I recently received a new cooking toy, the Ninja Foodi! No, I’m not special enough to receive such things from sponsors or anyone else, so this is just a simple review from a food loving simpleton who can barely cook. My skills are decent for a home cook, but this Foodi makes me look like I have real skill!
A Ninja Foodi is similar to the famous Instant Pot, however, it’s better! It’s a pressure cooker and air fryer all at once! It also has the Tendercrisp features which allow you to bake, roast, broil and dehydrate as well. So, It basically destroys the Instant Pot all in one go. The secret to this machine is two lids. One for crisping and one for pressure cooking. All the extra parts make for a heavy machine and a need for a little bit of space, but on the other hand, I got rid of 3 machines and replaced it with one. I had the Instant Pot, a slow cooker and a dehydrator. I have yet to try the slow cooking and dehydrating yet, but after research, I’m confident enough to get rid of the rest of my toys. I sadly have not taken a decent picture of my Ninja Foodi yet, edits to be had later. ON TO THE FOOD!
The best part about the Foodi is that I can pressure cook first and then bake, or broil after! This gives the chicken the speed/moistness of pressure cooking and the crispy skin of baking and broiling in half the time!
Here’s how I made it! Total Cooking Time: 30 minutes
- 1 cup of rice
- 1 1/4 cup of water
- 1 medium tomato with top sliced off. (allows tomato to cook properly)
- 3/4 to 1 cup of broccoli florets
- 4 chicken thighs with skin
- Seasonings to taste
- Place rice and water into Foodi bowl.
- Place the tomato in the center with the broccoli florets around it on top of the rice. Make sure the tomato is top side down and there is enough room in between the broccoli for the rack!
- Place the included reversible rack in the high position on top of the rice, tomato and broccoli.
- Add chicken thighs onto the rack, place the pressure lid on top and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. (I seasoned my chicken with salt and pepper at this point to give it some extra flavor for later)
- Quick Release the pressure and then season the chicken to taste. I use a mix of paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Set the pressure lid aside, close the crisping lid and broil the food for 12 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through the cooking.
- Once the food is finished cooking, set the chicken aside, season the rice to taste and stir ingredients together.
- Serve and enjoy!
I love the Foodi because I’m able to cook food all in one pot with minimal effort. My only concern is that I don’t like the included rack and will have to find a suitable substitute. The rice gets stuck to the rack legs since they’re so large and I end up having to poke at it more that I would like to. Also, since the rice is a little crisp since I’m using so little water, it can make the rice cling to the rack legs before I stir it all together. The crispiness of the rice does not effect the over all texture or flavor since the tomato will release its juices and combine to make the rice the perfect texture!
Pro Tip: If you do not want the chicken juices to drip into your rice, place a piece of aluminum on the rack before you place the chicken on it.
All in all, I’m in love with my new toy. Look for more homemade food in the future!