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Saffron Rice Pilaf (Pulao)

Saffron Rice Pilaf (Pulao)!  Aromatic and nutty basmati rice cooked in a Saffron infused broth.  You can pair this easy and popular side with so many dishes across different cuisines.  Saffron is a spice that is derived from the core of a flower called, saffron crocus.  Each strand of saffron is carefully extracted by hand, which makes it the world’s most expensive spice (by weight).  That being said, most recipes call for a pinch or two of saffron, so if you invest in a small box, it’ll last a long time.
Saffron Rice Pilaf or pulao by Spice Cravings. Aromatic and nutty basmati rice cooked in a Saffron infused broth. This easy and popular side compliments so many dishes from around the world. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Saffron adds a deep floral fragrance along with a golden-yellow to a light-crimson color to dishes, depending on the quantity used.  You can bring out the best flavor of saffron, by soaking it in a warm liquid, like water or milk.  In Indian cuisine, Saffron is used in many rice preparations, both sweet and savory.  One of my favorite dishes, and, an extremely popular savory meat & rice pilaf, which uses saffron, is Biryani.

Instant pot Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani: Another rice dish made with saffron

In India, people also add saffron to many desserts, like Rava Kesari (Semolina Pudding) and Kheer (Rice Pudding).

Sooji Sheera, rava kesari

Rava Kesari: Indian dessert made with saffron

Pairing Suggestions with Saffron Rice Pilaf:

I find Saffron Rice Pilaf to be a pretty versatile side.  You can enjoy it with many Indian curries, like Butter Chicken, Lamb Korma, Paneer Tikka Masala, etc.  My family like to pair it with mediterranean spiced proteins like Chicken Shawarma, or Falafel.   I’ve made this recipe with Basmati rice, as well as Jasmine rice, and it works great with both.

Saffron Rice Pilaf or pulao by Spice Cravings. Aromatic and nutty basmati rice cooked in a Saffron infused broth. This easy and popular side compliments so many dishes from around the world. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

In this recipe, I have cooked saffron rice in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, but it can be prepared in any pressure cooker, a rice cooker, microwave, or even on the stove-top.   To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

Here is how to make it on the stove top or the microwave as well.

Stove-top Recipe:

Rinse 1 cup of rice 2-3 times, till water runs clear.  If you have the time, soak it for 15 minutes, that results in fluffy rice.  For one cup of rice, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Add rinsed and drained rice, salt, ghee or oil, slivered almonds (optional), and saffron, that has been soaking in warm water (see how-to instructions in recipe card).  Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, till you reach your desired texture.

Make it in the Microwave:

Rinse 1 cup of rice 2-3 times, till water runs clear.  If you have the time, soak it for 15 minutes, that results in fluffy rice.  In a microwave safe bowl, add drained rice, 2 cups of water (for 1 cup rice), and all other ingredients, and cook it at “rice” mode.

Saffron Rice Pilaf goes well with:

Paneer Tikka masala- Instant pot- Garammasalakitchen.com
Paneer Tikka Masala

lamb korma curry instant pot pressure cooker
Lamb Korma Curry

Instant Pot Easy Butter-Chicken-Garam Masala Kitchen
Easy, Quick Butter Chicken

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Saffron Rice Pilaf or pulao by Spice Cravings. Aromatic and nutty basmati rice cooked in a Saffron infused broth. This easy and popular side compliments so many dishes from around the world. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Saffron Rice | Saffron Rice Pilaf
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Total Time
21 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 233 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup basmati rice or Jasmine Rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ghee or oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron : soaked in 1 tablespoon hot water (I microwave saffron and water for 20-30 seconds)
  • 2 tablespoon slivered almonds : optional
Other optional ingredients
Instructions
  1. Prep: Rinse 1 cup of rice 2-3 times, till water runs clear. If you have the time, soak it for 15 minutes, that results in fluffy rice. Take 1/2 teaspoon of saffron in a microwave safe bowl, Using a teaspoon, break down the stems into smaller pieces. Add 1 tablespoon hot water to it, or, add cold water and microwave it for 20-30 seconds. Saffron rice can be prepared two ways in the Instant Pot: Direct pot, or Pot-in-Pot. Here are both ways:

  2. Main Pot: Add rinsed and drained rice and all other ingredients in the inner pot of the instant pot. Close lid. Set valve to sealing position. Cook on Manual/Pressure Cook for 6 minutes, OR, Rice mode, which defaults to 12 minutes.

