Instant Pot Chicken Piccata

One of my favorite combination of flavors involves lemon, butter, olive oil, and garlic…but really, who wouldn’t like that? This Instant Pot chicken piccata recipe is a simple one pot meal that combines the functions of sautéing and pressure cooking to create the most delectable chicken and juices to pour over your favorite pasta, rice, or veggies.

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut thin or in strips (I bought tenderloins)

1/4 cup all purpose flour

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp butter

2 lemons

1 clove garlic, minced

2 small shallots, finely diced

1 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup capers, rinsed and drained

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Pat chicken dry. If it is a thicker breast, butterfly it and slice it into thinner pieces. I used chicken breast tenderloins and they worked perfectly!
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place flour on a plate. Toss the seasoned chicken in the flour to coat.
  3. Place your Instant Pot in “saute” mode. Melt the butter and pour the olive oil in the pot until hot. Brown the chicken in the oil and butter until golden/brown on the outside (will not be fully cooked through yet). About 2-3 minutes per side. Do this in batches, if necessary.
  4. Remove chicken to a plate.
  5. Quickly add shallots and garlic to the hot oil and butter. Stir around for about 30 seconds – 1 minute until fragrant–be very careful not to burn them!
  6. Add chicken broth into the Instant Pot to deglaze (be sure to scrape off any stuck brown bits from the bottom of the pot during this step –this will prevent a “BURN” notice when pressure cooking).
  7. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and layer slices from the other lemon in the liquid.
  8. Add chicken back into the pot and stir together.
  9. Close your Instant Pot with the lid and set the top valve to “Sealing” mode. Set to High Pressure for 4 minutes (more time may be needed for a thicker piece of chicken).
  10. Once 4 minutes has completed, allow for a natural pressure release for 5 minutes (don’t touch anything, pot will read LO:05).
  11. Release the pressure carefully, add in the rinsed and drained capers, and serve over pasta, rice, or veggies!

**NOTE: I do not thicken the sauce because I like to pour it over pasta as a lemon/butter sauce. Feel free to thicken it with additional flour at the end!**

Season the chicken
Dredge in flour
Brown in the butter/ olive oil
Remove chicken / add shallots and garlic to the Instant Pot
Deglaze pot with chicken broth / add lemon juice and lemon slices … then mix chicken back in and pressure cook for 4 minutes!
Ready to release the pressure and add the capers!
That sauce, though…
Serve and enjoy!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 6 points per serving of chicken with sauce (add more for whatever you serve it with). This recipe makes 4 servings total. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Instant Pot Chicken Piccata

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Category: Chicken

Cuisine: Italian

Yield: 4

Instant Pot Chicken Piccata

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut thin or in strips (I bought tenderloins)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 small shallots, finely diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup capers, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Pat chicken dry. If it is a thicker breast, butterfly it and slice it into thinner pieces. I used chicken breast tenderloins and they worked perfectly!
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place flour on a plate. Toss the seasoned chicken in the flour to coat.
  3. Place your Instant Pot in “saute” mode. Melt the butter and pour the olive oil in the pot until hot. Brown the chicken in the oil and butter until golden/brown on the outside (will not be fully cooked through yet). About 2-3 minutes per side. Do this in batches, if necessary.
  4. Remove chicken to a plate.
  5. Quickly add shallots and garlic to the hot oil and butter. Stir around for about 30 seconds – 1 minute until fragrant–be very careful not to burn them!
  6. Add chicken broth into the Instant Pot to deglaze (be sure to scrape off any stuck brown bits from the bottom of the pot during this step –this will prevent a “BURN” notice when pressure cooking).
  7. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and layer slices from the other lemon in the liquid.
  8. Add chicken back into the pot and stir together.
  9. Close your Instant Pot with the lid and set the top valve to “Sealing” mode. Set to High Pressure for 4 minutes (more time may be needed for a thicker piece of chicken).
  10. Once 4 minutes has completed, allow for a natural pressure release for 5 minutes (don’t touch anything, pot will read LO:05).
  11. Release the pressure carefully, add in the rinsed and drained capers, and serve over pasta, rice, or veggies!

