Cosori Cooking: Spicy Chicken and Pasta

I was preparing to make a regular dish for dinner this week and 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. 


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

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