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30 Minute Healthy Meal Plan 6 | Air Fried Chicken | Instant Pot 3 Minute Orzo Pasta


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Say goodbye to fried chicken and say hello to air-fried chicken that tastes exactly like fried chicken. I make a homemade marinade with Indian spices to marinate the chicken, the marinade will greatly enhance the taste & flavour of the chicken. I served the air-fried chicken with Asian-style Orzo cooked in the Instant Pot for just 3 minutes.

Easy & Healthy Instant Pot Air Fried Chicken Recipe

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30 Minute Healthy Meal Plan | Air Fried Chicken | Instant Pot 3 Minute Orzo Pasta
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
  • Chicken, leg-thigh pieces- 3 to 4
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Kashmiri chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Garam masala- 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Chaat Masala- 1 tsp (optional)
  • Salt- ¾ tsp
  • Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
  • Water- 2 tbsp
  1. In a bowl, combine all the spices along with lemon juice & water, make it into a smooth paste.
  2. Adding chaat masala will enhance the taste & flavour. It’s salty so add additional salt accordingly.
  3. Spread the marinade all over the chicken.
  4. Chicken leg-thigh or leg pieces are ideal for making this.
  5. Let the chicken marinate for 15 to 30 minutes. Or can be marinated in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. I’ve used Instant Pot Duo crisp + Air fryer.
  7. Place the stainless steel pot into the main pot. Place the air fryer basket into the stainless steel pot.
  8. Place the broil tray on the air fryer basket. Grease the broil tray with oil.
  9. Place the marinated chicken on the tray.
  10. Spray non-cooking spray on the chicken.
  11. Close the Instant Pot with the air fryer lid.
  12. Select Air fry. Set time to 30 minutes, temperature 400 F. Click start.
  13. After 30 minutes of air frying, open the lid.
  14. Use tongs to take the air-fried chicken out of the Instant Pot.
  15. Enjoy while it's warm along with salad or rice.
-You can use any kind of Air fryer.
-How to roast in the oven: preheat oven to 400 F or 200 C, place the marinated chicken on a baking tray, place the tray in the preheated oven, roast for 30 to 40 minutes until the chicken has cooked well. Halfway through, flip over the chicken & continue to roast.


3 Minute Instant Pot Asian Style Orzo | Dump & Go Recipe

30 Minute Healthy Meal Plan | Air Fried Chicken | Instant Pot 3 Minute Orzo Pasta
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 5 people
  • Mixed Veggies- 1½ cups (carrot, green beans, peas, green pepper)
  • Soy sauce- 2 tbsp, low-sodium
  • Hoisin sauce- 2 tbsp
  • Ground black pepper- ¼ tsp (or add 1 tsp chili sauce)
  • Orzo- 1½ cups
  • Water- 2 cups (or add chicken or veggie stock)
  • Sesame seeds- ½ tbsp
  • Sesame oil- 1 tsp
  1. I've added mixed veggies like carrots, green beans & green pepper. Peas & corn can also be added.
  2. Into the stainless steel pot, dump all the above-mentioned ingredients except sesame oil. Combine well.
  3. For 1½ cups orzo, add 2 cups water or chicken/veggie stock.
  4. Close the pot with the lid.
  5. Select Pressure cook setting, set time to 3 minutes at high pressure.
  6. After 3 minutes of pressure cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.
  7. Open the lid. Combine the cooked orzo.
  8. Add sesame oil & combine well. Sesame oil will greatly enhance the aroma of this dish, so don't skip it.
  9. There will be some moisture in the pot. Remove the stainless steel pot from the main pot & keep the pot covered for a few minutes, orzo will absorb all the moisture.
  10. Serve into a bowl & enjoy with air-fried or grilled chicken, fish or steak or enjoy as it is.
I've added Asian sauces, any kind of seasonings & sauces can be added.
In the Instant Pot, orzo will be cooked perfectly in just 3 minutes of pressure cooking.




Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...