Instant Pot Chicken and Gravy is just that, perfectly cooked chicken in record time smothered in a flavorful gravy perfect for rice or mashed potatoes. Just dump and go!
Chicken with Gravy in the Instant Pot
If you’re looking for that delicious homestyle meal that brings all the comforts and flavors to your plate, look no further than this instant pot chicken and gravy. This is the recipe that my mom used to frequently make on Sundays in the crockpot.. move over, Instant Pot it is now!!
Pressure cooker chicken and gravy recipes are a fast-to-make comfort meal that tastes like they’ve been slow-cooked in the crockpot all day. You’d never know that the flavors didn’t sit and marinate for hours. This is the recipe my mom would make nearly every Sunday growing up, just converted to the Instant Pot! The gravy is ta-die-for!
As a bonus, this dish is so easy to make that just about anybody can do it, although an adult should be the one to operate the pressure cooker for safety reasons. But if you can open cans and dump things in a pot, your kitchen cooking skills are perfect for making this tasty dish.
Chicken and Gravy Recipe Ingredients
- Chicken Tenderloins
- Canned chicken broth
- Canned cream of chicken soup
- Canned cream of mushroom soup
- Au jus seasoning
If you are not a fan of using canned soups, feel free to google and make your own homemade cream of chicken and mushroom soups! They substitute great.
How to make Instant Pot Chicken and Gravy
In your instant pot, place chicken broth, chicken, cream of soups, and the seasoning mix in that order and do not mix. The reason we don’t want to mix is because the Instant Pot needs a thin liquid to create enough steam to build pressure and seal the pot.
If we mix the broth in with the soups, it will be too thick and the pot may not come to pressure or the burn notice will be given.
Cook on high pressure for the proper time specified in the chart below.
Remove the chicken and whisk the gravy to fully incorporate the cream of soups; this will help to thicken the gravy. Serve as desired and enjoy.
How to serve up this Chicken and Gravy Instant Pot Recipe
Honestly, it’s pretty versatile and could pair great with so many different things.
3 different ideas are:
- Chicken gravy and egg noodles
- Chicken gravy and rice
- Chicken gravy and mashed potatoes
But don’t let these hold you back, you can get pretty creative with different combinations!
Chicken and Gravy Storage
Properly storing chicken and gravy is essential for maintaining their freshness and flavor. Let your chicken and gravy cool to room temperature. Within 2 hours of cooking, place the chicken and gravy in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator. The chicken and gravy will stay good in the refrigerator and should be consumed within 3-4 days. When reheating gravy, be sure to bring it to a rolling boil to ensure that any potential bacteria have been eliminated. To extend the shelf life of both chicken and gravy, consider using vacuum sealing, which removes the air and creates a tight seal to keep the food fresh for longer.
Chicken Gravy Instant Pot FAQs
While, yes, this recipe will work with all different cuts of chicken, I really suggest using tenderloins or fresh chicken breasts. Because tenderloins are very uniform in size, it is easy to give a perfect cook time for them. If using fresh chicken breasts, cut into strips so they are ‘tender sized’ and uniform. They will then cook for the same time as the fresh tenderloins.
– Fresh tenderloins/ Sliced chicken breast: 3 minutes high pressure, 6 minute natural pressure release
– Frozen tenderloins: 6 minute high pressure, 6 minute natural pressure release
The secret to making delicious gravy is to start with a flavorful broth or stock. After having a good base for the gravy, add ingredients such as seasonings or herbs to build the flavor. Using quality ingredients and carefully monitoring the heat and consistency will help your gravy to turn out perfect every time.
The secret to juicy and moist chicken is to cook it at the right temperature and not for too long. If you brine chicken beforehand, it will infuse the chicken with moisture and flavor. Allowing the chicken to rest after cooking will help the moisture and juices to redistribute which will result in a more moist and tender finished meat.
Chicken gravy is made of a combination of pan drippings, flour, and chicken stock or broth. Pan Drippings are juices and bits of food left in the pan after cooking the chicken which gives the gravy a natural chicken flavor. Seasonings and herbs such as garlic, onion, thyme and pepper can be added to flavor the gravy.
Traditional gravy is made from a variety of ingredients that come together to form a savory sauce. Pan drippings are used in addition stock or broth. To add depth of flavor, seasonings and herbs are added to get it to the desired taste.
Instant Pot Chicken and Gravy Recipe
- 1.5 -2 lbs chicken tenderloins
- 14 oz can chicken broth
- 10.5 oz can cream of chicken
- 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 pkg au jus seasoning mix
- In this order, add the chicken broth, chicken, cream of soups and seasoning mix. DO NOT STIR.
- Cook on high pressure, for fresh chicken tenders cook for 3 minutes with a 6 minute natural pressure release. For frozen chicken cook for 6 minutes with a 6 minute natural pressure release.*
- Remove the chicken, whisk the gravy to fully incorporate the cream of soups. This will thicken the gravy. Return the chicken to the gravy.
- Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.