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Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

by Olena

 instant pot chicken and potatoes

Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

You have to hear this! I made this Instant Pot chicken and potatoes on Sunday night. Right after we got back from a weekend away at kids’ hockey tournament. 10 minute prep. 20 minutes cooking time.

I’m not done yet. While chicken and potatoes were cooking in a pressure cooker, I painted kids’ bathroom. You heard me right. Now tell me Instant Pot is not a miracle?!

Tips for the Best Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes Recipe

  • Chicken and potatoes in Instant Pot is a version of my Ukrainian grandma’s stew.
  • You don’t have to saute the onion or sear chicken. It’s not necessary with Instant Pot.
  • Add garlic after Instant Pot chicken potatoes is done. 5 cloves added before cooking are way less powerful than 1 clove added after. It makes all the difference in the world.
  • You need to add 1 cup of water. Always water with a pressure cooker to build up pressure.
  • You can use chicken broth but I like to save my money. Chicken cooked with water turns it into a broth.
  • Any fresh herbs like Italian parsley (I don’t love curly), dill or green onion adds amazing layer of flavor.

Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Dried or fresh rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh herbs like dill, parsley or green onion

instant pot chicken thighs and potatoes

MY LATEST RECIPES

What Type of Chicken Can I Use?

Chicken Thighs

  • Instant Pot chicken thighs and potatoes would be delicious because dark meat is more juicy than the breast.
  • Boneless and skinless thighs would work.
  • If you buy thighs with skin on, I like to trim the fat and remove the skin from all or at least half of them. North American chicken thighs are pretty fatty.
  • Discard bones after or save for Instant Pot bone broth.

Boneless Chicken Breast

  • Boneless chicken breast works.
  • You can go for more affordable bone in and skin on breast.
  • Do not cut raw meat.
  • Shred chicken while gently stirring with a spoon.
  • It’s that tender!

Chicken Drumsticks

  • Perfect. That’s what I used 1st test.
  • Cheap cut of chicken.
  • You can remove the skin. Or not.
  • Again, save the bones.

Whole Chicken

That’s what I used 2nd time. It’s the cheapest cut of chicken.

How to Cut Up Your Own Whole Chicken

instant pot frozen chicken and potatoes

  1. Trim fat on both sides of the cavity and remove the tail.
  2. Now it’s time to remove legs and wings.
  3. Cut a bit, pull leg (wing) until you hear a crack and bone is exposed.
  4. Then cut next to the bone.

instant pot chicken breast and potatoes

  1. Pull the skin off with your hands on the breast side. Or leave it on.
  2. Trim skin with a knife on the back side. If you want.
  3. Cut to remove each breast along the center bone.
  4. That’s it. Use chicken pieces in this recipe and save some for another recipe. Or use all of them at once.
  5. Carcass is great for making soups!

Frozen Chicken

  • Instant Pot frozen chicken and potatoes is a reality.
  • Cooking meat from frozen is one of Instant Pot’s best features.
  • Same cooking time.
  • Instant Pot will take a bit longer to come to pressure.
  • Make sure to separate chicken pieces.

How to Cook Chicken and Potatoes in Instant Pot

how to cook chicken and potatoes in instant pot

  1. In Instant Pot, add chicken, potatoes, onion, carrots, rosemary, bay leaves, salt, pepper and water. Do not stir.
  2. Close the lid, turn pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 20 minutes.
  3. After Instant Pot has finished cooking, release pressure using Quick Release method by turning valve to Venting and open the lid.
  4. Add garlic and fresh herbs. Stir gently. I like to separate meat off the bone at same time. It helps to divide meat more evenly among the family members.
  5. Serve the best instant pot chicken and potatoes (I promise!) with our favourite addition of cucumber and tomato salad or a green smoothie recipe.

instant pot chicken and potatoes

Can I Make It Ahead?

  • In a large container with a lid or a bowl, add potatoes and pour water on top. It prevents potatoes from browning.
  • Add remaining ingredients, except herbs and garlic, on top.
  • Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • Transfer all contents into a pressure cooker when ready to cook.
  • Cook as per recipe’s instructions.

