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Easy Instant Pot Chicken Soup

This recipe is super easy to make using leftovers from either a store cooked rotisserie chicken or by roasting your own chicken.  I roast my own chicken to make this easy Instant Pot chicken soup.  It is one of my families favorite dishes and they look forward to having it the day after we eat my Cast Iron Chicken.  The best think about this recipe is that you can make it all in one pot.

The Broth

The broth is really simple to make.  You can even make only the broth if you like or use it to make the easy Instant Pot chicken soup recipe.  My wife will often request the broth by itself if she is not feeling well.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken or the leftovers from my Cast Iron Chicken recipe (including giblets)
  • 1 Large Carrot cut in half
  • 1 Celery Stalk cut in half
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion cut in half
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary
  • 8 Cups Water

Preparation of the Broth:

The broth for this easy Instant Pot chicken soup is really simple to make and requires very little prep.

  1. Pick  as much meat as possible from the chicken and set aside, saving as much breast meat as possible.
  2. Simply throw all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot.  There is no need to peel the onion, there is a lot of flavor in the skin that will be pulled out.
  3. Use the manual setting to set the Instant Pot on high pressure for 60 minutes.  Make sure the lid is locked and the pressure valve is closed.
  4. After the time is up, let it naturally realease pressure for at least 15 minutes, more if you like.
  5. Pour the broth through a colander or mesh strainer and discard all of the bones and vegetables. Set aside the broth.  You may be tempted to save some of the meat that has cooked off of the bones but all of the flavor has been cooked out of it and will not add anything of value to the soup.

The Soup

My favorite thing about this easy Instant Pot chicken soup is how easy it is to prepare and everything can be done in one pot.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Medium or Large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1 Large Carrot, cleaned and sliced (you may peel if you like, but I just leave the skin)
  • 1 Stalk Celery, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 Sprig Rosemary, leaves removed and choppedShredded chicken
  • All of the broth (from above)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1-1/2 Cups Wide Egg Noodles
  • 2 Cups Chicken Meat, shredded or cubed
  • 1 to 2 Teaspoons of salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 to 1 Teaspoon of pepper (to taste)

Preparing the Soup:

  1. Add the butter to the Instant Pot and using the “sauté” setting, cook the carrots, celery, onion and rosemary (stirring occasionally) until the onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Add the broth and egg noodles to the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  3. Naturally release for 10 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure
  4. Add the chicken and season to taste with salt and pepper
  5. Let the soup cool for 5 to 10 minutes and then serve

Tips for Success

  • If you aren’t ready to make the full recipe yet, you can make just the broth and freeze it until you are ready to use it.  This is a great way to make use of the leftover chicken bones and giblets.
  • Have an extra pot handy just to strain the broth into

I hope you enjoy this recipe.  Let me know how you like it!


 

Christian

24 Comments

  1. MMMmm, this looks so good. Does the juices get thick like gravy? One of my favorite fall recipes are chicken noodle soup and I believe this recipe would be some really yummy chicken noodle soup, right? Any tips you would like to share before I make this easy chicken soup?

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe!  If you like a thicker soup, you may experiment with adding a few more egg noodles to soak up the broth.  

  2. Thanks for this tasty post!

    I’m currently on a low-carb, we’ll call it lifestyle change, and from what I can see here, this recipe should fit the bill.  The only questionable item I could see was the carrot.  Do you happen to know the nutritional info for this recipe?

    Now you’ve gotten me a bit hungry.  I’m going to check out your cast iron chicken recipe too.

    Thanks again,

         Scott

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe!   Unfortunately, I don’t have the full nutritional info.  I looked up how many carbs are in carrots.  There are 6 carbs and 1.5 fiber for one carrot.  There is only one carrot in the soup, so that seems pretty low carb to me.  The egg noodles are where you may run into an issue.  Depending on the brand you use, there are around 38 carbs per serving.  If it were me, I would omit the egg noodles and use extra carrots and celery. 

  3. Very nice article about pot chicken soup and tasty looking recipe! Every dad should be cooking. Everybody should cook at least sometimes, it’s cheap, you can choose ingredients, spices and everything yourself and its also funny. One of my favorite foods is chicken soup but I and my son used to cook creamy coconut chicken soup. its great without coconut milk too if you dont like coconut milk´s taste. Some broccoli and lump but other ingredients are pretty similar to in your soup. I will test this one and take a further look at your website. thanks for great recipe

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe!  I haven’t used coconut milk before but it sounds interesting.  I may have to experiment with it.  

