Instant Pot Recipes That'll Help You Survive the Holidays

Because you cannot survive on cookies alone.

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

You're planning, shopping, baking, hosting, wrapping, partying and doing all the things these days. There's no denying December can be hectic, but when you're looking at your to-do list and trying to figure out what you can skip, don't let it be dinner. You need to eat! And your all-in-one Instant Pot can help you make super satisfying meals that'll only taste like you spent hours in the kitchen.

Sit down to a hearty bowl of chicken and dumplings way quicker than you ever thought possible. Thanks to an Instant Pot, you can get this always comforting meal on the table in only 40 minutes. (We promise not to tell your mom you're replacing her classic recipe.)

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

There's no shame in feeding your family the boxed stuff — we've all done it. But when you can make the creamiest homemade mac and cheese in only a half-hour, why not? This 5-star recipe comes together entirely in the Instant Pot, which means you won't even have to wash a colander when you're done.

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Keto Chili

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Matt Armendariz

If you love the keto diet or you simply love someone who does, this is the recipe for you. It's super satisfying, thanks to three kinds of meat, and its great flavor comes from a hearty dose of chili powder, cumin and a poblano pepper. You won't be able to resist this slow-simmered taste that doesn't take hours to achieve.

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Souvlaki Chicken Bowls

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Matt Armendariz

Leave the holiday hustle and bustle behind and escape to the Mediterranean — or at least pretend that's what you're doing with this quick dinner. The souvlaki-inspired recipe is ready to eat in under an hour, and getting your protein, carbs and veggies all in one bowl is a delicious bonus.

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup.

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Matt Armendariz

You didn't know your Instant Pot could handle a whole chicken, did you? That's right: Put the days of cooking an entire chicken, then shredding the meat, simmering the vegetables and sitting down to a soothing bowl hours later far behind you. This easy recipe gives you all the meat, vegetables and noodles in a savory broth you crave in only 45 minutes.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

We can all thank the slow cooker for turning beef stew into a weeknight possibility. But the tricky, dare we say inconvenient, part about using the slow cooker is that it requires you to plan ahead. If you simply can't spare a minute in the morning, we totally get you. There's no need to plan dinner before you've even left the house for work. Just know your Instant Pot's got your back, and it'll never make you wait eight hours for melt-in-your-mouth meat and tender vegetables.

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Sunday Sauce

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Matt Armendariz

Spend more time with your family and less time watching over your Sunday supper. This sauce is filled with pork, beef, sausage and meatballs, and we're willing to bet even Nonna will approve. Now that we think about it, have you gotten her a gift yet?

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