Chicken Thighs with Zucchini and Squash

Chicken Thighs with Zucchini and Squash (Serves 4)

Zucchini and Squash are starting to show up in the grocery store at good prices again. Like most vegetables, they taste great when cooked with chicken. I found chicken thighs on sale recently, so decided to try Chicken Thighs with Zucchini and Squash in the pressure cooker. If I haven’t convinced you to invest in a pressure cooker yet, I’m going to keep trying, because I love the results and the speed of pressure cooking.

Prep and Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredient list:

1.5-2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3-4 zucchini
50-6 squash
1 sweet yellow onion
Extra virgin olive oil
Chipotle pepper powder
Garlic powder
Ground cumin
Salt

Directions: Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil to pressure cooker over medium heat. Season chicken on both sides with salt, garlic powder, and Chipotle pepper powder. Arrange chicken in hot oil and brown on first side 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and brown the other side 4 to 5 minutes. Remove chicken from pot. Chop onion into bite-sized pieces and add to pot. Cook until soft in the hot oil and chicken flavors. Add a little salt and garlic powder. Chop zucchini and squash into bite sized pieces. Add to pot and season with salt, garlic powder, and ground cumin. I like my spices, so am generous in dusting each layer. Add one cup of water to the pressure cooker. Arrange chicken on top of the vegetables. Lock top on pressure cooker. Increase heat to high. After achieving high pressure, reduce heat to the lowest level consistent with maintaining high pressure. Cook under high pressure for 10 minutes. Turn off heat, allow pressure to come down naturally for about 5 minutes and then use the quick release method to finish the process. Remove top and use a slotted spoon to transfer vegetables and chicken to plates. Enjoy!

Notes: I have been enjoying Chipotle pepper powder lately, but you could substitute cayenne or even black pepper.

I love my Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top Pressure Cooker 7.4-Quart that I ordered from Amazon.com. After reading a bunch of pressure cooker reviews, I decided to spend a little extra to get the one the New York Times described as the Mercedes-Benz of pressure cookers. Kuhn Rikon is a Swiss company. Pressure cookers are so popular in Switzerland that the average household has three! I have not yet purchased a second pressure cooker, but could use one to prepare vegetables separately while longer cooking meat dishes are in their final minutes.

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