Instant Pot Chicken Tender Stew is Quick and Easy
Instant Pot Chicken Tender Stew is a favorite at our house. It’s so quick and easy to prepare. Actually it takes longer to prep the veggies then it does to cook! It’s a warm and comforting Trim Healthy Mama E meal too!
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This recipe was created in the Instant Pot DUO Plus, a 6 quart pot. If you have a larger family and feel the need to double the recipe I highly recommend that you use a Duo Plus 8 quart Instant Pot. Our family loves this meal with a nice leafy green side salad and Sour Cream Cornbread by Briana Thomas.
Let’s Talk About Turnips!
Another great alternative to white potatoes for you stews and pot roasts are turnips! Hakurei and Tokyo salad turnips are two of my favorites. They are small like a radish and are very mild. They can be eaten raw, roasted or cooked in stews and soups. Eaten raw, the flavor is sweet and fruity, and the texture is crisp and tender. The dark-green, hairless tops are useful raw or lightly cooked with the roots.
However, if you can’t find either of these varieties at your local market look for small young turnips that are white with a lavender, purplest top below the stems. These will be milder than older, larger, more mature turnips.
In addition to using turnips you can use radishes in this recipe with great results.
Ingredients and Tools Used for Instant Pot Chicken Tender Stew
Here are some of the tools and ingredients that I used to create this recipe.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (refined)
- 1½ pounds chicken tenders
- ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
- ¼ teasppon THM Himalayan mineral salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 cup onion (sliced thin)
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1½ pounds turnips (cut in 2" pieces)
- 1½ pounds carrots (cut in 2" pieces)
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspon dried rosemary (optional)
- ¾ teaspoon xanthan gum (or gluccie)
- 1½ cups frozen peas (thawed, optional)
- 1½ cups frozen pearl onions (thawed, optional)
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley (garnish)
- Wash, peel and cut turnips and carrots, set aside.
- Peel onion, cut in half, slice thin, set aside.
- Blot chicken tenders dry with food safe paper towels and season with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Carefully add the tenders to the hot pot liner and sear on each side about 2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.
- Add onion slices to the pot and saute until translucent.
- Carefully add about ½ cup of chicken broth to loosen the fond and deglaze the pot liner; slowly add remaining broth. Add seasoning herbs, stir.
- Gently add turnip pieces, then chicken tenders with juices. Place carrot chunks on top. Hit [Cancel], place lid and lock lid on the pot.
- Set pot using [Pressure Cook] or [Manual] for 5 minutes. Allow pot to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes then do a quick release.
- Push food to one side and thicken broth with xanthan gum or gluccie.
- Stir in peas and pearl onions, cover and let stew sit on warming for 5 minutes to heat through.
- Serve garnished with dried parsley.