Bacon wrapped chicken (Made in a pressure cooker!)

IMG_4233I love this recipe for 3 reasons:

  1. It has bacon!
  2. It has chicken!
  3. It uses an electric pressure cooker!

Cooking doesn’t get easier than using a pressure cooker. That miraculous contraption literally does everything, saves you time and produces perfectly cooked food every time. I did of course use them back in Botswana however, my use was limited to things that needed a long cooking time like beans or beef. In China, the electric pressure cookers can be used to bake cakes, bake bread, make a porridge like drink called zhou (粥), rice, stews and pretty much anything under the sun. They’re marvelous, perfect for student life. The pressure cooker I have looks similar to the one in the picture below…

Electric pressure cooker

It is basically a rice cooker with a lot more different settings for cooking various foods.This chicken can also be grilled in the oven however I didn’t have access to one at the time so I had to improvise.

Ingredients

  • Chicken breast (1 per person)
  • Streaky bacon (3/4 per chicken breast)
  • Garlic (crushed)
  • Barbecue sauce of your choice (I improvised with a Royco cooking sauce)
  • A little oil for frying
  • Spices of your choice for seasoning the chicken (black pepper, salt, cumin, etc)

Method

  1. Lay the chicken breast on a chopping board, cover with a sheet of cling film and use a meat mallet to flatten out the chicken breast. If you don’t have a mallet you can improvise with any object that can flatten out the chicken.
  2. Remove the cling film, season the chicken and spread some crushed garlic.
  3. Lay out 3 or 4 slices of bacon, the width of the bacon slices must be wide enough to cover the chicken breast.IMG_20150407_122902
  4. Roll up the chicken breast and bacon together, secure with toothpicks to prevent the roll from unravelling.
  5. Place a little oil in the pressure cooker and put in the chicken rolls.IMG_20150407_132445 Allow the bacon to fry a little till the bacon is cooked through, turn occasionally to ensure even cooking. Add just enough barbecue sauce to cover the base of the cooker and the rolls then cover and let the chicken cook for 15-20 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes, reduce the pressure and open the cooker. Turn the rolls and add more barbecue sauce and let it continue cooking for another 10 minutes uncovered.IMG_20150407_142336
  7. Remove the rolls from the cooker, place on a plate or chopping board and slice into 3 or 4 portions. Serve with a main dish of your choice and enjoy!IMG_4234

 

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