One of the best things to cook in the Instant Pot is stew. In this Instant Pot chicken stew recipe, the food that requires hours of simmering on the stove can now be done effortlessly in a matter of minutes.
The tender, juicy chicken chunks and soft vegetables are simmered in the umami, gravy-like sauce with a boost of flavor from dried herbs. The dish is made for those cold days when you need a hearty spoon to warm you up from the inside.
Is Our Recipe Healthy?
With fresh ingredients included and the nutritional value calculated, our Instant Pot chicken stew is healthy.
Each serving of our chicken stew contains only 457 calories, impressively low for a comfort stew dish.
Sodium content is around 562 mg. It’s recommended to consume less than 2300 mg per day.
There are 6.3 grams of fiber — up to 22% of the suggested daily intake from the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines.
We also paired this chicken stew with a green salad and fresh fruit juice, which is lighter and healthier than bread or a muffin. This delectable combination brings the total calories to around 750 calories, ensuring you have enough energy until the next meal.
Here is all you need to make an Instant Pot chicken stew at home:
Chicken: Dark meat cuts like chicken thighs are beloved for their juiciness and fat. If you want to go with leaner meat, please feel free to use chicken breast in this recipe.
Potatoes: For stew dishes, we prefer waxy potatoes like French fingerling, Red Bliss, or baby potatoes since they are less likely to fall apart and become mushy during pressure cooking.
Carrots: You can either cube the carrots into bite-size pieces as per the photos or slice them into 2-inch pieces. Use baby carrots to reduce the prepping time.
Broth: Use low-sodium or unsalted broth so that it’s easier to monitor your intake of salt in every meal.
Seasoning: The seasoning blend with salt, pepper, thyme, and mustard works best in this recipe. It is quick to combine and simple enough to preserve the natural goodness of all components in your Instant Pot.
Herbs: For an aromatic enhancer, we used dried herbs for this chicken stew. Bay leaf and thyme enhance the other elements in the pot and complete the flavor profile of the dish.
Loaded with protein from chicken, plus fiber and vitamins from vegetables, the chicken stew makes a delicious and healthy dinner.
Tips for Cooking
Prep in Advance
Cleaning and chopping your ingredients in advance or even the night before is always a good idea to save time. Whenever you’re craving a quick and comforting dinner, all you have to do is to throw your prepared ingredients in the Instant Pot, press the button, and get ready to set the table.
Enhance The Flavor
The beauty of stew food is that there is no strict rule for seasoning. You can add as much or as little seasoning to fit your taste buds. A fresh squeeze of lemon at the end will elevate the finishing flavor, or perhaps add a handful of shredded cheese if you are a big fan of creamy sauce.
Thicken The Sauce
Cooked chicken stew could be watery and dilute if there are just meat and vegetables in the pot. A simple tip is to add a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed in water in the end or simply add the flour directly while stirring the chicken.
Once the cornstarch is added, let the stew simmer for a few minutes until you get the desired consistency.
Store and Reheat
The chicken stew should be placed in an airtight container within 2 hours of making. If you know you want to eat the leftovers within 4 days, keep them in the fridge.
For more extended storage, we encourage you to place the stew in the freezer. Though freezing may change the texture of vegetables a bit, the dish can last for up to 4 months in the freezer.
When it comes to reheating the leftovers, it’s best to thaw them completely in the refrigerator the night before.
If you’re using the microwave, take the food out and give it a stir halfway through cooking time. This will ensure the food is heated evenly.
If you prefer reheating in the skillet, cover with a lid so that the stew won’t end up drying out.
What to Serve With
It’s easier than ever to turn your warm soup into a feast by pairing it with one of our side dishes below.
Salad: When it comes to texture, tender chicken stew loves a fresh and crunchy side dish, and salad wonderfully fits that description. Our kale salad is light and full of healthy tropical flavor, making it a perfect accompaniment for stew.
Rice: A bowl of warm and chewy steamed rice is all you need to round out the comforting stew. It’s a humble side that will let the star of the meal shine.
Baguette: Whenever a stew is involved on the table, there is always a place for crispy and flavorful bread. It also works as a sponge that will soak up all the delicious goodness in your soup bowl.
These Dishes Are Also Made in the Instant Pot
Our Instant Pot Paella recipe cooks rice, chicken, and sausage in with delicious vegetables and spices. The result is gorgeous and savory, with a hint of aromatic saffron.
You can also make chicken biryani, and we feel like it doesn’t deserve enough attention. Each golden basmati grain, as well as the caramelized chicken, is bursting with flavor and smells delicious. For those who live and work away from home, it can be a real effective homesick remedy.
Heat your Instant Pot by using the “sauté” function. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, 3 tbsp butter, 2 oz onion, 1 tbsp garlic, and 2 oz celery to the pot. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
Add 20 oz chicken, 1 tsp paprika, 1 bay leaf, 1 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tbsp oregano, 1 tsp mustard, and 1 tbsp cornstarch and stir every couple minutes until the onions become translucent, about 2 - 3 minutes.
Add 18 oz potatoes and 10 oz carrots and give everything a stir.
Pour 2 cups of chicken broth into the pot. Secure the lid. Set the “stew meat” mode for 12 minutes.
When the time is up, release the pressure naturally. Open the lid and cook for another 10 minutes at “sauté” mode until thickened.
Transfer the chicken stew to serving plates. Garnish with parsley. Serve hot.
Instant Pot Chicken Stew
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 457Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Vitamin A 12385IU
Vitamin C 21mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.