  3. Pot-in-Pot: Add all ingredients in any oven safe container. Add 1 cup water, or the recommended quantity, to your inner pot. Place trivet and place the rice bowl on top of that. Close lid. Set valve to sealing position. Cook on Manual/Pressure Cook for 6 minutes, OR, Rice mode, which defaults to 12 minutes.

  4. Serve: Wait 10 minutes before manually releasing the pressure (NPR 10). Open lid after pin drops. Using a fork, carefully fluff the rice. Serve with your favorite entree!

Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Saffron Rice | Saffron Rice Pilaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 297mg 12%
Potassium 135mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 4g 8%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 4.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easy Butter Chicken and Saffron Rice (with Dairy-Free option)

Tender and juicy chicken, cooked in a creamy-buttery tomato sauce, served with Saffron flavored Basmati Rice. This recipe for Easy Butter Chicken and Saffron Rice is the super-easy adaptation of my recipe for Authentic Butter Chicken. Butter Chicken is one of my kids’ favorite Indian curries. With this recipe, I simplified the cooking process to be less than 30 minutes, without losing any of that amazing rich flavor.

In my original recipe, I marinate the chicken overnight, grill it and then simmer it in the sauce. In this easier and time saving recipe, I skip the marination, add extra Garam Masala to the sauce, use diced boneless skinless chicken and pressure cook it. As a result, the flavors seep into the chicken and it tastes phenomenal. This recipe is my weeknight-friendly variation that’ll leave you amazed. Try it and enjoy a restaurant style Indian treat, right in the comfort of your home, even on a weeknight!

Instant Pot Easy Butter Chicken with Saffron Rice by Spice Cravings. Tender and juicy chicken, cooked in a creamy-buttery tomato sauce, served with Saffron flavored Basmati Rice! This 'Easy Butter Chicken' is a quick & easy "weeknight" recipe. I simplified the butter chicken recipe, cut down cooking time, and still retained that amazing delicious flavor. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Traditional Recipe

In my original recipe for Authentic Butter Chicken, I follow the traditional method and marinate the chicken overnight in yogurt and toasted ground Garam Masala. I then grill it and simmer it in a tomato-cream sauce for a few minutes.   Marinating the chicken makes the chicken moist, juicy, and flavorful.  Grilling it adds a delicious char-broiled smoky flavor to it.  Believe me, all that effort is worth the time it takes to make it. But I was looking to simplify this recipe, so I would be able to make it more often since my kids enjoy it so much. After a few attempts, I finally succeeded, as in, it was approved by the “butter chicken connoisseurs”, aka, my kids 🙂

I skipped the marination step, boosted the flavor of the sauce by adding more garam masala, added smoked paprika to add a subtle smoky flavor, and pressure cooked the chicken so it would take all of those wonderful flavors.

The Origin of Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken or Murgh Makhani, literally means ‘chicken cooked in a buttery rich sauce’. It is an authentic Punjabi dish (North-Indian) that was created in the 1950s, in a super popular restaurant in New Delhi called ‘Moti Mahal Delux’. The founder and chef of the restaurant decided to use left-over Tandoori Chicken (Indian-Spiced Grilled Chicken) in a rich and buttery tomato gravy. Little did he know, that he was creating one of the most popular curry dishes from the Indian subcontinent.

Instant Pot Easy Butter-Chicken by Spice Cravings. Tender and juicy chicken, cooked in a creamy-buttery tomato sauce, served with Saffron flavored Basmati Rice! This 'Easy Butter Chicken' is a quick & easy "weeknight" recipe. I simplified the butter chicken recipe, cut down cooking time, and still retained that amazing delicious flavor. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Click here to see some of my other ONE-POT recipes.

Dairy-Free/Lactose-free & Gluten Free:

This recipe can be made dairy-free by substituting the heavy cream with full-fat coconut milk. It’s as easy as that. There is no other substitution required. And, this recipe is Gluten-free, which makes it perfect for entertaining as well.

