This Pressure Cooker Chicken Stew recipe is ready in under 45 minutes and will keep any family warm on a chilly night. Pull your Instant Pot out and get started! If you have a second Instant Pot, serve the chicken stew over Instant Pot White Rice.
When the temperature drops, nothing beats the feeling of eating a hot bowl of this super comforting chicken stew. Tender chicken, carrots, celery, potatoes, and a little kale, because kale is the best!
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Ingredients & Substitutions
- Onion – yellow onion is great for cooking, but white onion would work perfectly too.
- Garlic – use one to three garlic cloves depending on their size.
- Carrots – three large or six small carrots. You can also use green beans instead or on top.
- Celery – three to four celery stalks. It adds tons of flavor to this chicken stew, I suggest not skipping it.
- Potatoes – any kind of potato will work, but I recommend any of the ones on the starchy side so you get a creamier stew. I like using yellow potatoes, the same ones I would use for mashed potatoes.
- Kale – adding a little kale will make this stew extra healthy and it also gives a nice texture once it is cooked. Fresh baby spinach can be used as well or even frozen peas.
- Chicken – I strongly suggest you use boneless skinless chicken thighs. You could use chicken breast but it will become pretty dry in the amount of time we have to use for the veggies to soften in the stew.
- Chicken broth – you can use any kind of broth, but chicken broth works best in this case.
- Chili paste – for this recipe I used the Peruvian aji amarillo paste, but any chili paste or even chopped-up chili would work.
- Sour cream – it helps the slurry become thicker and creamier. To keep it dairy free you could also use some nut milk.
- Flour – all-purpose flour works great for making the slurry, but cornstarch works well too if you want to make it gluten-free.
- Lemon – I like squeezing some fresh lemon juice on top of the chicken stew when serving it, it brings out all the delicious flavors. It is optional and you don’t have to use it.
- Thyme – a few fresh sprigs of thyme help deepen the flavor of the rest of the ingredients when cooking, it’s nice and aromatic. Fresh rosemary, fresh oregano or dried bay leaves are good alternatives too.
- Salt and pepper – use sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Tips For Cooking This Instant Pot Chicken Stew Recipe
I highly recommend browning the chicken in batches. Do NOT add all the chicken at once. It will release a lot of steam, the steam will get trapped and then the chicken will cook in its own juices instead of searing nicely and become brown and delicious. So take your time, the flavor you will get from a nice sear is absolutely worth the extra work.
Don’t forget to deglaze the pan to avoid the burn warning. After sauteing the onion with the chili paste, use a wooden spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan. You can add a splash of broth to help remove all the stuck bits.
To make this Instant Pot chicken stew thick and creamy, you need to add slurry to it. To achieve the best consistency, add a few tablespoons of broth into a small bowl, sour cream (or nut milk) and all-purpose flour, then whisk well until no more lumps can be seen.
How To Convert This Recipe For The Stovetop
Simply follow the same instructions but add an extra 1/2 cup of broth to account for water evaporation.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Other than that everything stays the same.
What Goes Well With Chicken Stew
You can serve this stew on its own, eat it with a piece of bread, or you can serve it over quinoa or rice, which is what I like to do.
How To Store Leftovers
Chicken stew leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Or they can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Make sure to store stew and sides in different containers.
To reheat from the freezer, I recommend putting it in the fridge the night before to thaw. If you’re in a rush, you can heat up the frozen stew in a small pot on the stove but you’ll need to add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water or broth to avoid scorching.
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Instant Pot Chicken Stew
- 1 yellow onion
- 1-3 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbsp chili paste or fresh chili - my favorite is Ají Amarillo
- 3 carrots
- 4 stalks celery
- 1 lbs yellow potatoes
- 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 2 Tbsp sour cream
- 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- sea salt
- 2 cups kale, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 lemon
- Peel and finely chop onion and garlic. Peel and chop carrots. Chop celery. Peel and cut potatoes into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
- Press the sauté button and set it to high. In the meantime, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces.
- Once the Instant Pot's display says hot, add a drizzle of olive oil and brown the chicken in batches. At least 3 batches. Do not add all chicken at once! Season the chicken with sea salt and pepper to taste while it's browning.
- Once the chicken is browned, set it aside and add onion, garlic, and chili paste to the Instant Pot and sauté until lightly brown. Use a wooden spoon to scrape off the stuck-on chicken bits.
- Add a splash of chicken stock to deglaze the bottom, then add chopped vegetables, browned chicken, chicken stock, and thyme to the pot and ensure the potatoes are all submerged in the broth.
- Put on the lid, set the valve to the sealing position, and set the Instant Pot to 5 minutes on high pressure.
- Let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then release the remaining pressure manually.
- Take 3-4 Tablespoons of broth out of the pot and add to a small bowl. Add sour cream and flour to the broth and whisk until super smooth and no more lumps can be seen.
- Add the slurry to the stew, together with the kale. Hit the sauté button to get everything back to a boil and stir for about 2 minutes or until the stew reaches your desired creaminess.
- Serve on its own, with a piece of bread, or over rice. Drizzle with lemon juice if desired.
Delicious, especially when you squeeze lemon juice over it, as recommended.