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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

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Add chicken , season it

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Flip it

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Season this side

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken

Mix salsa & seasoning

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Pour over chicken

3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Set cook time!

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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!

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

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Buffalo Chicken Wings -Instant Pot vs. Oven Recipe

If you’re hosting a game-day party or Superbowl, you need three things- good beer, a great TV, and Buffalo Chicken Wings!!  Spiced with a rub, deep fried or baked, then coated in a sauce made with a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and melted butter.  Served hot, along with celery and carrot sticks with either ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping, Buffalo Chicken Wings are ‘the most popular’ sports-party snack.

Instant pot Buffalo Chicken wings, Oven Baked wings by Spice Cravings.  If you're hosting a game-day party or Superbowl, you need three things- good beer, a great TV, and Buffalo Chicken Wings!!  These wings are spice rubbed, oven baked, or cooked in the Instant Pot, coated with spicy and delicious Buffalo sauce and grilled for a final tasty finish!  #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot  #recipes #easyrecipe  #cuisine  #30minutemeal  #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Buffalo Chicken Wings get their name from their place of origin. They were invented in 1964 at Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York by a sports bar owner Teressa Bellissimo.

Chicken wings are prepared by cutting the wing in three parts-  drumetteflat wing, and flapper. The flapper is discarded and the drumettes and flats are used for this dish. You can do this yourself, or, buy them pre-cut from your local supermarket, from the meat or frozen section.

OVEN vs. INSTANT POT

Instant Pot recipes by Garam Masala KitchenOne weekend, my kids and hubby challenged me to a Chicken Wings cook-off. They made a batch in the oven, like we have been making them forever, and, I made a batch in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot. We used the same spice rub and same coating sauce for both sets. So here are both recipes and our family’s comparison for both using three metrics- texture, ease of cooking and time. End result of both style of wings looked so similar. Take a look at the images on this page- Can you tell which ones came out of the oven or the Instant Pot? Exactly!

TEXTURE:

Instant Pot: The wings were super moist after cooking. We ate a few without any sauce and they were delicious. Pressure cooking the wings with the rub infused them with the flavors really well. We coated them with sauce and broiled them to get that crisp texture. It took longer than usual to crisp up the skin though. It took around 6 minutes in the broiler to get the crisp texture and it wasn’t as crispy as the one from the oven.

Oven: The meat was cooked perfectly and the wings had a nice crunch after the first round of baking. We sauced them and broiled them for 1 minute on each side and the result was ‘perfect’ crisp chicken wings.

Winner: In the end, my family preferred the extra-crispness of the oven chicken wings over the Instant Pot.

EASE OF COOKING: 

Instant Pot: Cooking ribs was super easy in the Instant Pot. Simply rub them and dump them in the steamer basket and set a timer. The result was so moist that we could have skipped the broiling process and simply dipped them in sauce. The skin wouldn’t have been crispy though. So, that’s entirely a personal preference.

Oven: My kids made the oven recipe entirely by themselves, so it’s fair to say, that it was easy as well. Rub them and bake them in the oven. The result was crisp and cooked well. If you’re short on time, or, serving a huge crowd, you can skip the broiling step and serve them with the hot sauce on the side. It’ll still be wicked good.

Winner: In terms of ease of cooking, I would say it’s a tie, since both methods were equally easy enough for us. The only advantage in the oven method was that in the end, we just had one baking sheet to wash. Whereas, in the Instant Pot method, we had the inner pot and steamer basket in addition to the baking sheet.

TIME: 

Instant Pot: The Instant Pot took around 20 minutes to cook the wings- 10 minutes to build pressure + 5 minutes of cooking time + 5 minutes of NPR time. But then, it took around 6 minutes (3 minutes on each side) to broil them for crispness. So, it took around 26 minutes.

Oven: We baked the wings for 30 minutes at 425F, so including the time for the oven to pre-heat, I would say it took around 37 minutes, depending on your oven. But then, you could do your spice rub prep while the oven is pre-heating. Then, we broiled them for 1 minute on each side. Overall, this method took around 40 minutes. 

Winner: The Instant Pot method saved us around 15 minutes of total cooking time.