Make it Vegetarian

The base sauce that I make this recipe is vegetarian. So, you can easily switch the protein in this dish and make it vegetarian. You can add Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese), extra-firm Tofu, mushrooms, or, a medley of veggies as well. Check out the recipe for a vegetarian favorite that I make with this sauce,  Paneer Butter Masala, or, Paneer Makhani.

Instant pot paneer butter masala, instant pot paneer makhani

Pairing Suggestions for Easy Butter Chicken


I love pairing Easy Butter Chicken with Saffron Rice! Both these dishes are aromatic and have intense flavor, as a result of which, they compliment each other so well. Basmati rice is cooked in a Saffron infused broth to make Saffron Rice.  Saffron compliments the aromatic and nutty basmati rice and elevates it to an elegant side dish. Click here for the step-by-step recipe of Saffron Rice.

Another popular pairing with Butter Chicken is Cumin Rice (Zeera Rice).

Jeera rice , basmati rice flavored with fried cumin seeds
Cumin Rice (Zeera Rice)

A side of Cucumber Raita really completes this meal. Since this recipe uses warm Indian spices, yogurt balances that warmth and adds a cooling freshness to this Easy Butter Chicken meal.
Cucumber Yoghurt Dip / Cucumber Raita
Cucumber Yoghurt Dip / Cucumber Raita

POT-in-POT: Cooking Butter Chicken and Saffron Rice in the same pot

In this recipe, I have cooked everything in one-pot, using the pot-in-pot technique in my electrical pressure cooker, Instant Pot. Since chicken and basmati rice have the same cook time (6 minutes on high pressure), it is a great combination to make in one-pot. Watch the video above to see how easy this process is.  Continue Reading…

‘Everything But The Kitchen Sink’ Instant Pot Pasta Sauce

The Everything But The Kitchen Sink Pasta Sauce is exactly what it sounds like, it’s got a ton of veggies, aromatics, meat, cheese and tomatoes! I’ve always got a jar of this chunky, delicious and super healthy sauce in my freezer. I make this sauce to clean up my fridge, when leftovers of veggies and cheese start piling up. It’s a great sauce to make when you’re short on an ingredient or two. You can easily skip the meat and make a vegetarian version of this hearty sauce.
Instant pot pasta sauce, by Spice Cravings. The Everything But The Kitchen Sink Pasta Sauce is exactly what it sounds like, it's got a ton of veggies, aromatics, meat, cheese & tomatoes! I've always got a jar of this chunky, delicious, & super healthy sauce in my freezer. Make this sauce to clean up the fridge, when leftovers of veggies & cheese start piling up. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Plenty of Vegetable Choices

The choices are endless with this sauce. You can pretty much add any veggies you have lying around. Here are some that I have used successfully- mushrooms, celery, eggplant, zucchini, squash, carrots, cabbage, onions, garlic, spring onions, leeks, chives, spinach, kale, turnips and peppers.

Plenty of Meat Choices

Instant pot pasta sauce, by Spice Cravings. The Everything But The Kitchen Sink Pasta Sauce is exactly what it sounds like, it's got a ton of veggies, aromatics, meat, cheese & tomatoes! I've always got a jar of this chunky, delicious, & super healthy sauce in my freezer. Make this sauce to clean up the fridge, when leftovers of veggies & cheese start piling up. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

As with veggies, you can add any meat or a combinations of meats that you have on hand. I have tried making this sauce with all kinds of ground meat and sausage, chopped cooked sausage, leftover mortadella,  salami, shredded chicken, bacon and prosciutto.

Choices for Sauce 

I typically have a can of crushed or diced tomatoes in my pantry. If I’m using diced, I like to puree it a little with my hand blender before adding to the pot. I also keep a jar of my preferred marinara sauce, which also works great in this sauce. If you have any leftover tomatoes to use, just throw them in there, finely chopped, and they’ll blend in well.

Kid-Friendly

This is a great sauce to sneak in a ton of veggies in a pasta sauce. If your little one is picky about chunks of veggies, pulse each vegetable a few extra times in the food processor, then increase the cook time to 5-6 minutes. The veggies will almost dissolve in the sauce, and no one will ever know 😉

Serving Suggestion

I always make a big batch of this sauce. This works great with a simple boiled pasta; makes a great instant pot ravioli lasagna, as a pizza sauce with some fresh or shredded mozzarella and hand-torn-basil; for meatball sandwiches.

