How to cook Whole Chicken Curry in Pressure Cooker Recipe:- Chicken in a pressure cooker is a very tasty dish and, importantly, you can cook it very quickly. Because it takes a minimum of time to cook in a pressure cooker.
And the chicken turns rosy and juicy.You may wonder if it’s possible to cook the whole chicken in the pressure cooker. It can be done and the dish can be equally delicious, meat juicy and tender as you cook in the oven.
#1 Ingredients needed for cooking Whole Chicken Curry in Pressure Cooker Recipe
The ingredients that are necessary for this recipe is less. The ingredients are those we always have in our kitchen. There are nothing new or complex ingredients that are required especially for this recipe. The ingredients that are given here are sufficient for 8-12 people. So let’s take a look at the needed ingredients.
- Chicken 1 Piece
- Cooking Oil 30 Milliliters
- Garlic to taste
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Curry to taste
- Salt to taste
- Green coriander leaves or parsley for garnish
- Jug of clean water
#2 Types of utensils and equipment that are needed for preparing the Whole Chicken Curry in Pressure Cooker Recipe
The items needed are much less in the recipe than those when we cook in the microwave or saucepan. Since the frying and sauteing can be done in the pressure cooker itself. So it saves your time and energy after cooking since there will be fewer dishes for you to clean and store.
- The pressure cooker of adequate size
- Spoons and ladles
- Measuring cup
- Dishes and bowls
- Knife and chopping board
- Paper towel or clean cloth
#3 Preparation before cooking the Whole Chicken Curryin Pressure Cooker Recipe
While cooking any dish in the pressure cooker, you always have to assure that the cooker, it’s lid and whistle, the small hole in the lid are all clear and clean. If the hole is blocked with any dirt or remaining pieces of food, the cooker may blast die to the accumulation of the pressurized steam.
So a bit of precaution and preparation before cooking is essential which will save your time and energy. And you can simply enjoy your cooking.
- Make sure the lid and pressure cooker is clean.
- Make sure there is not any crack in your cooker.
- Arrange all your ingredients and keep them in separate bowls.
- Gather all the required utensils and keep them handy.
- Put on your apron and wash your hands.
- Properly peel the garlic and clean them.
- Wash the coriander or parsley whatever you are using.
- Then finely chop the coriander leaves or parsley. Also, chop the garlic in half or quarter if you want to. Or, you can use the whole garlic as well.
- Now clean the chicken properly and dry with a paper towel.
- Remember to wash your hands properly after you finish handling the chicken.
#4 How to cook the Whole Chicken Curry in Pressure Cooker Recipe
Usually, when we say we cook the chicken in the pressure cooker, we prefer to cut the chicken in pieces. It is rare that we cook the whole chicken in the cooker. That’s why this recipe has been listed here.
The only requirement is the pressure cooker of the size bigger enough for accommodating the whole chicken. Now, why don’t we begin our cooking.
Steps to follow:
- Wash and dry the whole chicken with paper towels. Sprinkle salt and pepper on all sides of the carcass inside and out.
- Then put the whole chicken in the bowl of the pressure cooker.
- Put the whole garlic on top of the chicken (or cut it into slices).
- Top with curry to taste. Spices can be replaced with any that are suitable for chicken, which you like best.
- Pour oil into the multi cooker bowl. Turn on the Roast mode for 30 minutes. If you are using the old-style pressure cooker and don’t have roast mode, simply cover the opening of the cooker by loosely placing the cover.
- Fry the chicken from all sides to a golden crust under a covered lid. Here you only put on the lid loosely on the cooker for not to let the steam and temperature escape. So that the meat can be cooked.
- Then pour 40-50 ml of water into the bowl.Now you close the lid tightly and turn on the Baking or Meat for 15-20 minutes (depending on the brand of pressure cooker). Again, if you are using the old designed pressure cooker and don’t have any mode. Simply cover the lid tightly and wait for 15-20 minutes.
