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Instant Pot Chicken Soup

This chicken soup tastes like it simmered all day! The extra chicken bones plus the small amount of coconut aminos/soy sauce add that special umami (a pleasant savory flavor).

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant pot chicken soup
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time (Estimate) 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 to 10

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons good-quality olive oil
  • 1 cup onion chopped (1 small)
  • 1 cup celery chopped (2 stalks)
  • 1 cup carrots chopped (4 large carrots)
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 12 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos or soy sauce optional
  • 2 large split chicken breasts raw
  • leftover carcass of a rotisserie chicken optional
  • 6 ounces egg noodles uncooked (optional, or substitute cooked noodles or cooked rice)

Instructions

  1. Select the saute function on Instant Pot. Heat olive oil. Add onion, celery, and carrots; cook until tender. Add garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes more.
  2. Add water, salt, pepper, coconut aminos, chicken breasts and carcass of a rotisserie chicken (if using). Do not add noodles until the end.

  3. Set Instant Pot on manual setting, high pressure, and cook for 20 minutes. Natural Pressure release for 10 minutes; then carefully release steam vent.

  4. Remove chicken from soup; cool. Remove chicken from bone. Discard bones from soup and return chicken meat to the soup.

  5. On saute setting, bring soup to a simmer. Add noodles, if using (or cooked rice if you prefer) and cook as package directs (or until heated through).

Recipe Notes

When a cold comes on quick, this is the fastest way to enjoy a piping-hot bowl of homemade chicken soup.

 

Freeze the extra and it's even faster next time! I prefer to make this soup without noodles, as it makes a lot of soup and the noodles can break down when frozen. Instead of adding uncooked noodles as directed above, you can also add 1/2 cup cooked noodles or 1/3 cup cooked rice just before serving, which also helps control your carbohydrate portion.