Star Anise Chicken in the Instant Pot

Are you a perfectionist? Have you ever been so AFRAID to fail that it’s kept you from doingthe things you’ve always wanted to do?

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That’s me right there. I am your classic case of perfectionism. I was pretty naturally good at a lot of things (boast post!) so when something didn’t end up working out for me or if it took more than one try, I was quick to give up and say “Sorry, man! Not for me!”

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My perfectionist tendencies has kept me from doing LOTS of things. Including seemingly trivial things like trying new recipes.

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I LOVE TO EAT. And cook. And eat. Haha.

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But when it comes to trying new recipes, I’m going to be honest and say I get a little anxious if it doesn’t work out.

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I’m afraid of failing. I’m afraid of the recipe being good enough and somehow it being conveyed as ME not being good enough. I’m afraid of wasting time, money and energy on something I worked really HARD on.

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But what I’ve learned as coach through personal development and self-improvement has taught me that nothing great has come from comfort zones.

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We live our happiest lives when we are learning and growing and it isn’t always easy to do that.

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So when I decided to modify this recipe for the Instant Pot and make it my own, and actually SHARE it, it was a BIG step for me.  It meant I would be pushing outside my comfort zone. It meant I would be spending a little more time, money and energy than I really wanted to. But lady, was it ever worth it!

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I’ve actually tried this recipe TWICE now and once it has failed.

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But I never gave up. I didn’t quit.

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After another time, I got it RIGHT!

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Imagine if I had quit??

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I wouldn’t be able to share this amazing recipe with you all!!!

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Here it is. Star Anise Chicken in the Instant Pot!

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STAR ANISE CHICKEN in the Instant Pot

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Ingredients:

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8 chicken thighs

2 tsps minced garlic

2 tsps fresh minced ginger

1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp honey

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup tamari or low sodium soy sauce

2 star anise pods

Juice of half an orange

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Green onions for garnish

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Method:

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1. Press sauté function on pot. Brown chicken on both sides.

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2. Add the rest of the ingredients into the pot.

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3. Press cancel to stop Sauté function. Put lid on pot. Make sure it is set to “sealing”.

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4. Press Manual button and set time for 15 minutes on High. Wait for the pot to count down until the chicken is finished cooking. Set and forget. Go play with your kids or read a book. ❤

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5. Let the pot naturally release for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release to safely open the lid.

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6. Serve and enjoy! 😋

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Have you tried this recipe or are you going to try it? Let me know! I’d love to hear how yours turns out and what you think of it!

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