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Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
Course Main
Cuisine Caribbean, Western
Keyword Gluten-Free, Instant pot chicken and dumplings, instant pot recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 298kcal


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 onions peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cardamom pod split
  • 600 g (1.3 lbs) skinless chicken breasts chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 400 g (14oz) finely chopped tomatoes
  • 400 ml (14oz) full fat coconut milk
  • Salt


  • 120 g (1 cup) gluten free flour
  • 7 tbsp water
  • 2 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt


Make the Dumplings

  • Add your gluten free flour, baking powder, salt, thyme and water into a small bowl.
  • Mix into a smooth dough (add a little flour if too wet or a tsp of water at a time if too crumbly).
  • Break of small bits of the dough at a time and shape into a ball, then set aside

Make the Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

  • In sauté mode, add the oil to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Wait till hot, then add the onion, cinnamon stick and cloves and sauté for 5-7 mins. You can add 2 tbsp of water to avoid burning the onion.
  • Add the chicken pieces and brown them for a couple of mins.
  • Switch off the sauté mode and add the garlic ginger, curry powder, garam masala, chopped tomatoes, the water bit of the coconut milk, salt and chilli (if using) and mix.
  • Cover your Instant Pot and set the valve to the SEALING position.
  • Select the manual (or pressure cook) setting, make sure the pressure is set to high and set the timer to 5 mins.
  • Cook till done then 5 mins NPR followed by QPR.
  • Switch to sauté mode and drop in the dumplings and cook for 6-8 mins till the dumplings are done.
  • Switch off and adjust seasoning, remove the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and cloves and serve.


Pressure Cooker Chicken and Dumplings Tips

  • Cook time does not include time to come up to pressure or for pressure to release.
  • Make sure to add the dumplings individually into the sauce to avoid them clumping together.
  • To save time, whilst the chicken is cooking in the Instant Pot – you can cook dumplings for about 4-5 mins in some boiling chicken stock, remove from the stock and then sauté for shorter in the instant pot. 

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings Weight Watchers Points

There are 7 Freestyle Points in a serving of Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings.

What to Serve with Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Garlic Green Beans.
Grilled Broccoli.
Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3.3mg