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5 Days of Pressure Cooking: Multitasking & Pressure Cooker Chicken Carnitas (Day 2)

The Instant Pot is no doubt a multi-tasker. It boasts saute, slow cooking, rice cooker, warmer, and — in some models — yogurt making in addition to the pressure cooking functions.  However, even a stovetop pressure cooker can do a lot more than making delicious pressure cooker chicken carnitas.  Although that’s  probably good enough.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Carnitas

3 surprising uses for your pressure cooker

We absolutely hate clutter in our household.  In fact, just last night I had a nightmare revolving around clutter.  So, of course, we also hate one-use products.  When I first got into sous vide, I set out to prove to myself that it can do so much more than just cook a good piece of salmon or steak. Luckily, pressure cookers carry their weight in the kitchen, and not just the aforementioned Instant Pot.

All pressure cookers are capable of being multitaskers and don’t feel limited to just doing braises.  Here are our favorite uses for the pressure cooker:

  1. Cooking dried beans without the usual 12-hour presoaking.
  2. Throw away your rice cooker…unless you have a Zojirushi.  Pressure cookers make wonderful rice cookers.
  3. Pressure cooker cheesecake, anyone?

Pressure Cooker Chicken Carnitas

You might recall my love for chicken carnitas from my post where I shared my slow cooker recipe a little over a year ago.  Mexican food will always share a special place in my heart. Some of my fondest childhood memories were spent at our Mexican immigrant neighbors’ house.  We didn’t speak Spanish and they didn’t speak English, but we all spoke food; the most universal language.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Carnitas
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican, Weeknight
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Cuisine Mexican, Weeknight
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Instructions
  1. Add oil to the pot and brown your chicken. If using the Instant Pot, this can be done using the "saute" function.
  2. Briefly remove chicken, add onion and saute for about 30 seconds.
  3. add citrus juices, spices, and jalapeno. Return chicken to the pot. Seal your pressure cooker and allow it to come to high pressure. Set timer for 9 minutes after pressure reached
  4. Once 9 minutes pass, remove pressure cooker from heat and release using natural release.
  5. Remove chicken again. Shred and add to a foil lined baking sheet. Broil on high until crispy.
  6. Serve with tortillas and any desired toppings.
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