Sunday, April 20, 2008

Mandarin Chicken - Pressure cooker.

3/4 lb (350 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon (15 ml) balsamic vinegar
500 ml (2 cups) chicken stock or broth
1 onion, cut into thin wedges
1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried tarragon
1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained

1 tablespoon (15 ml) honey
1 tablespoon (15 ml) low-sodium soy sauce
4 tablespoons (60 ml) cornstarch
8 oz (225 g) Chinese wheat noodles
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

In the pressure cooker, combine chicken, vinegar, stock and onions. Lock the lid in place and bring to pressure, then lower heat and cook for the suggested time. Allow pressure to drop by the natural release method for 10 minutes, and then release remaining pressure by the quick release method or automatic release method and remove the lid.

Transfer chicken to a platter and keep warm. Leave the stock mixture in the pressure cooker, and stir in tarragon, oranges, honey and soy sauce. Combine the cornstarch and water. Stir into the stock mixture, and cook uncovered over medium heat until the sauce thickens.

Serve the chicken over cooked noodles. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.

Suggested time for fast 15 psi pressure cookers: Cook for 5 minutes on high pressure.

Serves 4