How this recipe came about (thank you
A little while ago I asked the lovely Kate to measure her suet-free dumpling mix so that I could try dumplings in a pressure cooked stew. Anyone who knows
I wanted a Chicken Stew to be exact and figured at 5 minutes pressure cooking time with NPR for chicken thigh fillets, it might just work as an all-in-one with the dumplings in from the beginning. A super Easy All-in-One stew and Dumplings.
Then I cooked it for a second time, varying the ingredients. You know, to make sure! The thing is, this is dangerously easy. I love dumplings but have always considered them a bit of a faff… until now! Now it’s actually way too easy.
Kate has also tried this Instant Pot Chicken Stew with Dumplings successfully with her own ingredients and my timings.
Important: this only works if the inner pot is filled up to half way, as the dumplings need room to grow and you don’t want them growing up your valves.
It also only works with chicken stew as chicken needs a shorter cooking time. If what you want is a Beef Stew with Dumplings then add the dumplings at the end and cook them for about 20 minutes on Sauté (or Sauté – Less) after pressure cooking your stew. The glass lid comes in handy for this.
About the ingredients used in my Instant Pot Chicken Stew with Dumplings
Feel free to change the ingredients, I used what I had.
No suet: Fluffy dumplings without suet, less fuss, more money for the pot (the Instant Pot) and super fluffy dumplings. Let’s keep it thrifty.
The first Instant Pot Chicken Stew with Dumplings I pressure cooked was similar but with diced Butternut Squash instead of Cavolo Nero. You could, of course, use both!
The Butternut Squash was
My advice? Use both Butternut Squash AND Cavolo Nero!
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Instant Pot Chicken Stew with Dumplings
- 50 g smoked bacon lardons or pancetta use more if you want, it’s what I had left
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or oil of your choice
- 500 g boneless chicken thigh fillets left whole
- 150 ml chicken stock
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp normal paprika
- 4 large closed cup mushrooms sliced or in wedges. Feel free to use more of course
- 250 g chantenay carrots washed and left whole or normal carrots cut in big chunks
- 100 g Cavolo Nero washed and leaves snapped into fours or use a knife if you’re feeling fancy
- 4 garlic cloves left whole but whacked with the back of your hand
- Salt and pepper
- 200 g self-raising flour a reader has tried the dumplings successfully with Doves Farm gluten-free self-raising flour
- 1 heaped tsp baking powder gluten free if making the dumplings GF
- 40 g grated cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp Mixed herbs or herbs of your choice
- Salt and pepper as much as you think you’ll need, I don’t add much as I add cheese
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 140 ml water from the cold tap
- Start by preparing the dumpling mix: Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl, add the oil and water and keep mixing until you have a soft dough. I use my hands. Put aside for now.
- Sauté the bacon lardons in 1 tbsp olive oil.
- Add chicken, stock and the two paprikas and mix well to coat the chicken. Add salt (about half a teaspoon, I don’t tend to use much salt) and a few twists of the black pepper mill.
- Add the mushrooms, carrots, cavolo nero and garlic and stir. Roll the dumpling mix into 8 balls and place them directly on top of the other ingredients.
- Lock the lid in. Steam release handle pointing to Sealing. Press the Manual or Pressure Cook button and programme 5 minutes with the – and + buttons. When it has finished pressure cooking, let it do a Natural Pressure Release* for 15 minutes and then open turn the steam release handle from Sealing to Venting to do a Quick Pressure Release * and let out any steam that is trapped inside. Or of course let it go to Keep Warm, I have and it works fine.