8 oz dry Penne pasta

  • Dash of black pepper

  • 1/4 cup low-fat Mexican cheese

1. Select Saute function on the Instant Pot, and once heated, add the olive oil.  Add chicken and 1/2 of the fajita seasoning to the hot oil, tossing to coat.  Saute chicken for approximately 2 minutes.

2.  Add garlic, onion, and bell peppers plus the remaining fajita seasoning, stir to coat, and saute for approximately 2 minutes.

3.  Add broth, tomatoes with juice, and dry pasta to the Instant Pot.  Cover and select Manual and cook for 6 minutes.  Once done, add pepper to taste, and stir to combine.  Add cheese if desired.

To save even more time, use pre-diced onions or bell peppers.

 

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