I have never used a pressure cooker until we received one about a month ago as a wedding gift from our friend, Gary. Since I've never cooked with a pressure cooker, I don't know the appropriate adjustments to cooking times or ratio of ingredients when using a pressure cooker. This has forced me to do some experimenting.
The experiment this time is Chicken Adobo. It was actually quite simple. I've used the pressure cooker about 3 times cooking various things.
Since I cook without defined recipies or exact measurements, adjusting to cooking with a pressure cooker is a challenge. The main challenge is that most of the seasoning would have to be in the cooker prior to cooking under pressure because it wouldn't make sense to keep depressurizing the cooker and sneaking a taste.
Anyway here's a rough estimate of what I did.
8 Chilled Chicken Thighs w/ bone-in & skin on About 1/4 cup (1 part ratio) Kikkoman Shoyu About 3/4 cup (3 part ratio) Apple Cider Vinegar About 1 cup (4 parts ratio) Water About 1/4 cup (1 part ratio) Mirin - Sweet Sake 2 cloves of garlic (whole) About 25 "dashes" of Ground Black Pepper About 1 tsp. Sea Salt About 8 Dry Bay Leaves
Add all ingredients into the pressure cooker. I don't know if the cup measurements are correct, because I used a ratio method to measure. Anyway, I just wanted to make sure the liquid reached the top of the chicken thighs. I set the pressure cooker to "High" for 15 minutes and let it cook. After the 15 minutes of pressure, I "quick released" the pressure and checked in on the chicken. I decided to give it another 5 minutes of "High" then let is slowly release pressure for about 15 minutes after the beeper. The cooking time was probably under 45 minutes. The chicken was perfectly cooked, tender enough to fork away from the bone.
When I cook this again, I will reduce the amount of water by 1 part. One of the main differences I have found is that because it is cooking under pressure, moisture is not evaporating so the flavors don't really get stronger from evaporation of all the water. Very tricky because I definitely don't want to cook salty food!
This is the Cuisine Art Pressure Cooker we received from Gary. Thanks!