Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings is a classic comfort food dinner made easy in your electric pressure cooker. If you’ve never had homemade chicken and dumplings you will love this recipe! It’s not complicated and there’s nothing better than tender juicy chicken with tender dumplings when you’re craving a cozy meal.

Close up of a spoonful of chicken and dumplings over bowl

Chicken and dumplings might sound like a difficult recipe to make, but I can promise you it isn’t! It’s an old-fashioned recipe made with simple ingredients and it is so delicious.

Traditionally, it’s made on the stove in a pot but you can easily make it in an Instant Pot. The whole thing including the chicken, broth, vegetables and dumplings cook in the Instant Pot for an easy one-pot dinner you are going to love.

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  1. Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
  2. Can You Make Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings Ahead?
  3. Other Dinners You’ll Enjoy
  4. Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe Recipe

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

There are many variations of this classic dish but it’s normally a combination of chicken, vegetables like carrots, celery, peas and onions, a simple broth, and dumplings or thick dumpling noodles.

Some versions are more of a soup and others are more like a thicker gravy. My favorite way to make is more of a hearty chicken soup. There is some half and half in the broth that gives it a light creamy texture without being too thick and heavy.

What I like best about this chicken and dumplings instant pot recipe is that it’s more hands-off. The prep time is pretty quick and while it’s cooking you can walk away. You don’t have to stand at the stove watching and stirring.

There are several steps, but none of them are hard and the best part is that you won’t have a pile of dishes to deal with when you’re done. Everything cooks in the Instant Pot for easy clean-up.

Overhead view of bowls of instant pot chicken and dumplings

Step 1: Sauté the Vegetables and Chicken

For the first step, you get to use the sauté feature on the IP. All you do is heat up the olive oil and then cook onions, carrots, and celery in it until they’ve softened.

Push the cooked veggies to one side of the pot and then place the chicken breasts in an even layer so they can brown on both sides. You don’t need to worry about cooking them all the way through at this point – you just need to sear them on both sides so they have a nice crust.

Step 2: Pressure Cook the Broth, Chicken and Vegetables

Once the chicken is browned, add the chicken broth and seasoning to the pot. Turn off the sauté setting and secure the lid. Close the steam vent and then set the timer to cook on high pressure for nine minutes.

It will take time for the pot to come to pressure and once it does let it pressure cook for the nine minutes. Once the timer goes off, allow the steam to release naturally for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, you can make the dough for the dumplings.

Overhead shot of ingredients including cooked chicken breasts

Step 3: Make the Dumplings

The dumplings I make are similar to biscuits, so start by mixing flour, baking powder, salt, and dried parsley in a mixing bowl.

The easiest way to mix in the butter is to grate it. Incorporating small pieces of butter into the dough is what gives it the biscuit texture. It helps if the butter is cold when you grate it. You can also cut it into small pieces if you don’t have a grater.

Once you’ve mixed in the butter set the dumpling mixture aside.

Step 4: Cook the Dumplings

Once the chicken and broth are done and the steam has released, open the Instant pot and transfer the chicken to a plate or cutting board. Using forks, shred it and then add it back to the broth.

For the dumpling dough, add the half and half and stir just until the dough comes together. You don’t want to overmix it because that will make your dumplings tough instead of tender.

I like to make the dumplings by scooping approximately one tablespoon of dough. Using a small cookie scoop makes this very easy. Scoop the dough and then drop it into the Instant Pot with the other ingredients.

Once you’ve added all of the dumplings, secure the lid and steam vent and cook on high pressure for four minutes. The dumplings will cook in the broth so, once it’s done, they’ll puff up and be so delicious!

Overhead shot of dumplings being cooked in instant pot

Step 5: Finish and Serve!

When the timer goes off, do a quick release by (carefully!) opening the steam vent. Once all of the steam has released, remove the lid and add some half and half and peas. Give it a good stir and then turn on the warming option and let the soup stand for 10 minutes before serving it.

Ladle it into bowls and garnish each serving with fresh chopped parsley.

Ladle filled with chicken and dumplings over an instant pot

Can You Make Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings Ahead?

Yes, you can definitely cook it ahead and keep it in the refrigerator to reheat later. It will keep well for up to three to four days.

You can also freeze it. Cool the chicken and dumplings completely and then store it in freezer-safe containers. It will keep for several months.

I hope you give this recipe a try – there’s a reason it’s considered a classic comfort food dish! It’s hearty, filling, and the flavorful chicken with the tender dumplings is so delicious. Make it on a chilly night – you will love it!

White ceramic bowl filled with chicken and dumplings

Other Dinners You’ll Enjoy

Bowl full of chicken and dumplings with recipe title on top of image

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings is hearty, filling, and the flavorful chicken with the tender dumplings is so delicious. Make it on a chilly night – you will love it!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Yield 5 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup half-and-half

For the dumplings:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup half-and-half

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to Saute and pour in olive oil. When hot, toss in the onion, carrot and celery and cook until onion is translucent, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  • Push vegetables to the sides of pot and add chicken breasts. Sear on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Next, add the seasonings and broth.
  • Close the lid and set to Sealing. Hit the Manual button and set to cook for 9 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, start making the dumpling dough: In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and parsley. Grate in the butter, or cut into very small pieces and mix into the flour mixture. Set aside.
  • When Instant Pot beeps, allow for a natural pressure release. This should take about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, open vent to release any residual pressure and steam.
  • Open the pot and remove chicken breasts to a plate or bowl to cool for a couple minutes.
  • Stir the half-and-half into the dumpling mixture and mix just until combined.
  • Shred the chicken, and return it to the pot.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, or a tablespoon, scoop up balls of dough and drop them into the pot.
  • Close the lid and set to SEAL. Set the Manual button to cook for 4 minutes.
  • When pot beeps, do a quick release. Open pot and stir in the peas and half-and-half. Let stand for about 10 minutes with the Keep Warm function on.
  • Serve warm in bowls, garnished with fresh parsley if desired.

Recipe Video

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1748mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2555IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken and dumplings, comfot, Instant Pot
Photo collage of instant pot chicken and dumplings with recipe title in middle of two photos

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  1. 5 stars
    I have never made chicken soup, I actually don’t care for lots of chicken soups. I do like Mazza Ball soup, so I thought I would give this a try. Wow!! I am so happy I did! Very flavorful, easy to make. Both of my kids and my husband loved it! I will be making this again, your recipe has changed my mind. Thank you for leaving IT and sharing your cooking skills with us!

  2. This was so good even my 7 year old grandson ate it. That’s saying something. He’s picky. I don’t know how I lived without this pot.

  3. Soooo good!! I doubled the dumplings; probably could do without the peas next time & add more carrots. That’s just personal preference 🙂

  4. I did this recipe and wow it was very good ! I had to make a second batch of dumplings and added more chicken because too many in my household had seconds before I was able to ge my first serving.