Notes

I do not thicken the sauce because I like to pour it over pasta as a lemon/butter sauce. Feel free to thicken it with additional flour at the end!

https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/07/10/instant-pot-chicken-piccata/

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.
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Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pies

One of my favorite things about the Instant Pot is the ability to cook something without having to watch it. Once you get it going, it does the work for you! Unfortunately with this recipe, you will need to put the pot pies in the oven to crisp up the crust, but the majority of the work will be done for you by the pressure cooker.

Ingredients

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed

4 cups chicken broth

2 chicken bouillon cubes

3 tbsp butter

1 diced yellow onion

2 cups chopped carrots

2 cups cubed yellow potatoes

1 14-oz. package frozen pearl onions

1 10-oz package frozen peas

1/4 cup heavy cream

3/4 cups all purpose flour

3 tbsp dried parsley

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 packages Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

1 egg (for egg wash)

Directions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to “saute mode.” Add in butter and allow to melt. Once melted, add in onions. Stir.
  2. Add in cubed chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until browned on the outside (not cooked through yet).
  3. Add in 2 cups of chicken broth, and make sure there are no bits of chicken stuck to the bottom of the pot. If there are, scrape them up with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add in carrots, potatoes, and frozen pearl onions. Close and lock the lid. Set to “sealing” mode.
  5. Set on high pressure mode for 8 minutes. Allow some time for the pressure to build.
  6. Once time is up, quick release to allow pressure to release.
  7. Depending on how much liquid you have, add in additional chicken broth. Add in frozen peas.
  8. Next, add in heavy cream. Determine the consistency you would like for the pot pie mixture. If serving as a soup, you may not need to thicken it. If serving as a pot pie, add flour until thickened to your liking.
  9. Ladle mixture into individual pot pie bowls on a baking sheet (this recipe makes about 8 servings).
  10. Open the crescent rolls and place two crescents over each pot pie.
  11. Beat 1 egg and mix with 1 tbsp water to create an egg wash.
  12. Brush the egg wash over each pot pie and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-14 minutes.
Veggie mixture before going in!
Cook the outside of the chicken a bit on saute mode before pressure cooking.
Before cooking!
Enjoy!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 12 points per pot pie. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Category: Entree

Yield: 8 pot pies

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pies

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups cubed yellow potatoes
  • 1 14-oz. package frozen pearl onions
  • 1 10-oz package frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 packages Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to “saute mode.” Add in butter and allow to melt. Once melted, add in onions. Stir.
  2. Add in cubed chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until browned on the outside (not cooked through yet).
  3. Add in 2 cups of chicken broth, and make sure there are no bits of chicken stuck to the bottom of the pot. If there are, scrape them up with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add in carrots, potatoes, and frozen pearl onions. Close and lock the lid. Set to “sealing” mode.
  5. Set on high pressure mode for 8 minutes. Allow some time for the pressure to build.
  6. Once time is up, quick release to allow pressure to release.
  7. Depending on how much liquid you have, add in additional chicken broth. Add in frozen peas.
  8. Next, add in heavy cream. Determine the consistency you would like for the pot pie mixture. If serving as a soup, you may not need to thicken it. If serving as a pot pie, add flour until thickened to your liking.
  9. Ladle mixture into individual pot pie bowls on a baking sheet (this recipe makes about 8 servings).
  10. Open the crescent rolls and place two crescents over each pot pie.
  11. Beat 1 egg and mix with 1 tbsp water to create an egg wash.
  12. Brush the egg wash over each pot pie and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-14 minutes.
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/06/18/instant-pot-chicken-pot-pies/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Chicken Souvlaki in a Pita

One of my favorite go-to takeout spots is a local Greek restaurant. The flavors and the freshness usually make for a guilt-free dinner as well! The dish I tend to try at every Greek restaurant is the chicken souvlaki. I love getting it in a pita topped with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and tzatziki sauce. Tonight, I made my own take on that, and let’s just say…my local takeout spot won’t be seeing much of me anymore!

Ingredients

For the chicken and marinade:

1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 cloves minced garlic

2 tsp oregano OR Greek seasoning (either works!)

