Instant Pot Gluten Free Dairy Free Pesto Ranch Chicken - Dump and Go Dinner

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Instant Pot Gluten Free Dairy Free Pesto Ranch Chicken - Dump and Go Dinner

Mindy
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4 Servings
4 Ingredients
6 Comments
Simple and speedy this Gluten Free Dairy Free Pesto Ranch Chicken is a great meal to throw in your Instant Pot pressure cooker for an easy dinner. Chicken thighs are cooked in a ranch seasoned pesto to flavorful, juicy perfection.
4 Servings
4 Ingredients
6 Comments

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Freeze For Later Cooking Day Directions

Easy Assembly

These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. Divide all ingredients into indicated number of freezer bags.
  2. Label and freeze.

Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

Prog. Pressure Cooker

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. Thaw: Prep from frozen
  2. **Depending on your container size/shape and your serving size, you may need to adjust cooking times given as it is based on 4 servings frozen in a 64 ounce container.**
  3. Place frozen contents inside Instant Pot. Saute for 5 minutes.
  4. Lock lid into place and seal steam nozzle.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 9 minutes.
  6. Let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.

Make It Now Cooking Directions

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. **Due to the nature of pressure cooking there is always room for inconsistency. The times given here are based on 4 servings fresh. If you are using more servings you may need to increase your cooking time.**
  2. Combine pesto, ranch dressing mix and chicken broth in a bowl.
  3. Place chicken inside Instant Pot and spoon pesto sauce on top, covering chicken.
  4. Lock lid into place and seal steam nozzle.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 9 minutes.
  6. Let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.

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    1. Hi Joy – you can definitely use chicken breast for this recipe. When you use chicken breast, we recommend quartering the chicken (slice through one horizontally and once vertically) when cooking it in the Instant Pot. You may need a little extra time, but I would start out with the 9 minutes, check it, and then add more time if it needs it. Hope this helps! ~OAMM

  1. I don’t have an Instant Pot, yet. But, I’ve done a ton of research on them and I thought a cup of water was necessary to get enough steam to cook. Do you add water to these freezer meals? If you don’t, and just plop in a frozen block of soup, how do you get enough steam? Won’t you get a burn notice?

    1. Most recipes list 1 cup of liquid for the meal to come to pressure. However, if the ingredients contain enough liquid within the recipe (chicken broth for example), then additional liquid isn’t usually necessary.

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