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3 qt Mini Duo/ Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes

Instant Pot Korean Spice Chicken (Pressure Cooker)

Instant Pot Korean-ChickenMy family loves Korean food!  Two dishes that we regularly order at a Korean restaurant are Bibimbap, which is a rice bowl with sautéed vegetables, meat and Gochujang (chili pepper paste), and, Bulgogi, which is basically Korean grilled meat, served with rice or lettuce cups. This recipe for Korean Spice Chicken is my weeknight, and pressure cooker friendly combination of the two.

I start by marinating the chicken with ingredients that I use for making Bulgogi– some Gochujang (Korean chili pepper paste), ginger-garlic, honey, onion and ground or grated pear. The pear tenderizes the meat and provides a subtle sweet flavor, which balances the heat from the Gochujang really well.  Then I pressure cook the meat in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot. Any pressure cooker would work great for this recipe. You can even do this in a skillet on the stove-top. Marinate the meat. Heat a heavy bottom skillet on medium high heat and dump everything in. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, remove lid and cook till chicken is tender and the sauce is thick to your liking.

Instant Pot Korean-ChickenMy kids like having rice with Korean Spice Chicken, so, I make it in the same pot using pot-in-pot method. My husband and I like to have it over lettuce cups. The crisp lettuce contrasts really well with the spicy chicken. I have to tell you, that this is one of the tastiest low-carb meals we make at home.

Korean food is almost incomplete without an assortment of side dishes called Banchan.  I make a few of them at home, including the Spicy Cucumber Salad called Oi Muchim. Persian cucumbers or English cucumbers work great for this dish. The fresh and crunchy cucumbers, marinated in Gochujang, salt, vinegar and sesame oil, are a perfect match for this chicken.  They being this meal together beautifully! Try this recipe and let me know how it works for you by leaving a comment. Continue Reading…

3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Fill-it, Shut-it, Forget-it/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes

3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chickenIf there was ever a contest for the EASIEST INSTANT POT RECIPE EVER, this recipe would win hands down! The only prep you have to do for this is to open a packet of Taco Seasoning and a jar of your favorite Salsa. You put it together in the Instant Pot, so no mess or extra dishes to clean. You add water, layer chicken ,season it, top it with salsa and close the lid! Set an 8 minute cook time and go for a walk, paint your nails, run an errand, pick up the kids….whatever you want to do. It takes around 10 minutes for it to come to pressure, 8 minutes to cook and around 10 minutes of NPR time- so, dinner is served in under 30 minutes.

Once you open the lid after releasing the remaining pressure, you can choose to leave the chicken as-is, or, shred it for using it in a variety of dishes. This shredded chicken can be used for Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Tortilla Soup, Pizzas, Pulled Chicken Sliders or even for Taco Salad. If you choose to have it as it is, make a side-salad with cucumbers, avocados and cherry tomatoes, dress it up with fresh lime juice, salt & pepper and dinner is done!

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chickenThis recipe comes together with just 3 ingredients- Chicken, Taco seasoning and Salsa. I like using chicken breast for this recipe, but chicken thighs work just as well. I love using Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning Mix and Salsa Autentica for this recipe. This seasoning has a bit of a kick to it, which my family really enjoys, but you can use your favorite Taco seasoning blend for this recipe.

This is how simple it is to make it:

 

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Add water in the pot

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Add chicken , season it

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Flip it

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Season this side

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Mix salsa & seasoning

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Pour over chicken

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Set cook time!

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This recipe can be made in any pressure cooker as well. You can do this on the stove-top as well. Place any heavy bottom sauce pan on medium high heat. Place everything in the pan as per instructions. Bring the salsa mix to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes or till chicken is fully cooked. Keep stirring every few minutes to prevent the salsa from scorching the pan.

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3 qt Mini Duo/ Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes

Buffalo Chicken Wings -Instant Pot vs. Oven Recipe

Instant pot Chicken wings Oven Baked wingsIf you’re hosting a game-day party or Superbowl, you need three things- good beer, a great TV, and Buffalo Chicken Wings!!  Spiced with a rub, deep fried or baked, then coated in a sauce made with a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and melted butter.  Served hot, along with celery and carrot sticks with either ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping, Buffalo Chicken Wings are ‘the most popular’ sports-party snack.