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Instant pot pasta sauce, by Spice Cravings. The Everything But The Kitchen Sink Pasta Sauce is exactly what it sounds like, it's got a ton of veggies, aromatics, meat, cheese & tomatoes! I've always got a jar of this chunky, delicious, & super healthy sauce in my freezer. Make this sauce to clean up the fridge, when leftovers of veggies & cheese start piling up. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
'Everything But The Kitchen Sink' Instant Pot Pasta Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Resting time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

The Everything But The Kitchen Sink Pasta Sauce is exactly what it sounds like, it's got a ton of veggies, aromatics, meat, cheese & tomatoes!  I've always got a jar of this chunky, delicious, & super healthy sauce in my freezer.  Make this sauce to clean up the fridge, when leftovers of veggies & cheese start piling up.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 32oz Jars
Calories: 640 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
Veggies for blending(use whatever you have on hand. I use a total of 2.5-3 cups chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 medium carrots cut into chunks
  • 2 cups crimini mushrooms
  • 1 small onion cut into chunks
Meat (skip for vegetarian sauce)
  • 1 lb ground chicken or beef or turkey (or a combination)
Cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated or similar blend
Garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil hand torn
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
Instructions
  1. Prep: In a food processor, throw in garlic cloves and pulse 5-6 times, to chop them fine. Add carrot chunks and repeat the process till carrots are finely chopped. Add mushrooms and pulse 5-7 times to chop them fine as well. Remove in a bowl. Add onion chunks and pulse 5-6 times to chop. Add to the chopped veggies. The reason I do onions separately is so that they stay chunky and don't release their juices.
  2. Heat olive oil in instant pot on SAUTE mode (high). When display reads HOT, add ground meat and don't stir for a minute or so, this allows the meat to brown on one side. If making this sauce vegetarian, skip this step. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon or spatula and stir. Add chopped veggies and saute for another minute. Add spices and crushed tomatoes or marinara sauce. If using crushed tomatoes, add more seasoning and spices (check ingredient section). Stir everything together. If the sauce looks thick, add 1/4-1/2 cup water. Close lid. Vent set to Sealing. Pressure cook on Manual/Pressure Cook for 3-4 minutes.

  3. Wait 5-7 minutes before manually releasing pressure (NPR5/7). Open lid after pin drops. Stir in grated parmesan cheese and garnish with basil or parsley before serving.
Stove Top Method
  1. This sauce can also be easily cooked in a big stock pot or sauce pot. Follow all steps and cover and cook on medium-heat, for about 12-15 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
'Everything But The Kitchen Sink' Instant Pot Pasta Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 32oz Jar)
Calories 640 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 203mg 68%
Sodium 2085mg 87%
Potassium 3025mg 86%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 23g
Protein 54g 108%
Vitamin A 241.9%
Vitamin C 65.5%
Calcium 42%
Iron 52.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes- Instant Pot /Oven

In my home, the ultimate indulgence is warm -gooey Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes.  Rich dark chocolate, blended with salted caramel, topped with salted caramel ice-cream, it is a match made in dessert-heaven.  It’s our go-to dessert for family game nights or any instant celebrations in the house.
Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes by Spice Cravings, are the ultimate indulgence in my home. Rich dark chocolate, blended with salted caramel, topped with salted caramel ice-cream, it is a match made in dessert-heaven. This recipe uses pressure cooking in an instant pot to bake the cakes. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Individual Servings

Since this is a decadent dessert, I like to make individual portions using these Silicone Cupcake Liners. These liners serve three great purposes in my home: First, the silicone molds don’t get hot to the touch after baking, so handling is super easy, my kids bake with these often. Second, taking the lava cakes out of these molds is a breeze. Simply, invert them on to your serving dish, and they slip out nice and easy. Third, it does portion control for me. I take one, finish it and feel satisfied that I had a full dessert. After that, I don’t feel like going for seconds, like I would be tempted to, if it were a cake:-)

Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes by Spice Cravings, are the ultimate indulgence in my home. Rich dark chocolate, blended with salted caramel, topped with salted caramel or Toffee ice-cream, it's a match made in dessert-heaven. I cook these to perfection in my Instant Pot. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #instantpot #easyrecipe #dessert #30minutemeal #instagood #tasty #lavacake #saltedcaramelchocolate #dessertsPressure Cooking Salted Caramel Molten lava Cakes