More Chicken and Potato Recipes

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Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

5 from 2 reviews

Easy one pot chicken and potatoes stew with no sauteing. Set and forget 10 minute prep healthy dinner.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 large servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs any chicken pieces (no need to cut or cube)
  • 3 lbs potatoes, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig or 1 tbsp dried
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 small bunch dill, Italian parsley or green onion, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In Instant Pot, add chicken, potatoes, onion, carrots, rosemary, bay leaves, salt, pepper and water. Do not stir.
  2. Close the lid, turn pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 20 minutes.
  3. After Instant Pot has finished cooking, release pressure using Quick Release method by turning valve to Venting and open the lid.
  4. Add garlic and fresh herbs. Stir gently. I like to separate meat off the bone at same time. It helps to divide meat more evenly among the family members.
  5. Serve warm with our favourite addition of cucumber and tomato salad or a green smoothie recipe.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Make Ahead: In a large container with a lid or a bowl, add potatoes and pour water on top (prevents them from browning). Add remaining ingredients except herbs and garlic on top. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Transfer all the contents into a pressure cooker when ready and cook as per recipe’s instructions.

Notes

Kinds of chicken that works: thighs, breast, drumsticks, cut up whole chicken.

Substitute rosemary with dried oregano, thyme or Italian seasoning.

If you don’t have fresh herbs, still make this recipe. It will be good without them as well.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. This is one of the best recipes I have made in the instant pot. So tasty and healthy. I have made it several times trying different herbs. The trick is adding the garlic at the end!

    1. Happy to hear, Gail, you love my Instant Pot chicken and potatoes that much! I will share my little secret with you: I add fresh garlic at the end to A LOT of my recipes. 🙂

  2. Delish! I used russet and they did fall apart, but it made it almost like a stew. Flavors are excellent and chicken was moist. My boneless skinless thighs were frozen solid and came out perfect!!

  3. Made this tonight! Used thighs that were still semi frozen. Question, my potatoes were really soft and mushed easily. They didn’t hold form like in your photos. Any idea why? Flavour is delicious!!

    1. Hi Rachel. Sorry this is so late. I was away on vacation. I can only think because of the type of your potatoes. There are so many. Which ones did you use? I used yellow potatoes. Russet tend to fall apart more. Try red or yellow in colour, or baby potatoes next time.

  4. So, so good! This is true comfort food. Absolutely delicious, the chicken is so soft and moist, the potatoes are so tasty. I can’t believe this recipe is so easy and quick, it tastes like something that takes all day to make. Thanks Olena 🙂

      1. I’ve been making this recipe a lot, can I give it 10 stars? My daughter is a pretty serious figure skater and one of her coaches is from the Ukraine. I made this last night when the coach and her husband came over, they said it was the best meal they’ve had in Canada (they’ve been here for a year so far!) 🙂

        1. LOL a true Ukrainian can appreciate a recipe from another Ukrainian. I’m so happy for you!
          Yes, Russia and Ukraine do have strong figure skating presence. It’s just our thing. I always love watching it during the Olympics.:) Too funny. Thanks for sharing this. Made my day.:)

  5. Olean, I have a silly question about the potatoes I should use. Seeing your bag set on table is Yellow Skin Potatoes so, my question is, would
    Yukon Gold Potatoes work & are they the same as the ones you use?

    1. LOL believe it or not it is not a silly question. Someone on Instagram told me last night flavor was so good but their potatoes looked pale compared to mine.:) I never even paid attention to what kind of potatoes I used. Yes, you can use Yukon gold potatoes. I don’t know if they are the same but they are similar yellow. All my package says “yellow flash” and that’s it. These are local ones.
      Red potatoes are good too. Any potatoes. Some are tastier than others maybe by tiny bit but potatoes are potatoes.:)

      1. Thanks, Olena! However, I think the Yukon Potatoes are slightly sweeter than Russet (my opinion). I’m wanting to make this dish soon. I appreciate quick response back… I think Yukon will be what I’ll be using. I told my ex daughter-in-law whose a vegetarian about your website… suppose she’ll be taking a look soon.

        Keep the recipes coming!!