Friday, November 3, 2017

Instant Pot: Apricot Honey Chicken

November is proving to be a busy month but thankfully getting dinner on the table hasn't been difficult. Using some pantry staples, this Apricot Honey Chicken was a winner winner chicken dinner! If you don't have or like apricot preserves, you can use orange preserves as a substitution. You can also use other cuts of chicken - legs, thighs, drumsticks, wings. I plan on making this with wings the next time for a twist. Also, any leftovers (if there are any) can be used in other dishes like a rice pilaf or soup.

Apricot Honey Chicken

adapted from Taste of Home/Kathy Hawkins
4-6 bone in chicken breast halves (or other cuts of chicken if you prefer)
salt and pepper to your tastes
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 cup orange juice
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon honey


In your Instant Pot:

Plug in the IP with insert set in place.


Press SAUTE and add oil.

Season chicken with salt and pepper. When oil is hot, add seasoned chicken to IP and cook until lightly browned.

Meanwhile in a small bowl or 4 cup measuring cup, whisk together the preserves, orange juice, chicken broth and honey. Add to the IP and pour over the chicken once all are lightly browned.

Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 20 minutes on HIGH pressure.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 20 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.

When the IP beeps after pressure cooking for 20 minutes, turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release any remaining pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen). 

Serve hot. Alternatively, if you prefer some more color of your chicken, you can place under a broiler until browned to your preference.