Instant Pot Chicken & Sweet Potatoes (Kid-Friendly, GF)

This kid-friendly Instant Pot chicken and sweet potatoes stew is one of those recipes you can keep in your back pocket when you just need something quick and easy. This gluten-free and dairy-free recipe comes from Carrie Forrest, creator of the Clean Eating Kitchen website, a great resource for healthy and delicious recipes.

Carrie loves cooking healthy meals in her Instant Pot and she has tons of pressure cooker recipes on her site. Carrie is also giving away her Clean Eating Instant Pot e-book to anyone who joins her e-mail list here.

Note from author

Hi everyone! I’m a huge fan of the Instant Pot Eats website. I am kind of obsessed with my Instant Pot, I even made my entire Thanksgiving meal last year in my pressure cooker just to prove to myself that I could do it.

This recipe for Instant Pot chicken with mashed sweet potatoes is one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made, but also one of the most delicious. It’s a whole meal in one pot, so it’s super easy to throw together and clean up! This recipe is great for kids because it doesn’t have onion or any other strong flavors that kids often don’t like.

The sweet potatoes turn out really creamy, and the ground cinnamon makes them even sweeter. The chicken gets cooked perfectly. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Oh, it’s gluten-free and dairy-free, suitable for those following a paleo or Whole30 diets.


Instant Pot Chicken & Sweet Potatoes


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Instant Pot Chicken & Sweet Potatoes (Kid-Friendly, Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MBA, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Kid-friendly


This kid-friendly, super healthy Instant Pot recipe for chicken and sweet potatoes is a definite keeper. It’s super easy to make with a few basic ingredients.


  • 1 pound / 500 g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 medium sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter if you can tolerate it
  • ½ medium lemon, juiced


  1. Drizzle your cooking oil into the Instant Pot bowl and press the Sauté button. Let the oil heat up for about two minutes.
  2. Place the chicken in the pot and use a wooden spoon or spatula to move it around. Add the thyme, garlic powder, cinnamon, and salt. Let the chicken cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally so it cooks on all sides.
  3. Add the broth and use a wooden spoon to scrape off any pieces of chicken that have stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  4. Add the chopped sweet potatoes and tomatoes and stir to combine.
  5. Cancel the Sauté button and lock on the lid. Set the cooking time to 10 minutes on high pressure.
  6. When the cooking time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure. Remove the lid and stir in the ghee/butter and fresh lemon juice.
  7. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in a tightly-sealed container for up to 4 days. This dish will keep up to several months in the freezer.


You need 10 minutes prep, 10 minutes time to pressure, 10 minutes cooking time; 10 minutes natural release, 40 minutes total for this recipe.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 288
  • Sugar: 3.5 g
  • Sodium: 238.6 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 30.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 106.5 mg



Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes & Chicken Stew

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  1. While this looks amazing. I would need to cut the tomatoes due to nightshade difficulties. Any thoughts about a replacement for them?

    1. I think you can easily make it without tomatoes. I would add something like diced zucchini as they add quite a bit of moisture (like tomatoes) and extra veg or chicken stock. Tomatoes add some acidity as well, so you can stir in a tablespoon or two of lemon juice once the stew is cooked.

  2. Would it work if I cut the recipe in half (from 4 serving to 2?) If so, do I need to adjust the cooking time or anything else? Thanks!

  3. Great stew! I did make a slight change by adding a little extra salt, some pepper & pumpkin spice at the end, to taste.
    The pumpkin spice really made all the difference! (mixture of cinnamon, ginger, allspice & nutmeg) Just like Autumn in a bowl!

  4. What size of Instant Pot is this recipe for? I just purchaced the Mini Duo and read that size does make a difference…. in cooking time as well as the obvious quantities that work best.

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