Whole30 Chicken and Gravy (Instant Pot or Crock-Pot)

Nom Nom Paleo + Whole30 by Michelle Tam https://nomnompaleo.com

A deliciously cheap and easy Whole30 meal that basically cooks
itself is Chicken and Gravy! I’ve made this dish using a couple
of different cooking methods. My first version of Chicken and Gravy
was made in a slow cooker (a.k.a. Crock-Pot), but these days, I
cook this under high pressure in an Instant Pot ’cause I can get
it on the table faster!

Two overhead shots of plates of Whole30 Chicken and Gravy. One was made in the Instant Pot, the other in the slow cooker/Crock-Pot.

Tips and Suggestions Don’t overcook the chicken!

Whether you choose the Instant Pot or slow cooker/Crock-Pot
method, make sure you’re around when the chicken is finished
cooking so you can take it out right away. If you leave the chicken
on the “Warm” mode, the residual heat will continue cooking the
chicken, turning it dry and stringy.  No amount of paleo gravy can
rescue a dry, overcooked chicken!

An open Instant Pot that has a steaming cooked whole chicken inside.

Can I cook a whole frozen chicken?

I don’t recommend cooking a whole unthawed chicken because it
won’t cook evenly. Invariably, you’ll end up overcooking parts
of the bird to make sure the rest of it is fully cooked. If you
have a frozen whole chicken, put it in the fridge to thaw, and make
something else tonight. (Psst…Nomster Burgers are
cheap, quick, and easy!)

Can I use chicken parts instead of a whole chicken?

Yes. If you’re cooking a cut-up chicken in the Instant Pot,
decrease the cooking time to 15 minutes under high pressure.
Cooking a cut-up bird in the slow cooker? The cooking time will be
about 4 hours on low.

What do I serve with it?

Some of my favorite veggie side dishes are Baked
Sweet Potatoes
Garlic Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes
Pressure Cooker Kale and Carrots
Swiss Chard with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Porkitos
Instant Pot Crispy Potatoes
Roasted Broccoli and Bacon
, Roasted
Kabocha Squash
, and
Whole Roasted Cauliflower

How should I store leftover gravy?

The leftover gravy is truly liquid gold and I always freeze the
extras in silicone ice cube
! That way I can pop out a few cubes whenever I have a
craving for gravy. And this leftover gravy is so tasty, you’ll
want to ladle it on everything. No joke.

A shot of a white ramekin container filled with thick Whole30 chicken gravy.

Pick your kitchen electric of choice and click on the recipe below:

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and

A side shot of Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and Gravy on a plate.

Cooker Chicken and Gravy

A side shot of Slow Cooker Chicken & Gravy on a bed of vegetables in a shallow brown bowl.

Want more inspiration from my past January Whole30s? Check out
my Day 10 posts from 2018 and


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doing a Whole30 to kick off the New Year. Not sure what the Whole30
is, or want info on how to get started? Read my Whole30 prep
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