This comparison is purely based on my family’s preference, but I hope that this helps you understand the difference in results. Here’s the recipe: Continue Reading…

Quick Ravioli Lasagna in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker)

Lasagna used to be a weekend dish for me, until, I made this weeknight twist on the classic- Quick Ravioli Lasagna. I call it Lazy Lasagna, because the only prep I need to do, is buy store-bought fresh Ravioli, cheese and marinara sauce. I assemble the lasagna and cook it in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO. And just like that, we have a delicious dinner ready, in a little over 30 minutes, with minimal effort (see instant pot FAQ to learn more). 

Instant Pot Ravioli Lasagna by Spice Cravings. Quick Ravioli Lasagna, creamy layers of pasta, cheese and tomato sauce, cooked to perfection in my Instant Pot. I call this lasagna, Lazy Lasagna, because the only prep I need to do, is buy store-bought fresh Ravioli, cheese and marinara sauce. Layer it, cook it and enjoy it! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Pasta Sauce

I often doctor the store bought marinara sauce, or make it from scratch by adding veggies and ground meat to it. I make a big batch of this sauce and keep it in the freezer. It comes in handy to make lasagnas, a simple pasta dinner, base sauce for a quick pizza, or even for making my meatball subs for dinner or parties. Here is the RECIPE for PASTA SAUCE. But in this recipe, you can use your favorite brand of plain marinara sauce as well.

Quick Ravioli Lasagna (Instant Po)

What do you make Instant Pot Ravioli Lasagna in?

I use a spring-form pan for this recipe. I make it in my Instant Pot DUO and it fits a 7-inch spring form pan. After cooking, you can release the spring-form and cut the lasagna like a pie. You can also make it in any oven-safe baking dish that you have.

Instant Pot Ravioli Lasagna by Spice Cravings. Quick Ravioli Lasagna, creamy layers of pasta, cheese and tomato sauce, cooked to perfection in my Instant Pot. I call this lasagna, Lazy Lasagna, because the only prep I need to do, is buy store-bought fresh Ravioli, cheese and marinara sauce. Layer it, cook it and enjoy it! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Traditional Lasagna:

Traditionally, Lasagna refers to a dish made with several layers of a flat noodle pasta with tomato or cream based sauces and other ingredients, such as meats, cheese or vegetables. When I make a traditional Lasagna, I typically make two kinds of  fillings. One layer of filling is  sautéed spinach & crimini mushrooms with onions, garlic, and Italian seasoning.  The second layer is browned ground meat and spicy Italian sausage, or, if I am making a vegetarian Lasagna, then I oven-roast red and yellow bell-peppers, fennel and onions. I use store-bought marinara sauce  and Barilla’s no-boil lasagna noodles for layering. 55 minutes or so in the oven, and we have ourselves a pan of delicious lasagna. I use this recipe a lot whenever I am entertaining a big crowd. 

Customize it

When making the Quick Ravioli Lasagna, I use spinach & ricotta ravioli, but you can customize it and use your favorite flavor of ravioli. This recipe can be adjusted to make individual portions too. You can use 8 oz ramekins cups in the Instant pot.

Instant Pot Ravioli Lasagna by Spice Cravings. Quick Ravioli Lasagna, creamy layers of pasta, cheese and tomato sauce, cooked to perfection in my Instant Pot. I call this lasagna, Lazy Lasagna, because the only prep I need to do, is buy store-bought fresh Ravioli, cheese and marinara sauce. Layer it, cook it and enjoy it! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Oven Recipe for Ravioli Lasagna

If you want to make this recipe in the oven, follow all steps from 1-5. Preheat oven to 400F. Place the lasagna pan on the middle rack and bake for 40-45 minutes, depending on the thickness of the raviolis and your oven strength. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.  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

Gluten-Free Corn & Chicken Chowder

Creamy, sweet, hearty and pure deliciousness in a bowl, that’s how I would describe this dish. Whoever said Chowder was a summer-time dish, probably never sat by the fireplace on a cold winter night with a bowl of this Gluten-Free Corn & Chicken Chowder!

Gluten-Free Corn and Chicken Chowder in instant pot by Spice Cravings. Creamy, sweet, hearty and pure deliciousness in a bowl, that's how I would describe chowder. Enjoy in the summer or the winter by the fireplace on a cold winter night with a bowl of this Gluten-Free Corn & Chicken Chowder! This recipe reduces the carbs and goes gluten-free by removing the roux. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

My family loves chowder. My kids’ and husband’s favorite is Clam Chowder, and I am a huge fan of Corn Chowder. We like to make it at home, but a healthier, lighter version, that we can all enjoy without slipping into a food coma later.

