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Dump and Start Instant Pot Irish Chicken Stew

Flavorful and affordable, this easy chicken stew is the ultimate comfort food meal.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Irish, Western
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 380kcal


  • 1 lb (450g) baby potatoes halved or cut into thirds if large
  • 2 large carrots scrubbed and roughly cut into chunks
  • 1 ½ cups (150g) cabbage cut into large chunks
  • 2 cups (473ml) chicken stock
  • 4 cooked smoked bacon slices diced
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander optional
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 pound (453g) skinless boneless chicken breast diced into ¾ inch cubes


  • Add all of the ingredients into the Instant Pot insert, then top with the diced chicken. Do NOT mix.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the valve to the sealing position, and set to high pressure, pressure cook/manual cook for 6 minutes.
  • When done, allow for a natural pressure release (NPR) of 4-5 minutes, then perform a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid, adjust seasonings as needed, and serve.


Tips For Success And Variations

  • Cut the vegetables into thicker chunks than you normally would so they retain their shape. This is especially important for the cabbage.
  • You can add up to another cup of chicken stock for more liquid if needed.
  • Cut the chicken breast into larger pieces so that it does not overcook.
  • Feel free to use chicken thigh meat instead – it is fattier and has a bit more flavor.
  • For those who like a little heat, add some red pepper flakes or chipotle.
  • Use different herbs, like fresh rosemary and oregano.

Budget Friendly Tips

This is already a super frugal dish since you only need 2 chicken breasts, but there are a few more ways to make it even more economical:
  • Double the veggies – add twice as many veggies and double the rest of the ingredients, excluding the chicken, and you can have it for 2 meals.
  • Bulk it out by adding beans for more affordable protein instead of chicken.
  • You can make this with leftover chicken instead. Omit the chicken and cook everything else, then at the end add in leftover, precooked chicken.
  • Add leftover rice or pasta to make it even more hearty.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 7 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 483mg | Potassium: 1228mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5191IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg