I have been wanting to try to make chicken & rice for a while; I just never really wanted to take the time to boil the chicken, debone it, yadda yadda yadda. I finally decided that I was going to suck it up, bust out my pressure cooker and give it a whirl. I have never really cooked with my pressure cooker, much less cooked a whole chicken and make chicken broth. I said a little prayer, in hopes I wouldn't blow up my kitchen, and set out on my mission. This was surprisingly easy. It only took 20 minutes to cook the chicken and another 20 minutes to make the rice. I wouldn't call this an easy weeknight meal just because it takes over an hour to make when you include the time for the chicken to cool. This is however an easy meal to prepare and it makes a great Sunday dinner, especially on a cool and rainy day like it was this past Sunday. We both really enjoyed it. I was trying to get a flavor similar to the Cracker Barrel and I think I succeeded. Give it a try!
Chicken and Rice Recipe
Water - to cover chicken
1 3-4 lb. whole chicken
3-4 stalks celery; rough chopped
1 large sweet onion; rough chopped
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
3 cups long grain white rice
1 packet onion soup mix
Place chicken, celery, onion, pepper, salt, oregano, and garlic salt in a pressure cooker. Cover with water and lock the lid in place. Bring to pressure over high heat, then reduce the heat to the lowest setting that will maintain pressure; cook for 20 minutes. (You can also boil the chicken for an hour or two if you aren't daring enough for the pressure cooker)
Once cooking is complete, release the pressure by running cold water over the pressure cooker. Remove chicken to cool in order to de-bone. Put broth to the side.
When cool enough to handle, de-bone chicken.
Drain celery and onions from broth and put approximately 6 cups broth back into pot along with the rice, chicken, onion soup mix and more pepper and salt. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes stir in another cup of broth. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.