Instant Pot Chicken Stew with Ancient Grains

This stew is made using a blend of rice called “ancient grains” consisting of brown rice, pearled wheat berries, red rice, and wild rice. It is fast to make with the help of rotisserie chicken. Although, you can certainly use boneless skinless chicken breasts as well. Serve with crusty bread or dumplings if desired.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 1 tablespoon salted butter

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • 1 cup ancient grains blend

  • 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

  • 3 stalks celery, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces

  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock

  • 3 cups cooked and shredded rotisserie chicken

  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup heavy cream


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Melt butter in the hot pot; cook onion and garlic until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in ancient grains, carrots, and celery. Pour in chicken broth and add cooked chicken, salt, and pepper. Cancel Saute function.

  2. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 20 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir in cream. Select Saute function and heat soup until cream is warmed through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

497 Calories
28g Fat
28g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 497
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 621mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 527mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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