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Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

A big bowl of Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings is pure delicious comfort food. Ready in a flash with an “it cooked all day” taste, you’ll flip over this healthy recipe! No pressure cooker? No problem! You’ll also find directions to make this soup in the crockpot as well as a stovetop option.

a bowl of instant pot chicken and dumplings with chopped parsley on top and a spoon

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If there was such a thing as a hug in a bowl, it would be this Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings. My picky ten-year-old said, “mom, I know we’re supposed to be working on table manners, but I want to drink this bowl of soup so I can eat it faster”.

To increase the healthy factor, I’ve doubled down on the veggies you’d normally find in a traditional recipe. We’re also letting the quality ingredients shine through and are keeping things simple.

This is a “dump and cook” kind of recipe. There is no sauteing of the veggies, no browning of the chicken and you’re going to cook the dumplings with everything else in the Instant Pot.

Push button, walk away, become a dinnertime hero.

And if you love this soup (and you will), you’ll adore our Instant Pot Matzo Ball Soup!

What’s in this soup?

This soup is rocking:

  • Chicken! I used boneless skinless chicken breasts from Butcher Box, but you could also use chicken thighs
  • Veggies – carrots, celery, and onions. Don’t like one of those things? Leave it out!
  • Flavor squad – garlic, sage, parsley
  • Chicken stock (related: How to Make Chicken Bone Broth and Where to Buy Bone Broth)
  • Dumplings – flour, baking powder, salt, butter, milk, and parsley

If you’re in a pinch, you can sub in a storebought can of biscuits instead of making your own dumplings. Use one can of biscuits and cut each into four pieces.

Many recipes will call for the chicken to be cooked and then shredded. If you prefer the chicken shredded, feel free, but know that it will add an extra step to the process.

Or, you could use leftovers from a Paleo Roasted Chicken or even a grocery store rotisserie chicken. Save any leftover chicken for this Instant Pot Chicken Chili or BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese.

If you find yourself looking at a recipe that calls for cream of anything soup, run screaming. This recipe is so easy to make from scratch there is no need to use some creepy can of soup.

While I have not tested this recipe with gluten-free flour, you could make Dairy-Free Chicken Gnocchi Soup for a very similar flavor.

What to serve with it?

I save this easy recipe for busy school nights because it is a complete meal in just one bowl. It has protein, veggies, starch, and enough depth to keep you full for hours.

But, if you wanted a few sides to serve with the soup, a simple plate of roasted veggies is delicious. Check out this post on how to roast frozen vegetables for a fast and easy option. 

Even with the dumplings in the soup, you might want a bread option for the side. Check out Cheesy Garlic Bread, Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits from scratch, and Homemade Pretzel Rolls.

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings:

*You’ll find a printable version of this recipe as well as crockpot and stovetop options at the bottom of this post.

In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and dried parsley. Add in butter and milk and stir until it is a mostly solid dough. If it is too sticky, add flour 1 tbsp at a time until the dough is no longer tacky. 

Combine the veggies, chicken, stock, and seasonings in the Instant Pot. Stir to combine.

Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture into the Instant Pot. 

Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to “Sealing”. Press Manual>High Pressure>5 minutes. <—–If you have any questions about those terms, check out this post on recipes for Instant Pot beginners.

When the soup has finished cooking, the instant pot will beep and switch to ”keep warm”. Allow it to sit with the lid on for 20 minutes for an 8 quart or 25 minutes for a 6 quart Instant Pot and then do a quick release with the nozzle set to venting. Open the lid and enjoy your amazing soup!

8 photos showing how to make chicken and dumplings in the instant pot

How to Tell if the Dumplings Are Done

The dumplings will rise to the surface of the pot when they are cooked through. They’ll be smooth on the outside but have a bread-like texture when cut in half.

The dumplings will be soft but shouldn’t be undercooked or overly doughy.

How to Thicken this soup

I purposely didn’t include any thickening agents in this recipe because I wanted to keep.it.simple. Cooking the dumplings with the soup does an excellent job of naturally thickening the soup.

Adding a peeled and chopped potato would add some lovely starch that will thicken the broth up quite a bit. You could also decrease the chicken stock by 1 cup.