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Easy Instant Pot Chicken Chili

Game day just doesn’t feel complete without a simmering pot of chili! Try this spicy, tasty, quick ‘n’ easy, and healthier recipe for instant pot chicken chili. Made with ground chicken, taco seasoning and creamy pinto beans, you’ll love this protein and fiber packed warm bowl of goodness, on a cold, winter night too.
Instant Pot Chicken Chili, By Spice Cravings. This is a spicy, tasty, quick 'n' easy, and healthier chicken chili recipe. Made with ground chicken, taco seasoning and creamy pinto beans, you'll love this protein and fiber packed warm bowl of goodness, on a cold, winter night too. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

It’s a fairly easy recipe to put together in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO.  The actual cook time is about 8 minutes.  Including the time it takes the pot to pressurize and depressurize, this dish is ready to be served in under 30 minutes, from start to finish.

I love the traditional chili made with ground beef.  That can easily be used in the same recipe and it works great.  But, in an effort to make this chili a lower calorie dish, I substituted ground beef with lean ground chicken in this recipe.  Honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference, except, that this one was lighter.  The other two Chili recipes that are on my repeat menu are White Chicken Chili and  Black Bean Chili.

Chili Hot Dogs

Instant Pot Chili Dog. Made with Instant Pot Chicken Chili, By Spice Cravings. This is a spicy, tasty, quick 'n' easy, and healthier chicken chili recipe. Made with ground chicken, taco seasoning and creamy pinto beans, you'll love this protein and fiber packed warm bowl of goodness, on a cold, winter night too. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Whenever I make this instant pot chicken chili, there is always enough leftovers for dressing up some Chili Hot Dogs the next day- and that’s our bonus! I make these a lot for game-day parties too! Just heat up the chili, boil the pre-cooked franks or sausage links. Dress up the bun with ketchup, mustard and relish, top with the sausage.  Pour a couple of ‘generous’ spoon full of chili all over, sprinkle some chopped onion and thinly sliced cheddar cheese over that, and take a bite!  Yum!!

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3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

If there was ever a contest for the EASIEST INSTANT POT RECIPE, this recipe for 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken would win hands down! The only prep I do is open a packet of Taco Seasoning and a jar of my favorite Salsa. I pressure cook the chicken with these flavorings, in the Instant Pot, so no mess or extra dishes to clean. I shred the chicken and load it up on soft warm corn tortillas and dinner is done, just like that!

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken by Spice Cravings. If there was ever a contest for the EASIEST CHICKEN TACO RECIPE EVER, this recipe for 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken would win hands down! The only prep I do is open a packet of chicken, taco Seasoning and a jar of Salsa. I pressure cook the chicken, shred it and load it on to soft warm corn tortillas! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Easiest Recipe Ever!

Don’t you love recipes that comes together in a flash and the family ends up loving them? This one’s a keeper! All you have to do is add water, layer chicken, season it, top it with salsa and close the lid! Set an 8 minute pressure cook time and walk away, paint your nails, run an errand, pick up the kids….whatever you want to do. It takes around 10 minutes for it to come to pressure, 8 minutes to cook and around 10 minutes of NPR time,  so, dinner is served in under 30 minutes.

Only 3 Ingredients

3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa ChickenThis recipe comes together with just 3 ingredients; Chicken, Taco seasoning and Salsa. I like using chicken breast for this recipe, but chicken thighs work just as well. I love using Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning Mix and Salsa Autentica for this recipe. This seasoning has a bit of a kick to it, which my family really enjoys, but you can use your favorite Taco seasoning blend for this recipe. The Salsa is a nice sweet salsa, due to which this combinations works really well. The salsa balances the heat in the Taco Seasoning really well.

This is how simple it is

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken

Add water in the pot

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken

Add chicken , season it

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken

Flip it

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken

Season this side

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken

Mix salsa & seasoning

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken

Pour over chicken

3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Set cook time!

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken

Done!

Multiple Uses for 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Once you pressure cook the chicken, you can choose to eat it as an entrée, or, shred it and using it in a variety of dishes. I use this shredded chicken for Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Tortilla Soup, Pizzas, Pulled Chicken Sliders or even for Taco Salad.

