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Instant Pot Chicken Stew

This Instant Pot Chicken Stew is a hearty and healthy meal packed full of tender chicken, potatoes, and veggies in an aromatic and delicious sauce.

Two bowls with hearty and healthy Instant Pot Chicken Stew with veggies.

This Instant Pot Chicken Stew is simply delicious. The thick and highly aromatic sauce that makes up the base of this stew is deliciously spiced with onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, smoked paprika, and turmeric. This stew is tasty from the first spoonful. And, it just gets better with time ~ that is if you can manage to make it last longer than for one meal!

As for the rest of the ingredients, I used what I had lying around in my freezer and pantry.

I had some leftover air-chilled chicken breasts hanging out in my freezer along with a packet of opened frozen veggies. I decided to clean out my freezer and use these along with some canned fire roasted tomatoes and a large, lonely potato.

Canned fire roasted tomatoes is my go to when I want to add smoky complex flavor to everything from curries to soups to stews. And, I usually have a few cans hanging out in my pantry.

Two bowls with Easy hearty Instant Pot Chicken Stew with potato and veggies.

Chicken stew is one of those meals that I usually reserve for cooler weather. But, after a few weeks of a hectic schedule, my daughter and I were craving something comforting. And this stew did not disappoint. All that was involved was a bit of stirring and simmering – thanks to the Instant Pot I finally got around to using.

Why we love this Instant Pot Chicken Stew:

• It is so scrumptious,
• It is thick and hearty,
• It’s dairy free,
• Packs a healthy, nutritious punch,
• It’s made with pantry staples,
• It is a meal-in-one with approximately 400 calories only,
• It’s immensely budget friendly, and
• It is a quick and easy meal to enjoy using an Instant Pot (if you don’t have an IP, I have included stove top directions as well below.)

Overhead photo of Ingredients to make the best Instant Pot Chicken Stew with veggies.

What are the ingredients to make this Instant Pot Chicken Stew?

There are only 12 ingredients that go into making this stew, and they are:
• Onion
• Garlic
• Ginger
• Potato
• Chicken
• Frozen veggies
• Canned fire roasted tomatoes
• Coriander
• Smoked paprika
• Turmeric
• Chili powder
• Water
Also needed will be salt and pepper to season this according to your taste. And, an optional garnish of parsley, chili flakes, and diced creamy avocado.

How to make this Instant Pot Chicken Stew?

  1. First start off by prepping the onions, garlic, and ginger by peeling them and chopping them well. Wash and dry the potato and cut it into bite sized pieces as well. Also chop the chicken breasts into bite sized pieces.
  2. Then, add olive oil to the Instant Pot and set it to saute for 10 minutes at medium heat.
  3. At this point, add the onions and saute about 5 minutes, giving the chopped onion a stir from time to time.
  4. Add in the chopped garlic and ginger and saute the rest of the 5 minutes.
  5. Then add in the chopped chicken, chopped potato, frozen veggies, canned fire roasted tomatoes, coriander, smoked paprika, turmeric, chili powder, and water and set Instant Pot to stew for 20 minutes on medium heat.
  6. Secure the IP lid and relax while the Instant Pot works it’s magic.
  7. When done, season with salt and pepper and serve garnished with parsley, chili flakes, and diced avocado.

Stove-top option to make this Chicken Stew:

  1. Follow the prep steps as above.
  2. Then add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a deep pan and saute the onions for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Then add in the garlic and ginger and saute another 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the chopped chicken, chopped potato, frozen veggies, canned fire roasted tomatoes, coriander, smoked paprika, turmeric, chili powder, and water and stir well. Cover and let simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve garnished garnished with parsley, chili flakes, and diced avocado.
a bowl with Easy Spicy instant Pot Chicken Stew with veggies and another with some parsley for garnish

Hoping you and your family enjoy this easy, no-fuss, Instant Pot chicken stew as much as my daughter and I do.

a bowl with Easy Spicy instant Pot Chicken Stew with veggies and another with some parsley for garnish

Easy Instant Pot Chicken Stew

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Instant Pot Chicken Stew is a hearty and healthy meal packed full of tender chicken, potatoes, and veggies in an aromatic and delicious sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 knob fresh ginger (about 2 tsp chopped fresh ginger)
  • 1 large potato
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups frozen veggies
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 4 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1 cup water or veg stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley, chili flakes, and diced creamy avocado to garnish

Instructions

  1. First start off by prepping the onions, garlic, and ginger by peeling them and chopping them well. Wash and dry the potato and cut it into bite sized pieces as well. Also chop the chicken breasts into bite sized pieces.
  2. Then, add olive oil to the Instant Pot and set it to saute for 10 minutes at medium heat.
  3. At this point, add the onions and saute about 5 minutes, giving the chopped onion a stir from time to time.
  4. Add in the chopped garlic and ginger and saute the rest of the 5 minutes.
  5. Then add in the chopped chicken, chopped potato, frozen veggies, canned fire roasted tomatoes, coriander, smoked paprika, turmeric, chili powder, and water and set Instant Pot to stew for 20 minutes on medium heat.
  6. Secure the IP lid and relax while the Instant Pot works it’s magic.
  7. When done, season with salt and pepper and serve garnished with parsley, chili flakes, and diced avocado.

Stove-top option to make this Chicken Stew:

  1. Follow the prep steps as above.
  2. Then add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a deep pan and saute the onions for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Then add in the garlic and ginger and saute another 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the chopped chicken, chopped potato, frozen veggies, canned fire roasted tomatoes, coriander, smoked paprika, turmeric, chili powder, and water and stir well. Cover and let simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve garnished garnished with parsley, chili flakes, and diced avocado.

Notes

* Canned fire roasted tomatoes is my go to when I want to add smoky complex flavor to everything from curries to soups to stews like this.

** You can use chicken thighs for a tastier stew, or even bone in chicken - but you will have to adjust the cooking time to accommodate.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 397Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 77mgSodium 430mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 12gSugar 7gProtein 35g

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Shelley

Thursday 27th of August 2020

This stew really has it allll goin' on! From being super easy (yay, Instant Pot!) to being budget-friendly with pantry staples. Comfort food that's simple to create and so rewarding at the end of a long day!

GINA

Thursday 27th of August 2020

The smoked paprika and turmeric bring amazing flavor to this dish - a great meal for winter!

Helen of Fuss Free Flavours

Thursday 27th of August 2020

Such a delicious and wholesome recipe, it sounds truly wonderful. Perfect for supper on an autumn evening, and great for making in advance.

David @ Spiced

Thursday 27th of August 2020

Hey if you're looking for cooler weather, then come on up! Autumn is starting to arrive up here, and a soup like this would be a welcome dinner on a busy weeknight. This sounds like a delicious recipe, Shashi! Plus, 'clean out the freezer' nights are always the best. Less to move up to NY that way, right? :-)

Lata Lala

Thursday 27th of August 2020

This Chicken Stew is a hearty and healthy meal packed full of protein packed chicken, potatoes, and veggies in an aromatic and delicious sauce is worth trying. Beautiful clicks as well.