Reducing the Carbs

My husband and I are eating a lower-carb-high-protein diet these days, so I had to revisit my recipe for Summer Corn Chowder and customize it. Plus, I’ve been wanting to make a Gluten-free version for quite sometime now.  Chowder is typically thickened with a roux made with flour or some sort of starch.  I wanted to skip that altogether.  So, I added chicken to bump up the protein in the dish.  Then, I eliminated the thickening agents, and, replaced the heavy cream with half & half.  That cut down the carbs and eliminated the gluten.  So beware, this is not the super thick and ultra creamy chowder that you’re used to- this is like a ‘skinny’ version of it.  For a vegetarian chowder, skip the chicken and you’re set. 

Without the flour, the real challenge was how to thicken the chowder.  After a few batches, I figured two things that helped me thicken the chowder.  First, I blended some corn with half & half.  That not only helped in thickening the broth, it also gave a big corn flavor boost to the chowder, that you would otherwise get by using corn broth.  Secondly, once it was done cooking, I used my hand blender for 5 seconds and it thickened the chowder just enough for me.  In the video recipe, I skipped this step too and liked that result as well.

Gluten Free Corn and Chicken Chowder- instant pot, Pressure CookerAlternatively, you can use a tablespoon of rice flour during the saute process, or, use a corn starch slurry in the end, to thicken the chowder before serving. Making a corn-flour slurry is super easy. Simply dissolve 1 tablespoon of corn starch in 3-4 tablespoons of room temperature broth/milk/water and add it to the chowder and stir for a few seconds. It thickens the chowder almost immediately.

Many times I make a lower-calorie version of this recipe by using full-fat or even 2% fat milk instead of half & half. The result is not as thick as this one, but the taste is still amazing. So, if you’re watching your calories, that’s another alternative for you.

Instant Pot or Stove-Top

In this recipe, I made the gluten-free corn & chicken chowder in my programmable pressure cooker, the Instant Pot DUO. Instant Pot works great for soups and stews because the process of pressure cooking helps intensify the flavors resulting in a chowder that tastes like it has been simmering low and slow for hours. It helps me get away by adding less half & half than a regular recipe.   See my FAQ on instant pot to learn more.

Making chowder on the stove-top is a super simple process too. Follow all the instructions listed in the recipe, till the pressure cooking part. Then cover and simmer the chowder for 10 minutes on medium heat. Open lid, add half & half and follow the remaining instructions. That’s it!

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Coconut Lime Chicken and Rice (Pot-in-Pot, Instant Pot)

Coconut Lime Chicken and Rice is perhaps one of the tastiest dairy-free and gluten-free meals I’ve made so far!  It is unbelievably flavorful, with the tart and tangy lime contrasting the sweet and creamy coconut milk.  I marinate the chicken in coconut milk, soy sauce, lime, aromatics and a blend of sweet and savory spices.  To infuse the flavors of that marinade deeper, I pressure cook the chicken in the same marinade.  The result is moist and tender chicken, that is creamy and delicious.  Using the pot-in-pot method,  I cook basmati or Jasmine rice in coconut milk in the same Instant Pot (pressure cooker).  With very little effort, I am able to put this one-pot meal on the table, in under 30 minutes.  To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

Coconut Lime Chicken and Rice in an Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. This is perhaps one of the tastiest dairy-free and gluten-free meals I've made so far!  I marinate the chicken in coconut milk, soy sauce, lime, and a blend of sweet & savory spices. I pressure cook it in the same marinade. To make this one-pot meal, I cook rice in coconut milk in the same pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Simple and Elegant Meal – Coconut Lime Chicken and Rice

This recipe is so simple and easy to prepare, yet so elegant to serve for dinner.  I start by scoring the chicken breast before marinating it.  That boosts the marinade flavor in the chicken, even if you skip the marination process.  It takes a sharp knife and make diagonal incisions on the chicken breast as shown in this picture.  Then, I combine the marinade ingredients and throw everything in a ziplock bag (who doesn’t like easy clean-up now!). Coconut Lime Chicken and Rice is on rotation menu in my home.

If you have the time, it’s great to marinate this anywhere from 30 mins to 2 hours.  If not, just put everything in the pot, chicken and marinade, and the flavors will still be amazing.  By skipping the marination, you’ll be able to have this meal ready in under 30 minutes, from start to finish too.  I have made this recipe with boneless chicken thighs as well and it turns out pretty good too.  You don’t have to score them, just trim off the excess fat.

