You may remember that I recently reviewed the George Foreman Evolve Grill and LOVED it. So, when I received an opportunity, courtesy of Family Review Network and George Foreman Healthy Cooking, to review the new George Foreman Smart Kitchen of course I agreed!
About the George Foreman Smart Kitchen (courtesy of George Foreman Healthy Cooking)…
Make full, healthy meals for your whole family, all in one vessel at the same time with the Smart Kitchen™ Multicooker. The 26-cup capacity cooking vessel lets you make so much more than just rice – you can steam fish and vegetables, prepare a delicious stew or stroganoff, or even make sauces with ease. Then, once you’re done cooking, remove the elegant serving pan from the base for kitchen-to-table serving convenience without a need for extra dishes. It’s the perfect tool to make healthy meals for the family without a lot of cleanup or hassle.
26-cup (5-qt.) capacity has enough space to let you cook for the whole family
George Tough™ nonstick coating allows you to cook without oil or butter for healthier meals
Intelli-Probe™ digital controls offer preset rice-specific and steam settings, plus variable temperature and searing for stews and more
One-touch sear function lets you sear meats and fish for stews and other one-pot meals, for more flavor in your finished dish
Stainless steel steaming basket has room to steam fish and vegetables for the family
Tempered glass lid lets you monitor cooking progress without losing heat
Adjustable steam vent allows you to easily control steam escape for better results
Kitchen-to-table removable pan provides added elegance so you can cook and serve from the same dish
Dishwasher-safe accessories make cleanup a snap
I was really excited when the Smart Kitchen Multicooker arrived. I have never used a multicooker, but have always wanted to! I read the entire manual and then set about to make dinner. As I have never used a multi-cooker, and I didn’t have any recipes for one, I decided to sort of wing it and throw some stuff together and see what happened. Worst case scenario I had sandwich pockets in the freezer.
Garlic Lemon Chicken and Rice
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
2 cans chicken broth
1 tablespoon garlic lemon seasoning*
2 cups white rice
1 bag of frozen brocoli florets
To start off, I placed 1 pound of frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts in the multcooker and added 1/2 can of chicken broth and the garlic lemon seasoning. I set the variable temperature setting to 350F and set the timer to 60 minutes and opened the steam vent completely. I also set my regular kitchen timer, because I wasn’t sure if I had set the timer on the unit correctly. After about 25 minutes, I check the temperature of the chicken with my digital thermometer and it was at 160F. It was at this point that I decided to add the white rice, which was a last minute decision. I poured in the 2 cups white rice and added the remainder of the can of chicken broth, then decided to add a second can of broth to be on the safe side. After stirring that around a bit, I added the broccoli to the steam basket and replaced the lid, reducing the steam vent opening a little bit and let it cook for another 8 or 9 minutes.
While some of the rice on the bottom of the cooker did get a little browner than I would have liked, dinner was scrumptious! The chicken was tender, the rice was fluffy and tasted great, and the broccoli was just the way I like it! Next time, I will add a little bit of water to the rice in addition to the broth, and stir it once or twice during the last few minutes of cooking.
What I like about the George Foreman Smart Kitchen…
- It is easy to use
- Clean up is a quick and easy
- The pan can be removed from the base, allowing you to cook and serve from the same dish!
- The digital controls are easy to use and the timer numbers are large enough to read from a few feet away
- It has a 3 year warranty
What I would change…
- I would have like to have a few recipes in the manual.
I did learn, after the fact, that the Online Manual does have several recipes in it. I want to try the Brown Rice and Squash Blend recipe listed there. Hubs asked if we could make desserts in it, so I imagine we will be trying to come up with some ideas for that.
The George Foreman Smart Kitchen retails for $79.99 and is available from George Foreman Healthy Cooking, at local retailers everywhere, and on Amazon.com.
This post was written for Family Review Network & George Foreman Healthy Cooking who provided the complimentary product for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
*I used Homemade Gourmet Garlic Lemon Seasoning in this dish, but I’m sure you could achieve the same result with garlic powder and lemon juice.