Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

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Homemade chicken pot pie used to be a time-consuming, special occasion meal. But with this Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie recipe, you can enjoy this classic comfort food in under 30 minutes! 

Close-up of Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

One of my favorite things about pressure cooking is that I can turn a meal like chicken pot pie, which usually takes an hour or more, into a quick and easy weeknight dinner. 

My family loves chicken pot pie for dinner! Growing up, it was always on our St. Patrick’s Day menu, decorated with shamrock pie crust cut-outs. 

A simple shamrock cookie cutter is all you need to make Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie into a festive St. Paddy’s Day dinner. Change up the cookie cutter, and this easy dish becomes a festive centerpiece for any occasion! 

Update: This Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie is always a popular recipe around St. Patrick’s day, so I’ve updated this post with a new video to highlight how easy this recipe is. 

How to Make Chicken Pot Pie in an Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie is so quick and easy to make in your pressure cooker. This homemade Chicken Pot Pie recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL.

Our original recipe for chicken pot pie, which I grew up eating, uses cooked, diced chicken. We usually had to remember to grill chicken earlier in the week to make pot pie. 

With this pressure cooker recipe for comforting chicken pot pie, everything cooks at the same time. The result is a filling that cooks up in no time. Plus, there’s nothing to cook in advance!

Overhead of a black skillet with cooked butter and flour mixture to thicken Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie.

The Secret to Creamy Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

The thing that really brings this Instant Pot recipe together is the creamy, buttery chicken pot pie filling. 

Traditional chicken pot pie recipes start with a roux—that flavorful mix of cooked butter and flour that thickens sauces. 

However, you can’t pressure cook a roux. The flour will settle on the bottom of the cooking pot and keep the pot from coming to pressure.

So how do you get an awesome stovetop taste to chicken pot pie with a pressure cooker? Make a “reverse” roux!

Rather than starting the pot pie filling with a roux, cook the filling using a little extra liquid. Then, finish the filling by adding a butter-flour mixture after pressure cooking. 

You get the convenience and speed of pressure cooking without sacrificing flavor in your homemade Chicken Pot Pie. 

Overhead of four images of homemade pie crust being rolled out, cut and placed on top of Instant pot chicken pot pie for St. Patrick’s Day.

Making Homemade Pie Crust 

This Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie calls for a single pie crust that’s baked on top. 

If you have the time, there’s something special about a homemade pie crust. Pie crust isn’t difficult to put together, especially if you have a pastry cutter. The key is to use just enough water so that the crust comes together into a ball.

🚧 Don’t let the recipe instructions for homemade pie crust keep you from trying this recipe!

There’s no denying the convenience of store-bought pie crust, and I definitely use them on busy nights. (I like the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts).

If you’re still intimidated by homemade pie crust, check out Barbara’s Perfect Pie Crust Tutorial. It has a step-by-step photo guide that walks you through making your own flaky and golden homemade pie crust.

Once you’ve tried it, you may become a convert to homemade crusts for sweet and savory pies alike!

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What about a bottom crust?

While we tend to skip a bottom crust because it doesn’t get as crisp as the top crust, you certainly can add one.

Simply double the homemade pie crust recipe and lay a bottom crust in the glass baking dish before adding the cooked filling. Top with the second crust, as directed. 

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes to ensure the bottom crust is fully cooked.

If the top starts getting too dark, add a tent of aluminum foil to protect it from the oven’s heat. You’ll know the pot pie is done when you see filling bubbling up on top.

Overhead of Instant Pot with diced celery and onions to make homemade chicken pot pie filling.

Customizing Your Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

This is a fairly forgiving recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie, so feel free to make it your own. 

  • Want more potatoes? Dice them up and have a thicker pot pie! 
  • Hate peas? Skip ’em or swap them for corn or more carrots.
  • If your favorite chicken pot pie recipe has specific spices, feel free to use them, or experiment with any of your favorite dried herbs. 

💡 Tip: I like to use frozen vegetables for the filling, which saves a little time. Simply toss them in after cooking the filling, straight from the freezer!

Deconstructed chicken pot pie from the Instant Pot Baby & Toddler Food Cookbook

Pressure Cooker Chicken Pot Pie in the Instant Pot Baby Food & Toddler Food Cookbook

Since this recipe is a family favorite, we had to adapt it for our Instant Pot Baby Food & Toddler Food Cookbook. The book is full of delicious and easy toddler-approved recipes to make in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. 

The book’s Toddler Chicken Pot Pie recipe features a thicker, heartier filling that’s easier for little ones to spoon up. It also calls for baking the crust on its own while the chicken pot pie filling cooks in the pressure cooker. 

When I make this with my family, we bake the pie crust separately. The boys cut out their own crust shapes. Cooking them separately helps get dinner on the table faster.

