Sunday, April 20, 2008

Chicken and Rice - pressure cooker

This chicken and rice is a Spanish classic enjoyed with many variations.

3 lb (1.3 kg) chicken, skin removed and cut into 8 pieces
3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
1 chorizo sausage, thinly sliced (optional)
1/2 cup (125 ml) white wine
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced

1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
1 large ripe tomatom peeled, or 2 canned plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup (250 ml) uncooked long-grain white rice
1/2 cup (125 ml) frozen peas
3 cups (750 ml) chicken stock or broth
1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt

Salt and pepper the chicken pieces. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the pressure cooker. Add the onion, garlic, red bell pepper and tomato. Cook until the onion is soft. Add the rice and cook for 1 minute. Add the peas, stock, salt, chicken pieces, and chorizo sausage, with any accumulated juices. Stir well.

Lock the lid in place and bring to pressure, then lower heat and cook for the suggested time. Allow pressure to drop by the quick release method or automatic release method and remove the lid.

Suggested time for fast 15 psi pressure cookers: Cook for 7 minutes on high pressure.

Serves 4-6