Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice

This Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice is an easy-to-make dinner that the whole family will love. Made with a few simple whole ingredients, this healthy dinner will soon be a family favorite. Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

Cheesy chicken broccoli and rice in a bowlInstant Pot Cheesy Chicken Rice and Broccoli

Everyone needs to have a healthy, hearty and most importantly, delicious dinner recipe that can be made quickly on a weeknight, and this Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice can be it! This easy chicken and rice dinner requires only about 10 minutes of prep and hands on cooking time, while the rest is done easily in the Instant Pot. The rice is creamy, the chicken is perfectly cooked and juicy and the broccoli is crisp tender. We’re confident in saying even the pickiest of eaters will like this one!

Ingredients Needed for Chicken Broccoli and Rice

  • Farmer Focus Chicken Thighs (boneless and skinless)
  • Long-grain White Rice
  • Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • Chicken Broth
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Cheddar Cheese

Instant pot chicken and riceCooking Broccoli in the Instant Pot

We knew exactly what we wanted when we set out to make this recipe: cheesy rice, with perfectly seasoned chicken and broccoli that was not overcooked. But this last bit proved to be the most difficult. Cooking broccoli in the Instant Pot usually results in overcooked broccoli. While for some dishes, that fall apart broccoli mess works, for this we were looking for crisp tender broccoli that stayed whole. Cooking it fully in the Instant Pot by adding it with the rice resulted in broccoli that fell apart. Cooking it in the Instant Pot after the rice had finished cooking for 0 (zero) minutes made the rice burn.

What we turned to was frozen broccoli florets that had been mostly thawed by rinsing under lukewarm water. Good quality frozen broccoli has already been blanched before freezing. Once thawed, the florets are much quicker to cook than fresh broccoli. So for this recipe, we added the thawed broccoli florets to the Instant Pot right after the rice finished cooking. Then closed the lid and allowed the broccoli to steam with the residual heat. This resulted in crisp-tender broccoli.

If you prefer to use fresh broccoli for this recipe you will need to cook it separately first, then add it to the finished rice along with the cheese. To do this in the Instant Pot: cook it first on a steaming rack with 1/2 cup of water on high pressure for 0 (zero) minutes. If you don’t mind broccoli that is fall apart and wish to cook it with the rice, that is fine too! In fact, some kids will prefer it this way. It will result in soft broccoli bits all throughout the rice.

Stirring cheese into the instant pot with chicken broccoli and riceWhy Quality Chicken is a Must

With so few ingredients in this dish, it is incredibly important to use quality chicken. I am so happy partnering with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you this easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. You can 100% taste the difference. I love knowing that, without a doubt, when I pick up Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store, it’s the best there is and I don’t have to question whether it was raised in a humane way.

Chicken for chicken and rice recipe

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with farmers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Here is what I love about Farmer Focus: they are a company that supports their farmer partners and they are working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter Farm ID that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard-working family farmers.

Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! How awesome is that?!

You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

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Instant Pot Chicken, Broccoli and Rice

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:25 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:40 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice (rinsed and drained well)
  • 1-1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1-½ lb. Farmer Focus boneless and skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 3 cups (9 ounces) frozen broccoli florets (see note)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Heat oil, using the saute function in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Shut off the saute function.
  2. To the pot, add rinsed rice, chicken broth, chicken, salt, pepper and paprika and mix well. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes and when done use a quick pressure release.
  3. While the chicken cooks, rinse frozen broccoli florets under lukewarm water for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Once all the pressure has released, remove the lid from the Instant Pot and add in the broccoli florets and cheddar cheese and mix well to combine. Place the lid back on top, and switch the valve to sealing and let the mixture steam (leaving on the warming feature is fine) for 10 minutes. Release any built up pressure and remove the lid.
  5. Stir the rice and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. Frozen broccoli is used because after it is defrosted it cooks quicker than fresh broccoli would. If you prefer to use fresh broccoli for this recipe, you’ll have to partially (or fully) steam the broccoli before adding it to the cooked rice.
  2. If your frozen broccoli is large, once it is defrosted cut it into 1-½” florets so that it will cook evenly.
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Beef Barbacoa Recipe (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

This Beef Barbacoa Recipe, made in either the Slow Cooker or Instant Pot, is so flavorful and versatile. This barbacoa meat is perfect for tacos, meal prep bowls, served with rice or cauliflower rice.

Barbacoa meat on a taco with toppingsBeef Barbacoa Recipe

My go-to dinner when I’m serving a crowd is almost always tacos. And this Beef Barbacoa recipe is easiest way to get delicious, hearty, taco meat on the table. It’s easy to throw together, affordable, and everybody loves it. You can make it in either the slow cooker or Instant Pot. This barbacao meat also works great for meal prep for a variety of meals. Serve over a bed of lettuce for a taco salad, or over rice with some veggies for a taco bowl.

Braised beef barbacoa recipeHow to Make Instant Pot Barbacoa:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the spices and then rub them all over beef.
  2. Sear the meat on all sides.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients to make the sauce and cook on high pressure for 50 minutes with a natural release.
  4. Once done, shred with two forks and serve as desired.

How to Make Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa:

  1. Pre-heat broiler.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the spices and then rub them all over beef.
  3. Sear the meat on all sides under the broiler.
  4. Meanwhile, add diced tomato, chiles, onion, garlic, vinegar, maple syrup, salt and pepper to a large slow cooker. Add in the seared beef and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  5. Once done, shred and use as desired.

How to Make Barbacoa Meat on the Stove Top or Oven:

Don’t have an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker? You can still make this barbacao recipe, using the same idea of cooking this low and slow. On the stove top, use a dutch oven and follow the same directions to sear the meat on all sides. Then, add all your ingredients, cover and cook on low on the stove until the meat is tender and falling apart, about 3-4 hours.

For the oven, sear the meat in a dutch oven. Once you’ve added all the ingredients, place in a preheated 300ºF for 3-4 hours, or until the meat is tender and falling apart.

shredded beef barbacoa meat with a fork

What Kind of Meat is Barbacoa?

This recipe calls for buying beef to make the barbacoa meat. You want to use a piece of beef that has a nice amount of fat marbling and that can withstand a long cook time in the slow cooker and pressure cooker. For this this recipe use:

  • Chuck roast
  • Beef shoulder
  • Brisket

Barbacoa Taco Toppings:

  • Tortillas (not a topping, but a must!)
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Pickled Jalapeños
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Chopped Scallions
  • Avocado Slices
  • Fresh Lime Wedges
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Hot Sauce

Sides to Serve with Barbacoa Meat:

barbaca meat on a taco

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Beef Barbacoa

Prep Time 8 min Cook Time 7 hr Total Time 7:08

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lb. grass-fed beef shoulder

Rub

Sauce

Directions

  1. Put broiler on high.
  2. In a bowl combine rub ingredients.
  3. Press rub ingredients into the beef shoulder on all sides.
  4. Broil on high for 4 minutes on each side.
  5. While in the oven, combine all sauce ingredients in your slow-cooker.
  6. Once beef is done in the oven, carefully place it into the slow-cooker and set on low for 7-8 hours.
  7. Once done, assemble as a salad or breakfast bowl with desired toppings: fried plantains, tomato, lettuce, onion, scallion, avocado, etc. or serve as tacos

Recipe Notes

How to make Beef Barbacoa in the Instant Pot:

  1. In a bowl combine rub ingredients. Press the dry rub ingredients into the beef shoulder on all sides.
  2. Sear meat using sauté function for 2 minutes on each side, then remove and set aside.
  3. Combine all sauce ingredients in the insert of your instant pot.
  4. Place beef into the insert of your Instant Pot and set on high pressure for 50 minutes.
  5. Once done, let naturally release. Shred with two forks.
  6. Assemble as a salad or breakfast bowl with desired toppings: fried plantains, tomato, lettuce, onion, scallion, avocado, etc. or serve as tacos!
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How to Make Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter is a sweet spread made up of cooked pumpkin puree with added sweetener and warm spices. It can be made either in the Instant Pot or in the Slow Cooker and is guaranteed to make your home smell delicious while it’s cooking! Use it on your favorite bread, muffin, on top of oatmeal or straight from the spoon!

pumpkin butter in a jarPumpkin Butter Recipe

I first tried pumpkin back in my college days at this adorable little restaurant called Judie’s. Back before I changed my diet, I would enjoy the giant popovers they served, slathered with the most delicious pumpkin butter or apple butter. It has been a while since I’ve been there, but luckily I get to remember it every time I make and eat this amazing healthy pumpkin butter! This sweet spread is easily made in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot and is perfect to serve on just about anything. We also use it to make our new favorite Easy Pumpkin Coffee, with a recipe coming for that this week!

Ingredients Needed

  • Pumpkin Puree (homemade or store-bought)
  • Honey or Maple Syrup
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Sea Salt
  • Apple Cider

pumpkin butter recipe complete on bread

How to Make Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter

Making crock pot Pumpkin Butter couldn’t be easier because all you do is add in all the ingredients and let it cook away for 6 hours, or until it’s reach the desired consistency! The recipe calls for a total of 4 cups of pumpkin puree and assumes you are using a standard 6 quart model. If you had a smaller slow cooker you could (2-3 quart) halve the recipe with success.

How to Make Pumpkin Butter in the Instant Pot

Cooking it in the Instant Pot is a bit more complicated than in the slow cooker. Because the pumpkin puree is pretty thick, there is a possibility that the mixture has a “burn” notification when cooked in the Instant Pot. To avoid this you must place your ingredients in the Instant Pot in a certain order, and not mix all of the ingredients together. Don’t worry all of the flavors still infuse throughout, and will be thoroughly whisked together after it’s finished cooking.

In addition, because the Instant Pot does not let any liquid escape during cooking, the Instant Pot Pumpkin Butter isn’t as concentrated as Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter. We didn’t find this to be a problem, and really enjoyed the flavor of both versions, but if you prefer a thicker spread feel free to let it sauté for 10 or so minutes after it has finished cooking or until it’s reached your desired consistency.

instant pot pumpkin butter

A Note about Pumpkin Puree

We tested this recipe with several different brands of pumpkin puree, as well as a homemade version. They all varied in thickness and concentration. The homemade version, depending on the type of pumpkin you use, will have a higher water content. Organic pumpkin puree also has a higher water content compared with the conventional store-bought puree. If you find your pumpkin butter feels too thin, feel free to cook it until it reaches your desired consistency.

crock pot pumpkin butter in a jar

How to Use It

Use this pumpkin butter just like you would apple butter:

  • On toast
  • On a muffin
  • In oatmeal
  • In Pumpkin Bread (recipe coming soon)
  • In Coffee (recipe coming soon)

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups pumpkin puree
  2. 1/2 cup raw honey
  3. 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  6. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  7. 1/3 cup apple cider
  8. 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into your slow cooker
  2. Set on low for 6 hours or until thick
  3. Stir occasionally throughout cooking time
  4. Store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or freeze for up to one year
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Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup

This Instant Pot Potato Soup taste just like a loaded baked potato! It’s creamy and topped with all of your favorite baked potato toppings. This comfort food soup is gluten-free and optionally made dairy-free!

Instant Pot Potato Soup

Is there anything better on a cold, chilly fall night than a big bowl of warm and comforting soup? This Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup tastes just like a baked potato topped with ALL your favorites like bacon, cheddar cheese and chives. It’s creamy and totally satisfying. We tested out a few different ways to make it creamy, without any cream, if that’s what you need. And it’s made super easy, in the Instant Pot, of course!

Ingredients for Loaded Baked Potato Soup

  • Russet Potatoes
  • Chicken Broth
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Bacon
  • Sour Cream (or Cashew Cream or dairy-free greek style yogurt)
  • Lemon
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chives
  • Cheddar cheese (omit for dairy-free)

Dairy Free Options

We tested this recipe with both a dairy-option that was more traditional to baked potatoes (sour cream) and with two dairy-free alternatives. We loved all three! The sour cream version is more classic. An alternative is to use a dairy-free yogurt, such as an almond milk version. We tested a plain almond milk yogurt and it whisked together with the soup nicely, giving it a nice creamy finish. A third alternative is to use equal amounts of homemade cashew cream here.

Don’t have an Instant Pot? 

While we’re partial to making this in the Instant Pot, here are two other alternative ways to make it without one:

In the Slow Cooker:

  1. Cook bacon until crispy, set aside.
  2. To a large slow cooker add potato, broth, salt, garlic powder, pepper, paprika and stir. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.
  3. Remove 2 cups of potatoes and set aside.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend remaining soup. Whisk in sour cream and lemon juice or dairy free alternative and whisk until completely combined.
  5. Add the potatoes back to the pot, stir and season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
  6. Serve soup and top with bacon, cheese, chives and additional smoked paprika, if desired.

On the Stove Top:

  1. In a dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy, about 7 minutes. Remove bacon and all about 1 teaspoon of bacon grease.
  2. Add potato, broth, salt, garlic powder, pepper, paprika and stir. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove 2 cups of potatoes and set aside.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend remaining soup. Whisk in sour cream and lemon juice or dairy free alternative and whisk until completely combined.
  5. Add the potatoes back to the pot, stir and season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
  6. Serve soup and top with bacon, cheese, chives and additional smoked paprika, if desired.

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Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:25 Inactive Time 00:15 Total Time 00:50 Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 8 pieces of bacon, diced
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½” pieces
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 ounces sour cream or dairy free yogurt or cashew cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Chives, sliced, for garnish
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish

Directions

  1. Press the saute function in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 7 minutes. Shut off the saute function, remove bacon and all about 1 teaspoon of bacon grease.
  2. Add potato, broth, salt, garlic powder, pepper, paprika and stir. Close the lid, set the pressure valve to sealing and cook on manual high pressure for 12 minutes. Use the natural release for 5 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  3. Remove 2 cups of potatoes and set aside.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend remaining soup. Whisk in sour cream and lemon juice or dairy free alternative (see note) and whisk until completely combined.
  5. Add the potatoes back to the pot, stir and season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
  6. Serve soup and top with bacon, cheese, chives and additional smoked paprika, if desired.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you are dairy-free, you can use equal portions of either a dairy-free yogurt or homemade cashew cream in place of the sour cream. 
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How to Cook Quinoa

This post is all about How to Cook Quinoa! We tested so many different types of quinoa recipes with different cooking methods until we found the three that produced the easiest and most delicious quinoa!

fluffy quinoa on the stove topUltimate Guide on How to Cook Quinoa Perfectly

If you aren’t on the Quinoa bandwagon yet, it’s time to jump on! And now is the perfect time because we set out in search of the best ways to cook quinoa and we’re giving you all the details here. There are a lot of different methods and techniques out there for how to cook quinoa perfectly, and we’re sharing our favorites. 

After trying and testing every type of quinoa cooking method we had heard of, we have decided on three different methods (stovetop, oven and Instant Pot) as the best ways to cook quinoa. Each recipe produces a slightly different taste and texture of the quinoa and each has its own redeeming quality and characteristics. Depending on what you are cooking your quinoa for will decide for you which method is best!

We also made a recipe for an easy flavorful quinoa dish to serve alongside just about anything. You can check that out here!

Rinse quinoa in the sink

How to Cook Quinoa

We ate a lot of quinoa for a few weeks while we tested out many different methods until we found what we think are the top three recipes for cooking quinoa. We found that the best methods for cooking quinoa are on the stove, in the Instant Pot or in the oven.

Which method will work for you will depend on what you are cooking the quinoa for and / or what you are making simultaneously with the quinoa! For instance, making quinoa in the oven might not be the best choice if you are making a stove top chicken recipe that doesn’t require the oven. But making it in the oven is a great choice if you are making a large batch of make-ahead quinoa to place in the freezer for meal prep!

How to Cook Quinoa on the Stove:

This is probably the most common way of cooking quinoa! You bring quinoa up to a boil and then simmer until all of the liquid has been absorbed! Finally, let it sit for a few minutes, and fluff with a fork. It takes about 20-25 minutes.

How to Cook Quinoa the Instant Pot:

You know we love our Instant Pot in the LCK test kitchen. So it’s obvious we had to try making this grain in it too. It cooks quinoa perfectly. To cook it you’ll place oil in the Instant Pot first, and then add the remaining quinoa ingredients. We have found that when you place oil in the bottom of the pot it prevents the quinoa from sticking to the Instant Pot liner and scorching. Set your Instant Pot to cook for 2 minutes with 8 minutes of natural pressure release and we promise you’ll have perfect quinoa.

How to Make Quinoa In the Oven:

You might not have thought to cook quinoa in the oven, but it’s a great set it and forget it way to do it! You simply place all ingredients in an oven safe dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil. After it’s finished cooking, the quinoa will sit to let the excess moisture absorb into the quinoa.

