Fall is around the corner, which means busy school nights and cold rainy evenings. Don’t let that stop you from having a home-cooked meal. We use the instant pot and slow cooker all year but especially during the fall and winter months. You can either plan ahead and use the slow cooker to prepare something in the morning and then come back to it later in the evening. Or make something in the pressure cooker and have it done within minutes. Another plus is making one pot meals, equals less clean up.
This dish was very easy to make and full of flavor. Orzo taste like half rice half noodles if you’ve never eaten it before, you can find it in the grain section of your local store. This dish is a one pot meal, filled with great nutritional ingredients. I’m all about hiding the vegetables so if you need to chop the vegetables very small, go for it.
Sometimes I just need a little edible comfort in the form of pasta. Who’s with me?
Even in the summer, when I’m supposed to be sticking to barbecue and watermelon, I’ve got to have a carby pasta dish on occasion. It just makes me feel like all is right with the world.
Today’s Instant Pot Chicken Orzo is a fabulous recipe year-round, yet I especially like to make it in the summer and early fall when my herbs are growing tall.
2 chicken breasts
1 cup orzo
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup spinach chopped
2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 large onion chopped
8 garlic cloves
1 lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp paprika
2 cups chicken broth
dash salt and pepper
Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces and in a small bowl mix turmeric, all spice, paprika, salt and pepper. Sprinkle seasoning over chicken. Prepare all vegetables and set aside.
Drizzle a little olive oil into instant pot and turn on the saute setting. Add chicken and cook 5-7 minutes until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove chicken from pot, leaving any juice and set the chicken aside.
If needed add another drizzle of oil and saute vegetables for 3-5 minutes until softened.
When the vegetables are done cooking, pour the chicken broth, chicken and orzo into the pot and stir to combine.
Close lid and valve to “sealing”. Set the instant pot to manual high for 4 minutes. Let it slow release for at least 10 minutes before carefully opening and serving.