- After the mentioned time, release the steam of the cooker by slightly lifting the whistle.When you release all the steam, open the lid.
- The chicken in the pressure cooker is ready! Take out the chicken and place it on the dish. Also, pour all the gravy over the chicken. You can garnish the meat with parsley or coriander leaves if you want to.
- It’s ready for you to enjoy with your preferred side dish.
#5 How to serve and eat the Whole Chicken Curry Recipe in the pressure cooker
After your meat is ready, let it rest for a while in the room temperature. So it will be warm enough for you to serve and eat. The dish can go with any side dish you like and can be eaten anytime you like.
- After you put the chicken on the plate, cut the chicken in reasonable pieces.
- Serve the piece with bread, rice or rote.
- You can also serve the dish with plain or buttered Nan.
- You can make the mashed potatoes, pasta, salad or green beans.
#6 Some simple tips to follow for the perfect cooking of the Whole Chicken Curry Recipe in Pressure Cooker
Since the dish uses the whole chicken to be cooked in the pressure cooker. We need to keep in mind certain small things with which we can enjoy our cooking and make our dish more delicious.
- Typically, a 3 lb. chicken requires 18 minutes of high-pressure cooking. Add 6 minutes in cooking time for each additional pound.
- You can directly immerse your chicken in the cooking liquid, especially if you want to make a broth. However, the steam basket method guarantees crispy skin and does not remove the seasoning.
- Be careful the cooking time starts for a pressure cooker from the moment when the valve which evacuates the surplus of steam begins to sing. But the time which precedes the pressurization is often relatively fast by a few minutes.
- Remember, however, to check that your pressure cooker benefits from the NF standard and CE certification and always carefully follow the instructions for use …
- According to the use that we make it must change the seal (1 time per year on average).
- Never fill the cooker beyond 2/3 of it’s volume, it may clog the valve.
- Reach high pressure on high heat. Once the pressure cooker and the regulator are moving, set the heat to the lowest possible temperature that maintains the pressure and moves the regulator evenly. It may take several attempts to get to the right setting, so be patient.
- If your pressure cooker has more than one pressure setting, repeat the process for each setting.
- To determine how much water your cooker needs to cook for a longer whole chicken, repeat the process above, increasing the duration to 30 minutes.
- Cool the pressure cooker immediately with cold running water.
- Open the pressure cooker and measure the amount of remaining liquid. There should be at least one cup of water in the oscillating pressure cookers and ½ cup of water in the second generation pressure cookers with spring-loaded valves. If you have more or less liquid, adjust your amount of fluid taking into account the result and repeat the test.
#7 Frequently Asked Questions
You have learned the recipe for cooking the whole chicken in the pressure cooker. But you may still have some doubts and questions that you want to clear. So let’s consider some common questions.
Can I use the pieces of chicken instead of whole chicken for this recipe?
You can use the pieces of chicken meat as well. The cooking time will be less just keep in mind the time.
Can I use the Vegetables in this dish?
You can add potatoes, cauliflower, beans, etc in this dish if you want to.
Do I have to put the water in the cooker? Isn’t the liquid coming from the meat itself is enough for the meat to cook?
You have to use the water not only to make the Curry but also to make the steam inside the cooker. So that the meat can be cooked properly inside out. If there is not enough water or liquid in the cooker, the cooker may blast. So use water as mentioned in the recipe.
Some say that the chicken should not be washed with before cooking. It may spread the water droplets and can cause cross-contamination. So should I clean the chicken or not before cooking?
There seems to be some confusion regarding the cleaning of the meat. Some prefer not to clean the meat while some do. In my opinion, clean the chicken properly and dry them with a paper towel. So the water droplets don’t drip everywhere.
However, no need to confuse yourself on this point because whatever contamination or germs are there. They are easily destroyed and killed while you cook in such high temperature and pressure.
So get on with your cooking of this delicious dish and make your guests and family happy. Happy cooking!
Submitted by Ankur Pradhan