Saturday, February 10, 2024

Chicken Palau in an Instant Pot and the Weekly Menu #EattheWorld

Basmati Rice, warm spices and tender chicken cook up quickly and deliciously in an Instant Pot for a great, comforting family meal.

Chicken Palau

We are traveling to Afghanistan this month as we Eat the World.........

Eat the World logo

Each month Evelyne of CulturEatz invites us to explore the foods of a different country.  This month she asked us to check out Afghanistan.  I LOVE food from the Middle East.  The warm spices, the easy preparation, and the health benefits call to me.  This recipe has the added bonus of being made in the Instant Pot, resulting in perfectly cooked rice and tender, juicy chicken. While Afghanistan is not technically in the Middle East being located in South Asia the people who live there are considered Middle Eastern and not Asian.

Chicken Palau pin

Check out all the wonderful Afghan dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. Find out how to join Eat the World here and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us! 
Tonight we are going to a Japanese Steakhouse after Mass before attending a concert tribute to All American Legends.  We are being joined by Amy, Doug, John, and our friends Rose and Frank.  It should be a good time.

Mardi Gras Graphic
Graphic courtesy of Google images.

It is hard to believe that we are coming up to the Lenten Holiday Season. We have invited our neighbors over to join us on Sunday for a Mardi Gras/Super Bowl gathering.   We are not as excited as we would be had our Lions made it all the way but we will still have a fun celebration.

Paczki Day
Graphic courtesy of Google images

We will pick up some Paczki and enjoy a Polish Dinner on Fat Tuesday.  

Valentine Day graphic
Graphic courtesy of Google images

Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year so we are celebrating our Valentine's Day on Monday because starting on Ash Wednesday we will be fasting, praying, giving alms, and abstaining for our Lenten observations.

Lent Graphic

Graphic courtesy of Google images

So here is our Weekly Menu going from Feasting to Fasting......

Out for Dinner after Mass and before Concert

Sunday-Mardi Gras Celebration
Cocktails and Appetizers
Sausage Balls
Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms
Mardi Gras Salad
Shrimp and Grits
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Monday-Early Valentine's Day Celebration

Fat Tuesday
Mashed Potatoes
Buttered Corn

Ash Wednesday


Fish Friday (Lent)
Crispy Cod with Sugar Snap Peas

Entrees, Chicken, Rice, One Pot Meals, Instant Pot
Entrees, Chicken
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Chicken Palau using an Instant Pot

Chicken Palau using an Instant Pot

Basmati Rice, warm spices and tender chicken cook up quickly and deliciously in an Instant Pot for a great, comforting family meal.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 6 MinInactive time: 15 MinTotal time: 41 Min


  • 1 1/2 c. basmati rice
  • 2 T. canola oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 t. whole peppercorns
  • 1 (2") cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. coriander
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t. ginger paste
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tomato, cut into small dice
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • salt to taste
  • mint for garnish, if desired


  1. Wash the rice, rinsing 3 or 4 times, until water runs clear. Cover with warm water and let soak while you continue with recipe.
  2. Set the instant pot to the saute setting. When hot, add the oil and onions. Season with salt and cook, stirring often, until onions are golden brown and caramelized, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the bay leaves, peppercorns, cinnamon, and cloves. Cook for a minute and then stir in the cumin, coriander, garlic, and ginger. Add the chicken, season with salt, and cook until no longer pink, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and jalapeno and cook for another minute or two. Cancel the saute setting.
  4. Drain the rice and add to the pot. Season with salt and pour in the water, pressing down to make sure that all the rice gets submerged. Place the lid onto the instant pot, making sure that the vent is closed.
  5. Manually set the instant pot to high pressure for 6 minutes. When cooking is complete allow the pot to naturally release pressure for 15 minutes.
  6. Carefully release any remaining pressure before opening the lid. Place the Palau onto a serving platter and sprinkle with mint for garnish, if desired.


Adapted from a recipe found at Tea for Turmeric

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

12.41 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.87 g

Carbs (grams)

61.97 g

Fiber (grams)

2.68 g

Net carbs

59.29 g

Sugar (grams)

2.27 g

Protein (grams)

27.78 g

Sodium (milligrams)

162.78 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

107.73 mg


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