Originally Posted by pacanis
Is it safe to partially cook chicken... I'm trying to come up with a chicken dish in my pressure cooker using pasta and veggies and from what I've read, it should only take them 5 minutes to cook. I could leave the chicken pieces in for 30 minutes and know they are done...
If your pressure cooker operates at 15psi, then 5 minutes is correct for chicken cut into bite sized chunks or strips. I use about 3 cups of egg noodles... get an imported variety made with hard Durham wheat as it holds up well to pressure cooking. Add two cups of veggies du jour, seasonings, some type of flavoring liquid and enough water to barely cover the ingredients.
Lock the lid in place. Bring to 15psi over high heat, immediately reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting to stabilize and maintain that pressure. Cook 5 minutes. Use the natural release method.
The veggies will lose some quality with this timing, but if that's an issue, you can preserve the bright color and tender-crisp texture by protecting them within covered heat proof bowl that is placed on top of the other ingredients in the pressure cooker.
Overcooking is a very common mistake, but my Cooking Times Charts will help you avoid a lot of problems. For example, at 15psi, a whole chicken will cook in 20 minutes, and at 30 minutes you'll meat ready to be fork shredded.