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Easy Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

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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.

Bowl of chicken and dumplings.

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.

Ingredients

For this recipe, you need the following ingredients:

  • Skinless chicken breasts
  • Chicken broth
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Grands! biscuits
  • Black pepper
Cream of chicken soup, canned biscuits, chicken breasts, black pepper, and chicken broth.

You may notice that there is no heavy cream or butter. Don’t worry – it still comes out creamy and delicious!

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Cutting board
  • Knife and forks

Instructions

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.

Two forks shredding chicken on a wooden cutting board.

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. 

Grands biscuits cut into small pieces.

Drop the biscuit dough dumplings into the creamy broth mixture and stir.

Black spatula stirring dumplings in a pressure cooker.

Step 4:  Return the chicken to the Instant Pot. 

Step 5: Add pepper to the dumplings.

Pepper on top of chicken and dumplings in an Instant Pot.

Continue to stir the dumplings in the creamy sauce for 3-5 minutes so that the dumplings can cook.

Pot of chicken and dumplings.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use in place of chicken broth?

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.

Can frozen chicken be used to make chicken and dumplings?

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.

Can you add vegetables to chicken and dumplings?

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.

Bowl of chicken and dumplings.

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

This recipe for Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings will change how you make the classic Southern chicken dish. It's quick, easy, and makes the best dumplings.
4.59 from 12 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Pressurizing Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 631kcal

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

This recipe can be pretty forgiving.  If you add the chicken before the dumplings or the dumplings before the chicken – it does not matter.  
The main thing is that the chicken has been fully cooked.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 631kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 2602mg | Potassium: 909mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 6mg
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Awesome and easy! I have a house full of people who I cook for and this is perfect for my family 👪 of 10 people

  2. 5 stars
    This was my first time ever cooking chicken and dumplings and this recipe was so easy to follow. I did substitute Mary Hill frozen dumplings for the canned biscuit, however and Needless to say this was definitely a winner in our household. It turned out delicious! Thank you so much for such an easy recipe to follow. I will definitely be using it from now on.

  3. 5 stars
    I cube my chicken so I have chunky pieces of meat, but not to big . Great recipe. Also I’m able to skip shredding the chicken. Then I just add everything plus onions. Love it!

  4. I am confused on step 3 it says add biscuits to broth the. Step 5 is drop the biscuits into broth again……can’t wait to try thanks

    1. Thanks so much for catching that. Please accept my apologies. When I make chicken and dumplings, I usually just “wing it” by the seat of my pants. I don’t think it matters too much when the dumplings are dropped into the cream/broth mixture, as long as the chicken breasts have been removed (so that you don’t have to fish around looking for them among the dumplings). There could be a slight change in the cook time, but it would not make much difference.

      Please let me know how your chicken and dumplings turn out.

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