Instant Pot Chicken with Black Beans and Gravy Recipe

So, yes, I have officially added beans back into my diet. After successfully reintroducing kidney beans, I thought I’d give other beans a go.  My first recipe is this one, Instant Pot Chicken with Black Beans and Gravy.  I’m sure I’ll have have many more for you, as I expand my bean-eating experience.

Instant Pot Chicken with Black Beans and Gravy Recipe by Tara Perillo
Instant Pot Chicken with Black Beans and Gravy

Now, many of you may be wondering what the heck is going on with me. All of a sudden, I’m shunning paleo, AIP, and any other restrictive eating plan. That’s exactly what it is. I’m sick of all restrictive eating plans. I did my time on the AIP paleo. I was successful. Now, I just want to eat healthy, real food. It’s just that simple. It doesn’t mean that I want to go back to eating crap foods…EVER. I honestly have no desire to eat processed, GMO-filled, pesticide-laden foods. But, I do want to eat foods I know are good for me and my body. Foods like beans, properly processed grains, quality dairy, oats, and a variety of healing herbs and spices, are often shunned by restrictive eating protocols. If I can maintain my good health while eating these foods, and maybe even improve upon it, why would I not enjoy these foods. It’s actually quite ridiculous for me not to.

Instant Pot Chicken with Black Beans and Gravy Recipe

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Instant Pot Chicken with Black Beans and Gravy Recipe



  1. Place bacon strips into inner pot of Instant Pot.
  2. Press “Saute” button.
  3. Cook until bacon starts to brown, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add onion and stir.
  5. Cook for another 7 minutes.
  6. Add chicken and garlic.
  7. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  8. Press “Off” button.
  9. Add broth, beans, bay leaves, cumin, garam masala, and salt.
  10. Close lid.
  11. Press “Poultry” button.
  12. Press “+” button, until cook time reads 20 minutes.
  13. Allow to cook.
  14. When cooking is complete, press “Off” button.
  15. Allow pressure to release naturally, for 10 minutes.
  16. Carefully, remove lid.
  17. Press “Saute” button.
  18. Add arrowroot starch dissolved in water.
  19. Stir well.
  20. Allow gravy to thicken.
  21. Once gravy has thickened, press “Off” button.
  22. Serve.

In my 30-something year quest for optimal health, I have researched and practiced many diets, workout plans, spiritual paths, and cultural lifestyles. Because of this, I have amassed quite a bit of knowledge on many health topics.  Currently, I’m working on putting it all together for you in one helpful resource. You will have all the pros and cons of each of the most popular protocols out there. With this resource, you’ll have all the information you need to make the best, healthiest decision for yourself.  I mean, what good is a protocol if you can’t follow it 100%? Or, if it makes you unhappy? Time and experience has shown me, if you’re unhappy or stressed, you will never be completely well. You may be able to control some of your symptoms; but, you will never feel totally well. Happiness is a vital part of wellness.

And, for now, eating beans makes me happy!

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Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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