Buffalo Chicken Wings get their name from their place of origin. They were invented in 1964 at Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York by a sports bar owner Teressa Bellissimo.

Chicken wings are prepared by cutting the wing in three parts-  drumetteflat wing, and flapper. The flapper is discarded and the drumettes and flats are used for this dish. You can do this yourself, or, buy them pre-cut from your local supermarket, from the meat or frozen section.

OVEN vs. INSTANT POT

Instant Pot recipes by Garam Masala KitchenOne weekend, my kids and hubby challenged me to a Chicken Wings cook-off. They made a batch in the oven, like we have been making them forever, and, I made a batch in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot. We used the same spice rub and same coating sauce for both sets. So here are both recipes and our family’s comparison for both using three metrics- texture, ease of cooking and time. End result of both style of wings looked so similar. Take a look at the images on this page- Can you tell which ones came out of the oven or the Instant Pot? Exactly!

TEXTURE:

Instant Pot: The wings were super moist after cooking. We ate a few without any sauce and they were delicious. Pressure cooking the wings with the rub infused them with the flavors really well. We coated them with sauce and broiled them to get that crisp texture. It took longer than usual to crisp up the skin though. It took around 6 minutes in the broiler to get the crisp texture and it wasn’t as crispy as the one from the oven.

Oven: The meat was cooked perfectly and the wings had a nice crunch after the first round of baking. We sauced them and broiled them for 1 minute on each side and the result was ‘perfect’ crisp chicken wings.

Winner: In the end, my family preferred the extra-crispness of the oven chicken wings over the Instant Pot.

EASE OF COOKING: 

Instant Pot: Cooking ribs was super easy in the Instant Pot. Simply rub them and dump them in the steamer basket and set a timer. The result was so moist that we could have skipped the broiling process and simply dipped them in sauce. The skin wouldn’t have been crispy though. So, that’s entirely a personal preference.

Oven: My kids made the oven recipe entirely by themselves, so it’s fair to say, that it was easy as well. Rub them and bake them in the oven. The result was crisp and cooked well. If you’re short on time, or, serving a huge crowd, you can skip the broiling step and serve them with the hot sauce on the side. It’ll still be wicked good.

Winner: In terms of ease of cooking, I would say it’s a tie, since both methods were equally easy enough for us. The only advantage in the oven method was that in the end, we just had one baking sheet to wash. Whereas, in the Instant Pot method, we had the inner pot and steamer basket in addition to the baking sheet.

TIME: 

Instant Pot: The Instant Pot took around 20 minutes to cook the wings- 10 minutes to build pressure + 5 minutes of cooking time + 5 minutes of NPR time. But then, it took around 6 minutes (3 minutes on each side) to broil them for crispness. So, it took around 26 minutes.

Oven: We baked the wings for 30 minutes at 425F, so including the time for the oven to pre-heat, I would say it took around 37 minutes, depending on your oven. But then, you could do your spice rub prep while the oven is pre-heating. Then, we broiled them for 1 minute on each side. Overall, this method took around 40 minutes. 

Winner: The Instant Pot method saved us around 15 minutes of total cooking time.

This comparison is purely based on my family’s preference, but I hope that this helps you understand the difference in results. Here’s the recipe: Continue Reading…

3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Aloo Gobi- Spiced Potato and Cauliflower – Instant Pot /Stir-Fry

Instant Pot Aloo-Gobi Pressure CookerAloo Gobi or Gobhi Aloo is a popular dry vegetarian side dish from north-Indian cuisine. Aloo gobi is made with Aloo (potatoes) and gobi (cauliflower) cooked with fresh ginger-garlic and seasoned with warm Indian spices and stir-fried.

Aloo Gobi and Bhindi (Spiced Okra stir-fry) are my kids’ favorite side dishes to have in an Indian meal. I make two versions of it. One is a light stir-fry with cumin seeds, green chilies and Indian spices, and this version, where I make a light onion-tomato gravy and cook the potatoes and cauliflower florets in it. Both versions are simple and come together in under 10 minutes.

Stove-Top recipe for a Light Stir-Fry: I take a heavy bottom stir-fry pan.

