Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Instant Pot: Comforting Chicken & Dumplings

How often do you get sick or come down with a cold/flu? This season I'm seeing it quite a bit of folks coming down with something and sadly my two boys were under the weather around the same time not too long ago. This left me to assume the role of nurse, obviously. Even though I initially went to college to become a nurse years ago, my only trusted remedy is fighting a cold through the stomach. This Comforting Chicken & Dumplings did exactly that and was a heartier meal that brought in some much needed warmth and healing vibes...

When someone is sick, my first reaction is to make chicken noodle soup. This time around, I wanted something a bit more filling and the next thing that comes to mind is chicken and dumplings. Similar to a soup, it includes tender balls of fluffy goodness. I made the dumplings using a gluten free flour blend but you can certainly use all purpose flour (which is what the original recipe called for). The soup portion of this dish was especially good. It's flavorful and that's due to the use of chicken thighs in the recipe. Chicken breast could be used but I found it to be less flavorful. If you want this to be a richer meal, add a touch of heavy cream or half & half to the broth.


Comforting Chicken & Dumplings
recipe adapted from Cooking Light

2 tablespoons oil
8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces 
3/4 cup (1/4-inch) diagonally cut celery 
1/2 cup (1/4-inch) diagonally cut carrot 
1/2 cup chopped onion 
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
3 parsley sprigs
1 bay leaf
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or 70 grams gluten free flour blend + 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk



In your Instant Pot:

Plug in the IP with insert set in place

Press SAUTE and add oil. Add chicken and cook 4 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken; keep warm.

In the now empty IP, adddd celery, carrot, onion, parsley, thyme and bay leaf; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Return chicken to IP; cook 1 minute. 

Add broth to IP; bring mixture to a boil. 

Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 10 minutes on HIGH pressure.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 10 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.


When the IP beeps after pressure cooking for 10 minutes, turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release any remaining pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Meanwhile, prepare the dumplings and combine flour, chopped parsley, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add milk, stirring just until moist. 

Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen). Press SAUTE.

Spoon dumpling mixture by heaping teaspoonfuls into broth mixture; allow to cook uncovered for 5-7 minutes until cooked through.

Ladle the soup in bowls and serve hot.