Love chicken and dumplings but don’t have a lot of time? These pressure cooker chicken and dumplings are quick, easy, and delicious!
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I have a lot of memories of eating at Cracker Barrel. When I was growing up, my grandma would often take my sister and I to the beach for a few days. Cracker Barrel was one of our “old standby” restaurants.
The one where we were guaranteed to like the food. And also one where we could be easily occupied by perusing the store full of fun toys and gifts. 🙂
One of my favorite meals to order at Cracker Barrel is their chicken and dumplings. There seem to be a couple of different camps when it comes to dumplings. Some folks like their dumplings more biscuit-like, and others prefer the flat almost-noodle type.
Honestly, I like both, but I prefer the flat noodle type that Cracker Barrel sells. I mean, really– tender dumplings and chicken wrapped in a savory creamy broth–does it get much better than that?
Several years ago, when I was a newlywed looking for new meals to prepare, I came across this recipe for dumplings. I wrote it down and put it in my recipe book. I didn’t write down where I found it, so I have no clue where it originated from.
It’s a family favorite that I’ve made for years, and it’s somewhat similar to my favorite chicken and dumplings from Cracker Barrel.
Originally, I would cook the chicken, then let some broth and aromatics simmer for a while, then cook the dumplings in the broth, then add the chicken. Recently, I decided to try making this dish in my Instant Pot, and it worked! A quick and easy meal that’s also incredibly delicious? Yes, please!
Preparing these chicken and dumplings in the pressure cooker is crazy easy, and this method also has some helpful benefits.
First, everything cooks at the same time. Whereas I used to cook everything separately before combining, now everything goes in the pot at the same time. Easy peasy.
The second benefit is that everything cooks in a much shorter time! Now, it does take some time for your cooker to achieve pressure, and then you do have to wait for a natural pressure release (and because of the starch content of this dish, it is important to use a natural pressure release. Don’t try to cut corners and do a quick release. Do yourself a favor and trust me on this one). But it still is faster than it was when I made everything on the stove top.
Third, the cooking process is hands-off. Once you put everything into the electric pressure cooker, you don’t have to do anything else until the pressure has released. I don’t know about you, but as a mom of three small children, I’m a fan of “set it and forget it” meals.
Now, I don’t want you to be intimidated by these homemade dumplings. Really, they are so easy. So easy, in fact, that my 4 year old and 2 year old helped make them. They helped stir the dough, roll it out, and cut it into strips. So don’t think that homemade dumplings are difficult or labor intensive…they’re not.
If you’re looking for comfort food made easy, this is it. These pressure cooker chicken and dumplings make a delicious and hearty meal that you can throw together quickly. They’re a tasty, frugal, and simple addition to your weekly meal plan. That, my friends, is even better than Cracker Barrel!
- Instant Pot (I have the IP DUO60 model and love it!)
- Rolling pin
- Dry and liquid measuring cups
You can find more easy pressure cooker recipes here! Read about how to convert slow cooker recipes into pressure cooker recipes (including a FREE cheat sheet) here!