For the toppings:

1 yellow onion, cut into strips

2 cups tomatoes, diced

1 cucumber, diced

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

salt

pepper

4 pitas

chopped romaine lettuce

Tzatziki sauce (I bought Cedar’s brand)

Directions

  1. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano/Greek seasoning to make the marinade. Add in the cubed chicken breasts and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  2. As the chicken is marinating, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Slice the onions.
  4. Skewer the cubed chicken onto metal skewers. Heat your grill pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Place marinated chicken on heated grill pan. Allow it to cook thoroughly for a few minutes per side. Use tongs to turn skewers. Be sure to cook fully through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  6. Once chicken is cooked, remove skewers to a plate and let rest for 10 minutes.
  7. While chicken is resting, add onions to the grill pan and grill them for a few minutes (about 3 to get a little browning on the onions). Remove them with tongs.
  8. To assemble the pitas, place a layer of romaine lettuce, chicken, tomato/cucumber salad, onions, and tzatziki sauce. Wrap it up and enjoy!
Get those beautiful grill marks on the chicken!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 11 points per pita with filling. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Chicken Souvlaki in a Pita

Category: Pita

Cuisine: Greek

Yield: 4

Chicken Souvlaki in a Pita

Ingredients

  • For the chicken and marinade:
  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tsp oregano OR Greek seasoning (either works!)
  • For the toppings:
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into strips
  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 pitas
  • chopped romaine lettuce
  • Tzatziki sauce (I bought Cedar’s brand)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano/Greek seasoning to make the marinade. Add in the cubed chicken breasts and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  2. As the chicken is marinating, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Slice the onions.
  4. Skewer the cubed chicken onto metal skewers. Heat your grill pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Place marinated chicken on heated grill pan. Allow it to cook thoroughly for a few minutes per side. Use tongs to turn skewers. Be sure to cook fully through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  6. Once chicken is cooked, remove skewers to a plate and let rest for 10 minutes.
  7. While chicken is resting, add onions to the grill pan and grill them for a few minutes (about 3 to get a little browning on the onions). Remove them with tongs.
  8. To assemble the pitas, place a layer of romaine lettuce, chicken, tomato/cucumber salad, onions, and tzatziki sauce. Wrap it up and enjoy!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/06/04/chicken-souvlaki-in-a-pita/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

15-Minute Chicken Fajitas

Some weekdays I get home from work and just don’t have it in me to prepare a meal. But, on those days I also realize that the amount of time it would take me to wait for a delivery meal, I could have a much healthier and easier option at my fingertips. That’s when these 15-minute chicken fajitas come into play! I buy precut fajita veggies, a simmer sauce, and stir fry chicken to make this meal SO easy and SO good! This semi-homemade meal will be sure to please everyone while giving you your night back!

Ingredients

1 yellow onion, cut into strips

1 green bell pepper, cut into strips

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

1.5 lbs chicken breast (I bought the stir fry cut chicken to make it easier!)

1 package of Frontera Fajita Skillet Sauce with chipotle + lime

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Cumin to taste

8 flour tortillas

2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet. Cook fajita veggies (onion, peppers) in the oil until they start to get a golden color (about 3-5 minutes).
  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and cumin, to taste.
  3. Remove the veggies from the skillet to rest on a plate. Add another 1 tbsp of oil. Add in chicken, in batches if needed. Cook through until fully browned and at an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  4. Remove chicken to a plate. Drain excess oil from the pan.
  5. Pour fajita sauce into skillet until it starts to boil. Add the cooked chicken and veggies back into the skillet. Combine until well coated by the sauce. Let simmer for 2-5 minutes on low.
  6. Serve with heated flour tortillas!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 9 points per serving (2 tortillas with fajita filling per serving!) Only 3 points with no tortillas! Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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15-Minute Chicken Fajitas

Category: Entree

Cuisine: Mexican

Yield: 4

15-Minute Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion, cut into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast (I bought the stir fry cut chicken to make it easier!)
  • 1 package of Frontera Fajita Skillet Sauce with chipotle + lime
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Cumin to taste
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet. Cook fajita veggies (onion, peppers) in the oil until they start to get a golden color (about 3-5 minutes).
  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and cumin, to taste.
  3. Remove the veggies from the skillet to rest on a plate. Add another 1 tbsp of oil. Add in chicken, in batches if needed. Cook through until fully browned and at an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  4. Remove chicken to a plate. Drain excess oil from the pan.
  5. Pour fajita sauce into skillet until it starts to boil. Add the cooked chicken and veggies back into the skillet. Combine until well coated by the sauce. Let simmer for 2-5 minutes on low.
  6. Serve with heated flour tortillas!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/06/03/15-minute-chicken-fajitas/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken

One of my go-to Instant Pot meals for meal prepping is this easy shredded salsa chicken. You can put them in rice bowls, flour/corn tortillas, or you can just eat it on its own with all the fixings!

Ingredients

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 jar salsa of choice

1 packet taco seasoning

1 cup water

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 can corn, rinsed and drained

Rice / guacamole / sour cream for creating the bowls

Directions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in your Instant Pot. Cover with 1 cup water.
  2. Close the lid of the pot and turn the valve to “Sealing.” Set on manual pressure for 9 minutes. Allow pressure to build and cook time to complete.
  3. Once 9 minutes of cook time is completed, allow for 5 minutes of natural release before flipping the valve to “Venting.”
  4. Remove the chicken and shred. Drain liquid from the pot.
  5. Place shredded chicken back in the Instant Pot and place on “Saute” mode. Add in jar of salsa, taco seasoning, and drained and rinsed corn and beans.
  6. Stir in until flavors are combined and corn softens to your liking.
  7. Serve over rice, salad, tacos, etc! Top with guacamole, sour cream, cheese, etc.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 1 point per serving of chicken. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app (calculate points for whatever you add separately).

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Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken

Category: Chicken

Yield: 6

Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jar salsa of choice
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn, rinsed and drained
  • +your choice of toppings!

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in your Instant Pot. Cover with 1 cup water.
  2. Close the lid of the pot and turn the valve to “Sealing.” Set on manual pressure for 9 minutes. Allow pressure to build and cook time to complete.
  3. Once 9 minutes of cook time is completed, allow for 5 minutes of natural release before flipping the valve to “Venting.”
  4. Remove the chicken and shred. Drain liquid from the pot.
  5. Place shredded chicken back in the Instant Pot and place on “Saute” mode. Add in jar of salsa, taco seasoning, and drained and rinsed corn and beans.
  6. Stir in until flavors are combined and corn softens to your liking.
  7. Serve over rice, salad, tacos, etc! Top with guacamole, sour cream, cheese, etc.
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/05/27/instant-pot-shredded-salsa-chicken/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Air Fryer Simple Adobo Chicken Thighs

Growing up, the only way we had chicken was either rotisserie or grilled chicken breasts. I recently discovered the juicy, flavorful goodness that are chicken thighs, and there’s no going back! I’ve tried to figure out the best and easiest way to cook these babies, and I think I discovered it! With just a little oil and adobo seasoning, they come out perfect in the air fryer!

Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 tsp olive oil (I used spray)

2 tbsp Goya Adobo seasoning

Directions:

  1. Pat your chicken thighs dry with a paper towel.
  2. Spray evenly with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle generously with Goya Adobo seasoning.
  4. Set your air fryer to 160 degrees F.
  5. Place your chicken thighs in the air fryer, making sure they do not touch (you may have to work in batches).
  6. Cook for 22 minutes, flipping thighs over halfway through, until chicken is cooked through (an internal temperature of 165 degrees F).
  7. Slice up and serve on its own, with a side, in a salad, or however you please!
Before…
After!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 6 points per serving. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Air Fryer Simple Adobo Chicken Thighs

Category: Chicken

Yield: 4

Air Fryer Simple Adobo Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp olive oil (I used spray)
  • 2 tbsp Goya Adobo seasoning

Instructions

  1. Pat your chicken thighs dry with a paper towel.
  2. Spray evenly with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle generously with Goya Adobo seasoning.
  4. Set your air fryer to 160 degrees F.
  5. Place your chicken thighs in the air fryer, making sure they do not touch (you may have to work in batches).
  6. Cook for 22 minutes, flipping thighs over halfway through, until chicken is cooked through (an internal temperature of 165 degrees F).
  7. Slice up and serve on its own, with a side, in a salad, or however you please!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/05/21/air-fryer-simple-adobo-chicken-thighs/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Instant Pot Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup

One of my absolute favorite comfort foods of all time is chicken noodle soup. Every time I’m sick or even if I just have a little chill, I crave it. But who has the time to cook up the good stuff from scratch? Well, with the Instant Pot, you can do it all and make the most amazing soup in under an hour with very little work or attention required.

