Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie
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This crustless Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie is the ultimate comfort food. Get the amazing flavour of pot pie in an easy one-pot meal. Fast enough for weeknights!
I highly recommend whipping up a batch of these 5-Ingredient Biscuit Muffins to serve with the pot pie. They’re perfect for dipping and scooping!
Pictures updated November 30, 2020. Originally published February 22, 2020.
Chicken Pot Pie used to be reserved for weekends, when I had enough time to assemble and bake it, but not anymore! This crustless Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie is easy and fast, making it totally doable on a weeknight. We like to serve it with biscuits or crusty bread and a simple green salad. If you’re looking for more easy weeknight chicken ideas, try my Lemon Garlic Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes!
This pot pie is
- fast – it comes together in less than 45 minutes
- easy – a true “dump and start” recipe. Just put in the ingredients and the Instant Pot does the work!
- comforting – with traditional flavour and hearty texture
See the recipe card below for exact quantities and detailed instructions!
- Chicken broth
- Yellow onion
- Seasoning – salt, thyme, garlic powder, sage
- Boneless skinless chicken breast – 1-inch dice
- Russet potatoes
- All-purpose flour and melted butter – for thickening, after pressure cooking
- Frozen green peas
- Worcestershire sauce – 2-3 teaspoons, or to your taste
- Cream – 1/4 cup of half and half, optional, but adds nice colour and texture
- Salt and pepper – to taste
How to make it
1. In the following order, add the broth, onion, carrot, celery, salt, thyme, garlic powder, sage, chicken and potatoes to the Instant Pot. Secure the lid, set the vent to sealing and cook on Manual high pressure for 4 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes to come to pressure.
2. At the end of cooking time, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure. While the pressure is releasing, whisk together the melted butter and flour until you have a smooth paste.
3. Open the lid and stir in the peas, butter/flour paste, Worcestershire sauce and cream. Turn on the Sauté function and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened to your desired texture (you want to give it time to cook the flour). The potatoes will be very soft and will break down a bit to help thicken the texture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
Tips for Success
1. Cut the potato no smaller than 1-inch dice. One-and-a-half-inch pieces are better. You want to keep the pieces fairly large or they’ll turn into mashed potatoes at the simmering step.
2. Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces. I found this size resulted in the best texture. Smaller pieces can turn out a bit dry.
3. Be sure your butter and flour paste has no clumps. You don’t want to find a clumpy bite of flour! By the way, using melted butter and flour is my lazy way of making a beurre manié. Usually you would knead together room temperature butter with flour, but this can be messy and I often don’t have room temperature butter. I found melting the butter works just fine in this dish!
4. Let it simmer long enough. You want to give time for the flour to cook and the flavours to blend.
Can I make this gluten free?
Yes! Don’t use the flour and butter mixture. Instead, you can replace it with a cornstarch or arrowroot starch slurry (mix together 1 teaspoon of the starch with 1 teaspoon of cold water). Notice that you need less starch than flour – do not make a 1:1 substitution. Or, you can simply not use a thickener. The potatoes will break down a bit when stirred and simmered, which will help to thicken the texture.
Can I make this dairy free?
Yes! Follow the instructions above to replace the butter/flour mixture and skip the cream.
More Instant Pot chicken recipes
- Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice
- Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta
- Instant Pot Thai Chicken Curry
- Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
- Instant Pot Chicken Pad Thai
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Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 cup diced carrot (see note 1)
- 2 stalks diced celery (about 1 scant cup)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, 1-inch dice (2 large breasts)
- 4 cups 1- to 1.5-inch dice russet potatoes (about 2 large potatoes)
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 2-3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)
- 1/4 cup cream (optional)
- additional salt and pepper to taste
- In the following order, add the broth, onion, carrot, celery, salt, thyme, garlic powder, sage, chicken and potatoes to the Instant Pot. Secure the lid, set the vent to sealing and cook on Manual high pressure for 4 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes to come to pressure.
- At the end of cooking time, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure. While the pressure is releasing, whisk together the melted butter and flour until you have a smooth paste.
- Open the lid and stir in the peas, butter/flour paste, Worcestershire sauce and cream. Turn on the Sauté function and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened to your desired texture (you want to give it time to cook the flour). The potatoes will be very soft and will break down a bit to help thicken the texture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately. Store leftovers in the refrigerator and eat within 4 days.
