This recipe for Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings will become your favorite way of making this classic Southern comfort dish. It’s super easy to make and the chicken is cooked perfectly every time. This makes a great meal on its own or as an accompaniment to mashed potatoes or other side dishes. It’s truly Southern comfort food in a bowl.
The recipe is an adaptation of the chicken and dumplings recipe that I was taught by my mother-in-law. It’s an old Southern country favorite that uses canned biscuits to make the dumplings. I am sure homemade dumplings are good, but a can of biscuits does the job perfectly.
I used to think that my recipe for Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings was the way to go. And it wasn’t until I came up with the pressure cooker version. Oh. My. Goodness! Honestly, I now think that the Instant Pot method for making chicken and dumplings is the way to go.
Let’s take a look at how to make chicken and dumplings in the Instant Pot.
For this recipe, you need the following ingredients:
- Skinless chicken breasts
- Chicken broth
- Cream of chicken soup
- Grands! biscuits
- Black pepper
You may notice that there is no heavy cream or butter. Don’t worry – it still comes out creamy and delicious!
- Instant Pot
- Cutting board
- Knife and forks
Step 1: Cook chicken in chicken broth. To do this, pour 4 cups chicken broth into the Instant Pot. Add 1 pound of chicken breasts (about 2 large breasts) to the broth. Place the Instant Pot lid onto the IP and turn the knob to the SEALED position.
Select PRESSURE COOK and set the timer for 16 minutes. The timing will create tender chicken that can easily be shredded with two forks.
Once the chicken has cooked, turn the knob to the venting position to quick release the pressure. Once it has finished, remove the chicken and place it on a surface to shred it.
Step 2: Add the can of cream of chicken soup to the broth in the Instant Pot. Stir it so that the cream of soup blends into the broth. Select the SAUTE function on the Instant Pot.
Step 3: Make the dumplings. Open the can of biscuits and cut the dough into 1/2-inch pieces. That’s it! The biscuit pieces are the dumpling dough.
Drop the biscuit dough dumplings into the creamy broth mixture and stir.
Step 4: Return the chicken to the Instant Pot.
Step 5: Add pepper to the dumplings.
Continue to stir the dumplings in the creamy sauce for 3-5 minutes so that the dumplings can cook.
Frequently Asked Questions
Chicken stock is a good substitution for chicken broth and it will impart a richer flavor and darker color to the dish.
I like to use Better Than Bouillion (chicken) in this recipe. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of BTB in 32 ounces (4 cups) of water and then use in place of chicken broth.
Thanks to the wizardry of the Instant Pot, you can use frozen chicken breasts to make chicken and dumplings. Note, though, that it will take longer for the Instant Pot to get to the pressure cooking stage.
Absolutely. Frozen mixed vegetables or peas and carrots make great additions to this classic chicken dish and will make it a hearty meal. Simply add 2 cups of frozen or fresh veggies to the Instant Pot after you have removed the chicken.
If you crave chicken dishes like I do, I bet you will like my recipes for Chicken Pot Pie and Massaman Curry. While I can’t take credit for it, the recipe for Low Carb Chicken Soup is really delicious and great for those who are counting carbs. If carbs don’t matter, then Chicken and Potatoes Casserole is another good weeknight chicken dinner.
Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
- Pressure cooker
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 pound chicken breasts boneless, skinless
- 10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup
- 16.3 ounce Grands biscuits
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Pour chicken broth into Instant Pot. Add chicken breasts. Select PRESSURE COOK function and program for 16 minutes. Once the chicken has cooked, turn the knob to the venting position to quick release the pressure. Once it has finished, remove the chicken and place on a surface to shred it.
- Add the can of cream of chicken soup to the broth in the Instant Pot. Stir it so that the cream of soup blends into the broth. Select the SAUTE function on the Instant Pot.
- Cut biscuits into ½-inch pieces. Add biscuits to chicken broth in the Instant Pot and stir.
- Return the chicken to the Instant Pot.
- Add pepper. Continue to stir the dumplings in the creamy sauce for 3-5 minutes so that the dumplings can cook.
Be sure to come back and tell us how your Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings turned out!