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Make these tasty instant pot chicken and dumplings tonight! This creamy instant pot soup is made better with easy homemade dumplings! You will be surprised by how easy it is to make chicken and dumplings in the instant pot.
Not to mention, pressure cooker chicken and dumplings is ready in under an hour – including the time it takes for your pot to come to pressure!
Finding the perfect chicken and dumplings recipe
I love a good recipe for chicken and dumplings. I have made it using several different methods over the years. The first was using my trusty slow cooker. I made it many times that way. My only complaint was I would have to be home a couple hours before dinner to drop the dumplings into my crockpot.
The next way I tried was on the stovetop. I shared the stovetop chicken and dumplings recipe during soup week a few years ago.
That recipe came out delicious, but I had to babysit it on the stove and come back and drop in the dumplings 1/2 way through. It was fine, but with three little kids, I would much rather be able to walk away for a while and do something else. That’s why I love making pressure cooker chicken and dumplings.
If you love soup as much as we do, you may also want to try: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup, Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup, Instant Pot Chicken Vegetable Soup, Pressure Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup, or Loaded Instant Pot Potato Soup.
Making Chicken and Dumplings in Instant Pot
This recipe for chicken and dumplings in the instant pot is the easiest, fastest, and tastiest way to make chicken and dumplings. It still takes a bit of prep work on the front end, but then you get to walk away. When you come back, you have a big batch of comforting chicken and dumplings. (You might also like our recipe for instant pot chicken and vegetables)
There is no stopping 1/2 through to drop in the dumplings. There is no stirring. Just set it and walk away. Heck, you can even leave the house. Go on a bike ride with your kids, take a nap, read a book. Do something besides babysitting dinner on the stove.
Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings with Canned Soup
Although we are making the dumplings from scratch, this pressure cooker chicken and biscuits recipe does call for 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup. If you would rather avoid the processed stuff, you can make your own. I really like this recipe for homemade cream of mushroom soup from 100 Days of Real Food.
If you decide to go that route, I highly recommend doubling or even tripling the recipe and freezing the extra. That way, you have it on hand the next time you want to make chicken and dumplings in your pressure cooker.
Also, if you only have a different cream-based soup on hand (like cream of chicken soup or cream of celery), you can use those in place of the cream of mushroom soup.
How to make homemade dumplings for pressure cooker chicken and dumplings?
Making homemade dumplings is incredibly easy. It takes only about 5 minutes and a handful of simple ingredients to make your own dumplings. I use this recipe for biscuit dough for my dumplings and they turn out perfect every time.
What should the consistency of dumplings be?
Dumplings are soft dough balls when they are uncooked. After cooking chicken and dumplings, the dumplings will be soft and slightly chewy.
What if I don’t have an instant pot brand pressure cooker?
Do you have a different brand of pressure cooker? That’s okay! This recipe simply calls for cooking directly in your pot with the top off to brown the meat and then cooking on high pressure. This instant pot soup will cook the same way in your pressure cooker.
What if I want to use canned biscuits?
Do you want to make your instant pot chicken and dumplings with canned biscuits? You totally can! Just skip the step at the beginning for making the biscuit dough. Then, cut up 1 can of canned biscuits into 1-inch pieces and drop them on top as the directions state in the recipe.
What if I want to use Bisquick for my dumplings?
You can use Bisquick in this chicken and dumplings recipe. Just follow the directions for biscuits on the package and add them in the instant pot as directed below.
How do you thicken chicken and dumplings?
Make a cornstarch slurry with 3 tablespoons of cold water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch whisked together. Once the instant pot chicken and dumplings have finished cooking and you have removed the lid, mix in the cornstarch slurry and let simmer (press the saute button) until thickened.
Should dumpling dough be sticky?
If your dumpling dough is sticky then you can gradually add flour in – a couple of tablespoons at a time. When the dough stops sticking to your fingers, you can stop adding flour.
What do you eat with chicken and dumplings?
We typically treat instant pot chicken and dumplings as a one-bowl meal. If you are looking to make this recipe stretch, then we suggest serving it in a bread bowl or with a loaf of homemade french bread.
Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 celery diced
- 4 carrots diced
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 1 1/2 cups baby bella mushrooms sliced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt.
- Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and pour in the 1/2 cup milk and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
- Mix together with a fork until combined. Set aside.
- Set your instant pot to saute and wait for it to get hot.
- Pour in the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil.
- Add in the chicken thighs, celery, carrots, onion, and baby bella mushrooms.
- Cover with a regular pot lid and let cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. The carrots should be soft.
- Stir in the minced garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds
- Turn off your pressure cooker.
- Remove the lid and pour in the chicken broth, cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup milk, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt. Mix together.
- Rip the dumpling dough into 1 inch pieces and toss on top of the soup mixture.
- Close your regular pressure cooker lid on top of your instant pot and set to sealing.
- Turn on your instant pot. Set to high pressure for 15 minutes.
- Natural Pressure Release and serve immediately.