- You can skip the carrot and instead of 1/2 cup frozen peas you can use 1.5 cups of a frozen pea and diced carrot blend. Stir it in after pressure cooking and simmer to warm. Full disclosure: I prefer the texture of the pressure cooked carrots, but this can be a time-saving option!
- Inactive time indicates the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure and release pressure.
- This recipe was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot model.
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Very satisfying. I did make some minor changes from the recipe given… I added a block of 1/3 fat cream cheese in place of the heavy cream as well as I replaced the potatoes with cauliflower florets. Amazing!
This was very good! Will have to up the thyme, garlic powder, sage and salt to 1 teaspoon each. Added 1/4 cup of sour cream. Also, will have to make potatoes into 2 inch chunks. They broke down almost to mush and cooked it according to the directions.
Glad this recipe can be a jumping point for your customizations!
Made it with turkey breast and turkey broth, half and half. Came out wonderful
This is for Laura as much as Terry–what do you suppose would happen if you poured a box of turkey stuffing mix over the potatoes before pressure cooking? I imagine the steam would “prepare” the stuffing and you could end up with a bread-y addition to the meal without having to make biscuits.
That’s an interesting idea! I’ve seen others add stuffing mix to chicken dishes, but it’s usually stirred in. If you were to add it, you wouldn’t be able to thicken with the flour/butter, but the stuffing could play that role. Let us know how it goes if you try it!
This was a delicious weeknight meal! My parents were over, and my Dad said it was a $20 a plate meal! I used a whole cup of peas, carrot chips and added mushrooms, too. Cutting the chicken into the smaller chunks is such a good idea! I used gluten free flour, and it was perfect. To
Round out the meal, I made gluten free drop biscuits and added a side of green beans. Perfection! I made enough for leftovers, but many hands went back to the pot for one more bite, there’s only 2 plates left!
Amazing recipe! Tastes so much like chicken Vesuvius from our favorite Italian restaurant. Thanks so much.
Thrilled to hear you enjoyed it!
I made this last night exactly as the recipe is written and it was delicious! I always like to read other comments about how they varied a recipe, so I’ll have to try those as well. I look forward to your many instapot recipes next, but which one?! Perhaps the Thai chicken Curry. Thank you, Laura.
Thrilled to hear you enjoyed it! I hope you find more Instant Pot recipes you like!
I’ve made several of your Instant Pot recipes and this one is my personal favorite. The definition of comfort food, and I made your biscuits to go alongside (yum!). I used a can of peas instead of frozen and it worked perfectly. Thanks!
This makes my day to hear. Thanks Julia!
do you think adding cream cheese or sour cream would be good in this?! and if so how much. i love a extra creamy and thick soup
I haven’t tried it with cream cheese, but another reader used sour cream and loved it. I would start with 1/4 cup, taste and add more if needed.
Good tasting but I’ll saute chicken, remove then add ingredients as listed
Hi Denise, yes, you could do that too if you have time for the extra step! It would add nice colour to the chicken. Thanks for your comment!
So far every recipe of yours has been a huge hit with my family. Thank you so much for sharing
This made my day, Trude! Thanks for leaving a review!
This looks so good and easy! Is there a way to still enjoy it with the traditional pie crust??
I haven’t tried it myself, but it’s basically the filling of pot pie so I’m sure you could make it as directed, then put it in a crust and bake it. I would cut the chicken a bit smaller so it would fit more easily in the crust. Let us know how it goes if you try!
Hello! My family loved this recipe and I much preferred this method to how I used to prepare chicken pot pie by cooking everything individually. Do you know how to adjust the cooking time if I were to double the chicken and carrots and peas? Would I adjust the broth amount as well? Thanks so much!!! This recipe is going on repeat in our house!
Hi Nina, so happy to hear you enjoy it! No need to change the cook time if you’re doubling the chicken, carrots and peas. I would add about a half a cup more broth to keep a similar texture.
I don’t normally respond or comment on these recipes, but this was sooooo good!! I wasn’t sure what was meant by cream, so I used sour cream. Super tasty ❤️ Thank you!
Hi Stancey, I used table cream in my version, but I bet sour cream was delicious! I’ll have to try that! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!
Hi made your biscuits and chicken pot pie and it was all awesome thank you Diana
Love hearing this, Diana! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!