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Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

A big bowl of Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings is pure delicious comfort food.
a bowl of instant pot chicken and dumplings with chopped parsley on top and a spoon

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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! 

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

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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.

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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.

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.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

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

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a bowl of instant pot chicken and dumplings with chopped parsley on top and a spoon
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Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Pressurizing Time25 mins
Total Time50 mins
A big bowl of Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings is pure delicious comfort food.

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

  • 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.
    1 tsp dried parsley, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp sea salt, 2 tbsp butter, 3/4 cup milk
  • Combine the veggies, chicken, stock, and seasonings in the Instant Pot. Stir to combine.
    1 lb chicken breast, 3 cups carrots, 2.5 cups celery, 1 cup onion, 4 cloves garlic, 1/2 tsp dried sage, 1 tsp dried parsley, 4.5 cups chicken stock
  • 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. 
  • 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

  • Follow step 1 above.
  • Combine the veggies, chicken, stock, and seasonings in the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  • Put the lid on and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6.
  • Just prior to adding the dumpling dough, turn the crockpot to high for a few minutes. 
  • 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

  • Follow step 1 above.
  • Combine the veggies, chicken, stock, and seasonings in a dutch oven or stockpot. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until veggies have softened and chicken is cooked through.
  • Bring the soup back to a boil, and drop spoonfuls of the biscuits in the soup.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and leave the lid on for about 15 minutes. Resist the urge to open the lid.

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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28 comments on “Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings”

  1. Hi just want to say thank you for this recipe! Having the ingredient amounts in each step was beyond helpful!!5 stars

    • I’m so glad you liked that! It’s a new feature and something that has required me to go back and update old posts. It’s tedious but sooooo worth it.

  2. Okay, this was my first InstaPot recipe EVER and I totally botched it. The soup got “slimy” from the dumplings and the dumplings were oddly textured as well. The flavor is good, and I want to try it again, but have no idea where I went wrong! Any suggestions?

    • Lexi, I always suggest someone starts with something super easy, like rice as their first Instant Pot recipe. It lets you get comfortable with the process, terms, etc.

      If the soup/dumplings had a weird texture, I wonder if the error occurred during the release process. Did you allow for a natural release before doing the quick release?

  3. My dumplings turned brown and tasted funny. I think it was the butter. Always used vegetable shortening before. The soup was great. 

    • Cathy, I use butter every time and this same thing happens to me maybe 1 in 10 times. I think I have narrowed it down to not releasing the pressure when I’m supposed to. Sometimes I let it go too long because I forget about it, and voila, brown dumplings. They always taste fine but the insides brown a bit.

  4. T thank you for this hearty, delicious recipe! Especially appreciate the different cooking methods (i used stove top).4 stars