Mississippi Chicken in the Instant Pot

Last week, I saw a video on YouTube by Kimmy from She’s in Her Apron where she prepared a recipe called Mississippi Chicken.  She used her crockpot to prepare it but I wanted to try  it in my Instant Pot.  You know how I love my Instant Pot!!  You can check out her video HERE and the Instant Pot HERE.

Kimmy got the recipe from the website recipesthatcrock.com and HERE is the link for it.  It lists all of the ingredients and portions.  But basically you use frozen chicken thighs, a ranch dressing packet, a brown gravy packet, butter and pepperoncinis.

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All the ingredients, except butter.  Can you believe I forgot butter???

Okay, so the first thing I did differently was use frozen chicken breasts instead of frozen chicken thighs.  When I bought these chicken breasts apparently I was in a hurry because they were still in the original packaging inside the vacuum sealed package. MISTAKE!  It took more than a minute to get the tray and little pad thing off of the back of them.

Once I got the package off, I just broke off  one chicken breast to fit it down in the pot.  I did use the trivet to set the chicken on and put about a cup of water down in the bottom.  Mix up the ranch and brown gravy packets and spread them over the chicken.  Then you slice up the butter and place it around on the chicken.  Lastly put the pepperoncinis on top of it all!  I used sliced ones but the recipe calls for whole ones.  I don’t think it matters either way.

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Before cooking once it is all in the pot!

So, I put it on manual for 18 minutes and let it do a natural pressure release for 20 minutes.  And it took about 25 minutes to come to pressure.  Now some people will say that you didn’t save any time doing this, but keep in mind that I started with frozen chicken and I didn’t have to touch the pot once I set the time on it.  🙂

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After cooking!

So for our supper this night, I roasted some broccoli and cauliflower with a little olive oil, garlic powder and salt and pepper.  Yummy!!! And some homemade dinner rolls!

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So it was a success!  It was a tasty dinner that my husband and I enjoyed a lot.  If you try it, be sure and let me know!!

Also, are there any recipes you enjoy that you would like to see done in the Instant Pot?  I can’t promise but I will try to do an Instant Pot version.

Have a great day and God bless!

Lee Ann

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IP Whole Chicken and Bone Broth

Do you have a whole chicken in the freezer?  I feel like I am unprepared if I don’t have a whole chicken in the freezer.  Just me?  That ‘s okay!

Well, today I am going to walk you through how I fix a whole chicken in my Instant Pot and what I do with the remains. (Bet you can’t guess! oh, well I guess you can!)

First make sure your chicken is thawed out and you pull out the parts that are tucked inside.  Like these:

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Yea, it’s a little gross but can make gravy if you want!

Okay, so your next step is to season your chicken however you would like.  This is where you can get creative or keep it simple.  I tend to keep it simple and use what I want for my broth since I make that using the leftovers of the chicken.

What I like to use: salt, pepper, minced garlic, onion, celery and bell pepper.  I don’t always have these on hand fresh, so my bare minimum would be the salt, pepper, minced garlic or garlic powder, onion powder.

Put the trivet in your Instant Pot and set your seasoned chicken and veggies in it.  You will then add 1 to 1 1/2 cup of water.  Close it up and don’t forget to check your vent!  Now for the settings.  What I have found after doing a few and a little research is 6 minutes per pound plus 2 minutes.  So if you have a 6 lb chicken, you would cook it for 38 minutes, (6 x 6 = 36 +2 = 38).  This can be adjusted to your liking also.  If you want it to fall apart or if you want your chicken still intact.

So when it finishes, you will have something like this:

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I love these tongs because they are so big!

Okay, so now you have chicken to eat for supper and next week I am going to talk about a few things to do with the leftovers!  Once you get the meat off the bones, you will have a nice plate like this!

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and you will have this mess!

