How to Cook Frozen Chicken, Oatmeal, Hard-Boiled Eggs & Spaghetti Squash in an Instant Pot

Jan 16 2019 Hi Hungry Girl,

I’ve made a few of your Instant Pot recipes (YUM), and I’d love to use my IP more often to quickly cook up healthy everyday staples. Do you have some basic how-tos?

Instant Pot of Gold Hi Instant Pot of Gold,

Thanks for your email! It inspired us to put together some simple recipitos (a.k.a. mini recipes) for everyday basics. Check ‘em out… and for full printable versions of each, click “GET THE RECIPE!”

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How to Cook Frozen Chicken in an Instant Pot 1/5th of recipe (about 3/4 cup): 167 calories, 3.5g total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 420mg sodium, 0.5g carbs, 0g fiber, <0.5g sugars, 31g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 2*
Blue Plan (FreestyleSmartPoints® value 0*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 0*

Keep a bag of chicken breast in the freezer, and you’ll always have delicious lean protein on hand. But what if you forgot to defrost it? No worries! Just put the frozen raw chicken breast right in your Instant Pot, add salt and pepper, and top with some chicken broth. Seal with lid. Press Manual/Pressure Cook, and set the time for 12 minutes. It’ll take about 15 minutes to preheat, but you’ll have tender ready-to-eat chicken in about 30 minutes. (If you’ve got fresh chicken, check out this Go-To Garlic 'n Herb Shredded Chicken.)


How to Make Oatmeal in an Instant Pot 1/4th of recipe (about 1 1/2 cups): 185 calories, 4g total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 235mg sodium, 30g carbs, 5g fiber, 1.5g sugars, 6.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 5*
Blue Plan (FreestyleSmartPoints® value 5*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 1*

Whenever I make oatmeal, I like to super-size the portion (without super-sizing the calories) by using extra liquid, cooking it longer, and letting it thicken. This set & forget method is no exception. Spray your pot with nonstick spray. Then add 4 cups water, 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 2 cups old-fashioned oats, 5 no-calorie sweetener packets, 1 tbsp. vanilla extract, 2 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Mix and seal with lid. Press Manual/Pressure Cook, and set for 6 minutes. Then let it thicken for 5 - 10 minutes. Now you’ve got a big batch of classic creamy oatmeal that you can dress up anyway you like. I love it topped with chopped Fuji apples and extra cinnamon.


How to Make “Hard-Boiled” Eggs in an Instant Pot 1/12th of recipe (1 egg): 72 calories, 4.5g total fat (1.5g sat. fat), 71mg sodium, 0.5g carbs, 0g fiber, <0.5g sugars, 6g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 2*
Blue Plan (FreestyleSmartPoints® value 0*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 0*

I. LOVE. HARD-BOILED EGGS. I pretty much always have them in the fridge for snacking. (I like to pop out the yolks and fill them with hummus or sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning!) Here’s how to make hard-cooked eggs in your IP. Add 3/4 cup water, and place a stainless-steel steamer basket in the pot. Add your eggs, and seal with lid. Press Manual/Pressure Cook, and set for 7 minutes. To easily peel them, place in a bowl of ice water for 20 minutes or so first before peeling.


How to Make Spaghetti Squash in an Instant Pot 1 cup cooked strands: 42 calories, <0.5g total fat (0g sat. fat), 28mg sodium, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, 4g sugars, 1g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 0*
Blue Plan (FreestyleSmartPoints® value 0*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 0*

Ah, spaghetti squash. Great to eat, but it’s not exactly an intuitive veggie to prepare. Here’s an easy Instant Pot method. First, microwave the squash for 6 minutes, so it’s easier to cut. Once cool, slice it in half and remove the seeds. Place the halves in the pot, cut sides up, and add 1 cup water. Seal with lid. Press Manual/Pressure Cook, and set for 8 minutes. Then scrape out the strands for a carb-slashed pasta swap!


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