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Cajun Chicken Salad

Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad, with chicken marinated in olive oil, Cajun seasoning, salt and juice of lime. Instructions for oven, grill, and instant pot. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Summertime!!  Like many of you, summer is my family’s favorite season!  It means more road-trips, hiking, picnics and a ton of fresh, delicious and colorful salads.  My husband and I have a salad for lunch almost everyday. Since we both prefer chicken as our protein, we get creative with seasonings, mix-ins and salad dressings to avoid monotony.  Cajun Chicken Salad is one of our most loved salad.

Cajun Chicken Salad:

I start with grilling Cajun spice rubbed chicken, to toast those earthy spices. I use a cabbage spring mix for this salad, which provides a nice cool contrast to the Cajun seasoning. But, you can use any lettuce mix you like. I add toasted almond chips, which provide a nice crunch, and strawberries, which compliment and balance this salad with their sweetness. The chicken is so moist and flavorful that I don’t even use a salad dressing most of the time. But when I do, I like to have an Apple Cider-Honey Mustard Vinaigrette with it. This salad is perfect for any weather really, and the best part is, it’s Low-carb

Mediterranean-Rub-Chicken- Instant Pot or grilled. Perfect for lunches and salads by Spice Cravings

Cajun Spice Blend:

Cajun Cuisine, which is best known for it’s spicy and earthy flavor tones, is a regional cuisine from the southern part of Louisiana. The first time I had Cajun chicken was in New Orleans, the real deal. I fell in love immediately. It was more than a decade ago, when my husband was attending a conference in New Orleans, and I tagged along. I visited the flea market at the famous French market, where I bought my first Cajun Spice blend. I was so eager to try it, that the first thing I did when we returned home was to grill some chicken and shrimp using this spice blend. It was UNBELIEVABLY good. Based on the ingredients on that spice pack, I started putting together my own blend.

The spice mix that I put together, tasted authentic and most of all, I was able to adjust the heat level in the mix. When I make a new batch, I store it in an air-tight container, and keep it in my spice drawer, away from heat and light.

When I make it from scratch, here’s what I use:

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Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Tandoori Chicken Recipe, with chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Tandoori Chicken recipe is probably one of the most flavorful and popular recipes from the Indian subcontinent. In this recipe, I marinate the chicken in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices. Then, I grill it to a perfect crispy golden brown. The result is tender, juicy and a to-die-for flavor! If you’ve never tried it before, just trust me on this and go for it!Tandoori Chicken Recipe, with chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Tandoori Chicken Recipe:

Skinless chicken is the traditional choice in this recipe. Start by making a marinade including yogurt, fresh ground ginger, garlic, garam masala, red chili powder and fresh lemon juice. Marinate the chicken anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. Thread it on to skewers and grill it. Most restaurants grill it in a high-heat clay-oven called Tandoor (tun-dur). Tandoor is typically heated with charcoals. That is what gives the chicken a slightly smoky flavor. But, since most of us don’t have a clay oven in our backyards, an oven broiler, or an outdoor grill can achieve a similar flavor!

Tandoori Chicken Recipe, with chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Tandoori Chicken in Instant Pot (pressure cooker):

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe : Instant Pot, Oven or Skillet

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe made by marinating the chicken in a rich cocktail of bold and earthy spices. This recipe can be made in an instant pot, skillet or oven. Goes terrific with a sweet side like a Kale & Mango Slaw with Chickpeas. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Jamaican Jerk Chicken was probably one of the first recipes that I cooked with my husband when we were newly married! It was an adaptation of one of Bobby Flay’s recipe. I remember that I made the spice rub from scratch, marinated the meat overnight, and we grilled it on a charcoal grill.  It was juicy, spicy, sweet and simply amazing!

Traditional Marinade: In the traditional recipe for Jamaican Jerk Chicken, a wet marinade is prepared with fresh thyme, scotch bonnet pepper, ginger, garlic, spring onions, oil, soy sauce, orange juice, red wine vinegar, brown sugar and a unique spice-rub that includes cinnamon, cloves, all-spice, nutmeg, black pepper and salt. Everything is blended together in a food processor and the chicken is marinated in it for 30 mins-12 hours.

Whenever I have time, I like to make this marinade from scratch, but on busy days, I love to take a shortcut and use a dry pre-mixed Caribbean Jerk Seasoning. I combine a few tablespoons of the pre-mix with orange juice, soy sauce, olive oil, red wine vinegar and brown sugar, and marinade is done.Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe made by marinating the chicken in a rich cocktail of bold and earthy spices. This recipe can be made in an instant pot, skillet or oven. Goes terrific with a sweet side like a Kale & Mango Slaw with Chickpeas. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Cooking methods: Oven/Skillet/Grill/Instant Pot: I have cooked Jerk Chicken in the oven, in a skillet, on an outdoor grill, and now, in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot. It takes about 15-20 minutes to grill it on the stove, outdoor grill or under the broiler (oven).

With an Instant Pot, it takes about 30 minutes, BUT, that’s hands-free time. You don’t have to monitor it, or flip it half way through.  You just dump it in and walk away for the next 30 minutes.  However, after cooking it in the pressure cooker, I do like to do an optional extra step.   I heat a grill pan on medium-high heat, and then sear the cooked chicken for 30 secs-1 minute on one side, to get the nice grill marks on the chicken. By doing that, the sugars in the marinade caramelize and create a nice char on the chicken, that tastes heavenly and looks phenomenal.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe made by marinating the chicken in a rich cocktail of bold and earthy spices. This recipe can be made in an instant pot, skillet or oven. Goes terrific with a sweet side like a Kale & Mango Slaw with Chickpeas. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodieServing suggestion: Jamaican Jerk Chicken goes really well with a simple mango salsa, or my favorite, Kale & Mango Slaw with Chickpeas. The crunchy slaw and the sweetness of the ripe and juicy mangoes compliments the spicy chicken really well. Click on the following link to get the recipe of this spring-time favorite, Kale & Mango Slaw.

Here’s how easy it is to put  Jamaican Jerk Chicken together:

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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!

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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…

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