Those of you that follow me on Facebook will notice that Santa bought me an InstantPot for hexmas, well when I say Santa I mean me and when I say Christmas I mean in the Black Friday sales… Either way I am now the owner of an InstantPot and this Fruity Fennel Chicken Thighs recipe is the first of many recipes I have developed for this fab piece of kit. The purchase was as a replacement for my ailing and knackered nearly 30 year old slow cooker and so far I have been very happy, primarily because I can now braise meat without being tortured by the smell of food as I am sitting home working. Fennel chicken thighs have been a longtime favourite slow cooker recipe for me but have not cooked it for a while for the torture reason. Working from home and slow cooking is not as much fun as it sounds, sitting around with fabulous food aromas in the house is for me torturous so being able to get the same effect in less time is awesome. So now I can indulge in this sumptuous north African inspired recipe with a little heat from the Harissa and all the freshness of Orange without being Mr Hangry all day long 😉
This is not a review of the InstantPot but I keen to share my initial thoughts, my InstantPot Fruity Fennel Chicken Thighs recipe is the first of half a dozen recipes that I have adapted from my repertoire so far and I have been impressed. There are a whole host of features I will likely not use but I love the way pressure cooking holds and intensifies flavours and whilst I am not 100% convinced by the saute function, I find a frying pan on the hob much better, it is an function that certainly cuts down on the washing up. However I did not buy the InstantPot for speed or convenience, I bought a pressure cooker for the intense flavours you can achieve in a relatively short amount of time, so expect more flavour packed recipes like these fennel chicken thighs coming at you in the future.