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Spicy Instant Pot Chicken

The instant pot is certainly the new craze these days. Dinner in under an hour, yes please! Some folks are intimidated by this new machine, but just remember that it’s much like it’s grandfather the crock pot – you can dump whatever you have in your kitchen and voila, dinner is served. This recipe has become a favorite and a staple in our house:

Begin with 3-4 trimmed chicken breasts. Then I grab all the peppers I have on hand plus an onion.

Chop or slice everything into big pieces.

Turn your instant pot on to the brown cycle. Season your chicken generously with your favorite seasoning. We love Weber’s Garlic Habanero. Once heated, add some EVOO to the bottom before browning your chicken on both sides.

Toss in your veggies first. I love adding corn cut from the cob but canned works fine.

Now add in your canned goods. We love hot Rotel, fire roasted diced green chiles, fire roasted diced tomatoes, tomatillo salsa, chipotle in adobo sauce, beans, etc….literally, you can’t go wrong here. Then add 8oz of cream cheese (we prefer the Greek yogurt variety).

Put the lid on and let it cook for 40 minutes. Then shred the chicken inside the pot. We love to serve this over quinoa, but it would be great over rice, potato, or pasta – your pick.

Avocado (and maybe some jalapeño slices and hot sauce) make the perfect topping. Enjoy!

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

If you haven’t noticed a slight trend here, we eat A LOT of Mexican food at my house. My husband is half Mexican, so it’s no coincidence….but who doesn’t love Mexican food, right??

As I mentioned in my intro I make freezer meals for friends and family out of my kitchen. One of my most popular dishes is my Classic Chicken Enchiladas. They are very simple, and the homemade enchilada sauce is what makes the meal so delish. Here’s my favorite version of this Mexican staple:

~Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil over medium high heat. 

~Whisk in 1/4 cup flour. 

Stir in:  28oz can crushed tomatoes, 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Add one cup of water. Cracked salt and pepper to taste. 

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until sauce thickens. This will store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 week (mine never lasts that long though!). 

Adapted from: Damn Delicious