October 11, 2017

Cosori Cooking: Spicy Chicken and Pasta

A really ugly picture of Spicy Chicken &Pasta with broccoli - My kitchen lighting makes everything tinted yellow!

I don't think I could have snapped any worse pictures for this recipe than I did.  My kitchen lighting turns everything yellow in the pictures I take on my counter and the reflective surface of the pressure cooker made it even worse.

As much as I dearly loved my electric pressure I owned since 2004? 2005?  The plastic lever next to the steam release finally grew brittle and dry with use and age and broke.  Considering the heavy use it had for over a decade, I finally gave in and ordered a new one last week from Amazon.  After a lot of research I went with this one: COSORI 7-in-1 Multifunctional Pressure Cooker.

I was preparing to make a regular dish for dinner this week (this chicken and pasta dish) and saw the new Cosori Cooker on the counter and thought, "Why not?"  So I adapted it a little bit for the cooker instead of the stove top.  In the end it worked out pretty well although with prep time and warm up time for the pressure cooker I'm not sure it saved me too much time in the long run.  Still, it's something I would make again in the Cosori - but I am going to adapt it next time, which I noted below with the *.

Spicy Chicken and Pasta

1/4 c oil
2 T chopped garlic
2 t crushed red pepper flakes
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut to 1 inch pieces*
2 c broccoli florets *see note
1 1/2 c sliced zucchini
1 1/2 t salt
1 lb. penne pasta
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 c water
1/4 c Romano cheese - sprinkle after cooking

Set the Corsori to saute' and add the oil.  Add the garlic and the crushed red pepper flakes, cooking until aromatic (about 30 seconds).  Add the chicken and saute until brown.  Add the pasta, broccoli, zucchini, salt, tomato and water.  

Set to manual cook for half the time your pasta package calls for.  In my case it called for 10 minutes so I set the pressure cooker for 5 minutes.  When it's done and it's on warming mode and slowly releasing steam, only let it warm for about 4-5 minutes and then release the steam yourself if it hasn't, so the noodles are not over done and mushy.  If there are any pasta on top they may be a little less 'done' than the ones on the bottom but mix it up... they quickly absorb the water and are perfect by the time you serve it.  Sprinkle with cheese before serving if you wish.

*NOTE:  Although I love the broccoli in the stove top version of this recipe I will be leaving it out of the cooking process the next time I make this in the pressure cooker.  I found in the pressure cooker, the broccoli broke down too much, and a strong taste of broccoli permeated everything.  Overpowered everything else.  I suggest, while the Cosori is cooking, I will use those minutes to cook the cut up broccoli in the microwave and add it after cooking.

I also chose to use 2 of my homemade chicken sausages in place of the chicken breasts.  Use whatever chicken you have on hand and play with it.

I browned my chicken sausage a bit and then cut it into slices as it's easier to cut that way

Throwing everything in the pot

Press manual and cook for half the time that your pasta calls for. 5 minutes in my case.

The electric multi-function cooker I bought from Amazon -  (although this recipe could be used with the Instant Pot or whatever electric pressure cooker you have by adapting it if you need to): COSORI 7-in-1 Multifunctional Pressure Cooker

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