Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
There might not be a better meal on a cold day or when you are under the weather than chicken noodle soup! What could be better you ask? Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup! Yes! You can make soup in the instant pot, easily! The flavor of slow-cooked ingredients in a matter of minutes instead of all day! This will soon become a family favorite recipe.
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I am just going to say upfront that I really like some chicken and noodles in my chicken noodle soup! Sometimes I get it and it’s mostly broth. I like it hearty. So this recipe is hearty! Don’t worry, you won’t be sorry!
I will also tell you that I do add bullion cubes to this soup. Some people say that is cheating, I say it is flavor enhancing. You can use the cubes I used or you can use those concentrated gel things. Knolls makes some jelly-like ones that melt in your soup and those are really good too! I have used them before. I had cubes today so that’s what I used today!
For this recipe, I use the Saute feature to get a nice golden brown crust on the outside of the chicken thighs. Not only does this lock all the juices in the chicken while it cooks but it adds a ton of flavor! My rule is if you ever use the saute function to brown meat you must always deglaze the pot. This scrapes up all those cooked flavorful bits and puts them back into your soup instead stuck on the bottom of the pan. Don’t skip this!
If you are worried about dried out chicken have no fear. The browning combined with cooking the chicken in the broth yields juicy, tender, pull apart chicken! I easily used two forks and zero effort to shred this!
Tools for Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Tips to Make Chicken Noodle Soup in an Instant Pot
- Use the Saute feature to brown your meat before cooking. Adds a whole new layer of flavor
- Season each layer. This is where soups often fall short, on real flavor! Season the chicken. Season the vegetables. Season the broth. Don’t be afraid of good ‘ole salt and pepper!
- Two ways to add the noodles. If you cook the noodles in the instant pot as I specify below, it often will make the broth of your soup a bit cloudy from the released starches. If you do not want cloudy broth, you will need to cook the noodles separately on the stove top. For me, a bit of cloudiness is worth the ease of one-pot cooking!
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Does Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Freeze Well?
Yes! Let the soup cool a bit and add to a freezer Ziploc bag or a Sealed storage container. Freeze. For the Ziplocs, I like to free them flat so they fit easily in my freezer.
When you need to eat it, you can defrost in the refrigerator and then reheat! Easy Peasy!
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- Instant Pot Pulled Pork
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- Instant Pot Veggie Beef Soup
- Vegetarian Instant Pot Chili
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