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Take all the mess and put it back in your Instant Pot.  If you didn’t have any veggies in there the first time, you might want to round some up and add them.  Again, just whatever you have but usually I put an onion, peppers, and celery.  You will also add 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (for fun sometimes I use 3) and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Fill your pot up with water to about 2/3 full.  If you have time at this point, let it sit for about 30 minutes.  I don’t do this that often but it does help the vinegar to start working on the bones.  Last, close it up and put in the settings.  Use the soup option and set it to low pressure for 120 minutes.  Let it do a natural pressure release.  The last step is to strain your broth and package it up for later!

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I just use a colander covered with cheesecloth to strain my broth.  I use ziploc bags and freeze them. A lot of people use jars to store the broth also.

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Now you have dinner for a couple of nights, bone broth with lots of healthy benefits and all in a short amount of time!  Yay for the Instant Pot!

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Clean up!

I do want to give you a little advice, don’t wait to clean up.  Or at least clean the lid, specifically the silicone ring inside the lid.  If you don’t the smell will stick around!  Some people order extra rings and actually use them for specific types of food, like red for savory and and black for sweet.  I plan on doing this in the near future.

Well, I hope you are enjoying the Instant Pot posts, I definitely am having fun doing it!

God bless,

Lee Ann

Laundry Detergent Homemade

Well, last week I read a post here, at Dukes and Duchesses, about making your own laundry detergent and I emailed Randi to ask how it turned out.  She replied that is worked well but like most detergents you buy you still need to use spot removers.
So I set out to give it a try.  I clicked on the page she references for the “recipe” and picked one to try. (Really I just went with the first one! LOL)

1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
§  Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
§  Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
§  Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
§  Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel)

Well I made my selection and went in search of my ingredients.  I found everything at our local Wal-mart except the washing soda, they weren’t even sure what I was talking about but said to try Kroger.  I went there (it’s just across the street next to Home Depot, another place we frequent), and found the washing soda.

I then mixed everything according to the above recipe and put my detergent in a five gallon bucket.  I used a food processor to grate my soap and 3 bars made 6 cups so I put 4 in zippies and used the 2 I needed for the recipe.

 

Here is what I paid for my items:
Borax, 76 ounces:  $2.98 for $.03021 per ounce
Washing soda, 55 ounces:   $2.79 for $.050727 per ounce
Ivory soap, 44.7 ounces:   $3.76 for $.084116 per ounce

So using the recipe the cost per batch is:
Borax   $.62736
Washing soda   $.811632
Ivory soap   $1.34586
Total  $2.78 per batch.

A batch yields 168 loads of laundry using the amount suggested  in the recipe per load (1/4 cup).  SOOO, the cost per load is $.01657!!!  Compare this to our normal detergent, All Free & Clear at $.11427 per load ($10.97 divided by 96 loads, price from walmart.com) and you can see the cost-benefit.

I would like to insert here that I used Ivory in my recipe and previously used the All Free & Clear because certain detergents make me itch.  I have tried to keep it simple.

Now as to  how does it work?  Well I have washed about 5 loads with it and cannot tell a difference between it or what I had been using.  I have washed delicates, work clothes and dress clothes with it and seen no evidence of problems.  I did give a hard test with our inescapable red clay.  We live on a mound of red clay in North Georgia!  I washed some of our work clothes with only the detergent to test it.  It did not completely remove it but it did get some out of the pants.

It is hard to tell but in the first picture, I laid out our pants for you to see.  The second picture is my pants after I washed them, I couldn’t get my husband’s because he was wearing them.  There is still red clay but not as much.
I have to show you my cute containers!  I used my Cricut and Make the Cut software (yes I am aware of the lawsuit and may be looking into a Silhouette if I can’t use my software any longer) to label them.

I am currently researching some more cleaning solutions using my ingredients because I still have a lot more left to use up.  🙂  Apparently, there are a lot of uses for Borax and washing soda that I had no clue about!  Dishwashing powder being the one I will try next.

So, my end results please me enough to continue using it i the future.  If you decide to try it, let me know how it goes!