Mushroom Chicken features tender boneless breasts smothered in savory veggies and a rich and velvety sauce — no canned soups needed! Make this recipe for cream of mushroom chicken in the Instant Pot in less than an hour.
Say hello to your new favorite comfort food meal! This recipe for Instant Pot chicken and mushrooms packs a ton of flavor and will surely be requested again and again.
Pressure cooker meals are some of my favorite ways to make dishes during a busy week.
After a hectic day, there’s nothing better than tossing in all of my prepped ingredients and letting the appliance do the rest!
If you’re a fan of mushrooms, you’ll especially love my Salisbury steak with homemade gravy!
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Chicken – If you prefer dark meat, you can always substitute an equal weight of boneless thighs for the breasts.
However, you may need to increase the cooking time by a few minutes.
- Mushrooms – Opt for baby bella or white button varieties for this mushroom chicken recipe. You could even use a mixture of both!
- Fresh Herbs – This is one dish where I don’t recommend using dried herbs.
The pressure cooker infuses all of the flavors from the oregano, thyme, and rosemary sprigs into the dish.
That way, you get a super smooth sauce without tiny bits floating throughout.
- Heavy Cream – Another ingredient you shouldn’t swap! Not only is it key to creating that rich mushroom sauce, but it won’t curdle from the heat of the IP.
Tips and Tricks to Make Perfect Cream of Mushroom Chicken
- Brown it first.
This will give the poultry a really beautiful color on the outside and help seal in all those delicious juices.
Add some stock or broth to the Instant Pot and get all the brown bits up before adding your meat.
This will ensure that nothing burns on the bottom during the pressure cooking portion of this mushroom chicken recipe.
- Make sure it’s cooked through.
Use a thermometer to ensure that your poultry is fully cooked. It should reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
Or, slice into one of the pieces — it’s done if the center is no longer pink and the juices run clear.
- Add some greens.
Just before serving, toss a handful of baby spinach into your IP. Stir and let sit for a few minutes until wilted.
- Slice the mushrooms
- Measure ingredients
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- Instant Pot – This is the one I use.
- Wooden Spoon – It’s much better at scraping the tasty bits off the bottom of the pot than plastic utensils.
- Quality Knives and a big solid Cutting Board make prepping a breeze and are well worth the investment.
Instant Pot cream of mushroom chicken can be paired with so many of your favorite side dishes!
Craving extra comfort? Spoon each serving of mushroom chicken over mashed potatoes or freshly cooked pasta instead!
Mushroom Chicken Recipe FAQ
Sure! I find that white button or baby bellas work best for Instant Pot cream of mushroom chicken, but you can certainly try a different variety as well.
Baby bellas (also known as cremini) are simply young portobello mushrooms and typically have a firmer texture. They are also extra savory, so stick with the white buttons if you prefer a milder flavor.
Fist, never overcook your chicken. It’s guaranteed to come out dry, tough, and practically inedible.
You will also want to let it rest for a few minutes before slicing — and that goes for any type of meat!
It is possible to make mushroom chicken in the Instant Pot from frozen if you increase the cooking time.
However, I don’t recommend it — and here’s why.
You’ll get more even results if you thaw the chicken breasts first. Plus, searing the poultry first guarantees extra juicy results, and you can’t sear frozen chicken breasts!
Storage and Reheating
Allow mushroom chicken to cool to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container and store it for up to 4 days.
Reheat leftover cream of mushroom chicken in a pan on the stove, adding a few splashes of broth as needed for moisture.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Mushroom Chicken (Instant Pot Recipe!) + Video
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 8 ounces mushrooms
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 sprigs fresh oregano
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons water
- Combine salt and pepper and sprinkle over the chicken breasts.
- Set Instant Pot to saute and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cooking in batches place chicken breasts in the Instant Pot and brown on both sides. Approximately 10 -12 minutes. Set browned chicken aside.
- Add the second tablespoon of olive oil to the pot and add the mushrooms, cooking for approximately 7 minutes until they are tender. Press cancel to turn off the saute function.
- Pour stock into the Instant Pot, and deglaze the bottom of the pan, getting up all of the browned bits. Add the garlic, oregano, thyme, and rosemary.
- Lock the Instant Pot lid in place and turn the valve to sealing. Set to high pressure for 8 minutes.
- Once the timer goes off press cancel and let the Instant Pot do a natural release for 5 minutes before turning the valve to venting to release the remaining pressure.
- Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and cover with foil to keep warm.
- Make a slurry by combining the cornstarch and water and stirring until there are no lumps.
- Press saute and add the heavy cream, and dijon mustard. As the mixture heats slowly pour in the cornstarch slurry stirring constantly. Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes until the sauce thickens.
- Add the chicken back to the sauce and serve with white rice.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published July 2019, updated and republished January 2024
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