|The Instant pot: Cooking frozen chicken and saving one dinner at a time.
This is what you will need:
4-5 frozen Costco chicken breasts
1 cup of your favorite salsa
1 cup of water
1/2 cup taco seasoning (also from Costco)
Salt and pepper to taste.
It's super easy. Plunk down the frozen breasts into the bottom of the pot.
|The "clang" the frozen chicken hits the pot is somewhat unsettling, but oh the payoff in a few short minutes!
Dump over the salsa, water, taco seasoning, and salt and pepper.
|Chicken Taco meat, it's almost too easy
Seal the lid and plug in the machine. Hit the "Poultry" setting which will give you a default time of 15 min on high pressure. Let the pot do it's thang.
While the chicken is coming up to temperature, you can run around and chop some lettuce (for taco salads), grab some sides like chips, shredded cheese, olives, chips, and salsa, or taco shells for the kids.
After the 15 minute timer goes off, let it sit for about 5 more minutes (wait time optional, if you're in a rush) then release the steam valve and pop that baby open as soon as you are ready.
|What you will see when you open the pot. The little globs of fat is what I remove before shredding
|Shredded chicken from frozen - We're living in the future people
Place the shredded chicken back in the sauce and stir. See if it needs anymore seasoning and then you are good to go!
|Mmm good for tacos, taco salads, burritos, nachos....
I use a slotted spoon to scoop the meat out of the liquid and serve.
|You can also drain off most of the liquid while you are shredding if you want less moisture
After that, just scoop some into a taco shell, plop on some shredded lettuce for a taco salad, and stack your favorite toppings on top.
|An easy meal and a tasty one too.
|He'll send me pics profusely thanking me for "Taco Salad 2.0"
|Chicken and cheese nachos by my 14- year-old