Chicken Tinga, not with my IP!


I know a lot of you are obsessed with your Instant Pot, that "miracle" small appliance! 
 I researched it carefully, 
read your posts about the wonders of it, 
got suckered in, 
purchased one.  




Unfortunately, there’s no IP love here.  It all went downhill with this recipe...

First off, I browned the tomatillos and onions nicely.  Then added the seasonings, stock and diced tomatoes; removed the skin and bones from the chicken and added that to the pot.



The next step is when it all went wrong!  Put the lid on, lock it in place and set the IP to pressure cook, it sounds sooooo easy!  Wrong! 

Once again, I couldn’t get the lid on, couldn’t lock it in place.  It was sort of tricky the first 2 or 3 times I used it, this time it was impossible.

I even read the manual for the umpteenth time, still couldn’t do it.  Then I asked Bill to try it, he had no more luck than I did.  After being frustrated for 30 or so minutes, I watched a video of some man demonstrating placing the lid on and locking it in place - he must've been a magician!

It sounds so simple, but it’s so crazy.  I never did get the lid on, couldn’t cook the chicken in it, ended up braising the chicken in the tomato mixture, in a casserole dish, in the oven.  


By then, I had lost all interest in it and dinner too - just wanted it over with and done!  I'd just rather cook ~ stir ~ & taste ~ my way.

The chicken turned out OK though, tasted OK.  We decided we’d like it over noodles instead of a traditional Chicken Tinga recipe with tostada shells. 




The last step in this disaster:   Bag up the IP and put in the garbage can outside ~ the next day was garbage day and I was happy to be rid of the darn thing and get back the space it demanded!!! 

There is one positive thing I can say about my Instant Pot ~ at least I didn't have to clean the contraption!

I’m hoping I’ve learned my lesson and won’t buy the next pricey kitchen gadget that comes along...


Chicken Tinga
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large tomatillos, husked and quartered
1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup chicken stock
1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon seasoned pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 teaspoon chipotle purée
8 ounces uncooked extra wide egg noodles

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°.
Place olive oil in IP (skillet) on medium high heat.  
Add tomatillos and cook until browned; add onions and garlic, and cook until browned, about 3 minutes.
Add chicken stock and stir.
Add tomatoes with their juice, oregano, salt, pepper and chili powder, stir to combine.
Transfer the tomato mixture to a casserole dish that has been coated with cooking spray.
Add chicken and chipotle purée, stir well.
Place lid on dish and cook until chicken is cooked through and tomato mixture has thickened.
Meanwhile, cook noodles in boiling water according to package directions.
After cooking, transfer chicken to a plate and pull it into bite-size pieces.  Return to tomato mixture and combine.
Transfer chicken and tomatoes to serving bowl.
Serve over cooked noodles or tostada shells.


Enjoy!

36 comments:

  1. Sorry that IP didn't work the way the you expected and you had to dump it. I was tempted to dump my expensive blender because it didn't work the way I wanted and I bought it because it's rated 4-5 stars on amazon.
    I love to prepare meals in oven...fuss free and easy. Your chicken tinga looks delicious!

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    1. Hi Angie! You just never know; wish I could've used one several times without having to buy it. :-) Thanks for the visit!

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  2. I don't have an IP, but those who have one refer to it as their best friend, especially for the slow cooking button.
    Sorry for the fiasco. It happens to all of us sometimes.
    I like a lot of things in tomatoes or tomato sauce: meat, fish, sardines. I'm sure your chicken tinga was delicious without the help of the IP device.

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    1. Yes, it does happen sometimes and I will think a long time before buying another little appliance. The tomatoes really made the chicken taste good. Thanks, Duta and take care.

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  3. Trashing an expensive and new gadget sounds extreme! You have more grit than I do -- in my house, it would go in the basement and be there for years as a lesson that is never learned.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae! I just didn't want to look at the thing again and didn't want it taking up space needed for something else. Have a good week!

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  4. Pam, Nasty experience! Nothing like buying something with high expectations and then realizing the it isn't right for you or your household! I do appreciate the review however! I now have ammo should my wife get a wild hair and want to buy one of these things! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Nasty for sure, Dave and a waste of my time and energy! :-) I know what you mean, wish I had ammo at times. :-) Thanks for the visit, my friend!

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  5. I'm sorry, I had to giggle a bit.
    Too bad it didn't work for you.
    Thankfully never got the urge to have one.

