Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This Chicken Cacciatore has the best fall-of-the-bone chicken and is packed with veggies and hearty flavor! A healthier version of the classic Italian dish everyone will LOVE, that’s made quickly in your Instant Pot pressure cooker!

 

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Tuttorosso Tomatoes today to show you how to make an amazing dinner in your pressure cooker! This fall-off-the-bone chicken is hearty and flavorful, and serves a crowd or makes for delicious leftovers!

Instant-Pot Chicken Cacciatore | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

The pressure cooker is one of my new favorite gadgets. Why? Because a chicken this tender and flavorful usually requires cooking low and slow, yet we made it quick!

Instant-Pot Chicken Cacciatore | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Serve it over rice, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free rice pasta for the perfect meal!

Instant-Pot Chicken Cacciatore | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Preparation 10 minutes 2017-03-26T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 minutes 2017-03-26T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 6     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken legs and/or thighs
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, use more as necessary for coating chicken and seasoning at the end
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, use more as necessary  for coating chicken and seasoning at the end
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 3 carrots, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced medium
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz can Tuttorosso diced tomatoes in juice
  • 14.5 oz can Tuttorosso diced tomatoes in juice, pulsed in a food processor or blender
  • 2 tablespoons freshly parsley, plus more to garnish
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Pat chicken dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Set the pressure cooker to the saute setting at high heat. Add in oil. Working in batches sear chicken until golden brown, about five minutes on each side, adding more oil as necessary. The chicken should not be fully cooked at this stage but the skin should be nicely browned. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add onion, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms to the pressure cooker and saute until vegetables are soft, scrapping up browned bits, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add bay leaf, chicken broth, tomatoes, fresh thyme, fresh parsley, and balsamic vinegar. Return chicken to pressure cooker and press into tomatoes until they are mostly covered.
  3. Place lid on pressure cooker and lock in place. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Release pressure using quick release valve and remove lid. Remove bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (If a thicker sauce is desired, you can remove the chicken to a plate and simmer sauce until it is the desired thickness. Do this before seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.)
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve over rice, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free pasta.

Recipe Notes

* Don't have a pressure cooker, cook this on the stovetop as well using Nanny's Potted Chicken on page 160 of the Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook as a reference! In a large braising pan or Dutch oven, follow steps 1-2 as directed, cover, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 90-100 minutes.

This post is sponsored by Tuttorosso Tomatoes. All opinions are always 100% my own!

22 Paleo-friendly Snack Recipes You Can Bring Anywhere

Snacking is one of the questions I often get asked about as it is one of the more difficult times to eat clean. Here are 22 paleo-friendly snack recipes you can bring anywhere!

20 Healthy Snacks To Bring Anywhere

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Trail Mix Granola Bars from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly)

Salad Roll-Ups from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, Whole30 compliant, Egg-free)

Avocado Boats: 5 Ways from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Grain-free, refined sugar free, paleo-friendly)

On-the-Go Baked Egg Nests from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Grain-free Chocolate Banana Muffins from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Refined sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Grain-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, no bake)

Breakfast Cookies from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Garlic Roasted Kale Chips from Fit Foodie Finds (sugar-free, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant)

Toasted Maple Pecan Overnight Chia Pudding from PaleOMG (Dairy-free, grain-free, and egg-free)

Homemade Fruit By The Foot from Against All Grain (Dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free, egg-free)

Pad Thai Spring Rolls from With Food and Love (Grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free)

Pistachio Cardamom Bars from Gourmande In The Kitchen (Dairy-free, Whole30 compliant, grain-free)

Salt and Vinegar Popcorn Cauliflower from Running to the Kitchen (Grain-free, egg-free, dairy-free)

Coconut Walnut Sunflower Seed Granola from The Roasted Root (Egg-free, dairy-free, grain-free)

Breakfast Trail Mix from Eating Bird Food (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, egg-free, dairy-free)

Lime Coconut Chia Energy Bites from The Healthy Maven (Dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly)

The Raw Brownie from My New Roots (Grain-free, refined sugar free, dairy-free, egg-free, and raw)

Banana Hemp Seed Pudding from Minimalist Baker (Dairy-free, egg-free, grain-free)

Chai-Spiced Almond Hazelnut Butter from Ambitious Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free)

Paleo Ginger-Spiced Mixed Nuts from I Heart Umami (Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free)

Matcha Vanilla Smoothies from Love and Lemons (Grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free)

Homemade Snap Pea Chips from Cotter Crunch (Dairy-free, grain-free, Whole30 compliant, paleo-friendly)

Happy Snacking! For even more healthy snack ideas, check out this round-up here.

Instant Pot Pho

I have been wanting to make my own Beef Pho for a long time now and I must say, I am so HAPPY that I finally did! This Instant Pot Pho broth is light, packed with flavor, and makes for the perfect healthy and warming meal! Loaded with minerals such as collagen, vitamins, and protein, plus all the veggie and aromatic add-ins, I can’t wait to make this again and again.

Instant Pot Pho

Simply make the broth, add in the herbs, protein, and veggies of choice and BOOM delicious Pho all week long! This recipe makes a TON of broth and can be stored either in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 4-6 months!

Instant Pot Pho

I love ordering Pho, but something they use when making it really messes up my stomach! I also care about the quality of meat and bones I am consuming, so making my own was a no brainer! Plus, the Instant Pot makes the bone broth come together QUICKLY! No 24 hours, here!

Instant Pot Pho

Instant Pot Pho

Preparation 10 min 2017-03-26T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 1 hour and 15 minutes 2017-03-26T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 6     adjust servings
Instant Pot Pho

Ingredients

Bone Broth

Add-ins

  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 lb grass-fed sirloin steak, sliced very thinly (freeze meat for 15 minutes before cutting to make the slicing easier), cook on the stove with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 1 box of rice noodles, par-cooked based on package instructions
  • 1 bunch Basil
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha

Instructions

1. Place onion, garlic, carrot and ginger on a sheet-tray. Broil for 10 minutes, or until charred.
2. Parboil the bones: While vegetables are cooking, fill a medium sized pot with water, cover and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, turn down heat to medium low and add the beef bones. Cook for 2-3 minutes at a high simmer, never at a rolling boil. Drain and skim off any fat that remains on the bones. Place the bones in your pressure cooker.
3. Add charred veggies, apple cider vinegar, spices, and enough water to cover the bones to your pressure cooker.
4. Cover and seal the pressure cooker. Using the manual timer, set the pressure cooker to high for 45 minutes. Once done, shut off the heat and let sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, open the pressure cooker and strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer until it runs clear. About 2-3 times.
5. While broth is cooking, cook the steak. Heat a small skillet with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. Add in steak and cook on medium heat until no pink remains. Set aside in a bowl until ready to eat!
6. Par-cook your rice noodles based on package instructions and set aside until ready to eat.

7. Assembly: Place bone broth in desired bowls. Add in desired toppings and devour!

 

Recipe Notes

  • * Bone Broth Storage Tips: Place the remaining broth in a covered glass container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you would like to freeze it to make it last for 4-6 months, place it in ice cube trays and transfer cubes to a freezer bag! Make sure that the bone broth is fully cooled before you freeze or refrigerate it.
  • When the bone broth cools, you might see a layer of fat on the top. Simply skim it off using a slotted spoon.
 
  • * Ask your butcher if they have thinly sliced beef. We get ours from Bucher box, who has the thinly sliced beef pre-sliced. If you are looking for a great way to get grass-fed high quality meat right to your door, it is for you! As a promotion for all of YOU, anyone who buys their first box with code "LexiCleanKitchen" will get $10 OFF + Free Bacon (uncured, pastured, and sugar-free)! Order and learn more about it here!
 
  • *Make it in your slow cooker!
  • Follow steps one and two as directed. Add charred veggies, apple cider vinegar, spices, and enough water to cover the bones to your slow cooker. Cover, set it to low, and cook for 8-10 hours. Once done, strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer until it runs clear. Follow the rest of the steps as directed and devour!

Instant Pot Pho

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Mediterranean Veggie Fritters [VIDEO]

Looking for a veggie side dish? These Mediterranean Veggie Fritters are packed with veggies, loaded with Mediterranean flavors, and are gluten-free, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly!

Mediterranean Veggie Fritters | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Meatless Monday is here, and today we’re giving you our new favorite side dish! These fritters can be baked or pan-fried, and are SO flavorful. Crispy on the outside, just the way we like them!

Mediterranean Veggie Fritters | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Mediterranean Veggie Fritters | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Bonus: You’ll be eating all the veggies!

Mediterranean Veggie Fritters | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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Mediterranean Veggie Fritters

Preparation 0:10 2017-03-26T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:20 2017-03-26T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 15 fritters     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 onions, mined
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 scallions, thinly slices, about 1/4 cup
  • 2 carrots, grated, about 1 cup grated carrots
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons salt, more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons pepper, more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 medium beets shredded, about 2 cups, water squeezed out
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 cups avocado oil

Instructions

1.In a medium skillet sauté onion and garlic until the onion turns translucent and the garlic begins to brown. Turn off heat, let cool and place in a medium mixing bowl.
2. Add scallions, carrots, spices, parsley, lemon juice, and almond flour.
3. Place the shredded beet in a paper towel or cheesecloth, squeeze out as much liquid as you can, and add it to the carrot mixture.
4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and tapioca powder to form a thick paste. Add the paste to the beet/carrot mixture and stir until just combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with avocado oil.
6. Once the oil is at frying temperature (365℉), spoon 2 tablespoons of the batter into the pan to make a fritter that is about 2 inches in diameter. Use the spatula to help form it. Let fry for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until the fritters start to crisp up and turn a deep brown. Repeat with remaining veggie batter.
7. Place the cooked fritters on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside until ready to serve. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  • Recipe inspired by Persiana cookbook by Sabrina Ghayour
  • You can bake these instead of frying them. Bake at 375°F until both sides are crispy.

 

 

Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

This Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar makes for a great weekend brunch with family or friends! Loaded with veggies, bacon, caramelized onions, my favorite paleo bread (or sweet potato buns), and perfectly poached Pasture-Raised EGGS. It is such a fun spin on a brunch classic!

Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Vital Farms to bring you today’s recipe! For me, Vital Farms is the golden standard of eggs from the supermarket. They are my go-to eggs that I purchase, and you will instantly see why when you see the color and taste the difference for yourself! They are SO GOOD.

Vital Farms is the largest (and first) Certified Humane Pasture-Raised egg company in the United States, based in Austin, TX. I now cannot wait to head back to Austin and go for a visit. ATX is my happy place!

Their hens live the way birds are meant to live, under open skies and grazing on organically maintained green pastures, all day, every day, while getting adequate exercise. This results in delicious, nutritionally rich eggs with thick, bright, and flavorful yolks – truly a superior quality product than most I’ve tried on the market.

You might see eggs in your local stores saying they are free range, organic, soy-free, or free of hormones and/or antibiotics, but these labels don’t necessarily mean they are what you think they are. The first thing I always look for is if they are pasture raised.

Why? WELL, Vital Farms gives all of their hens a whole lot of pesticide-free, herbicide-free pasture to roam and forage.With all this space, their hens have space to stretch, flap their wings, and forage fresh grasses, plants, bugs/critters, and seeds in the pasture. They have GOOD LIVES.

Let’s talk about this eggs benny bar, because really, what is more fun than this?

It’s loaded with veggie options.

Customizable with paleo bread or sweet potato buns.

And you can whip up the homemade Hollandaise Sauce in no time.

Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

Paleo Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

Paleo Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

Preparation 10 min 2017-03-26T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 40 min 2017-03-26T00:40:00+00:00 Serves 6     adjust servings
Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

Ingredients

  • 1 batch Sandwich Rolls
  • 1 batch Sweet Potato Buns
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 yellow or red onion, sliced thin
  • 3 Vital Farms eggs, poached
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1 avocado, sliced into half moons
  • 1 tablespoon chives, thinly sliced
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked

Hollandaise Sauce

Instructions

  1. Make Sandwich bread as directed in the post.
  2. Make sweet potato buns as directed in the post.
  3. Make the Caramelized Onions: In a skillet over low heat add 1 tablespoon oil or butter and onions and cook until soft, brown, and nicely caramelized, stirring often. If starting to burn, add a tablespoon of water. Cook for about 8-10 minutes or until onions are caramelized.
  4. Poach the eggs: Bring 2 cups of water to a simmer in a medium-sized pot. Add in 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Crack egg into a small ramekin. Using a spoon, stir the water in a circular motion until you reach a whirlpool effect. Slide the egg into the center of the whirlpool. Gently cook the egg for 3-6 minutes depending on how runny you like it. Use a slotted spoon to remove the egg from the water and plate it on a plate. Repeat with additional eggs. These directions can also be found on page 66 of the Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook!
  5. Roasted Tomatoes: Set the oven to broil, and broil the tomatoes whole until they start to blister. Remove from oven and set aside.
  6. In a small skillet, sauté spinach just until it starts to wilt. Take off heat and set aside.
  7. Slice avocado and chives and set aside.
  8. Make the hollandaise sauce: In a double boiler, melt butter. While butter is melting, place egg yolks, lemon juice, and spices in a blender and cover. On low speed, slowly pour the melted butter into the blender in a steady stream until the butter and egg yolk are well blended. If the sauce is thick slowly add in water, until you have reached a slightly thick and runny consistency. Taste and adjust spices as needed. Serve warm in serving dish of choice!
  9. Build the Eggs Benedict of your choosing and devour!

Find Vital Farm eggs nationally at Whole Foods Market, WalMart, Target, and Sprouts stores, as well as other fine retailers. Readers can find their nearest Vital Farms retailer through our Location Finder: http://www.vitalfarms.com/find

This post was sponsored by Vital Farms. All opinions are 100% always my own.

Paleo Veggie Mushroom Burgers

These Meatless Mushroom Burgers are flavorful, savory, hearty and simple to prepare! They are a great way to add more veggies into your weekly routine without compromising flavor. The best part? These don’t have ANY beans or grains, a meatless burger WIN in my book!

Meatless Mushroom Burgers

 

Meatless Mushroom Burgers

We have a new series over here on LCK! Meatless Monday! We’re working on incorporating more plant-based meals into our diet, and honestly, it’s been a challenge to find good recipes that aren’t filled with grains and legumes! SO, we set out to do just that! To make some awesome plant based recipes free of those ingredients that can often cause inflammation.

 

Meatless Mushroom Burgers

We worked hard getting the flavor and texture of these just right, and I know you are going to love them as much as we do!

Meatless Mushroom Burgers

Preparation 0:10 2017-03-26T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:40 2017-03-26T00:40:00+00:00 Serves 6     adjust servings
Paleo Mushroom Veggie Burger

Ingredients

Toppings

  • Tomato, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • Red onion, sliced thinly
  • Pickles
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup

Instructions

1.Pre-heat oven to 400 °F.
2. In a medium skillet over high heat, cook mushrooms and onions until caramelized. About 8-10 minutes.
3. Place sweet potato on a sheet-tray lined with parchment paper. Toss in a teaspoon of olive oil, one teaspoon sea salt, and one teaspoon pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until fork tender.
4. In a food processor add mushrooms, onions, 1 cup of the cooked sweet potato, walnuts, spices, almond flour, egg and chia seeds. Blend until well combined.
5. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper and bring the oven temperature down to 350 °F.
6. Shape the sweet potato and mushroom mixture into 6 one-inch patties.
7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the patties are firm to touch. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve warm with toppings of choice!

 

What is your favorite meatless recipe to make?