Our Instant Pot chicken and dumplings recipe will show you how to make this comforting staple in less than an hour.
Though cooked in a shorter time compared to the traditional stovetop method, this soup is creamy, rich, and bursting with flavors and textures from tender chicken, fluffy dumplings, and crisp potatoes and carrots. It’ll warm you up and comfort your soul on a long, cold winter day.
Is This Recipe Healthy?
Yes, our chicken and dumplings recipe is healthy.
Despite being a rich soup, each serving of our chicken and dumplings contains only approximately 500 calories, leaving enough room to add a salad and juice drink for a filling 750-calorie meal.
Furthermore, our recipe uses minimal added salt, milk, and butter, keeping the nutrition contents like sodium and saturated fat aligned with USDA’s Dietary Guidelines. The dish turns out healthy but still bursting with flavor.
To sum up, this recipe is undoubtedly a healthy bowl of hot chicken soup that you’ll want to make again and again.
Our chicken and dumplings recipe combines a dairy-based broth with proteins, veggies and a delightful addition of drop dumplings in the same pot.
1. Chicken Soup
As a hearty dish, chicken and dumplings soup should be creamy. There are a few tricks to achieve this without using too much milk, heavy cream, and butter.
First, we went with whole milk for the soup. It lends a rich flavor and contains less saturated fat compared to heavy cream or evaporated milk.
Second, we used the butter to sauté the garlic and onions for one or two minutes over low-medium heat. This allows the natural sugar in the vegetables to caramelize, making the result intensively fragrant and flavorful.
With these tips, you’ll make a great soup base — luscious and rich but healthy with less saturated fat content.
In cooking, some things are best kept simple to let the original flavor of the dish shine, and we think dumplings do precisely that in this recipe.
With just flour, liquid, and fat, our homemade dumplings are simple and made to soak up the flavors of the creamy soup. If you want to know how to make the drop dumplings like the ones used in our recipe, keep reading.
Homemade Dumplings for This Recipe
Our dumplings are super easy to make, fast to cook, and extra fluffy and delicious. You’ll be surprised that making dumplings from scratch is such an easy task. They take less than 5 minutes, with only a few handy ingredients.
The process consists of three main steps:
Mix the dry ingredients: Combine the flour, baking powder, and spices of choice in a bowl.
Add the wet ingredients: Olive oil and liquids — milk or water.
Cook the dumplings: Drop the dumpling batter directly into the simmering soup with a spoon.
Chicken and Dumplings is traditionally made on the stove, but we discovered that it’s also possible with an Instant Pot.
Store and Reheat
As always, we recommend leaving your food to cool before transferring it to an airtight container. Chicken and dumplings can last up to 5 days in the fridge or a month in the freezer.
Whenever you’re hungry, take it out, microwave it for 2 minutes to warm it up, and you’ll have healthy, delicious, comfort food for supper.
What to Eat With This Dish
Creamy and nutrient-packed, our Instant Pot chicken and dumplings make a satisfying and delightful main dish on its own.
However, you can transform this hearty bowl of soup into a filling meal with a simple side dish like our Greek salad — made with green vegetables and feta cheese in just 10 minutes. It’s easy and gives the rich soup a crunchy contrast to balance the overall texture.
What’s better to finish the meal other than a fresh homemade juice. Our pineapple celery juice is pleasantly sweet and tangy, cutting through that umami flavor to cleanse your palate for the next spoon of heaven.
Flavorful, Juicy Chicken Dishes in the Instant Pot
This chicken stew recipe simmers together chicken thighs, potatoes, and carrots in a savory broth that's full of spices and herbs. Thanks to the Instant Pot, everything turns out super tender in such a short cooking time.
This vibrant stir-fry has all of the right textures and flavors. There’s tender chicken, chewy mushrooms, and crunchy vegetables. You can make it in either the Instant Pot or just a regular pot.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
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