Ingredients

1.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs

2 cups chopped celery

2 cups chopped carrots

1 yellow onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp butter

8 cups chicken broth (I like Swanson)

1 tsp salt (add more to taste)

1 tsp fresh ground black pepper (add more to taste)

1 tbsp dried parsley

1 tbsp dried thyme leaves

1 tbsp dried oregano leaves

1 tsp dried basil

1 bay leaf

2 cups wide egg noodles

1/4 lemon

Directions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to saute mode. Add the butter and let melt, coating the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add in the diced onions, celery, and carrots. Stir occasionally until onions are translucent and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add in salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, oregano, basil, and bay leaf. Mix well. Then add in minced garlic. Be careful not to burn it, cooking for about 1 minute before the next step.
  4. Add in 4 cups of chicken broth.
  5. Place the chicken thighs in.
  6. Add in additional 4 cups of chicken broth.
  7. Press “cancel” to stop the saute mode on your Instant Pot. Lock your lid on the pot and flip the valve to “sealing” mode. Select the “Soup/Stew” button and set it to 7 minutes. (*Note: It will take more than 7 minutes to cook. Since there is a lot of liquid, it will take some time to come to pressure before your 7 minute timer will begin. Feel free to get some other chores done during this time, the pot will work its magic!)
  8. Once the pot beeps and the 7 minutes are complete, allow the pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes (just don’t touch anything for 10 minutes!).
  9. Flip the valve to “venting” mode (use an oven mitt to do this to avoid burning from the steam release). Once all pressure is released and the float valve goes down, carefully open your pot and remove the chicken thighs.
  10. Shred them up to your liking (I like them a little chunky myself!) and return them to the soup.
  11. Set the pot to saute mode and add in the egg noodles. Cook for about 6 minutes, or until noodles are cooked.
  12. Spritz your soup with the juice of the lemon and remove the bay leaves.
  13. Serve hot!
When you put your Instant Pot on Soup/Stew mode, be sure it is flipped to “Sealing” mode.
This is what the pot looks like when it has naturally released pressure for 10 minutes!
Finished product!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 5 points for one serving (about 8 large servings total).

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Instant Pot Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Category: Soup

Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 8 cups chicken broth (I like Swanson)
  • 1 tsp salt (add more to taste)
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper (add more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups wide egg noodles
  • 1/4 lemon

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to saute mode. Add the butter and let melt, coating the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add in the diced onions, celery, and carrots. Stir occasionally until onions are translucent and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add in salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, oregano, basil, and bay leaf. Mix well. Then add in minced garlic. Be careful not to burn it, cooking for about 1 minute before the next step.
  4. Add in 4 cups of chicken broth.
  5. Place the chicken thighs in.
  6. Add in additional 4 cups of chicken broth.
  7. Press “cancel” to stop the saute mode on your Instant Pot. Lock your lid on the pot and flip the valve to “sealing” mode. Select the “Soup/Stew” button and set it to 7 minutes. (*Note: It will take more than 7 minutes to cook. Since there is a lot of liquid, it will take some time to come to pressure before your 7 minute timer will begin. Feel free to get some other chores done during this time, the pot will work its magic!)
  8. Once the pot beeps and the 7 minutes are complete, allow the pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes (just don’t touch anything for 10 minutes!).
  9. Flip the valve to “venting” mode (use an oven mitt to do this to avoid burning from the steam release). Once all pressure is released and the float valve goes down, carefully open your pot and remove the chicken thighs.
  10. Shred them up to your liking (I like them a little chunky myself!) and return them to the soup.
  11. Set the pot to saute mode and add in the egg noodles. Cook for about 6 minutes, or until noodles are cooked.
  12. Spritz your soup with the juice of the lemon and remove the bay leaves.
  13. Serve hot!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/04/29/instant-pot-homestyle-chicken-noodle-soup/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator. Calories reflect one serving of dip only.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

One of my favorite tailgate / pot luck dishes of all time is a warm, creamy buffalo chicken dip. It always looked and tasted so good that I was sure it was probably a complicated process to make it so good. That was until I tried making it. SO easy! And so good. The most difficult part is just waiting for the time it takes to cook before you can dig in!

