Pressure Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
It doesn’t get more comforting than a simmering pot of chicken and soft, fluffy dumplings. This one is relatively classic, though I’ve added some chives to the dumplings for color and freshness. But feel free to leave them out for something more traditionally beige. Or stir in a handful of thawed frozen peas at the end for sweetness and a touch of green. I prefer using all dark meat here—a combination of drumsticks and thighs gives great flavor and won’t overcook as readily as white meat. But use whatever pieces you like, or a combination. If using all white meat, cook it for a minute or two less. This is one of 10 recipes from Melissa Clark’s “Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot” (Clarkson Potter, 2017). Melissa Clark’s “Dinner in an Instant” is available everywhere books are sold. Order your copy today.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 3 ½pounds bone-in chicken pieces, preferably dark meat
- 1 ½teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
- ½teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 2carrots, diced
- 2celery stalks, diced
- 1Spanish onion, diced
- 1turnip, peeled and diced
- 4garlic cloves, smashed
- ¼cup all-purpose flour
- 1quart chicken stock, preferably homemade
- Chopped fresh parsley or celery leaves, for serving
- 1 ½cups all-purpose flour
- ½cup fine cornmeal
- ¼cup minced fresh chive (optional)
- 2teaspoons baking powder
- ¾teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2tablespoons butter, melted
- ¾cup whole milk
Step 1In a large bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the salt and pepper. Let them sit for 20 minutes.
Step 2Using the sauté function, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in the pressure cooker. Add the chicken pieces, in batches, and brown them on all sides until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
Step 3Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the pressure cooker and stir in the carrots, celery, onion, turnip, and garlic cloves. Cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Then stir in the flour and cook until the mixture starts to turn golden, about another 3 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot, and nestle the browned chicken into the vegetables. Cover and cook on high pressure for 13 minutes, and then release the pressure manually. Transfer the chicken pieces to a plate, reserving the broth in the pot. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the bones and skin if you like, and tear the meat into chunks.
Step 4Meanwhile, make the dumplings: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, chives if using, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Pour the melted butter and the milk into the flour mixture, and stir gently with a spoon or spatula until just combined. Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the broth in the pot, spacing them evenly across the surface. Cover and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
Step 5Test the dumplings by cutting into one and making sure it’s cooked all the way through. If not, turn the sauté function on and simmer the dumplings until they are done.
Step 6Stir the chicken back into the pot to warm it up, and serve it topped with parsley leaves.