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Roasted Pesto Chicken and Rice #ninjacooking plus Giveaway

A couple weeks ago Rob and I were invited to see the reveal of the Ninja Cooking System. Since I like to cook and love to try out fun appliances I knew we had to attend. The event was held at Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market at La Cucina, a demonstration kitchen.

The night started with fun food and drinks and introductions of the PR Team, Euro-Pro team and Stephanie O’Dea, slow cooker queen.
We got to try our hands at using the Ninja. Each team had a different recipe and each one used a different function or two. The Ninja Cooking System goes from a stovetop to oven to slow cooker in the flick of a switch.

We’ve been using it off and on for the last couple of weeks and have been pleasantly surprised. The cooking demos were done under some pressure, distraction and unfamiliarity so the end results weren’t as spectacular as I had hoped. I had confidence that the Ninja would work well in our home though. I knew with some focus and in our own environment we could create some delicious meals. I wasn’t expecting how simple everything would be though.

#ninjacooking #360pr pesto chicken

Roasted Pesto Chicken and Rice

Recipe Type: #ninjacooking Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Melinda@LookWhatMomFound
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Serves: 4-6
This is a delicious and simple one pot meal using the Ninja Cooking System but can be made in conventional Pots and Pans.
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts cut in half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1cup of rice
  • 2 cups of frozen green beans
  • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella
  1. Set the Ninja Cooking System stovetop to high and brown the seasoned chicken on both sides in a tsp of olive oil.
  2. Once chicken is brown remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Do Not remove bits from pan! Add the rice and 1 cup of water and the green beans on top.
  4. Place the chicken on the roasting rack and top with pesto.
  5. Add any juices that collected from the chicken to the rice mixture and insert the rack into the Ninja on top of the green beans.
  6. Set the Ninja to Oven, 350⁰ and top with the lid.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  8. Remove lid, top the chicken with shredded mozzarella replace the lid for additional 2-3 minutes until cheese melts.
  9. Serve and enjoy.

browning chicken stovetop ninja cooking system #ninjacooking

The chicken ended up very moist, the rice was flavorful but the green beans were a bit overcooked. I wanted to add them the last several minutes of cooking but couldn’t figure out how to remove the roasting rack without spilling the chicken all over the place. This whole meal could’ve been done in 3 separate pans but why make that mess. This is one pot cooking without it having to be a casserole or stew.

green beans and rice in ninja cooking system #ninjacooking

pesto chicken ninja cooking system #ninjacooking

A couple differences I would’ve liked to see is the additional trivet and mitts come standard with the set. It’s such a unique product that everything should be included to get the full pleasure of using it instead of fumbling around looking for something to just work. There also needs to be a simple way to remove the hot roasting rack or baking pan from the Ninja. I tried 2 forks, tongs and oven mitts but nothing was just right. The chicken finally came out but it wasn’t simple to balance on the larger handles.

Overall I’m happy with the way the Ninja performed and cleaned up. We will have other recipes to share in the near future.

I’m opening up a Linky for the rest of the bunch that attended the Ninja Cooking System demo in Philadelphia or anywhere else across the country.  I’d love to see ho everyone else is using it and try out other recipes to get the most use possible and keep my kitchen clean.

Link up your posts with your recipes or reviews of the Ninja Cooking System #ninjacooking


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