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Pressure Cooker Chicken Stew Recipe

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: February 20, 2024

Chicken stew is the quintessential comfort meal, but it can take some time to prepare. Consider using a pressure cooker for a delicious and nutritious meal to reduce cooking time.

Once you are done, you can serve everything in bowls or keep the leftovers in the fridge or freezer. The pressure cooker also helps preserve warmth, flavour and nutrition for a few hours if you want to eat the stew later.

One of the most important steps in making this or any dish is assembling all the necessary ingredients.

If you have most of these ingredients and want to use substitutes for some others, feel free to do so!

Read More: Tips For Using A Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooker Chicken Stew Recipe

Pressure Cooker Chicken Stew Recipe
Pressure Cooker Chicken Stew Recipe
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PREP TIME 15 minutes
COOK TIME 30 minutes
COURSE Main Course
CUISINE American
SERVINGS 4
CALORIES 665 kcal

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker, Choose a reliable brand if you are thinking of buying one.
  • Spoons and ladles
  • Serving bowls
  • Extra trays, plates and napkins might also come in handy for a bit of support.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Oregano
  • 4-5 Boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 Chopped onions
  • 4 Strips of bacon
  • ½ cup White wine
  • 3 cups Chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Lentils
  • 3 Carrots, chopped or shredded
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • ½ cup Tomato paste
  • 1 cup Celery, diced

Method
 

  • Now that the ingredients are all in front of you, you can start cooking the stew in your pressure cooker. Here is how you should proceed.
  • Remove the lid of your pressure cooker and turn it on.
  • Add some oil and cook the bacon strips for 4-5 minutes until they are brown, cooked and crispy.
  • In the meantime, prepare your chicken breasts by rubbing some salt and pepper all over them. Cut them up into smaller pieces for quicker cooking.
  • Remove the bacon once it is done and add the chicken in place of it. Make sure you opt for the ‘sauté’ mode. Brown all sides of the chicken and remove once done.
  • Add a bit more oil to the pressure cooker and add the onions, garlic, celery, carrots and tomato paste. You should also add salt, pepper, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, basil and other seasonings at this point. Mix and cook until the onions and carrots are cooked.
  • Add the white wine and bring it to a simmer. This should take 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the lentils and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the broth and water along with the browned chicken and bacon.
  • Allow the broth to heat up until it starts boiling.
  • Cover the pressure cooker with its lid and turn the pressure up.
  • Cook for 15 minutes and allow the pressure to naturally reduce.
  • Check that the lentils and chicken are cooked properly and that the taste is to your liking.
Chefs Tips
There are various improvements, substitutions and additions you can make to your pressure cooker chicken stew depending on your requirements and palate. For some extra and useful tips on perfecting this kind of stew, take a look at the points emphasised below.
  • It can help you considerably to prepare some of your ingredients a few hours in advance. For instance, you can carry out all the chopping the previous day or earlier the same day and store everything in the fridge. It can also help considerably to soak the lentils overnight to quicken up their cooking.
  • The flavour of the chicken stew might vary based on the quantities of herbs, spices and other seasonings you use. Taste the stew once you finish preparing it and add a bit more of these ingredients as well as some lemon juice to improve the taste. Make adjustments as required.
  • If you do not have an electric pressure cooker and have a pressure cooker that you can place on the hob or stove, you will first need to cook the cut-up chicken for a few minutes until it is brown, add the vegetables and broth, add the chicken cubes and cook everything on a simmer for 20 minutes or so.
Nutritional Information
Calories: 665kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 46gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 821mgPotassium: 1602mgFiber: 18gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 10149IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 7mg
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Pressure Cooker Chicken Stew: FAQ

Is It Possible to Overcook Chicken In A Pressure Cooker?

It is possible to overcook the chicken in a pressure cooker. In total, your chicken should not spend more than 15-20 minutes in the pressure cooker, although this can also depend on the quantity you are using and your pressure cooker’s temperature settings.

Why Is My Pressure-Cooked Chicken Tough?

It is possible to overcook the chicken in a pressure cooker. In total, your chicken should not spend more than 15-20 minutes in the pressure cooker, although this can also depend on the quantity you are using and your pressure cooker’s temperature settings.


Summing Up

Pressure cookers are ideal for busy weeknights and are a hassle-free and nearly hands-free way of cooking chicken stew, and they preserve nutrition levels extremely well.

They are also usually much quicker when it comes to cooking meat. However, electric pressure cookers have temperature settings that you can use to let the chicken stew simmer for a bit longer without overcooking the chicken.

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