Ingredients

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

2 8-oz. packages cream cheese

1 cup ranch dressing

3/4 cup original Frank’s Red Hot sauce

Shredded Mexican cheese

Tortilla chips and celery, for serving

Directions

  1. Set oven to bake at 350 degrees F.
  2. Shred rotisserie chicken into a medium bowl.
  3. Mix with Frank’s Red Hot and ranch dressing until fully coated.
  4. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Combine hot sauce covered chicken with cream cheese until fully melted and combined (forms a creamy consistency with very little full white spots left!). Stir frequently to combine and avoid burning.
  5. Once fully combined, turn the stovetop off and transfer the mixture to a oven safe casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with a layer of shredded cheese.
  6. Heat in oven until cheese is melted to your liking (about 8-10 minutes).
  7. Remove from the oven and serve!
Dip should look like this on the stovetop before transferring to the oven!
Out of the oven! Love that cheesy top. Broil for a minute if you want the cheese to brown even more!
Dig in!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 11 points for one serving (about 12 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
2 8-oz. packages cream cheese
1 cup ranch dressing
3/4 cup original Frank’s Red Hot sauce
Shredded Mexican cheese
Tortilla chips and celery, for serving

Directions:

1. Set oven to bake at 350 degrees F.
2. Shred rotisserie chicken into a medium bowl.
3. Mix with Frank’s Red Hot and ranch dressing until fully coated.
4. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Combine hot sauce covered chicken with cream cheese until fully melted and combined (forms a creamy consistency with very little full white spots left!). Stir frequently to combine and avoid burning.
5. Once fully combined, turn the stovetop off and transfer the mixture to a oven safe casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with a layer of shredded cheese.
6. Heat in oven until cheese is melted to your liking (about 8-10 minutes).
7. Remove from the oven and serve with chips and veggies!

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator. Calories reflect one serving of dip only.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

One of my favorite things to order at Mexican restaurants is chicken tortilla soup. Something about the warmth of the soup, the gooey cheese, the rich rice, the crunchy tortillas, and the soft avocados combine to make an amazing, yet simple dish. I never thought of making this soup until I came across a recipe on my Instant Pot app. With some tweaks, I’ve come across my favorite version of chicken tortilla soup. And since it’s made in the Instant Pot, you can set it and let it do the work!

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

3 10 oz. cans of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 can black beans

1 can yellow corn

1 package Uncle Ben’s (or rice of your choice) Whole Grain Ready Rice

1 avocado

1/2 lime

Shredded Mexican cheese

Tortilla chips of choice, crunched up into small pieces

Directions

  1. In your Instant Pot (I have the 6-Qt Duo Model), open the lid and combine the chicken thighs, Rotel tomatoes and green chiles, chicken broth, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
  2. Close the lid of your instant pot and be sure to set your vent to “Sealing Mode.”
Be sure the valve is towards “sealing” when you want to cook. “Venting” is for when the cooking is over and you want to vent the pot and release the pressure that has built up.

3. Set your Instant Pot to pressure cook on High for 9 minutes.

4. Once the pressure has built (give this time, it takes longer than you’d expect sometimes!), let the soup cook for 9 minutes. Then, after cooking time is up, allow the pressure to naturally release (don’t flip to venting yet) for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you may quick release the vent and let the pressure decrease. (My model reads LO: + however many minutes has passed to show the natural release time –example LO:10 for this recipe!)

5. Carefully open the lid and take out chicken thighs with tongs to shred separately. Return back to the soup.

6. Set the Instant Pot to “Saute” mode for 7 minutes. Stir in strained and rinsed canned corn and black beans. Stir well.

