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Instant Pot Chicken with Cherries & Pumpkin Seed Wild Rice

By , July 31, 2012

Recipe by: Natural Chef Dana MillerChicken with Cherries and Pumpkin Seed Wild Rice

Serves 4-8



  • 1 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • ½ c evaporated palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 orange peeled and quartered
  • 1 onion, julienned
  • 12 chicken thighs
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted and halved fresh Bing Cherries

Wild Rice

  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 1/3 cups wild rice, rinsed
  •  ¼ cup butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup pitted and halved fresh Bing cherries ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds Sea salt to taste


1.     In the liner of the instant pot add the balsamic vinegar, evaporated palm sugar, molasses, butter, orange and onion. Mix well.

2.     Add the chicken, salt and rosemary. Stir to coat.

3.      Add the cherries. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock into place. Press the Meat/Stew button; adjust time so that the pressure time is 25 minutes.

4.     When done and pressure has naturally released, remove the lid

For the rice while the chicken is cooking

5.     Bring veggie stock to boil in a medium saucepan on the stove top. Add rinsed wild rice. Cover and simmer for 50 minutes.

6.     In a large sauté pan, heat butter. Sauté onion until caramelized.

7.     Add tomato and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add onions and tomato to the rice.

8.     Add cherries to the sauté pan and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until soft and juicey.

9.     Add cherries and toasted pumpkin seeds to the rice. Stir to incorporate. Add salt if needed.

10.    To serve: Place wild rice on a serving platter and top with chicken. Pour juices from the chicken over the entire platter and garnish with rosemary.

I served with sautéed kale.

Honey and Thyme-Infused Red Wine Pot Roast

Submitted by Erin OC.


  • 1 bottom round roast, about 4 lbs.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 small onions, medium diced
  • 1 head garlic (about 10 to 12 cloves), lightly smashed
  • 1 pound carrots (about 4 medium), cut roughly into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups medium-bodied red wine
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 5 to 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch cubes


    Edited based on comments (see comments below): Pressure cook all ingredients except the carrots and potatoes for 45 minutes a high pressure, quick release the pressure – then add carrots and potatoes and pressure cook for another 10 minutes, with a natural release.

    Original/Traditional directions for comparison:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Season roast with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large oven-safe pot over high heat for a couple minutes. Add the meat and brown well on all sides, about 10 minutes total.
  3. Remove and set aside on a plate. Lower heat to medium and sauté onions, garlic, and carrots for 5 minutes. Add the broth, wine, honey, and thyme, stir to combine, and then add the roast back to the pot.
  4. Cover pot and transfer to oven. Bake for 2 hours, turning the meat over twice. Add the potatoes to the pot and bake, uncovered, for another 30 to 45 minutes longer until both the potatoes and the meat are fork-tender.