Bonus: I like baking the crust separately because it stays crispy all through, and if someone doesn’t eat their crust—more for me!

The underside of an Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid, with heating coil and guard.

Making Pressure Cooker Chicken Pot Pie with an Air Fryer Lid

Chicken pot pie can be a one-pot meal when you use an air fryer lid, like the Ninja Foodi, Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid, or Mealthy Crisp Lid.

How to use an air fryer lid for cooking Chicken Pot Pie:

  • Cook the filling as directed. Then, instead of transferring the pie filling to a glass dish, carefully lay the cut pie crust on top of the cooked filling in the pressure cooking pot.
  • Tuck the crust edges in if necessary. Then close the crisping lid. Select Broil and set the cook time to 10 minutes. Push Start. 
  • When the cook time ends, remove the lid and check that the crust is browned as desired.
  • When browned, remove the lid and cooking pot to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Chicken Pot Pie
Yield: 6 servings

Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

With this Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Chicken Pot Pie recipe, you’ll have this classic meat and veggie-packed comfort food on the table in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients

Chicken Pot Pie

  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-size pieces
  • 1 to 2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen diced peas and carrots***
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk, plus more as needed
  • 1 storebought or homemade pie crust (recipe below)

Homemade Pie Crust

  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes*
  • 2/3 cup shortening, chilled*
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons ice water

Instructions

Prepare the pie crust:

  1. If you are making homemade pie crust, combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Cut the butter and shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles a very coarse meal. Gradually add water until the dough just sticks together into a ball.
  3. Form the dough into a round disc and wrap in plastic. Chill for 30 minutes.

Prepare the pot pie:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spray a deep-dish pie plate or 9x13 glass pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Select Sauté to preheat the pressure cooking pot. Melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add the onion and celery and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the chicken broth, diced chicken, potatoes, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  3. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 3 minutes cook time.
  4. While the food is coming to pressure, transfer the pie crust to a lightly floured work surface and roll it into a circle that's at least 1-inch larger than the prepared baking dish. Use a knife or cookie cutters to cut shapes in the crust if you like.
  5. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker and use a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Stir in the peas and carrots.
  6. Prepare the roux.** In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the remaining ⅓ cup butter. Whisk in the flour. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly. Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly for 2 more minutes, until the sauce is thick and creamy. Remove from heat and stir into the cooking pot to combine well. Add more milk, if needed, to achieve your desired consistency.
  7. Pour the pot pie filling into the prepared pie plate. Top with the pie crust (if you have not cut shapes in the crust, be sure to poke some holes in the top to vent the crust while it bakes). Bake for 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden-brown and the filling is hot. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

* The prep time will increase to 10 minutes if you're preparing a homemade pie crust, with at least another 30 minutes of chill time. If you plan to make the pie crust earlier in the day, remove the chilled disc from the refrigerator when you preheat your oven.

For the homemade pie crust, you get the flakiness from the shortening and the great taste from the butter. I prefer to use both in my homemade pie crust. I also like to use butter flavored shortening.

**If you'd like, you can make the roux in the pressure cooking pot before pressure cooking the chicken. Select Saute adjusted to low to preheat the cooking pot and add the ingredients as instructed in step 8. After cooking, remove to a bowl and cover to keep warm. Since some of the flour may stick to the bottom of the pot, you will likely need to wash the cooking pot before moving to the next step in the recipe.

***If you prefer, you can substitute 2 carrots, cut into 1/4 inch slices for the frozen carrots.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 833Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 776mgCarbohydrates: 87gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 25g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.

☘️ Other fabulous Saint Patrick’s Day dinner ideas:

45 degree shot of thin slices of Instant Pot corned beef served with tender carrots, white potatoes, and cabbage, garnished with fresh parsley on a round white serving dish

Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage is a perfect old-fashioned Irish meal to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Corned beef is a salt-cured beef brisket that cooks up tender, salty, and delicious in the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker! (And the leftovers make awesome Reuben sandwiches.)

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Shephard's Pie

Pressure Cooker Shepherd’s Pie features creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes swirled on top of a rich, flavorful meat-and-vegetable stew. Making it in the pressure cooker gets it on the table in half the time! I used a star tip to pipe the potatoes on top to make it perfect for a celebration, but you can gently spread them on top as well.

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Potato Cheese Soup

Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Chunky Potato Cheese Soup is a hearty soup loaded with potatoes, bacon, corn, and cheese and is ready in just minutes. Cooking the potatoes in the steamer basket above the onions, broth, and spices infuses the potatoes with the great flavor of the soup without breaking them down. (For my fellow trivia junkies, check out this story on how potatoes came to Ireland and later spurred modern agricultural science.)

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close-up of Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie, browned in the oven and featuring shamrock cut outs for St. Patrick's Day
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