Quinoa FAQs:

Is Quinoa gluten-free?

Yes! Quinoa is a “pseudo-cereal” grain, or a grain that is similar to a cereal grain with a similar nutritional profile but that is not actually a cereal grain or wheat grass. It’s safe for those with a gluten allergy or intolerance to consume as it is is gluten-free. Though, some people find they have sensitivities to quinoa. Quinoa is not considered Paleo, if you follow a paleo diet.

What does quinoa taste like?

Quinoa has an earthy flavor, and actually is related to the beet, chard and spinach family of plants. It tastes somewhat similar to brown rice with a very fluffy texture!

meal prep quinoa in freezer bagsIs quinoa healthy?

Our in-house nutritionist Gabby says: Quinoa is tremendously healthy, especially for those following a vegan or vegetarian diet. Quinoa is one of the very few plant proteins that contains all nine essential amino acids that our body cannot make on its own, making it a complete protein. Not only is quinoa a rich source of protein, it is also naturally gluten-free and safe for those with celiac disease.

There is much debate about whether quinoa is a seed or a grain. Either way it is a nutrient-dense, high-fiber substitute for things like white pasta. Quinoa is high in many vitamins and nutrients that Americans are deficient in such as magnesium, thiamin, folate, iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus.

Why are there different colors of quinoa?

There are so many different types of quinoa out there! Much like there are different varietals of rice, there are many types of quinoa. The most common are white, red and black. We find that the white quinoa has the most neutral flavor. If you are new to quinoa this is the first one you should try.

Each color and varietal of quinoa has a slightly unique flavor and can even vary from brand to brand, as well. The darker colored quinoa has a more pronounced and earthy flavor. They will all generally cook the same, but we find the red and black quinoa sometimes need a few extra minutes to absorb the water.

Do you need to rinse quinoa?

This is controversial because some people feel strongly that they prefer to not rinse quinoa. But after all of our testing we feel that this is not a step that should be skipped, even if your quinoa says “pre-rinsed”. Rinsing the quinoa gets rid of the natural powdery coating called saponin that has a strong, somewhat unpleasant flavor. To rinse it, put the quinoa in a strainer and rinse really well under cold water for 1-2 minutes. Then it’s ready to use.

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How to Cook Quinoa

Prep Time 00:03 Total Time 0:03 Yields 3 cups

Ingredients

For Quinoa in the Instant Pot:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For Quinoa on the Stove:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For Quinoa in the Oven:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

How to Cook Quinoa in the Instant Pot:

  1. Rinse quinoa under cold running water really well.
  2. In the liner of an Instant Pot place oil, quinoa, water, salt, in that order. Stir to combine.
  3. Close the lid and set to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 2 minutes with a natural release of 8 minutes. Then release any remaining pressure.
  4. Fluff with a fork and serve!

    To Cook Quinoa on the Stove:

    1. Rinse quinoa under cold running water really well. 
    2. In a medium pot add quinoa, pinch of salt and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes. 
    3. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. 
    4. Fluff with a fork and serve!

    To Cook Quinoa in the Oven:

    1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
    2. Rinse quinoa under cold running water really well. 
    3. In a 9” square baking dish place quinoa, water and salt and stir to combine. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.
    4. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes.
    5. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes, or until the quinoa has completely absorbed the water.
    6. Fluff with a fork and serve!

    Recipe Notes

    To freeze leftover or meal prep quinoa:

    1. Place cooked and completely cooled quinoa in a plastic or silicone bag.
    2. Smooth over the quinoa so the bag is flat.
    3. Label and freeze for up to 3 months.
    4. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight, or let sit at room temperature until it is defrosted, about 30 minutes.
    5. Reheat and serve!
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    Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

    This Instant Pot Chicken Adobo is a take on the classic Filipino dish that results in tangy and savory chicken. We cook it in the Instant Pot to make it quickly with hands-off-cooking. It’s perfect for nights you need a healthy dinner but don’t feel like cooking. It’s also gluten-free, Paleo, low carb and Whole30 friendly. Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!Chicken Adobo Instant Pot Recipe

    You are loving our the Instant Pot chicken dinners we’ve been sharing (here and here) and we know this Chicken Adobo will be no exception! This Chicken Adobo recipe takes a spin on the classic Filipino tangy dish and uses the Instant Pot to cook it quick! This dish uses simple ingredients but it’s so flavorful! It’s paired with some broccoli and red peppers to make it a complete dinner and all done with largely no hands-on cooking. I’d call that a win!