  • Heat it on medium high heat for 30 seconds. Add oil, add cumin seeds and green chilies to it. When the cumin seeds begin to splutter, add cauliflower florets and potato cubes/slices. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne. 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder and stir well. Cover the lid and cook for 4-5 minutes, or till the potatoes are cooked through.
  • Open the lid and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, till all liquid has evaporated. Garnish with cilantro!

In the recipe below, I have cooked this dish in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot.  It took me sometime to figure out the right time to cook dry side dishes in it though. Due to the steam cooking style, I liked how it evenly cooked the veggies, but wasn’t a fan of the liquid I got towards the end of cooking. After a few batches of experimenting, I figured that for most vegetables 0-1 minute pressure cook/Manual was my magic number. So, depending on the size of your potatoes and cauliflower florets, you can set the time.

 

 

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3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Fill-it, Shut-it, Forget-it/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes

Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices (Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker)

Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup EthiopianWarm, delicious, healthy and comforting, that’s what I think of when I make Chicken Noodle Soup! A classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth. The result is a simple meal that warms up your soul!

Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup EthiopianDuring winter-time, I make this soup a lot, almost once a week. Recently, I have been making many variations of it. I keep experiment by adding different spice blends in this soup and this time I think I hit a home run. I added the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning, which is a combination of warm whole spices like cumin, cardamom, coriander, and fenugreek, garlic, cloves, turmeric, grated ginger root, black pepper, salt, paprika, cinnamon, and dried red chiles, that are toasted and ground together. This spice blend adds a distinctive tangy and mildly spicy and smoky flavor to the soup. If you don’t like spice, you can reduce the quantity of the Berbere seasoning. For an extra kick, I added a couple of tablespoons of Sriracha to it, but you can replace that with tomato paste if you want to cut down on the heat. For my family, including my kids, this spice level worked great. I make few other classic Ethiopian dishes using the Berbere Spice Blend: Misir Wot -Red Lentil Stew, and , Key Wat – Beef Stew.

To make this Chicken Noodle Soup healthier, I added whole-grain elbow macaroni to the soup. It not only increases the fiber and reduces the net carbs per serving, it also increases the protein content of the soup.

 

To make this soup vegetarian, you can skip the chicken and add some canned chickpeas, they taste awesome too!

 

I make this soup in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO, but you can make it in any pressure cooker. Simply follow the suggested timing for cooking chicken breast or soup, and this recipe will work just fine.

Stove-Top: Making this soup on the stove-top is a breeze. Take a heavy bottom sauce pan. Heat olive oil in the pan and add crushed garlic to it. As soon as it starts sizzling, add everything else and let it come to a boil. After that, reduce the heat to medium, cover the pot and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes, or till chicken is tender enough to shred. Remove the chicken, shred it and add it back to the soup. Garnish with cilantro and you’re all done!

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3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Green Beans and Carrots (Instant Pot or Stir-fry)

Green Beans and Carrot instant pot or stir fryCrunchy green beans and carrots sautéed with mustard seeds and coconut flakes, and seasoned with salt, coriander and cayenne. This super simple and amazingly easy vegetable side-dish is a great accompaniment to many entrée.

You can switch out the beans and carrots and make this recipe with your favorite vegetables like cauliflower, peas, zucchini, broccoli, corn…. possibilities of customization are endless. In fact, I make a very similar dish following this recipe with chopped beets- Coconut Beets. The coconut flakes are optional in this recipe, but I really enjoy the slight sweet and nutty flavor that they give in this dish.

Stove-top Stir-Fry: In this video, I have made this recipe in my programmable pressure cooker, the Instant Pot DUO. But, making this on the stove top is as easy, and takes only 10 minutes.

  • I start off by heating a heavy bottom skillet on medium heat. Add oil and when it’s hot, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start sizzling/spluttering, add chopped beans and carrots and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add salt and spices. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water and stir everything. Add unsweetened coconut flakes. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Open lid and saute for 2-4 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your veggies. Garnish with Cilantro!

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3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Condiments & Accompaniments/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Master Curry Sauce – Punjabi Gravy

Master Curry Sauce - Punjabi GravyEvery cuisine has some basic ingredients that form the ‘foundation’ of many dishes. Punjabi Gravy is a rich, aromatic and versatile master curry sauce in north-Indian cuisine, that is the base for a variety of delicious north Indian curries.

