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Easy Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

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This amazing and easy Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes recipe is comfort food at its best. You’ll love this one pot meal with potatoes, carrots, and shredded chicken that’s smothered in a delicious white gravy.

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Smothered chicken is one of my favorite comfort foods. I don’t eat it all the time but when I want it, I gotta have it. So a few months ago when I was craving for some smothered chicken on a weeknight, I had to find a quick fix. That’s where the idea of Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes came in mind. 

I’d have my smothered chicken in a jiffy thanks to my pressure cooker and I’d make it a one pot meal by cooking everything in the pressure cooker. Not only was it genius, it tastes amazing.

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

First, you’ll want to season your chicken. For this recipe, I use a combination of boneless and skinless chicken breast and thighs. Thighs have amazing flavor and breast provide a texture that I like in this recipe. You could use a combo or use all of one or the other. 

I season my chicken with poultry seasoning, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, and black pepper.

raw chicken on cutting board

Once seasoned, head over to the Pressure Cooker. Select the high sauté setting and wait for the pressure cooker to display “Hot.” Add oil into the pressure cooker and then add chicken into the pressure cooker in a single layer to brown.

All of your pieces won’t fit at once. You will need to either brown in batches or opt to just brown half of the meat. Brown on both sides for about 2-3 minutes each side. Once browned, remove from Pressure Cooker and set aside. 

raw chicken pieces in instant pot being browned

Deglaze the pressure cooker by adding a little of the chicken broth to the pressure cooker. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Then pour in remaining chicken broth. Press “Cancel” on your Pressure Cooker. 

hand using wooden spoon to stir chicken broth in instant pot

Add your chicken back to the pressure cooker, then add potatoes and carrots. Cover and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. 

Once timer goes off, allow the pressure cooker to naturally release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.  

Open lid and remove the chicken and vegetables. In a separate bowl, shred chicken. Set aside.

Press Cancel on the pressure cooker and set it to Sauté. Add flour and water to a separate bowl and whisk with a fork. Once liquid begins to simmer, whisk in flour mixture. Allow to cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in cream. 

Add chicken back to Instant Pot.

chicken and gravy in instant pot

Serve with potatoes and carrots. 

instant pot chicken and potatoes finished dish

Can you cook this with frozen chicken?

I’m sure you could but I don’t. I’m a huge fan of searing my chicken before cooking in this recipe. If you were to modify this recipe and use frozen chicken, I’d follow the guidelines found here about cooking frozen chicken in the Instant Pot.

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Easy Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

This Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes recipe is easy and delicious. Perfectly cooked potatoes and carrots with shredded chicken covered in a delicious white gravy.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Time to Rise to Pressure and Natural Release 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 652kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 lb chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp poultry season
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1.5 lbs baby red potatoes
  • 8 oz baby carrots
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 4 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Season your chicken with poultry seasoning, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Select “Sauté” and select the “More” setting on your Instant Pot. Once the display says "Hot", add the oil. Then add chicken pieces into the pressure cooker in a single layer to brown. Brown on both sides for about 2-3 minutes each side. Once browned, remove from Instant Pot.
  • Add about 2 Tbsp of the chicken broth into the Instant Pot and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the bottom of the Instant Pot, making sure all the brown bits are removed. Add the remainder of the chicken broth and press “Cancel.”
  • Add chicken back to Instant Pot. Then add baby potatoes and carrots on top.
  • Cover Instant Pot with lid, ensuring that the valve is set to “Seal.” Set Instant Pot on High Pressure for 12 minutes.
  • After your chicken has pressure cooked for 12 minutes, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure. Remove potatoes, carrots, and chicken from the Instant Pot and set aside.
  • Press “Cancel” on the Instant Pot. In a separate bowl, shred chicken. Set aside. Press Cancel on the pressure cooker and set it to sauté. Add flour and water to a separate bowl and whisk with a fork. Once liquid begins to simmer, whisk in flour mixture. Allow to cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in cream.
  • Add chicken back to Instant Pot. Serve with potatoes and carrots.

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Notes

This recipe can be created in the following:
Instant Pot
Ninja Foodi 
Mealthy Pressure Cookers. 

Nutrition

Calories: 652kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 204mg | Sodium: 1097mg | Potassium: 1619mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8189IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 4mg
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Gitte

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

This is the best thing I’ve ever made!!!! I’ve been cooking so much in my instapot since I got it 2 weeks ago and this is by far my favorite recipe!!!! I had some of the herbs fresh instead of dried and it totally worked out great!!!

Tanya

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

Thank you :) So glad you liked the recipe. You're going to love your IP.

Melissa

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

I received an Instant pot for Christmas, I have probably made this dish at least 6 times. Such good flavor, we love it! I have also made your cajun chicken and pasta a few times, that is also a favorite and super yummy!! Thank you so much!

Tanya

Monday 24th of February 2020

Yay, thank you for letting me know :) I'm so happy to hear that you're enjoying the recipes :)

Stef

Sunday 29th of December 2019

I just got an instant pot for Christmas, and this was the first recipe I tried. Oh my goodness!! It's amazing, absolutely delicious! It was easy, quick, and melts in your mouth!

Tanya

Monday 30th of December 2019

Awesome! So glad you liked it :)

Stacie Monroe

Sunday 8th of December 2019

Just Yum. Thank you, Tanya.

Tanya

Monday 9th of December 2019

You're so welcome :) So glad you liked it :)

Jane Saunders

Monday 5th of August 2019

The creamy sauce is just perfect with the chicken and veggies in this dish for a suppertime indulgence. Thanks for this recipe.