Pressure Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Learn how quick and easy it is to make homemade Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup with the pressure cooker setting. Pressure Cooking Chicken Noodle Soup in the Instant Pot or any electric pressure cooker saves so much time on a busy weeknight! When the weather starts to cool and family members start to feel the sniffles come on, there is nothing more comforting than a warm steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup packed with vegetables and noodles.
A lot of work can go into making a proper bowl of chicken noodle soup starting with a nutrient-rich broth to help boost the immune system. Many traditional chicken noodle soups use onions, carrots, and celery for the vegetables with chicken pieces and egg noodles. Chicken noodle soup is very flexible, it will taste delicious with a variety of vegetables and you can use any noodles that you prefer. Normally, when I make soup, it’s never quite the same each time, because I’m always adapting to the vegetables I have in the refrigerator and the noodles available in my pantry. For this recipe, I will use the classic vegetable ingredients and seasonings. Feel free to tweak and adapt to your preferences as you are cooking and tasting your soup.
My favorite way to make homemade chicken noodle soup in the Instant Pot is to start by pressure cooking a whole chicken and saving the meat for the soup. I then use the bones and leftover juices that cooked out of the chicken to pressure cook Chicken Bone Broth in the Instant Pot. The broth is flavorful and full of nutrients that cooked out of the bones. With the meat from the chicken and the broth made from the leftover bones, I just need to add in some vegetables and noodles and quickly cook up a comforting pot of soup in the Instant Pot. Once you try this method you will never want to make it any other way. Of course, there is no shame in using store-bought chicken stock and a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken if you are in a hurry and did not have time to prepare ahead. I know I have had those kinds of nights too. I have even added instructions for making the soup with raw or frozen chicken meat. You will still end up with a delicious soup!
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Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup (Pressure Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup) Recipe:
2 tablespoons butterchopped
1 medium-sized onion
2 to 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced (1 teaspoon dried)
1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced, (i teaspoon dried)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced, (1 teaspoon dried)
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
2 to 3 ribs celery, sliced
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
8 cups chicken stock or broth (see recipe for Pressure Cooker Chicken Bone Broth in the Instant Pot)
2 pounds shredded, cooked chicken (white or dark meat)*
1 (8-ounce) packaged dried egg noodle pasta**
* If using meat from a whole cooked chicken cut or pull most of the meat off the bones and skin; reserve approximately 50% of the chicken meat for the soup (as much or as little as you desire). See recipe for Pressure Cooking a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot.
Instructions also provided to pressure cook the soup with raw or frozen chicken meat.
** You could use any type of pasta that you desire.
Press the SAUTE button on the Instant Pot panel, then press the ADJUST button until you see the MORE heat setting. Once the Instant Pot panel registers "HOT", add the butter and let melt. Once the butter is melted, add the onions, carrots, and celery and saute for a couple minutes until they are softened. Next, add the garlic, chicken bouillion and herbs (Oregano, basil, and thyme). Saute together with the onions for 30 seconds to bring out the aroma. Press the KEEP WARM/CANCEL button to turn off the SAUTE mode.
Pour in the chicken broth or chicken stock. (Note: If you do not have enough chicken broth, you can do a combination of broth and water.) Stir everything together. (Learn how to Pressure Cook Chicken Bone Broth Soup in the Instant Pot.)
Cooking With Raw or Frozen Chicken:
If you do not have pre-cooked chicken, then you can add raw or frozen chicken meat that is cut up into smaller chunks at the same time as the chicken broth.
Cover with a lid and turn closed to seal. On the Instant Pot panel, press the MANUAL button, and adjust the setting to HIGH PRESSURE. Set the cooking time for 7 minutes. When cooking time is done, place a kitchen towel over the pressure value to catch any liquid that may spurt out when the pressure is released. Now open the pressure valve to quick release the pressure. Note: If you cooked raw or frozen chicken meat with the broth and vegetables, then allow the pressure to natural release for 10 minutes, before opening the valve to release the rest of the pressure.
Press the KEEP WARM/CANCEL button to turn off. Next press the SAUTE button and then the ADJUST button until you see the MORE heat setting. Let the soup mixture come to a boil, then add the dried pasta noodles cook until tender. Stir in the cooked chicken and let simmer in the soup until the chicken meat is heated through. Press the KEEP WARM/CANCEL button to turn the Instant Pot off.
Serve soup in bowls and enjoy with some homemade French Bread.
This is the type of pressure cooker that I prefer to use in my cooking: I get readers asking which electric pressure cooker brand I prefer to use for cooking. I personally use the Instant Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cooker. I love having 7 cooking functions in one space-saving appliance – Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute Pan, Steamer, Yogurt Maker and Warmer.
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