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!
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
The previous version of this recipe involved adding all ingredients to the insert pot of the Instant Pot at the same time, and selecting a 3 minute cook time for everything to cook together, followed by a natural pressure release. I’ve received feedback from some readers stating that when cooking their dumplings under pressure, the dumplings have clumped together. This is expected, since we can’t stir the dumplings around while cooking under pressure. I personally haven’t found this to be problematic, as I have been able to easily stir and break apart the dumplings after cooking. But since I know how frustrating it can be to have a recipe not turn out as expected, and since I don’t want any of my recipes to be unreliable, I have updated the recipe to include a different preparation method that involves cooking the broth and chicken under pressure, then adding the dumplings and using the Saute function to simmer them in the broth. For most consistent results, this is the recommended method. If you previously had success with the former method, feel free to continue using it.
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