This past Christmas my husband got me an Instant Pot. I had been wanting one for a while, but never took the plunge. He also knows I am a huge Star Wars fan. So not only did I get an instant pot, but he got me an R2-D2 instant pot!
And I LOVE this thing!!!! I have to admit it sat in a box for about 3 months because I was too scared to use it. Pressure cooker??? Steam burns, pressure explosions. But, I sought the advice of friends and family who had one and used it and I also viewed several YouTube videos and gained enough confidence to give it a try. Now that I’ve used it, I use it frequently! It makes dinner prep so easy!!
So, unfortunately, our country is currently experiencing being quarantined due to the Coronavirus outbreak/pandemic. My kids have been home from school for the past 3 weeks (Lord help me!), and my husband is now working from home. It has been a bit of an adjustment for all of us. I’ve enjoyed having my husband home since both of us are very busy with one thing or another. It’s given us a chance to spend a little more time together, which has been nice. My kids are starting to go stir crazy. They hate having to do schoolwork (ugh, it’s like pulling teeth!), and they’re bored with their backyard toys. We get through schoolwork, and they spend some time online working on math and science, and then the afternoon they get to play. We’ll get through it all!
I am not a conspiracy theorist or someone who is panicked about the whole pandemic. Am I worried for my family and friends? Of course. Who isn’t? What worries me most is how others are behaving as if it is no big deal. I have ventured to the stores only twice in the last couple of weeks. And I’ve been taking every precaution necessary. Mask, gloves, Clorox wipes to wipe down the cart, and everything else when I’m done (my keys and debit card included). My husband has even found me in the garage unloading the groceries and wiping every single item down with Clorox wipes to ensure I don’t bring it into the house. Needless to say, my family has not done any take-out/pick up dinners or had anything delivered. It worries me that I witness so many people not taking precautions and I don’t want their stupidity to end up causing issues for my family. In fact, I was at Sam’s Club a couple of days ago and saw someone leave with 2 dwarf citrus trees and another having a store employee help him load a huge TV into the bed of his pick up truck. Please explain to me how these are ESSENTIAL items? So, we quarantine and social distance.
The point of what I am getting at is that I’m home – we’re all home – and with avoiding delivery or sending out for dinners, I’ve been able to get back into the kitchen and cook and bake on a much more regular basis. And I’ve been loving it!!! Now I just need to catch up on entries to my food blog and I should be good!! 🙂
Yesterday afternoon I found myself craving chili but I didn’t want regular chili. I really wanted white chicken chili. So I spent some time searching recipes until I found one I thought I might like. In finding a recipe, it also happened to be one for an instant pot. Jackpot!
I had all of the ingredients except black beans. I hate black beans anyway, so I didn’t have them in the house. No big deal – I just eliminated them from the chili. And honestly, they were never missed. If you like them though, feel free to add them! The recipe also called for 2 chicken breasts and I had a small package of 3 breasts so I just used all three. I also added a bit of celery. I happened to have some and I didn’t want it to go bad. The chili was simplistic and flavorful. The shredded chicken gave it great heartiness, the celery, diced tomatoes, and corn gave it great texture and the beans and cream cheese gave it smooth creaminess. The addition of the chili powder gives it just a subtle hint of heat. You can add more or less if you desire. You could even add a splash of Tabasco for some additional heat.
My family went crazy over it. In fact, my son asked last night if I could make it again tomorrow! This was a perfect one pot meal that was easy, simple, and delicious. I loved that I could just throw all the ingredients into my instant pot and let it go. Quick, simple, easy, and delicious. Dinner doesn’t get any better than that!
Hope you enjoy it!
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
3 large chicken breasts
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained (I did not add these)
1 15 oz. can white beans (cannellini), drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1 15 oz. can whole kernal corn with juice
1 10 oz. can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies and juice
1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. dried Ranch dressing mix (I use Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix)
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, cut into 6 pieces
1) Place all ingredients in instant pot in the following order: chicken breasts, white beans, chopped onion, corn with juice, Rotel with juice, 1/2 cup chicken broth.
2) Add chili powder, cumin, and dried Ranch mix. Stir gently to combine, getting some juice under the chicken to ensure it doesn’t scorch.
3) Cut cream cheese into 6 pieces and place over the top of chili. Cover and seal with lid. Switch valve to sealing position. Cook for 20-25 minutes on high pressure. Once it is done cooking, switch valve to venting position and allow for depressurization.
4) Once depressurized, remove chicken and shred apart with 2 forks. Stir the contents of pot together to evenly distribute melted cream cheese. Return shredded chicken to pot and stir to combine.
5) Serve plain or with toppings such as avocado or cilantro, if desired.
Recipe adapted from http://www.natashaskitchen.com