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When I was deciding what recipes to put in my cookbook, the chicken stew (pollo en salsa) was one of the first to be included. This simple dish has been on our table for many generations, mainly when eating a casado.
Even though I've been making pollo en salsa for years, I've never cooked it in an Instant Pot. So when I received my instant pot, it was obvious that this was going to be one of the first dishes to try out.
I modified my existing recipe (which you can find in my cookbook), and adapt it to be cooked in the Instant Pot.
I really love how it came out, and it was cooked much faster with the Instant Pot, not to mention I used only one pot to cook everything; win, win!
Pollo en Salsa
4 chicken thighs bone in.
1 tsp dry oregano
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper
11/2 tsp achiote paste
4 garlic cloves minced
1 medium onion
1 big tomato
1/2 red bell pepper
2 cups chicken stock
Chopped pepper, onion and tomato and set aside. Turn on Instant Pot in sauteed setting for 8 minutes. Add a little bit of olive oil and add, onion, garlic, tomato, bell pepper, cumin, oregano salt and pepper and sauteed for 4 minutes.
Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes on each side often, mixing often. Add the chicken stock , cover and set the pressure cooker on high for 20 minutes. When done release the pressure and if need it, add a little bit more salt. I like to serve it with some of the juice over rice and beans.
Do you know what else is great about this recipe, is that you can shredded it and use this delicious chicken in tacos, salads or my favorite, chicken chalupas!
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Hi I'm Meli and I love food, I love cooking, I love eating, I love traveling and I love Costa Rica. I want to share a little bit of my culture through my food