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Best Instant Pot Chicken Stew

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Are you a fan of Chicken Stew? I sure am and today I have the best Instant Pot Chicken Stew recipe to share. This pressure cooker chicken stew is easy to make, healthy and comforting and is ready in less than 30 minutes.

CHICKEN STEW

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This hearty stew is a high protein recipe that will leave you feeling fuller for longer. It will also decrease your snacking habits in between meals or late at night.

Plus, if you’re looking for Instant Pot chicken recipes that include chicken thighs, you are in luck, my friends… as this recipe uses boneless skinless chicken thighs

Seriously! This easy Instant Pot Chicken stew is one the whole family will love with its savory flavor and huge health benefits.

Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients are easy to find in your pantry or cupboard. And, with these typical staple items, you can whip this one up in a snap without running to the store.

  • Olive Oil: Helps in searing the chicken and vegetables, locking in flavors.
  • Onion and Garlic: These aromatic ingredients add a depth of flavor that forms the base of the stew.
  • Skinless Chicken Thighs: Juicy and flavorful, perfect for a hearty stew.
  • Bell Peppers: Add color and a slightly sweet, slightly bitter flavor to the stew.
  • Paprika: Provides a smoky, sweet flavor and vibrant color to the dish.
  • Bay Leaves: Infuse the stew with a subtle, herbal aroma and depth of flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper: Essential seasonings to enhance all the other flavors in the stew.
  • Water or Chicken Broth: Provides the liquid base for the stew and helps in cooking the ingredients evenly.
  • Tomato Paste: Adds a concentrated tomato flavor and thickens the stew.
  • Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream: Adds a creamy, tangy contrast to the savory stew.
  • Parsley (Optional): If used as a garnish, adds a fresh, herbal note and a pop of green color.
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How To Make Instant Pot Chicken Stew?

Here are the steps for making Chicken strew Instant Pot style:

Step One: Saute The Onion

Add olive oil to the Instant Pot and select the saute setting. Add the chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and saute for another minute.

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Step Two: Add Sliced Chicken Thighs

Slice the chicken thighs and bell pepper into strips and add to the Instant Pot.

Saute chicken and bell peppers in instant pot

Step Three: Add Chicken Broth And Seasonings

Add the chicken broth, bay leaf, tomato, paste, paprika and greek yogurt to your pot. I like to stir the tomato paste and greek yogurt into the broth before adding them all to the Instant Pot.

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Step Four: Pressure Cook Chicken Stew

Secure the Instant Pot Lid. Select the manual setting button to pressure cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.

Step Five: Naturally Release Pressure

Natural release the Instant Pot Lid. Shred the chicken into smaller pieces using fork.

Step Six: Garnish And Serve

Serve this chicken stew Instant Pot recipe in bowls with a dollop of sour cream or alongside mashed potatoes or crusty bread.

Top this delicious meal with fresh parsley or other fresh herbs.

Instant pot chicken stew in bowl

Cooking Tips

  • Be sure to naturally release the pressure for tender chicken. A quick release is not recommended for this recipe.

Substitutions

  • You can easily use chicken stock instead of chicken broth for this recipe. If you decide to use chicken cubes and water in place of chicken broth, use 3 bouillon cubes for each 1 cup of water.
  • Whether you prefer a slow cooked or pressure cooker chicken stew, this versatile recipe is sure to become one of your go-to favorites. Enjoy!

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Store: If there are any leftovers, store the chicken stew in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze: To freeze chicken stew, place the cooled stew in an airtight container and freeze for 2-3 months.
  • Reheat: Reheat the stew in a covered pot on the stovetop over medium high heat until warmed through.You could also heat the chicken stew in the electric pressure cooker on saute function.

FAQ’S

Can I Use Chicken Breasts in Instant Pot Chicken Stew?

Yes. If you prefer chicken breast to chicken thighs you can substitute chicken breasts for chicken thighs.
Be sure to use boneless skinless chicken breast. The Instant pot chicken stew cooking time will remain the same.

Can I Use Precooked Shredded Chicken in Chicken Stew?

Yes, if you prefer to use pre-cooked shredded chicken for this chicken stew recipe simply add 3/4 cup of pre-cooked shredded chicken and follow the remaining directions as written.

Can I Make Slow Cooker Chicken Stew?

Yes, you can easily make slow cooker chicken stew instead of pressure cooker chicken stew.

Simply add the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.

Best Potatoes for Chicken Stew

There is no single “best” potato for chicken stew, as the choice will depend largely on your personal preferences and what you have available.

Some good potato options for both chicken stew and beef stew include Yukon gold potatoes, red skin potatoes, fingerling potatoes, or new potatoes.

You can also use waxy potatoes, such as baby potatoes or petite yellow potatoes. You could even use sweet potatoes.

No matter which type of potato you choose, be sure to cut them into bite-sized pieces for the best results in your Instant Pot chicken stew.

Best Size Instant Pot for Chicken Stew

There is no single “best” size Instant Pot for chicken stew, as the choice will depend largely on your personal preferences and what you have available.

Some good options include a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot, depending on how much chicken stew you plan to make at once.

When choosing an Instant Pot size, be sure to take into account the size of your vegetables and chicken pieces, as well as how many servings you plan to cook.

How to Thicken Chicken Stew?

One of the most common questions that people have when making chicken stew is how to thicken it.

There are a few different methods that you can use to thicken your chicken stew, including adding more vegetables or using a roux.

If you prefer a thicker soup-like consistency, you can add more potatoes or make a cornstarch slurry to thicken the stew

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Instant Pot Chicken Stew Recipe

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Instant Pot Chicken Stew recipe will be one of the favorite meals of the whole family.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 onion, Chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 3 Skinless Chicken Thighs - Sliced
  • 2 Bell Peppers, Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Salt and Pepper, To Taste
  • 1 1/2 Cups Water or Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • Parsley, Optional Garnish

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to the Instant Pot and select the saute setting. Add the chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and saute for another minute.
  2. Slice the chicken thighs and bell pepper into strips and add to the Instant Pot.
  3. Add the chicken broth, bay leaf, tomato, paste, paprika and greek yogurt to your pot. I like to stir the tomato paste and greek yogurt into the broth before adding them all to the Instant Pot.
  4. Secure the Instant Pot Lid. Select the manual setting button to pressure cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  5. Natural release the Instant Pot Lid. Shred the chicken into smaller pieces using forks.
  6. Serve this chicken stew Instant Pot recipe in bowls with a dollop of sour cream or alongside mashed potatoes or crusty bread.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 459mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 36g

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8 Comments

  1. This was delicious! Made exactly as the recipe described (i went with Greek yogurt, not sour cream) and it was a big hit. Looking forward to making it again soon!

  2. I’m a bariatric patient, and require a lot more detail in any recipe…
    1 onion, chopped — is this a large, medium or small onion. To be more precise, just what quantity of chopped onion are we talking about? A cup?> less? More?
    3 chicken thighs, deboned – how large are these thighs? How much (in weight) are we talking about after deboning them?
    2 bell peppers, chopped 0 see above, re: onions.

    An imprecise recipe isn’t really much use to anyone.

    1. I’m also a bariatric patient and to be honest, the amount of onion doesn’t really matter. You can use one average sized onion. same for the peppers an average sized pepper, it doesn’t matter if the pepper is small or large. The chicken thighs again are regular sized chicken thighs. I’ve never heard of large or small thighs… we just get three thighs from the store.

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