7. As corn and black beans are heating in the soup, make the rice in the microwave. Add to the soup and stir.

8. Add in lime juice.

9. Ladle soup into bowls for serving. Garnish each bowl with a sprinkle of shredded cheese (once this is mixed in it creates melty goodness), avocado, cilantro, and crushed of tortilla chips.

Feel free to omit this for your lactose intolerant friends!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 8 points for one serving (about 6 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app. **NOTE: These points can be lessened by omitting the rice, cheese, and avocado … even more by using chicken breasts instead of thighs, though the flavor of the thighs is much better in this, in my opinion!**

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 10 oz. cans of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 can black beans
1 can yellow corn
1 package Uncle Ben’s (or rice of your choice) Whole Grain Ready Rice
1 avocado
1/2 lime
Shredded Mexican cheese
Tortilla chips of choice, crunched up into small pieces

Directions:

1. In your Instant Pot (I have the 6-Qt Duo Model), open the lid and combine the chicken thighs, Rotel tomatoes and green chiles, chicken broth, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir well.

2. Close the lid of your instant pot and be sure to set your vent to “Sealing” mode.

3. Set your Instant Pot to pressure cook on High for 9 minutes.

4. Once the pressure has built (give this time, it takes longer than you’d expect sometimes!), let the soup cook for 9 minutes. Then, after cooking time is up, allow the pressure to naturally release (don’t flip to venting yet) for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you may quick release the vent and let the pressure decrease. (My model reads LO: + however many minutes has passed to show the natural release time –example LO:10 for this recipe!)

5. Carefully open the lid and take out chicken thighs with tongs to shred separately. Return back to the soup.

6. Set the Instant Pot to “Saute” mode for 7 minutes. Stir in strained and rinsed canned corn and black beans. Stir well.

7. As corn and black beans are heating in the soup, make the rice in the microwave. Add to the soup and stir.

8. Add in lime juice.

9. Ladle soup into bowls for serving. Garnish each bowl with a sprinkle of shredded cheese (once this is mixed in it creates melty goodness), avocado, cilantro, and crushed of tortilla chips.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Greek Salad with Lemon Grilled Chicken and Roasted Chickpeas

For some reason, whenever I make salads, they just don’t taste as good as they do in restaurants. I’m not someone who typically feels satisfied after sitting down to a meal of lettuce as the main star…that is until I made this salad. Modeled after something I’ve ordered at my local Greek restaurant, this salad takes on the beautiful flavors of olive oil, lemon, oregano, and many other Mediterranean specialties. You’ll never say you can’t make salad again!

This salad is an amazing combination of a few things, so it does take some time and effort to put together (everything’s easy…just a fair amount of prep and planning to make all the pieces work out!). The romaine lettuce is topped with a tomato cucumber combination, roasted chickpeas with green peppers and onions, and marinated lemon grilled chicken. Then it’s topped with a little Greek dressing and tzatziki sauce to create this filling and healthy lunch!

Ingredients

For the chicken and marinade:

-1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts

-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

-2 tbsp lemon juice

-2 cloves minced garlic

-1 tsp dried oregano

-1/2 teaspoon salt

For the roasted chickpeas:

-2 cans chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

-1 green bell pepper, diced

-1/2 red onion, sliced into small pieces (uneven is okay)

-Some leftover marinade from the chicken

For the tomato cucumber salad:

-1 container of grape tomatoes, sliced in half

-4 cups cucumber, diced

-Remaining 1/2 of red onion (from the chickpeas)

-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

-1/4 cup red wine vinegar

-1 clove garlic, minced

-1 tsp dried oregano

-Salt and pepper, to taste

For the rest of it:

-3 hearts of romaine lettuce

-Store bought Greek vinaigrette (I love Cardini’s)

-Store bought tzatziki sauce

Directions

For the chicken:

  1. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  2. Place your thinly sliced chicken breasts into a large Ziplock freeze bag. Pour marinade into the bag and seal. Toss chicken around the marinade to coat evenly. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes -overnight.
  3. After chicken is marinated, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and spray lightly with olive oil. Once grill pan is hot, place chicken in a single layer on the pan. Cook each side about 4-6 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  4. Cut into bite size pieces to serve.