    This meal is pretty low-carb on its own, but if you’d like you can serve it alongside quinoa, rice or cauliflower rice.

    What is Chicken Adobo?

    If you aren’t familiar with chicken adobo you may be wondering if it’s at all related to the canned adobo chili peppers. Short answer: it’s not! It is completely different than that, and stems from a completely different culture. This Filipino dish is typically made by marinating and braising meat in vinegar, soy sauce, and lots of garlic and seasoning. The resulting chicken dish is a fall-off-the-bone flavorful meat that is both savory and tangy. We’ve taken the spirit of the dish and used a quick cooking method, with boneless meat, to make for an easy weeknight dinner that has a similar flavor!

    Ingredients Needed

    • Farmer Focus boneless chicken thighs
    • Coconut aminos
    • Apple cider vinegar
    • Honey (omit for Whole30)
    • Garlic
    • Salt and Pepper
    • Bay leaves
    • Broccoli
    • Red Bell Pepper

    ingredients for adobo chicken

    We could sing praises all day about about why we love the Instant Pot, especially for easy dinners! This appliance isn’t just for making quick work of typically long braised dishes like beef barbacoa or pork carnitas. It’s also great for quick weeknight dinners that don’t actually require much hands-on cooking. This Chicken Adobo dish is great for all of that. The recipe doesn’t require very much prep work aside from gathering some ingredients, chopping up the broccoli and red pepper and washing off some produce. All that means an easy delicious meal without much effort.

    How to Thicken the Sauce in an Instant Pot

    As much as we love the Instant Pot (see above) it doesn’t evaporate liquid like other cooking methods do, so if you want a rich and thick sauce you either need to reduce it or thicken it. Our go-to method for thickening is to make a slurry with either tapioca or arrowroot starch and then add it to the sauce at the end of cooking and reduce until we’ve reached our desired consistency.

    The amount of liquid in your sauce is going to vary based off of how much liquid the chicken releases, so the amount of thickening and reducing you will need to do will vary too. Know that the longer you cook your sauce, the more it will reduce and the more flavorful it will become.

    Chicken adobo in the instant pot fully cooked

    The Best Chicken We Know

    I am so happy to partner with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you today’s easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms.

    These days you can go to the grocery store and *think* that you are picking up chicken that comes from an all-natural sounding brand that does things right, but then unfortunately if you look further into who owns that chicken company, you might be surprised to find out that it’s just the giant chicken manufacturer in this country.

    Farmer Focus is building partnerships with growers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

    I love that with Farmer Focus you know that they are supporting their farmer partners and they are a company that is working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. I love this! So aside from the best quality chicken (truly), Farmer Focus also delivers the peace of mind that I am supporting hard working family farmers.

    Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised!

    You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

    Two plates of adobo chicken

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    Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

    Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:09 Inactive Time 00:15 Total Time 00:34 Serves 4

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Place chicken thighs, coconut aminos, vinegar, honey, garlic cloves, salt, pepper and bay leaves in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Mix together to combine and make sure that the chicken is not stacked on top of each other. 
    2. Cook on manual high pressure for 9 minutes and once done use the quick release function. Remove chicken and cover to keep warm and set aside.
    3. Add broccoli and red pepper to the pot, cover the lid and set to sealing and cook on manual LOW pressure for 0 minutes. Use the quick release function when done.
    4. Slice the chicken and divide on four plates along with broccoli and red pepper.
    5. If desired you can thicken up the sauce at this point: Press the saute function. Add 1 teaspoon of arrowroot to a small bowl and scoop out some of the adobo sauce and whisk it with the arrowroot to create a slurry. Return it to the pot and let cook until it has thickened, about 1 minute. Drizzle over the chicken and vegetables and serve hot! If desired, serve with rice or quinoa.

    Recipe Notes

    1. If your sauce has not thickened enough with 1 teaspoon, you can add another or continue to cook until it has reached your desired consistency.
    2. Omit honey for Whole30.
    3. Want to make this in the slow cooker? Cook it on high for 2-3 hours or low for 5-6 hours.
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