25 Days of Christmas: Day 4

Not much to report, Mom can not be trusted to mail envelopes, so we had to spend our day driving to town to pay our rent on the last possible day. Winning.

We went to the Whole Foods hot food/salad bar. I’m not familiar with Whole Foods, but this one has a food bar that is nearly bigger than the grocery part. The kids were amazed.

When Mikey saw the olive bar, he couldn’t believe such a thing existed AND that he had never heard of it before.

Then we learned about recycling.

I have a Christmas bonus for you today.

It is a start to finish recipe for dinner. A family favorite and a Hawaiian specialty.

Kalua Chicken (because I forgot to buy pork) with rice and mango in the Instant Pot


1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken thighs (frozen is perfectly fine)

Pink Himilayan Salt

Liquid Smoke

3 mangoes

1 cup of jasmine rice

1 cup of water + 1/4 ish cup (seperated)

Add the fresh (or preferably frozen if you’re me) chicken to the instant pot.

Generously salt. I don’t know the exact science here. I just give it a good sprinkling and a nice rub down on all sides.

Add the liquid smoke, probably around a tablespoon or two, depending on your taste.

Add in around 1/4 cup of water.

Set to seal, manual 20 minutes for frozen and 12 minutes for thawed.

Meanwhile, rinse the rice in a sieve until it the water runs clear. Leave that to drain and start on the mango.

There is a really easy way to do mango. Just cut down the side of the seed, then slice down to the skin but not through in squares and just pop it right off the skin by sliding your thumb under the little squares. Does that make any sense?

When the chicken is done, let the pressure naturally release. Open the pot and shred a bit and remove.

Add the rice to the dirty pot. Add in a cup of water. If you want more rice just make sure you do equal parts water and rice. (Ignore package directions, it is 1:1 in the Instant Pot, trust)

Set to seal and ten minutes. When the time is up, turn off the pot and let the pressure naturally release (takes 5-10 minutes).

Now, layer the rice, pork and mango, sprinkle on some green onions if you like and squeeze on the sriracha.

I don’t actually have a final product picture because it was good and we were HUNGRY after Tae Kwon Do.

This is a huge hit always, no complaints, and empty plates. The only problem, no leftovers ever.

Categories: Adventure, Christmas, Gluten Free, Home Life, Instant Pot, Maui, RecipeTags: , , , , ,

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