Chicken with Turnips and Onion

Chicken with Turnips and Onion (Serves 4-5)

A whole chicken goes nicely with all kinds of vegetables. The latest I’ve tried is a whole chicken cooked over turnips and onion. The result is rich, sweet,… good. I hope you’ll try it.

Prep and Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredient list:

1 whole young hen (mine was about 4 pounds)
4-5 turnips
1 sweet yellow onion
Extra virgin olive oil
Garlic powder
Black pepper
Salt

Directions: Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil to pressure cooker over medium heat. Chop onion into bite-sized pieces. Add to pot with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper and cook several minutes until soft, scraping up brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Peel turnips and cut into bite-sized pieces. Add to pot with about 2 cups of water. Add salt, garlic powder, and black pepper to taste. I like a nice dusting of each.

Cut whole chicken into serving pieces – legs, thighs, breasts, wings. Season all sides of chicken with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Arrange chicken pieces on top of turnips in pot. 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 20 minutes. Turn off heat, allow pressure to come down naturally (10 to 15 minutes), and remove top. Use a slotted spoon to transfer turnips and chicken to plates. Enjoy!

Notes: You might want to brown the chicken in hot oil on both sides before pressure cooking, but I am often in a hurry and don’t. However, you could reduce pressure cooking time by 5 minutes if you brown the chicken first.

Here are two great videos that demonstrate how to cut a whole chicken into pieces:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW5BFvCmV7k

http://www.chow.com/food-news/53485/how-to-cut-a-chicken-into-eight-serving-pieces/.

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!

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