As with most recipes in Indian cuisine, this one also starts off with fresh produce. All it is, is onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes, simmered with warm Indian spices like garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and of course, salt, turmeric and cayenne, which is the inseparable trio in Indian cuisine!

You can make a variety of curries with this master sauce. Some popular examples are Chana Masala, Kidney Beans curry (Rajma), Paneer Mutter (Cottage cheese and peas), Everyday Chicken Curry, and believe it or not, even Butter Chicken! Wait…What? Yup! All you have to do is add chicken and heavy cream or Greek yogurt to this sauce, add a pinch sugar and cook everything till the chicken is tender. Garnish with cilantro and no one will ever know:-)

Master Curry Sauce - Punjabi GravyThis Master Curry Sauce is a great make-ahead and freeze item. I always make a big batch of this sauce, cool it, and pour it in single-use mason jars, pop it in the freezer and pull it out on crazy weeknights. I add either lentils or canned chickpeas or Paneer & Frozen peas or even boneless chicken thighs, and we have a delicious dinner ready in minutes.

Party Planning: Whenever I am hosting a dinner party with an Indian menu, I always make this sauce a few days in advance. That makes cooking time so manageable and less exhausting for me, so I can enjoy my own party too:-) Continue Reading…

3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Fill-it, Shut-it, Forget-it/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Thai Green Curry with Tofu- Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

Thai Green Curry with Tofu, Instant Pot, Pressure CookerThai Green Curry is one of the most popular and the spiciest curry you’ll find at a Thai restaurant. It’s a lemony, earthy, spicy curry that goes perfectly well with the creamy coconut milk. The two balance each other so well and the result is a sweet and spicy curry that can compliment any meat or vegetable you add to it. This curry can be made with Chicken, Shrimp or Tofu (Vegetarian). This is another weeknight favorite in my home!

When I have time to plan ahead, I like to make this paste from scratch. I blend together the following with maybe a tablespoon or so of oil for easy blending:

  • 1 lemongrass stalks, outer layers removed
  • 5 serrano chiles, de-seeded
  • 1 large shallot, cut in half
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2-inch piece ginger, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves with stems
  • 1/2 cup Thai basil leaves

Thai Green Curry with Tofu, Instant Pot, Pressure CookerBut then there are days, where I barely have time to cook. For those days, this pre-made paste works great. I really like the Maesri brand of Thai curry pastes. They make weeknight meals taste so good. I always tell my friends that Maesri curry pastes are so authentic, that if you ever did a blind taste test, you won’t be able to tell between a restaurant version and yours.

I simply simmer this paste with coconut milk, add protein and vegetables and cook it for 2 minutes in my programable pressure cooker, Instant Pot, on Manual or Pressure Cook, QR after 5 minutes! Finish with brown sugar and few drops of lime juice. Simultaneously, I make Brown Jasmine rice and our meal is done!

Spice level Tip: This Thai paste is on the spicier side. If you’re not sure how you’ll like the spice, start by adding 1/2 a can and cook it. If you like it to be more spicy, you can always add a few more tablespoons after the cooking process, and then saute it for a few more till everything comes together.

I make this mostly with Chicken, Shrimp or Extra-Firm Tofu. You can add your choice of vegetables like  water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, zuchhini. If adding peppers, I would them after cooking and saute for 2 minutes. When cooking this with Chicken , increase the cooking time to 4 minutes for bite size chicken pieces. When cooking this with Shrimp, cook the curry for 1 minute, QR, and then add the Shrimp, saute’ for 1-2 minutes, till they turn opaque. If you add them earlier, they’ll be over cooked. This is a very versatile curry, add your favorite combination and enjoy!

Another Thai curry that makes it to our top favorite is Thai Panang Curry. Check it out! Continue Reading…

Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb

Easy Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce

Chicken-Shawarma-Greek Feast-Instant pot / Pressure CookerChicken Shawarma is on my family menu a few times a month. This easy and low-carb recipe is pretty versatile and very family friendly. My husband and I eat a low-carb diet so we enjoy it with a Greek salad, and the kids enjoy it as a wrap in Pita bread. The condiments make it such a delicious, healthy and a complete meal. All this comes together so easily and cooking this in the oven or in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, is a breeze.

