I didn't think it could be done. Frozen chicken cooked to tender perfection in 12 minutes?
Barbara has posted these yummy recipes using her electric pressure cooker: Steel Cut Oats and Sirloin Tips in Gravy, which both take long cooking times to become tender.
Let's put my pressure cooker to the test, shall we?
Here's two frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Thunk. Thunk.
|Cuisinart CPC-600 1000-Watt 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker, Brushed Stainless and Matte Black|
I wanted some flavor for this chicken, so I squirted our favorite BBQ sauce* (1/2 Bulls Eye with 1/2 honey)....just a couple of tablespoons per breast...
Update: If you use a thick BBQ sauce, you may need to add 1/4 c. water to your chicken. I added honey to my BBQ sauce and didn't need to add water. I make plain cooked chicken ALL the time using this method with 1/4 c. chicken broth. The frozen chicken releases a LOT of liquid during cooking and this 1/4 cup liquid is just enough to get the steam started to pressurize your cooker.
Covered my electric pressure cooker, set it on high pressure, and for 12 minutes. (thawed boneless chicken will only take 5-6 minutes).
It took about 7 minutes for the pressure to build and then the 12 minute countdown began.
After 12 minutes, I did a quick release**, using a pair of tongs to move the pressure valve open...
**update: It is strongly advised to let your meats sit for 5-10 minutes after pressure cooking, then do a quick release. Quick releasing right after cooking can create a "vacuum" and take a lot of the moisture from your meats, causing them to be dry and tough.
Once the pressure was down (only took a couple of minutes), I could open the lid.
Let's take a peek... Not too shabby!
Let's take them out and see if they are cooked alllllll the way through...
The side of the chicken that touched the bottom of pot looked even better than the top...all glazey, caramelized and yummy....
This chicken was moist, tender and it shredded easily. I combined it with some of the 1/2 cup or so of BBQ "broth" that was left over in the pressure cooker and served it with cheese on a homestyle tortilla for a quick and easy meal.
I think we have a winner on our hands, folks!
Dust off your pressure cookers and give this one a try!
PC FROZEN CHICKEN
2 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts, approx 8-10 oz each
1/4 cup water or chicken broth
2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce, if desired
1 Tablespoon honey, if desired
Put 1/4 cup water into pressure cooker.
Place frozen chicken directly into pressure cooker.
Pour bbq sauce, honey, or leave plain.
Put lid on PC. Set valve to sealing.
Cook at High pressure for 12 minutes.
At the end of 12 minutes, allow PC to naturally release for 5 min.
Release the rest of the pressure.
Slice or shred meat and use in recipe as desired.
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