Cooking Coconut Rice using Pot-in-Pot Method

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You can cook the Coconut rice using the Pot-in-Pot method in your Instant Pot (see FAQ on instant pot to learn more).  Simply rinse the rice 2-3 times and if you have the time, soak them for 15-20 minutes.  Take an oven safe bowl or insert, and add rice, coconut milk and salt.  Add chicken and marinade, place a trivet in the pot and place the rice container on top of that.  Now, set a cook time for 6 minutes at high pressure, and you’re done!

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You can cook the rice separately too.  Follow your preferred stove-top, or microwave recipe for making rice, and replace the water with coconut milk.

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Serve with Beet Coconut Stir Fry

Coconut Beets Recipe, #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty I like to serve this dish with a side of vegetables. You can serve it with a salad too. As for sides, you can pick any sides that you like, like green beans, carrots, or, peas and corn. I serve this meal with a side of Beet Coconut Stir Fry. Yup! turns out too much of coconut is a good thing for me. I simply saute the chopped beets with some coconut oil or olive oil, mustard seeds, coconut flakes, salt and some Indian spices. It takes only 4-6 minutes to make this delicious side.

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Master Curry Sauce – Punjabi Gravy

Every cuisine has some basic ingredients that form the ‘foundation’ of many dishes.  Punjabi Gravy is a rich, aromatic and versatile master curry sauce in north-Indian cuisine, that is the base for a variety of delicious north Indian curries.
Master Curry Sauce - Punjabi Gravy by Spice Cravings. This Punjabi Gravy is a rich, aromatic and versatile master curry sauce that is the base for a variety of Indian curry dishes. This recipe starts with onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes, simmered with warm Indian spices like garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and of course, salt, turmeric and cayenne. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #curry #Indian

As with most recipes in Indian cuisine, this one also starts off with fresh produce.  All it is, is onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes, simmered with warm Indian spices like garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and of course, salt, turmeric and cayenne, which is the inseparable trio in Indian cuisine! Continue Reading…

Easy White Chicken Chili

Turns out, Jon Snow was right- winter is here! It’s cold, rainy and windy outside, it sure feels like January! Many of us find comfort in warm and creamy soups in this weather. No wonder January is National Soup month in the US.   To celebrate, I bring to you, one of my all-time favorite, super easy to make, creamy and delicious, White Chicken Chili recipe.

This soup is part of my Fill-it, Shut-it, Forget-it series, because that’s all there is to it.  You dump all the ingredients in a pot and let it do it’s magic. The only work you have to do after that is figure out what toppings you want to put on it 🙂

White Chicken Chili Instant Pot Pressure Cooker by Spice Cravings. This White Chicken Chili soup is a simple Fill-it, Shut-it, Forget-it recipe. You dump all ingredients in an instant pot. You need frozen corn, chicken, a can of beans, stock (chicken or vegetable), and then any mix of veggies (peppers, carrots, fennel). #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

White Chicken Chili in an Instant Pot

To make this recipe even easier to make, I make it in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot. Why? Coz I can dump everything in and finish some work in the meantime, without having to monitor anything.   To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

I make this soup a lot on sports nights. I set up the pot and then take my kids out for their classes.  By the time we are back, hot and piping dinner is waiting for us.  It’s a lifesaver recipe for times when I don’t have any fresh produce to work with. I always keep some frozen corn and chicken in the freezer. My pantry is always stocked with cans of beans, roasted red peppers (for the veg part) and stock (Chicken or Vegetable).

Customize with any Veggies or Beans

This recipes comes together very well without any fresh ingredients to add.  You can easily customize this recipe to your liking.  Switch up the vegetables.  You can add peppers, carrots, fennel, and, switch up the beans to Cannellini Beans or Pinto Beans too.

White Chicken Chili Instant Pot Pressure Cooker by Spice Cravings. This White Chicken Chili soup is a simple Fill-it, Shut-it, Forget-it recipe. You dump all ingredients in an instant pot. You need frozen corn, chicken, a can of beans, stock (chicken or vegetable), and then any mix of veggies (peppers, carrots, fennel). #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

How to make on the Stove Top

This recipe is very easy to make on the Stove top too. Simply dump everything in a large soup pot. Cover it, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer it for 12-15 minutes, or till chicken is tender enough to shred and the beans are nice and creamy. If you are converting this recipe for your stove top pressure cooker, I would cook it for 2 whistles, then reduce the heat to medium and cook it for 5 minutes. Let it rest for 10 minutes before opening the cooker.

