Chicken and Ziti

Chicken and Ziti

Serves 4.
By Dennis W. Viau; remembered from an old recipe.

My mother was Italian American. We ate a lot of spaghetti and meatballs. Sometimes Mom would cook chicken pieces in her sauce and serve it with other pasta, such a rigatoni or ziti. This recipe uses an Instant Pot for simplicity, but the food is as delicious as my mother used to make.

Ingredients:

2 to 3 tablespoons pure (cooking) olive oil
¼ large onion, diced
1 to 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed or minced
3 cups (700ml) vegetable or chicken stock
½ 28-ounce (400g) can San Marzano tomatoes
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or dry oregano flakes or fresh oregano
3 sprigs fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley, leaves only
1 pound (450g) dry medium-size pasta such as ziti (or penne)
4 chicken drumsticks (or pieces of your choice)
Salt to taste

Directions:

Start the Instant Pot using the Sauté function set to high. Add the oil and heat. Add the diced onion and sauté until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook less than one minute. Do not brown.

Add the stock, tomatoes and seasonings. Stir.

Add the pasta and press down a little into the liquid. Arrange the chicken pieces on top and attach the Instant Pot lid. Set the pressure release valve to Sealing. Select the Pressure Cook function. Set to 6 minutes on High pressure.

At the end of the cooking time carefully turn the pressure release valve to Venting to quick-release the pressure (keeping your hands and face away from the venting steam). Wait for all the pressure to escape. Remove the lid.

Allow to rest a few minutes for the sauce to thicken. Serve garnished with Parmesan or Romano cheese.

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