  4. This sounds like a nutritious recipe, does it have any medicinal qualities? It really feels like a dad’s recipe and I can imagine a nostalgic thing to this maybe your dad cooked this and thought you to cook it. The high point I see here is that it’s not an artificial meal and so healthy for the human body. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe!  Medicinal qualities of food isn’t my area of expertise but I can tell you that cooking from scratch is far healthier than eating out or using packaged foods.  

  5. This is really an easy instant pot chicken soup recipe. I am loving this! Rosemary is such a flavorful herb but I never thought about adding it to chicken soup. I’d normally use celery and chives but I like the rosemary twist. This recipe is simple and quick for the Instant Pot and I’d eat this chicken soup any time of the day. As far as Instant Pot goes, what would you recommend? 

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe!  I agree that rosemary is so good!  I love the smell of it when I am sauteing it with the onions and carrots.  Chives sound good too!  The Instant Pot that I use for this recipe is the 6 quart model at this link:  https://amzn.to/2lVb8my.  

  6. This sounds pretty delicious already and I’ll have to give this to my wife.  I can’t guarantee she will stick to the entire recipe.  She likes to add stuff.  She makes an amazing turkey soup from scratch that’s to die for so I’m sure she would want to add her own touch to this too.  Would you be OK with that?

    I’ll see what I can do to convince her to go “Original” on the first try just to see what it’s like.  I may have her add those extra noodles though. 

    As much as I like Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup (too much sodium) on a cool day, my one complaint is that there is NO REAL CHICKEN IN IT.  What’s up with that?  Yours has two cups of real chicken meat in it. I like that and the onion. I bet that adds a ton of flavour.

    That first cold Fall day is going to wonder what hit it.

    Wayne

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe!  Don’t worry if she doesn’t stick to the recipe.  I am all about experimenting and customizing recipes to suit my families tastes.  This recipe was adapted from many others that I tried.  I took what I liked from each and came up with this one. 

  7. Yum! I can imagine how delicious this recipe would turn out to be. It is also very timely in our country because we are now in the rainy season of the year. A pot chicken soup would definitely calm and soothe restless bodies. What other vegetable can I add in this recipe? Also, should I just leave or take the bay leaves on the serving dish? I don’t know if it would matter much but it does in some cooking techniques. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. Our family will surely enjoy it.

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe!  It really is a good meal on a cool day.  The bay leaves will be removed when you strain the broth.  You can try any vegetables that you like.  I have made it with potatoes and it was very good. Although I haven’t tried it, I would think that perhaps cauliflower would be good. 

  8. Thank you for sharing your Pot Chicken Soup. It sounds tasty. I love to eat soup in the winter time and I think this recipe would make a good soup.
    Thanks ~ Margaret

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe! Winter will be here soon. This is one of my family’s favorite meals and I’m sure yours will love it too.

  9. This sounds so delicious and so easy to make! Thank you for such a clear and easy to follow recipe! I am definitely going to be using this recipe this week and I’ll be coming back to your site to check out your other recipes. Can’t wait to read more!

    • Thank you for checking out this recipe! It really is an easy recipe. The goal of my site is to keep recipes as simple to follow as possible.

  10. Great recipe! Chicken soup is honestly one of my favourite dishes, it warms the soul on a Winter’s day and yet revitalises in Summer.

    I like that you use fresh, wholefood ingredients. Next time I make chicken soup I’ll be sure to make a broth beforehand. I always make bone broth, so it would be an excellent addition if I add more vegetables and herbs! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing,
    James

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe! Fresh ingredients are the best way to cook. I think it is actually easier than using packaged ingredients.

  11. Love chicken soup and it is a great recipe to be done with leftover chicken! I don’t put rosemary in mine but I will certainly try it next time I make it! Now that fall is coming, a good chicken soup sounds just so perfect!!

  12. Sounds like this would be really good! I just started using my instant pot so I’ve been trying to find some great recipes. Thanks! Can’t wait to try it.

  13. My daughter has been bugging me about getting an instant pot for so long now but I think your recipe is pushing me over the edge!

    Is the instapot easy to clean? And is it easy to use? I remember horror stories abour pressure cooking, which is another reason I have not bought one.

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe! I was a little hesitant to get an instant pot too but once I had one, I can’t imagine my kitchen without it. Since it is just a stainless steel pot, it is very easy to clean. It is also very easy to use. My mom used to use an old fashioned pressure cooker and I remember her being very stressed when she used it but the Instant Pot is very user friendly.

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