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Instant Pot Chicken Stew Recipe is comfort food in every bite. Tons of tender and flavorful chicken combined with potatoes, veggies and more make a great meal with little effort.

Chicken Stew in the instant pot
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We love making Instant Pot Recipes for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Using the pressure cooker has been a game changer for my family. I can easily take a frozen meal out of the freezer and cook in the instant pot for a delicious family meal.

This chicken stew recipe is loaded with vegetables, chicken and a delicious broth. It is my go-to soup recipe for the ultimate comfort food. If you prefer you can make Crock Pot Chicken Stew or Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Stew.

Why This Recipe Works:

This one pot meal is made with simple ingredients. Everything cooks easily in the instant pot for an easy weeknight meal. It is healthy, delicious and full of amazing flavor.

I love the way this healthy, filling soup warms my soul on a cold day.


Ingredients needed - onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, bay leaf, salt and pepper, garlic, thyme, poultry seasoning, chicken breasts, chicken broth, corn starch
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Bay Leaf
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Minced Garlic
  • Dried Thyme
  • Poultry Seasoning
  • Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • Low-Sodium Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock
  • Corn Starch
  • For garnish: Chopped Fresh Parsley

Scroll to the bottom for the recipe card to see the full list of ingredients and recipe.

Variations Ideas:

  • Chicken – Feel free to use boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken drumsticks instead of chicken breast to make this recipe.
  • Change the Vegetables – You can easily change or add in other vegetables to this soup. Peas and Red potatoes are always a great addition or substitution to this recipe.
  • Seasoning – Add in fresh herbs such as rosemary for a great addition.

Step by Step Instructions:

This has to be one of the easiest recipes ever. If you can throw ingredients into the pressure cooker, you can make this meal.

Placing all the ingredients in the pressure cooker

Step 1 – Toss everything in the pressure cooker except the corn starch and parsley. This is really that easy.

Shredding the cooked chicken on a cutting board

Step 2 – Cover and set to sealing.  In just 25 minutes, you will have the most tender and delicious chicken. Now, it is time to remove the chicken and shred.

Mixing the cornstarch and water in a measuring cup

Step 3 – Toss the chicken back into the pressure cooker. I like to thicken the broth and it is so easy! In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water.

Adding the cornstarch slurry to the soup

Step 4 – Stir this mixture into the instant pot. Let sauté and cook until the stew has thickened and is the desired consistency. We like to serve with fresh parsley on top but that is optional.

Recipe Tips:

  • Vegetables – When preparing the vegetables for the instant pot, cut them about the same size pieces. This ensures that they cook about the same time and evenly.
  • Chicken – Feel free to cook this instant pot soup recipe with frozen chicken breast. Cooking time may change slightly.
Chicken stew in a white bowl

Serving Ideas

This meal is amazing with crusty bread so you can dip into that yummy broth. Pick up a loaf of French bread from the bakery or make these easy homemade dinner rolls. Yum!

Just use whatever your family likes! We have even made this easy homemade cornbread and served the soup with that.

You can also try Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe for a little extra kick.

Chicken Stew in the instant pot

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Store the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge. This is a great soup to meal prep with as it is even better the next day.

Can I Freeze?

Yes, you can freeze this soup. Place in a freezer safe container after it has cooled to room temperature. Store for up to 3 months for a delicious soup all winter longer. Allow soup to thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat on the stovetop.

How to Shred Chicken:

After cooking the chicken, shred the chicken with two forks. You can even learn how to shred with a stand mixer.

How to Thicken Chicken Stew:

We like to add a cornstarch slurry after cooking the soup to thicken it. You can even use flour if you prefer.

How to Make on the Stovetop:

This soup can easily be made on the stove top in a dutch oven or a large pot. Place the ingredients in the large pot and allow it to cook on medium heat.

More Easy Instant Pot Soup Recipes:

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Instant Pot Chicken Stew

4.91 from 11 votes
Instant Pot Chicken Stew Recipe is comfort food in every bite. Tons of flavorful chicken combined with potatoes, veggies and more make a great meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Soup, stew
Calories 230



  • Throw everything in the Instant pot except the corn starch and parsley.
  • Cover the lid. Set the valve to sealing.
  • Set the pressure for 25 minutes.
  • Do a quick release to release the pressure.
  • remove the chicken, shred into bitesize pieces.
  • Return chicken to the instant pot.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and water.
  • Stir into the pot.
  • Press the saute setting and and cook until the stew has thickened.
  • Serve with fresh parsley on top.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories 230kcal, Carbohydrates 26g, Protein 22g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 53mg, Sodium 1125mg, Potassium 900mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 6g, Vitamin A 6815IU, Vitamin C 9mg, Calcium 35mg, Iron 1.5mg

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  1. Yes, you can put them in at the same time and I would I would use the same cooking time.

  2. Can the chicken be partly frozen cut into pieces, be place in at the same time as the potatoes , carrot ( baby prepeeled ) instead of cube carrots.Would it be the same time.First time using IP

  3. What a wonderful recipe! It was hearty and delicious! I left out the meat and added some sage to it and the chives added to the onion. A five star for this recipe that my entire family loves and is clammering for more! Thank you!

  4. I want to make this using leftover chicken. Would you still pressure cook for 25mins?

  5. Are the chicken breasts frozen with the 25 minute cooking time? If cooked breasts, how long would you cook meal for? Thanks for what looks like a future “go-to” meal for my family.

  6. Hi there! This sounds very easy and I know my family will eat it. If I have frozen chicken breasts, would I still set the pressure cooker to 25 minutes? I have had an Instant Pot for almost 3 years and I rarely use it. I always only have frozen meat-chicken especially.

  7. I tried to sign up for the regular recipes but site wouldn’t allow me to complete my email address
    Thanks for delicious chicken Recipe, but I need low sodium — how could I modify this?
    Audrey Macdonald