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At Nom Pot, we're all about one pot meals and cooking smart, not hard. Here are some of my personal favorites.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have had more than my fair share of chicken noodle dishes. From the endless array of Asian dishes (pho, ramen, pad thai), to the classic American chicken noodle soup, chicken and noodles have been tied to one another in popular dishes around the world for centuries. As my interest in cooking and food began to grow, I started exploring some popular recipes of my own, trying to recreate some of my favorite restaurant staples.
Why chicken and noodles? Well for one, the health benefits of using chicken have long outnumbered the benefits of red meat, and hence have earned a spot at the top of my list of preferred protein. As for noodles, I love switching it up between different types of carbs to satisfy my occasional cravings. And of course, there is no better feeling than sitting down to a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup.
Now with Instant Pot, there are plenty of quick and easy recipes that all require a simple preparation process with tasty results. So, with no further ado, here are some of my go to chicken noodle instant pot recipes for when I'm craving that something extra homey.
🍝 Chicken Garlic Alfredo Fettuccine (15 minutes)
This one is one of the easiest ones in my opinion, not to mention a classic loved by many. Chicken Alfredo was actually one of the first meals I learned how to make on my own, and to this day, is still one of my go-to’s.
Start by adding a drizzle of your preferred cooking oil to your instant pot on the Saute setting. Then proceed to add about one chicken breast (cubed) with salt and pepper to season. Brown for a couple of minutes, and then add about half a teaspoon of garlic and parsley to the pot, along with two cups of chicken broth and 2-2.5 cups of pasta. Then set the instant pot to Pressure Cook on high for 5 minutes. Finally, quick release and set the Instant Pot back to Saute and add 4 oz. of cream cheese, half a cup of mozzarella, and half a tablespoon of cornstarch to the pot. Stir until you reach your desired texture and serve.
🍲 Classic Chicken Noodle Soup (30 minutes)
Chicken Noodle Soup embodies the idea of comfort food, and whether you want to make something that brings back childhood memories of a nice home cooked meal or treat yourself while you catch up on your favorite shows, a bowl of this delicious recipe is sure to add that little something extra to boost the evening mood. If you have a little extra time, I highly suggest trying this out!
Start by cutting 2 chicken breasts, 3 carrots, 2 stalks of celery, and one onion into cubes. Place all the cut ingredients into your Instant Pot and add 5-6 cups of chicken broth along with two tablespoons of garlic powder and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Stir and set the instant pot to Pressure Cook on high for 15 minutes. Quick release. Then add about 1-2 cups of bowtie noodles and allow for it to simmer on the Saute setting for 5 minutes. Stir and serve hot!
🍜 Pho Ga (Chicken Pho) (30 minutes)
While this may seem intimidating at first with the long list of spices, it is actually a light meal that is both quick and tasty (especially if you have an Instant Pot!) I find it easiest to prep the package of spices before hand and store them in a tea bag so you always have it ready to go when you want to whip up a quick meal.
Start by setting your Instant Pot to Saute and adding some cooking oil. Take an onion and cut it in half. Sear the halves with two pieces of sliced ginger (about 2 inch pieces) until slightly charred. Proceed to add your spices to the pot (one cinnamon stick, ~10 cloves, and 4 star anise). Cook for about one minute, then add 4 chicken thighs, along with 3-4 tablespoons of fish sauce, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 8 cups of chicken broth. Set the instant pot to Pressure Cook on high for 15 minutes. Quick release, open pot, and discard onion and spices. You can boil your rice noodles stovetop while the broth is pressure cooking, but these days I've been buying frozen udon noodles and just tossing them into the hot broth (look for them in any Asian grocery store near the frozen dumplings). They cook in under 2 minutes and this way you don't have to wash another pot. Garnish with green onion, cilantro, red onion, a splash of lime, and enjoy!
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