You would not believe how long it took me to figure out what to do with the butternut squash I picked up at the grocery store. I mean I can usually whip up something, but this time around nothing sounded appetizing. This is why, I am a savory person, and sometimes squash is too sweet for me. BUT I LOVE IT, and I also wanted to try something new besides what I usually do, which is using some chipotle olive oil, giving it a little kick, and then throwing in the oven to roast. Well this time I wanted to use my instant pot.
I love my INSTANT POT. When I first got it 6 months ago, it sat in the box for over a month because I was still scared to use it. I had all these recipes planned for the instant pot, but I was afraid of the kitchen appliance. Then I slowly started using it, by that, I mean I took it out of the box and let it sit on the counter staring at me for about another month. When I finally turned it on, it was like magic. I MEAN I WANTED TO THROW ALL THE FOOD INTO THE INSTANT POT. ALL THE FOOD.
I started making stews, potatoes, quick spaghetti squash, etc. I was using this thing like it was the best thing since Betty White. By the way... just to stray off topic we looked up when sliced bread was invented for shits and giggles, Betty White is older than sliced bread. So I decided to change the saying, Best thing is Betty White, because let's face it, she's awesome, and we all want her as our adoptive grandmother.
So I made up this recipe that I am about to share with you, and it actually turned out well, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this. One of the things I am still learning is how much liquid to put in the instant pot. I had to scoop all the chicken and butternut squash out because I didn't want the liquid. Also, not everything was done in the instant pot, the brussels sprouts were done on the stove.
Also, I was recently introduced to Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel seasoning... WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG?! I am a lover of the foods and I feel like I haven't been enjoying things properly. So that has been incorporated in this recipe as well. I also bought 3 bottles to keep one at my desk, I never want to be without it now. In addition to this lovely find at Trader Joe's, I love shopping there because I am able to get frozen or refrigerated veggies that don't have anything added to it. Why do I buy veggies this way? Ease of use honestly.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash and Chicken with Shaved Brussels Sprouts
1 Butternut Squash- peeled and cubed
2 lbs of Chicken Breast - cubed
1 red onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of rosemary (I used dried)
1 bag of Shaved Brussels Sprouts - Trader Joes
2 tbsp of Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
2 tbsp of Avocado Oil or oil of choice
1/2 C of chicken broth
1/2 C of water
In a skillet (I used my cast iron), over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of avocado oil (or oil of choice), once skillet has heated up add in brussels sprouts and Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel seasoning- I like my sprouts a little charred. Cook to your hearts desire.
While the brussels sprouts are cooking mix the rest of the ingredients except the chicken broth and water in a large bowl.
Before putting the mix into the Instant Pot, add the water to the bottom.
Toss in chicken and butternut squash mix in the instant pot and then pour the chicken broth over the mix.
Set the Instant Pot, on mine I chose manual, and then I set it for 12 minutes (I put it down for that time because of the butternut squash, the chicken did not come out dry).
Once the timer goes off, I flipped the top for quick release.
Put Brussels Sprouts on a plate, and then use a slotted spoon to get the chicken and butternut squash out and serve on top of the sprouts. TA-DA!
I hope you all enjoy! This was a throw together meal for me and now it has become a regular.
**While editing my photos I realized that doesn't look so appetizing. I will have to remake soon and take another picture for you all.**