    M : )

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    1. Ha, ha, Melinda! Glad you giggled! I can now, but I certainly didn't then! Wish I didn't have the urge, the IP is not for me! Take care, my friend!

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  6. I would of cleaned it up, and sent it back where you bought it. Esp paying that much for it! I have been thinking about one, but after your mishap, no thanks! Lol.

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    1. Yes, normally I would've, I'm definitely not afraid to return something, but I'd had it for a good while, no box, and no receipt and not even real sure where I bought it.

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  7. Thank you Pam for this honest post. I have been looking at those Instand Pots but hesitated . My nephew loves to cook with his IP and made a good sauce Bolognese for Christmas. Let’s just stick with our pots and pans.

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    1. Hi Gerlinde! I know there a lot of folks out there that love it, and it works well for them. It's just not for me. I bet that sauce was delicious! And yes to pots and pans!

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  8. I read a few positive blog posts and decided to do a little research to see if it was a gadget I couldn't live without to replace our normal pressure cooker. After reading the reviews on Amazon and all of the issues folks had with the IP, I decided it was not for me and you have further confirmed this.

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    1. Hi Larry! I'm sure there are a lot of positives about it, just too many controls and variables, and the lid is a pain big time! I wish there was a trial period for these small appliances. Good that you researched, etc, and made a good decision! Thanks!

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  9. Wow, Pam you really dumped it in the garbage. You Go! I recently received a Cuisnart Electric Pressure Cooker for Christmas ( similar to the Instant Pot, right). Mixed reviews...My split pea soup finished in 8 minutes, and it was good. My chicken and rice was overcooked and might as well been soup. Have not used it since-Back to pots and pans!

    Take care. Velva

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    1. Pots and pans for me to, Velva! Yes, I thought the garbage was the perfect place for it! This is the first time I've done that with a little appliance and hope it's the last. Split pea soup sounds good! Take care

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  10. That is really sad when you buy something like that and it does not work. I must admit I would have taken it back to where I bought it and asked them to try putting on the lid, you may just have got your money back. N bought a kindle before Christmas that kept jamming, finally jammed solid. It took several phone calls but we posted it back and the money went directly into our bank.
    I have not seen instant pots here but you warning is good advice and I will not look at them even if they do appear in the shops!! You recipe non the less sounds excellent. Take care Diane

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    1. Oh just seen above that you did not have the box or the receipt so sending it back was not on. Diane

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    2. Yes, I had it for quite a while before this happened, and obviously I seldom used it. But with no receipt, no box, just pitched it. Glad his Kindle is working well! Have a good rest of the week!

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  11. i hope you get it to work! i hate wasting money and time like that. glad you still got a delicious dish. :)

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    1. Nope, Grace! I kicked it to the curb, the trash!

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  12. Thanks for your Instant Pot story! I've been thinking about getting one -- you see recipes for them everywhere these days -- but don't really have the room for one. Plus I have the time to cook things low and slow, so I'm not sure if I have the need, either. Anyway, this looks like a wonderful dish! Sorry it turned out to be such a trial. :-(

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    1. Thanks, John! I too have the time to cook things low and slow, but got caught up in the hoopla about it. Live and learn... Here's to pots and pans, low and slow! :-)

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  13. I'm just glad I wasn't there that night.
    There's a reason why the forefront of technology is called "the bleeding edge" :)

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    1. Hi son! Yep, you can thank your lucky stars you weren't here, it was not pleasant! The bleeding, a high risk of being unreliable describes that pot perfectly! Love

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  14. Oh no! I have one sitting in my garage I've never used - going to have my daughter show me how. So sorry but the chicken sounds great!

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    1. Ooops, Tricia! Hopefully yours will be just fine, mine must've had a flaw because we tried it so many times to no avail. Here's wishing you a great rest of the week!

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  15. I've used mine twice. Not sure if it's worth it, but we're remodeling our kitchen and it will be one way to cook while I'm without an oven and cook top!

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    1. Hi Liz! It would come in handy during remodeling! That is a huge undertaking! Good luck!

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  16. Well the finished dish does look good. But wow, I also have been considering getting an IP but maybe not now. I hear there is a real learning curve but not even being able to closed it, that is ridiculous and complicated for nothing.

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    1. Hi Evelyne, it was a pain to use for sure with the lid not closing. I might've liked it if it wasn't for that. Take care

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  17. Very interesting to hear. I love chicken Tinga and cook it on the stove without a problem. Guess I'm old fashioned and not into gadgets but somehow I've survived this long without one!

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