Happy Monday everyone!  I hope your weekend treated you well and that you were able to relax and recharge your batteries to face a new week!!!  My boys took off on a guys’ ski weekend so my girls and I enjoyed a nice, quiet girls’ weekend with lots of  take-out food and movie time on the couch by the fire!

Last week I shared my new obsession with my Instant Pot on my Instagram and Facebook stories. I did apologize in advance for the inevitable influx of Instant Pot mania!!  I thought I’d share the first recipe I made because it was so easy and a big hit in our house!

Now, I love to cook and I cook A LOT, but there’s something about starting out with an instant pot that is SO intimidating!!  I was so stressed.  I’m here to tell you… don’t be!!!

I spent the entire day last Sunday taking down all of our Christmas decorations and cleaning my house. I usually wait until New Years’ Day to do this, however, we woke up to our upstairs bathroom leaking down two floors with an overflowing toilet!!!  That was wicked fun! NOT!  After we ripped the kids out of bed and the five of us scrambled around trying to contain and clean up the mess, I figured that I would continue on and get everything done.

We have my parents to dinner most Sunday nights, but I hadn’t given dinner much thought that day. I didn’t even get to the grocery store until 5pm and I started preparing dinner late after checking and re checking recipes on Pinterest and seeing how quickly they supposedly cooked, but I was still skeptical.  It just didn’t seem possible that I could feed seven people a home-cooked meal in just half an hour.  Well, let me tell you, it’s TOTALLY possible!  My sister has had her Instant Pot for months and every time she would send me a picture of something she made, with the short amount of time it took to make it, I couldn’t believe it.

A favorite dinner in our house is chicken pot pie.  Well, except for my son…he’s not a fan!  The girls have been asking for it so I decided to look and see if there were any instant pot recipes for it.  I usually make Barefoot Contessa’s recipe, which has homemade biscuits on top.

I found a couple different options on Pinterest and decided to use one and change it up a bit!  The recipe called for a 16 oz. tube of refrigerator biscuits. You can find the recipe here.  My family hates peas (which I love) so I always substitute with corn in a pot pie.  I used about half of a 16 oz. bag of frozen corn.  We also love potatoes and celery in pot pies so I used about a cup and a half of mini golden potatoes cut into quarters and diced up three celery stalks.

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Author: Winona Rogers

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup water

1 tsp olive oil

1 1/2 lbs chicken breast, cubed

1 (16 oz.) tube refrigerated biscuits

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup frozen peas

2 tsp oregano

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp basil

2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Flatten biscuits and cut into strips.  My daughter, Ellie,  did this job and I had her cut each strip in half.  I actually think they could have been cut again, too.  They cooked perfectly like dumplings, but some were larger than I would have liked.

Pour 1 tsp olive oil, chicken and spices into pot.  I did not spray first with cooking spray but I highly recommend doing this to make clean-up easier!  I used more olive oil because I also added the potatoes to sauté at this point.

Turn instant pot to saute, with the lid off, until chicken seems cooked or slightly browned, stirring frequently. Don’t overcook, remember that it still has cooking time to go!  Turn pot off by pressing cancel.

Add chicken broth, water, and veggies to instant pot and mix well. Stir in biscuits. Seal lid of instant pot and close the steam valve.

Set instant pot to manual ( some pots are different, I set mine to pressure cook) and adjust the time to 5 minutes.  It takes about 5-10 minutes for pot to come to temp. and then it will cook for 5 minutes.  Once cooking cycle finishes press cancel and release steam valve.  Stand back, that baby shoots like crazy!!! In the future I will probably set my instant pot on my stovetop so that when I release the steam valve I can turn on my exhaust fan. My cookbook shelf was above where I cooked this meal and I was afraid of warping the pages from all of the steam!!

Voila! That’s it, you’re done.  Open lid and serve your delicious, comfort food that took no time at all to prepare!!!

Isn’t that picture perfect?  Looks like you slaved all day!  Let me know if you try this recipe and share your thoughts!!!  Have a great week!

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