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Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce

Juicy, tender and flavor packed Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce is on my family menu a few times a month.  This delicious low-carb recipe is a breeze to put together and very family friendly.  I marinate the chicken in simple blend of lemon and a handful of spices. T hen, I pressure cook it in my Instant Pot or grill it in the oven, under the broiler.
Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce by Spice Cravings. Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce: marinate the chicken in simple blend of lemon and a handful of spices and pressure cook it in Instant Pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty I stuff the sliced shawarma meat in a pita pocket, combine it with a tangy yogurt sauce called Tzatziki, and my kids love it for dinner, and even school lunches.  My husband and I eat a low-carb diet and enjoy it with a side of Greek salad.  Chicken Shawarma goes well with a variety of condiments like Hummus, Garlic Chili sauce, Greek salad, Tabouleh salad etc.  The condiments add a ton of flavor and complete this healthy meal.

Shawarma spice mix:

Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauceI make my own combination of the Shawarma spice mix.  I use the same spice mix for lamb, beef, fish and even flavoring rice or couscous.  This middle eastern gem is a super hit with my family and friends too!  I start by putting together the spice mix and then marinating the chicken.  If I’m using chicken thighs, I trim off the excess fat.  If I’m using chicken breasts, I half them each breast in two and then cut it half, length-wise.  I marinate the chicken for 20 minutes to 4 hours, depending on how much time I have.  But this spice mix is so flavorful that even with a 20 minute marinade, the chicken comes out juicy and delicious.

Oven Recipe:

Typically, I make Chicken Shawarma in the oven, under the broiler. I line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up. Spread the chicken flat, giving enough room for the chicken (don’t crowd the baking sheet). Then turn on BROIL and put the chicken in about 2-3 inches away from the broiler and bake for 8 minutes on the first side, flip it, and 6 minutes on the second side. This timing may wary a bit, depending on the size of the chicken and your oven intensity. Cool the chicken for 10 minutes and then slice it thin, on an angle.

Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce by Spice Cravings. Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce: marinate the chicken in simple blend of lemon and a handful of spices and pressure cook it in Instant Pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Oven vs. Instant Pot:

Ever since I got my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, I have been wanting to try this recipe. And when I did, the result was amazing.  If I compared it to the oven method, there was a texture difference, but both methods had their merits that contribute to the flavor of this dish.  The chicken turned out super moist in the Instant Pot, since we steam cooked it.  Broiling it in the oven, gave it that crispy crust on the chicken that you see commonly when you go to a mediterranean restaurant.  So, you will get a flavorful Chicken Shawarma either way.  To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

Chicken Shawarma in an Instant Pot

I try to imitate the Shawarma/Gyro spinners in my Instant Pot.  I used half an onion as a base.  Then, I inserted 4 bamboo skewers as 4 pillars on which the meat is stacked.

Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce

Then, I thread the meat pieces though those 4 skewers, one by one, forming a stable stack of chicken. This allows the chicken to stay super moist and looks fancy too.  But, if you don’t feel like going the extra mile, just stack the chicken on top of each other and you’ll have the same delicious flavor within minutes!

Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce by Spice Cravings. Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce: marinate the chicken in simple blend of lemon and a handful of spices and pressure cook it in Instant Pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Tzatziki sauce

Chicken Shawarma goes really well with Tzatziki sauce.  It adds a creamy contrast to the spicy and lemony chicken.  It’s real simple to make as well.  Simply combine plain greek yogurt with lemon, cumin, paprika, salt, mint and grated cucumber and you have yourself one of the simplest dips ever!  You can also add half a clove of grated garlic in it too, but my family prefers our Tzatziki sauce without it. Check out the recipe for Tzatziki sauce.

Easy Tzatziki sauce dip, Instant Pot yogurt, By Spice Cravings. This Easy Tzatziki Sauce is a creamy and delicious Mediterranean dip that is seasoned with salt, lime juice, garlic and paprika! It's a great party dip, which can be made very easily and ahead of time. You can pair it with assorted vegetables like cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, peppers,  carrots, snow peas etc. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Recipes that compliment Shawarma: Saffron Rice

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

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