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken

Low Carb

If you choose to have it as it is, make a side-salad with chopped cucumbers, red onions, avocados and cherry tomatoes. Dress it up with fresh lime juice, a dash of paprika, salt & pepper and enjoy a delicious low-carb dinner!

Stove Top Recipe

This recipe can be made in any pressure cooker as well. You can do this on the stove-top as well.

  1. I heat a heavy bottom sauce pan on medium high heat. I add water, layer chicken ,season it, and top it with salsa.
  2. When everything starts bubbling, I reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes, or till chicken is fully cooked. Keep stirring every few minutes to prevent the salsa from scorching the pan.

Jazz It Up

If you want to jazz up this 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken, try my recipe for Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos. The crunch and sautéed peppers and onions add a whole new flavor dimension to this Salsa chicken. These are always on my Game-day menu, either as tacos, or as sliders!

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Lemon Rice in Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

Lemon Rice, fluffy grains of aromatic Basmati rice, flavored with mustard seeds and fresh lemon juice; this satisfying side is the perfect accompaniment to any protein you’re making.Instant pot Lemon Rice by Spice Cravings. Lemon Rice, fluffy grains of aromatic Basmati rice, flavored with mustard seeds and fresh lemon juice. This satisfying side pairs well with Indian, middle-eastern or Greek entrees. I like to serve it with grilled chicken and vegetables, or with Lamb Chops or kebabs. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Lemon rice pairs very well with Indian, middle-eastern or Greek entrees. I like to serve it with grilled chicken and vegetables, or with Lamb Chops, Salmon Tikki, Chicken Kebab etc. Pair it with a side of grilled or oven-roasted vegetables and you have a perfectly balanced meal in under 30 minutes.

Variations of Lemon Rice

I like to make this recipe with long grain Basmati Rice, but this can work with Jasmine Rice as well. This recipe is traditionally made with split black gram lentils (urad), but sometimes, I skip that and add chopped cashews or almonds instead and it turns out great.

I usually make Lemon rice in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot 6 Qt, but this dish can be made on the stove-top too.   To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

Stove-Top Recipe

Rinse rice 2-3 times till the water runs clear. Drain and keep aside. Do the same with split lentils. Heat a sauce pot on medium-high heat. Wait till it’s hot, and add ghee/butter or oil. Add mustard seeds and split black gram lentils (urad). When the mustard seeds splutter, add green chilis, drained rice and spices. Add fried onions (optional). Saute for 1 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes. Turn off the heat, open lid, fluff up the rice with a fork. Add fresh lemon juice and mix well. That’s it! Continue Reading…

Aloo Gobi | Spiced Potato and Cauliflower (Instant Pot | Stir-Fry)

Aloo Gobi or Gobhi Aloo is a popular dry vegetarian side-dish from the northern-Indian cuisine. Aloo gobi is made with Aloo (potatoes), and, Gobi (cauliflower), which is cooked with aromatics like fresh ginger and garlic, chopped onions and ripe tomatoes. It is seasoned with toasted and ground Indian spices like cumin, coriander with a hint of garam masala, and stir-fried till it cooks through and smells heavenly. A garnish of freshly chopped cilantro adds the perfect splash of color and balance to this popular side dish.

Instant Pot Aloo Gobi Pressure Cooker by Spice Cravings. Aloo Gobi or Gobhi Aloo is a popular dry vegetarian side dish from north-Indian cuisine. Aloo gobi is made with Aloo (potatoes) and gobi (cauliflower) cooked with fresh ginger-garlic and seasoned with warm Indian spices and stir-fried. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

My kids love to have Aloo Gobi and Bhindi (Spiced Okra stir-fry). I make two versions of Aloo Gobi. One is a light stir-fry with cumin seeds, green chilies and Indian spices, and this version, where I make a light onion-tomato gravy and cook the potatoes and cauliflower florets in it. Both versions are simple and come together in under 10 minutes. Continue Reading…

Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices (Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker)

Warm, delicious, healthy and comforting, that’s what I think of when I make Chicken Noodle Soup!  A classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  The result is a simple meal that warms up your soul!
Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

During winter, I make this soup a lot, almost once a week.  Recently, I have been making many variations of it.  I keep experiment by adding different spice blends in this soup and this time I think I hit a home run.  I added the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning, which is a combination of warm whole spices like cumin, cardamom, coriander, and fenugreek, garlic, cloves, turmeric, grated ginger root, black pepper, salt, paprika, cinnamon, and dried red chiles, that are toasted and ground together.  This spice blend adds a distinctive tangy and mildly spicy and smoky flavor to the soup.

Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Variations for the Chicken Noodle Soup

If you don’t like spice, you can reduce the quantity of the Berbere seasoning.  Also, for an extra kick, I add a couple of tablespoons of Sriracha to it, but you can replace that with tomato paste if you want to cut down on the heat.  For my family, including my kids, this spice level worked great.  I make a few other classic Ethiopian dishes using the Berbere Spice Blend: Misir Wot -Red Lentil Stew, and Key Wat – Beef Stew.

To make this soup vegetarian, you can skip the chicken and add some canned chickpeas, they taste awesome too!

To make this Chicken Noodle Soup healthier, I added whole-grain elbow macaroni to the soup. It not only increases the fiber and reduces the net carbs per serving, it also increases the protein content of the soup.

 

 

I make this soup in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO, but you can make it in any pressure cooker. Simply follow the suggested timing for cooking chicken breast or soup, and this recipe will work just fine.   To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

 

Stove-Top Recipe

Making this soup on the stove-top is a breeze. Take a heavy bottom sauce pan. Heat olive oil in the pan and add crushed garlic to it. As soon as it starts sizzling, add everything else and let it come to a boil. After that, reduce the heat to medium, cover the pot and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes, or till chicken is tender enough to shred. Remove the chicken, shred it and add it back to the soup. Garnish with cilantro and you’re all done!

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Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices (Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth. This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken, Noodle, Soup
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 175 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • 32 oz. low-sodium Broth Chicken, Vegetable
  • 1/2 cup Whole Grain Elbow Pasta
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 2-3 teaspoon Berbere Seasoning adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha or, tomato paste for mild heat
  • 1 lb. Chicken breast
Instructions
  1. Chop celery and carrots and keep aside. Turn on SAUTE mode. Wait 30 seconds and add olive oil and crushed garlic cloves.  Let the garlic sizzle for 30 seconds, then add chopped celery and carrots.  Add all the ingredients in the pot and stir everything.

  2. Cancel Saute. Close lid. Set valve to Sealing position.  Cook on Manual or Pressure Cook for 6-8 minutes, depending on how thick the chicken breast it.  When I use breast halves, like in the video, I set the time to 6 minutes.

  3. Open after 10 minutes of natural pressure release (NPR 10).  Remove chicken for shredding. Use two forks and pull apart the chicken.  Put the shredded chicken back in the pot.  Garnish with cilantro!

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices (Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 658mg 27%
Potassium 539mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 73.2%
Vitamin C 6.1%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Green Beans and Carrots (Instant Pot or Stir-fry)

Crisp green beans and carrots, sautéed with mustard seeds and coconut flakes, and seasoned with salt, coriander and cayenne. This super simple and amazingly easy vegetable side-dish is a great accompaniment to many entrée. You can switch out the beans and carrots and make this recipe with your favorite vegetables like cauliflower, peas, zucchini, broccoli, corn…. possibilities of customization are endless. In fact, I make a very similar dish following this recipe with chopped beets, Coconut Beets. The coconut flakes are optional in this recipe, but I really enjoy the slight sweet and nutty flavor that they give in this dish.
Green Beans and Carrot instant pot or stir fry by Spice Cravings. Crisp green beans and carrots sautéed with mustard seeds and coconut flakes, and seasoned with salt, coriander and cayenne. This super simple and amazingly easy vegetable side-dish is a great accompaniment to many entrée. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

My kids who are otherwise not very fond of green beans, enjoy this dish a lot.   The sweetness of the carrots and the coconut contrasts really well with the crisp beans.

I made this recipe in my programmable pressure cooker, the Instant Pot DUO.  But, making this on the stove top is as easy, and takes only 10 minutes.   To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

How to Stir Fry on the Stove-top

  • I start off by heating a heavy bottom skillet on medium heat. Add oil and when it’s hot, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start sizzling/spluttering, add chopped beans and carrots and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add salt and spices. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water and stir everything. Add unsweetened coconut flakes. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Open lid and saute for 2-4 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your veggies. Garnish with Cilantro!

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