I make my own combination of the Shawarma spice mix. I use the same spice mix for lamb, beef, fish and even flavoring rice or couscous. This middle eastern gem is a super hit with my family and friends too! I start by putting together the spice mix and then marinating the chicken. If I’m using chicken thighs, I trim off the excess fat. If I’m using chicken breasts, I half them each breast in two and then cut it half, length-wise. I marinate the chicken for 20 minutes to 4 hours, depending on how much time I have. But this spice mix is so flavorful that even with a 20 minute marinade, the chicken comes out juicy and delicious.

Chicken-Shawarma-Greek Feast-Instant pot / Pressure CookerTypically, I make Chicken Shawarma in the oven. Here’s the Oven method: I simply line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (easy clean-up). Spread the chicken flat, giving enough room for the chicken (don’t crowd the baking sheet). Then turn on BROIL and put the chicken in about 2-3 inches away from the broiler and bake for 8 minutes on the first side, flip it, and 6 minutes on the second side. This timing may wary depending on the size of the chicken and your oven intensity.

Oven vs. Instant Pot: Ever since I got my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, I have been wanting to try this recipe. And when I did, the result was amazing. If I compared it to the oven method, there was a texture difference, but both methods had their merits that contribute to the flavor of this dish. The chicken turned out super moist in the Instant Pot, since we steam cooked it. Broiling it in the oven, gave it that crispy crust on the chicken that you see commonly when you go to a mediterranean restaurant. So, you will get a flavorful Chicken Shawarma either way.

I try to imitate the Shawarma/Gyro spinners in my Instant Pot. I used half an onion as a base. Then, I inserted 4 bamboo skewers as 4 pillars on which the meat is stacked. Then, I thread the meat pieces though those 4 skewers, one by one, forming a stable stack of chicken. This allows the chicken to stay super moist and looks fancy too. But, if you don’t feel like going the extra mile, just stack the chicken on top of each other and you’ll have the same delicious flavor within minutes!

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Tzatziki sauce dip, Instant Pot yogurt, Garam Masala KitchenChicken Shawarma goes really well with Tzatziki sauce. It adds a creamy contrast to the spicy and lemony chicken. It’s real simple to make as well. Simply combine plain greek yogurt with lemon, cumin, paprika, salt, mint and grated cucumber and you have yourself one of the simplest dips ever! You can also add half a clove of grated garlic in it too, but my family prefers our Tzatziki sauce without it.

 

 

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3 qt Mini Duo/ Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb

Lamb Korma- Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

Lamb Korma is an Indian Mughlai dish where Lamb stew meat is braised in a cream based sauce and bold Indian spices and simmered for hours to reach the perfect tenderness and flavor. The word Korma or Kurma draws it’s origin from the Persian word Kormah, which literally means “braise”.

lamb korma curry instant pot pressure cookerThe flavors of Korma are developed by using the popular spice blend called Garam Masala, which includes, Cardamom, Cumin, Coriander, Cloves, Bay leaves etc. These flavors are infused in a yogurt, cream or coconut cream sauce. The meat is then simmered in this sauce for hours over slow heat, till it becomes tender. I am able to mimic that slow-cooking set-up by cooking this Korma in my electrical pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO. The end flavors are to die for and I and am able to cut down the cooking time significantly. You’ll never guess how easy this is!

You can make the korma sauce using three different cream bases- heavy creamyogurt or coconut milk. My family loves the taste of a coconut milk based sauce, so that’s what I end up making most of the time. Using coconut milk also makes this dish is dairy-free, so people with dairy restrictions can also enjoy this amazing curry. If you’re eating low-carb, you can have this with cauli-rice or nutty brown rice. My family loves to eat this korma with butter naan, paratha- flat bread, cumin rice or brown rice. I serve this with a side of garden salad with a simple lemon vinaigrette. The salad adds a beautiful contrast to the creamy Korma, and adds some greens to your meal too!

You can make this Korma with chicken or beef too. For boneless skinless chicken, reduce the cooking time to 5-6 minutes of high-pressure cooking. For beef stew meat, increase the cooking time to 25-30 minutes of high pressure cooking, depending on the size of pieces. Continue Reading…