Cheater's Chicken & Dumplings in the Instant Pot
Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves 4-6 people
Recipe from Epicurious
1½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more as needed
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 Tbsp. (½ stick) unsalted butter, divided
3 celery stalks, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1 bay leaf
1 pound gnocchi (fresh, frozen, or shelf-stable all work)
4 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup chopped fresh parsley or celery leaves
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar, plus more to taste
Smoked paprika, for serving (optional)
- In a large bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the salt and pepper and set aside while prepping the other ingredients.
- In the pot of an electric pressure cooker, using the sauté function set on high, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add as many chicken pieces as will fit in a single layer (without crowding) and brown them on all sides until they’re a deep golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the browned chicken back into the bowl with the remaining unbrowned pieces. You don’t need to brown the rest of the chicken.
- Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the pot and stir in the celery, carrots, onion, garlic, and bay leaf. Sauté until softened, about 12 minutes.
- Stir in the chicken stock, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Nestle in all the chicken along with the accumulated juices in the bowl. Seal the pot and cook on high pressure for 13 minutes.
- Manually release the pressure and open the pot. Transfer the chicken pieces to a plate and pluck out the bay leaf. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the bones and skin and shred the meat into chunks (you can save the bones and skin to make stock, if you like).
- Switching back to the sauté function, bring the soup to a boil. Stir in the gnocchi and cook for 5 minutes. Add the green beans and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes, until the beans and gnocchi are tender and the broth thickens. Stir the chicken back into the pot to warm it up. Turn off the pressure cooker and stir in the parsley and vinegar, then taste and add more salt and vinegar, if needed. Serve sprinkled with smoked paprika, if you like.
Cook's note: Veg it up by stirring 4 to 5 ounces (4 to 5 cups) baby spinach or kale, or 1 cup thawed frozen peas or corn kernels into the pot with the green beans. Or stir 2 cups diced ripe tomatoes into the pot with the gnocchi.