Instant Pot Greek Chicken & Orzo Youvetsi A Crowd Pleaser!!!

You’ve probably heard of the Instant Pot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

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6-8 chicken thighs, bone-in skinless (3-4 lbs)
1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
1 big onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, grated
15 oz (411g) crushed tomatoes
1 Bay leaf
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt or to taste plus more for the orzo
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
optional: 1 cinnamon stick and 2-3 cloves
1 teaspoon dried crushed oregano
4-5 cups (1 liter) chicken stock
1 pound (450g) orzo pasta
finely chopped fresh parsley
feta cheese and olives for serving
Add the onion, olive oil, and a pinch of salt to the Instant Pot and set the saute function for about 10 minutes or until soft and golden. Add the garlic and warm through for about 30 seconds.

Add the chicken, salt, tomatoes, bay leaf, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and a cup of chicken stock or water. If you’re using the cinnamon and cloves you may add them to the pot at this time.

Secure the lid and set the valve to thelock the steam in. Pressure Cook on high for 10 minutes. Allow the Instant Pot to rest and naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes and then open the valve to release the remaining pressure.

Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

Preheat the oven to 400 °F, 200 °C.

Transfer the stew to a big roasting pan and add the oregano, the orzo, 1 more teaspoon of salt and 4-5 cups of chicken stock. Mix everything together.

Bake uncovered on the center rack for 20 minutes.

Add the parsley and serve with feta cheese and olives. Kali Orexi.

The entire meal can be prepared in the Instant Pot. Once the chicken stew is ready, add the orzo, oregano, 1 teaspoon of salt and 4-5 cups of chicken stock. Mix together and set the Instant Pot to the saute function. The pasta usually takes about 10-12 minutes to cook. Enjoy!

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