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My First Meal with the Instant Pot
unboxing the instant pot and pressure cooking frozen chicken breats
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It’s 6:30 pm and you’re standing in the kitchen wondering what in the world you’re going to feed your family for dinner. You have a freezer full of frozen chicken that you, of course, forgot to thaw this morning. This is the scene far too often at my house! It’s either because I failed to make a meal plan for the week, or I forgot to prepare what I needed for my meal!

So frustrating!

Instant Pot to the rescue!

cook food fast with the instant post pressure cooker
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You guys, this thing is amazing! I cooked frozen chicken in about 20 minutes, and we had chicken tacos that everyone agreed were delicious!! Can’t beat that!

Cooked and Shredded Chicken for Tacos Made In The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
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If you’ve been following my posts, you know Ryan got me an Instant Pot for Christmas, after the very subtle hint on my part of including it in my Gift Guide. 😉 I was very excited since I have 2 friends who have one and they love it!

Ryan got me the 8 quart model, which is perfect for a large family of 7 like ours.

8 Quart Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
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They have different sizes available though, depending on your needs. I must say, I was surprised when I opened it, at how big it really is. The inner pot is pretty huge.

You can watch the unboxing of my Instant Pot:

The model I have is a 7-in-1, which is basically the souped-up version. It’s a slow cooker, saute pan, pressure cooker, yogurt maker and more, all in one!

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It almost sounds too good to be true, but everyone that has it loves it. It gets 4.7 out of 5 stars from almost 16,000 reviews on Amazon! That’s impressive.

So we had to give it a try to see what all the fuss was about.

I read a lot of articles, as well as watched many videos to make sure we would use it correctly. I also made sure and joined the Instant Pot Community on FB for some tasty recipes and tips and suggestions on the best ways to use the pot.

The Instant Pot Community on Facebook
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My friend Kim gave me some great and easy recipes and we had a long phone call where she explained the ins and outs of the pot and everything I needed to know to be safe and successful when using it.

Thanks Kim for saving me from a lot of instruction reading 😉

The Instant Pot I got comes with the stainless steel inner pot, or liner, a trivet for steaming, a rice measuring cup and 2 ladles.

Instant Pot Accessories
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We washed the inner pot and we were ready to give it a go! I had some frozen chicken, so I used a very simple recipe for chicken tacos.

ingredients for cooking seasoned chicken breasts with the Instant Pot pressure cooker
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You can watch me use the Instant Pot for the very first time while I make this recipe:

For the full recipe with ingredients and instructions check out this blog post.

The chicken breasts came out juicy and tasty!

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The tacos were a big success!

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Chicken Tacos
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So far, that’s the only meal I’ve made, but there are so many things you can make in the Instant Pot! My next venture will be a 5 minute chocolate cake that looks to die for!

I also found out, you can even make cheesecake in it! I will definitely be ordering this pan so I can start experimenting with cheesecake flavors!

Soups, meats, seafood, stews, desserts, the possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to incorporate so many of the functions of the pot into our meal planning! I think the Instant Pot may be a game changer for meals in our home!

Do you have an Instant Pot? I’d love to hear how much you love it, and some of your favorite recipes!

  • Cindy says:

    I watched lots of videos yesterday and ordered a 6 qt. last night!

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Woohoo!! You’ll love it! I just made mashed potatoes in it and they came out amazing!

      • Cindy says:

        Awesome! I’m wondering if you have to spray with Pam to help with cleanup? I haven’t seen anyone mention it and I’ve watched a lot of videos and reading recipes on Facebook.

        • Valerie Cooper says:

          I have never used Pam in any of my recipes. (I do spray Pam on the ramekins that go into the pot for my Turtle Lava Cakes) I have some recipes that call for oil when sauteing the meat, but I’ve never had to spray the pot. Have you been to my YouTube channel?

  • Kelly League says:

    So getting one of these! Thanks Valerie!

  • W W Kestenbaum says:

    VK,
    I need to try some of the great stuff you are preparing in your Instant Pot! Waiting for an invitation! WW

  • Carrie says:

    Going on my “gift wishlist” right away!!!

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