For the roasted chickpeas:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Put some leftover marinade from the chicken in a large bowl (you may just make some fresh marinade for a small batch!).
  3. Pour 2 cans (or 3 –the more the merrier with this!) of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) into a strainer to rinse and drain.
  4. Pour into bowl with marinade.
  5. Chop your green bell peppers into small pieces and add to the chickpeas.
  6. Then, add your chopped red onion.
  7. Toss in marinade to coat.
  8. In a rimmed baking sheet, spread the chickpea mixture into a single layer.
  9. Cook in oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes is up, take out the baking sheet and move around chickpeas to avoid burning on the bottoms.
  10. Place back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.

For the tomato cucumber salad:

  1. Place chopped grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and the remainder of the red onion into a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk together to combine.
  3. Pour this mixture over the tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions. Toss to coat.

Put it all together:

  1. Once all of the parts are completed, chop the hearts of romaine into small pieces of lettuce suitable for a salad.
  2. In a bowl, layer the romaine lettuce, tomato cucumber salad, roasted chickpeas, and grilled chicken.
  3. Top with Greek vinaigrette (I use Cardini’s) and tzatziki sauce!
  4. Enjoy your healthy, delicious meal!
Chicken after being grilled…check out those grill marks!
Chickpeas roasted for a little crunch!
Add a beautiful freshness with this tomato cucumber salad (makes a great side for any dish).
Put it all together for an amazing, restaurant quality salad!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 8 points for one serving (about 6 servings total). This point value INCLUDES the Cardini’s dressing and tzatziki sauce! Deduct three points without those. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Greek Salad with Lemon Grilled Chicken and Roasted Chickpeas

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

For the chicken and marinade:
-1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts

-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-2 tbsp lemon juice
-2 cloves minced garlic
-1 tsp dried oregano
-1/2 teaspoon salt

For the roasted chickpeas:
-2 cans chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
-1 green bell pepper, diced
-1/2 red onion, sliced into small pieces (uneven is okay)
-Some leftover marinade from the chicken

For the tomato cucumber salad:
-1 container of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
-4 cups cucumber, diced
-Remaining 1/2 of red onion (from the chickpeas)
-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
-1/4 cup red wine vinegar
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 tsp dried oregano
-Salt and pepper, to taste

For the tomato cucumber salad:
-1 container of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
-4 cups cucumber, diced
-Remaining 1/2 of red onion (from the chickpeas)
-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
-1/4 cup red wine vinegar
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 tsp dried oregano
-Salt and pepper, to taste

For the rest of it:
-3 hearts of romaine lettuce
-Store bought Greek vinaigrette (I love Cardini’s)
-Store bought tzatziki sauce

Directions:

For the chicken:

1. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
2. Place your thinly sliced chicken breasts into a large Ziplock freeze bag. Pour marinade into the bag and seal. Toss chicken around the marinade to coat evenly. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes -overnight.
3. After chicken is marinated, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and spray lightly with olive oil. Once grill pan is hot, place chicken in a single layer on the pan. Cook each side about 4-6 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
4. Cut into bite size pieces to serve.

For the roasted chickpeas:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. Put some leftover marinade from the chicken in a large bowl (you may just make some fresh marinade for a small batch!).
3. Pour 2 cans (or 3 –the more the merrier with this!) of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) into a strainer to rinse and drain.
4. Pour into bowl wit marinade.
5. Chop your green bell peppers into small pieces and add to the chickpeas.
6. Then, add your chopped red onion.
7. Toss in marinade to coat.
8. On a rimmed baking sheet, spread the chickpea mixture into a single layer.
9. Cook in oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes is up, take out the baking sheet and move around chickpeas to avoid burning on the bottoms.
10. Place back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.

For the tomato cucumber salad:

1. Place chopped grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and the remainder of the red onion into a medium bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk together to combine.
3. Pour this mixture over the tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions. Toss to coat.

Put it all together:

1. Once all of the parts are completed, chop the hearts of romaine into small pieces of lettuce suitable for a salad.
2. In a bowl, layer the romaine lettuce, tomato cucumber salad, roasted chickpeas, and grilled chicken.
3. Top with Greek vinaigrette (I use Cardini’s) and tzatziki sauce!

Enjoy your healthy, delicious meal!

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.