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Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

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Delicious, filling, and hearty chicken soup loaded with velvety homemade dumplings and tender shredded chicken is the ultimate comfort food. Peas, carrots, celery and potatoes give this dish it’s full flavor; all in under 30 minutes of cook time!

side view of a bowl of chicken and dumplings with peas, carrots, and a thick creamy broth
hard to resist a second bowl of chicken and dumplings

Chicken and dumplings are one of the best comfort food dinners.

This recipe for Instant Pot chicken and dumplings cooks entirely in one pot in the pressure cooker, from start to finish. Inspired by the traditional recipe for home-cooked chicken and dumplings, this meal just cannot be topped in terms of taste and convenience.

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a scrumptious way to get your veggies

easy chicken and dumplings

My family loves this recipe for chicken and dumplings because it’s thick, filling and hearty.

Soft and supple, the dumplings resemble drop biscuits in shape and texture. The Instant Pot comfort soup helps to keep the dumplings wet as they continue to cook.

ingredients

Most of these simple ingredients are likely already in your cupboard or fridge.

ingredients for instant pot chicken and dumplings, including peas, carrots, potatoes, garlic, onion and celery
ingredients for chicken and dumplings

For chicken and dumplings in the instant pot, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • chicken– boneless chicken breasts or thighs
  • veggies– peas, carrots, onion, celery and potatoes (optional)
  • cornstarch– for thickening the broth at the end
  • olive oil– for sautéing
  • seasonings– Italian seasoning blend, garlic, salt, pepper

close up view of chicken and dumplings in a bowl with peas and carrots
a thick, homestyle soup

how to make chicken dumplings in the Instant Pot

Making chicken and dumplings in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker is easy and effortless. When it comes to the dumpling dough, you’ll be amazed at how quickly it comes together in one pot.

expert tips

  • simplify prep
    • use rotisserie chicken and add it in after cooking dumplings and veggies
  • thick, gooey dumplings
    • make sure dumplings are submerged a bit prior to pressure cooking
  • rest time
    • flavors intensify after this soup rests and is re-heated; it’s even better the next day
  • thickening the soup
    • cornstarch is essential for a thick soup and should be added in at the end to help the broth thicken up
spoonful of a large dumpling and piece of carrot above a blue bowl
silky, velvety dumplings are the best

FAQ

substitutions

  • use chicken or poultry
    • boneless, skinless chicken thighs are just as yummy
    • turkey breast is a great option too
  • make it extra creamy
    • add 1/4 cup milk, heavy cream or 4 ounces of cream cheese while still hot. Stir.
thick, velvety dumplings in a bowl with red pepper flakes
so much flavor

leftovers

Store leftover chicken and dumplings in the fridge in a covered container for up to 3 days.

Freeze (without dumplings) in a zippered bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, reheat while adding in dumplings.

sides for chicken and dumplings

The best sides to serve with chicken and dumplings include:

bowl of chicken and dumplings with peas, carrots, potatoes and garnish

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Delicious, filling, and hearty homemade dumplings, tender shredded chicken, and veggies is the ultimate comfort food that your heart and soul crave for. It’s quick and easy to make and one of the best recipes that you can make in under 30 minutes of cook time!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 366kcal
Author: Amber

Equipment

Ingredients

Stew

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 potatoes peeled and chopped, optional
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Dumplings

Instructions

Dumplings

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the cold butter and mix everything with the help of your hands or a pastry blender. Mix until the butter pieces are very small.
  • Pour milk and mix until the dough comes together. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes.

Soup

  • Set the instant pot on SAUTE function, let it heat up. Add olive oil (or butter + olive oil) once the butter melts add onion, carrots, and celery, cook until the veggies start to soften about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté it for a few seconds.
  • Add chicken breasts, potatoes, mixed Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper; give a mix. Next, add chicken broth. Mix and let it bubble for a few minutes.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge. Scoop one tablespoon of dumpling dough and place it on top.
  • Close the lid and seal pressure valve. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Release naturally for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully take the chicken and dumplings out with the help of tongs and shred. Set aside.
  • Set the instant pot on sauté function.
  • Add frozen peas and stir to combine. Next, add the shredded chicken back to the Instant Pot.
  • Make a slurry by mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water.
  • Once the liquid starts to bubble add the cornstarch slurry and simmer until the broth has thickened.
  • Cancel and return the dumplings to the pot just before serving.

Notes

Storage
  • store the chicken and dumplings in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator, and around 2 months in the freezer. (Store dumplings and the soup separately).
  • You can use chicken thighs instead of breasts if you want. The pressure cooking time and method should remain the same.
  • Optionally you can add 1-2 potatoes (peeled and chopped into bite-sized cubes) to make this recipe more filling. Use russet potatoes if you’re planning on adding potatoes because they’re starchier and therefore they will help make the soup more thick and creamy.

Nutrition

Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 1276mg | Potassium: 917mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3678IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 4mg

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