If you really want this recipe to be bonkers thick, combine 1 tbsp of cornstarch or arrowroot powder to 1/3 cup of hot chicken stock from the pot and add it to the soup after it has finished cooking.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to add in a peeled and cubed russet potato or even peas for extra flavor.
  • Sub in buttermilk for the regular milk in the dumplings for a homestyle flavor.
  • This soup will naturally thicken up over time. If making this as part of your easy healthy meal prep, consider adding 1 extra cup of chicken stock or add it when you’re reheating.
  • I have used both whole wheat pastry flour and all-purpose flour and both will produce delicious dumplings.
  • If using leftover chicken that is already cooked, add it after the soup has finished cooking.
  • Make your prep even easier by learning how to freeze celeryhow to freeze garlic and how to freeze onions.

two bowls of healthy chicken and dumplings with herbs

More Recipes Like This Healthy Soup

 WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving has 4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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a bowl of instant pot chicken and dumplings with chopped parsley on top and a spoon
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5 from 4 votes
Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Pressurizing Time
25 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

A big bowl of Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings is pure delicious comfort food.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Chicken and Dumplings, Instant Pot Soups
Servings: 10
Calories: 261 kcal
Ingredients
Soup Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breast (cut into small pieces)
  • 3 cups carrots (peeled and sliced) (~7 carrots)
  • 2.5 cups celery (sliced) (~6 stalks)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped) (~1 medium onion)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley (or 1 tbsp chopped fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage (or 1.5 tsp chopped fresh)
  • 4.5 cups chicken stock
Dumplings Ingredients
Instructions
Instant Pot Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and dried parsley. Add in butter and milk and stir until it is a mostly solid dough. If it is too sticky, add flour 1 tbsp at a time until the dough is no longer tacky.

  2. Combine the veggies, chicken, stock, and seasonings in the Instant Pot. Stir to combine.

  3. Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture into the Instant Pot. 

  4. Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to “Sealing”. Press Manual>High Pressure>5 minutes. 

  5. When the soup has finished cooking, the instant pot will beep and switch to ”keep warm". Allow it to sit with the lid on for 20 minutes for an 8 quart (25 minutes if you have a 6 quart) and then do a manual release with the nozzle set to venting.

Crockpot Instructions
  1. Follow step 1 above.

  2. Combine the veggies, chicken, stock, and seasonings in the slow cooker. Stir to combine.

  3. Put the lid on and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6.

  4. Just prior to adding the dumpling dough, turn the crockpot to high for a few minutes. 

  5. Drop the dough in spoonfuls into the crockpot, put the lid back on, and wait 25 minutes. The dumplings will start popping to the surface once they have cooked through.

Stovetop Instructions
  1. Follow step 1 above.

  2. Combine the veggies, chicken, stock, and seasonings in a dutch oven or stockpot. Stir to combine.

  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until veggies have softened and chicken is cooked through.

  4. Bring the soup back to a boil, and drop spoonfuls of the biscuits in the soup.

  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer and leave the lid on for about 15 minutes. Resist the urge to open the lid.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to add in a peeled and cubed russet potato or even peas for extra flavor.

 

If using leftover chicken that is already cooked, add it after the soup has finished cooking.

 

If you’re in a pinch, you can sub in a storebought can of biscuits instead of making your own dumplings. Use one can of biscuits and cut each into four pieces.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 320mg14%
Potassium 742mg21%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 8804IU176%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 comments on “Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings”

  1. Can you use chicken that’s frozen?

    • It should work but I haven’t tried it myself. If you’re using frozen breasts, I would think that when the soup is done you’d need to shred it.

  2. This looked exactly like the pictures. The flavor was delicious. The next time I make this I might cut the dumpling recipe in half. Overall, super easy and tasty.

  3. My family really enjoyed this Chicken and Dumplings recipe. It is so hard to make everyone happy, especially with new recipes. Thanks so much for working so hard to create these recipes for us, especially with the different methods! My next goal is to try the Healthy Orange Chicken.

    • Rebecca, I’m so glad to hear it was a hit with the family! I have 2 picky eaters so I get the challenge. I’m thrilled my soup helped solve a “what’s for dinner” problem. 🙂

  4. I was so excited for this but my dumplings did not turn out in the instant pot version. I pressure cooker 5 min and released pressure after 15 min but they were still so doughy. 🙁 

    • How big with your dumplings Ashley? I usually get about 8-10 in each batch. I’d love to help you troubleshoot it. I’m wondering if yours were too big?

  5. Oh my gosh! This was the perfect winter meal. My husband went back for thirds. So yummy and easy to make. Can’t go wrong! Did the instant pot version and the dumplings turned out perfect. Who knew?! 

  6. I loved the simplicity of recipe, but  the dumplings did not work for me at all under pressure. Basically they disintegrated into the broth. I did end up thickening the broth with corn starch but would prefer a roux instead. 

    • Hi Tracy, sorry to hear that! We and others have made this recipe tons of times and have never had that issue. Did you do a quick release as soon as it was done cooking or did you do the full 15 minute natural release? How large were your dumplings?

      I’d love to help you troubleshoot it!

  7. So good! Had to do stovetop version for multiple reasons. My daughters mind was blown with the idea that the dumplings could cook in the soup and not be mushy. She is my little chef, this was a revelation that was the topic of discussion for the entire meal!🤣 Loved the added seasonings in the dumplings. Will be making again👍👍