Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Cuisinart Pressure Cooker (My Review) and Some Pressure Cooker Recipes

I've been meaning for a while to tell you a little bit about my favorite kitchen gadget--the
Cuisinart Pressure Cooker. I've mentioned it several times, but here's my official soapbox about the thing. And just so you know, I'm not getting paid or reimbursed in any way for this post.

I love my pressure cooker. So much so that I would pay to buy it again every year (even though it usually costs around $100) for all the time and work it saves me. For example, this week I wanted to make dinner for my sister-in-law and her family. Instead of slaving away over a stove, getting multiple pots and pans dirty, etc., I just threw some frozen chicken, brown rice, water, and spices into my pressure cooker. It cooked on high for 40 minutes, and when it was done, I had a complete chicken and rice dish for both my family and theirs. Here's a picture: (see recipe below)

And one of the great things about it is that while most cooking boils away nutrition, this pressure cooker is sealed so tightly that more of the nutrients stay in the food.

I even bought it for two of my kids this Christmas.

A Few Pressure Cooker Recipes
Everyday Brown Rice Mixture
Barley Pilaf
Thai Fried Sweet Brown Rice
Easy Whole Grain Sweet Brown Rice Risotto
Chicken Vegetable Soup
Sweet and Sour Chicken and Brown Rice
Seasoned Cross Rib Roast
Chili Chicken with Brown Rice and Quinoa
It also is great for a lot of other recipes in which you use rice--even if the other ingredients aren't cooked with it.

Simple Chicken and Rice in the Pressure Cooker

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
2 1/2 C brown rice
5 C water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp coconut oil

Add all ingredients to 6 qt. pressure cooker. Turn on high power for 40 minutes. Let it release on its own. Serve.


  1. I agree completely about electric pressure cookers. I got one for Christmas last year and now my mom and sister each bought one because I kept talking about it so much. Now they rave about theirs, too. I love recipes like this one where you just throw everything in and let the pressure cooker do the work.

    1. It is an amazing appliance! I am glad you are enjoying one too. :)

  2. Can you put the chicken in frozen or does it need to be thawed first?

  3. Yes, the chicken can be frozen. It takes an extra step out of cooking. :)

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