Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup – the most luscious and satisfying chicken soup ever! With bold chicken stock, chicken breast and chicken thighs, carrots, onions, garlic and celery, fresh herbs and spices, and so much love! It’s so scrumptious and slurpilicious you won’t be able to stop with just one bowl!
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Why I Love Instant Pot Chicken Recipes!
Have you taken the plunge and purchased an Instant Pot yet? I was on the fence about them last year but I made the “nice list” and Santa came through for me. I became the happy owner of the DUO Plus 6Qt 9-in-1 Instant Pot (<-affiliate link). Isn’t she pretty?
My favorite thing to cook in this ole’ girl has been chicken.
An Instant pot chicken recipe is the bomb dot com! Not just plain instant pot shredded chicken but yummy, flavor infused chicken recipes. You probably know this already, but I don’t do plain very well. It’s flavor or bust for me people!
Let’s review my instant pot chicken recipe timeline… First, there was the Shredded Mexican Chicken (AMAZING) then came the Buffalo Chicken and Spaghetti Squash (ridiculously delicious)... then this Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup (chicken noodle soup perfection). Most recently I've added my Instant Pot Chicken Thighs With Risotto,and these amazing Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings!
I’m just over here trying to guess what you might want to eat next. So please feel free to shoot me an email or comment below and tell me what you want. I love a good challenge - or just some direction - and you should know by now I’m so your girl!!!
But more about this savory elixir from heaven…
This instant pot chicken soup is so delectable! It tastes like the broth has been simmered for hours and hours in grandma’s kitchen. It’s so rich and flavorful – I can honestly say I like it better than my regular stovetop recipe - may she rest in peace.
I must admit luscious chicken broth is the heartbeat of this recipe. I should mention I especially like College Inn’s Bold Chicken Stock. It’s brimming with so much chicken flavor - what can I say? I’m all about as much rich deep flavor that I can get.
How to make Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup:
First things first… turn your Instant Pot on to the sauté (high) mode and let it heat up, add your olive oil, onions and garlic, and sauté 3 minutes. Then stir in your carrots, celery, herbs and spices.
Next, add your chicken stock, the chicken breast and chicken thighs, cover and seal the lid and pressure cook for 15 minutes.
When the time is up, cover the pressure nozzle with a kitchen towel and release the pressure manually.
Remove the chicken from the pot and turn the pot to the sauté mode. When it starts to simmer add in your noodles. Cook them for 6 minutes and turn the pot off. (The noodles will keep cooking in the hot broth so no need to cook them for the full time specified on the package - unless you just really want to… but don’t do that!)
Meanwhile, shred your chicken and discard the bones. Mix the chicken back into the soup, add some more fresh parsley and it’s ready to serve!
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup – the most delicious flavorsome and satisfying chicken noodle soup evahh!
This recipe is sure to be one of your go-to soups this season! Enjoy my friend!
If you're still on the fence about the Instant Pot... read my latest Instant Pot Review here.
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Instant Pot Chicken Soup... the most luscious and satisfying chicken soup ever!
- 2 pounds skinless bone-in chicken (I used bone-in chicken breast and bone-in chicken thighs), *see note
- 1 teaspoon salt (plus more to season the chicken)
- ½ teaspoon pepper (plus more to season the chicken)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 large carrots, sliced
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh finely chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme, rounded
- 1 bay leaf
- 7 cups chicken stock
- 6 ounces egg noodles (I used Mueller’s Hearty Homestyle Egg Noodles), *see note
- garnish with chopped parsley, grated Parmesan, and lemon wedges if desired
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Set Instant Pot to the saute setting – high. Add olive oil, onions, and garlic. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
- Stir in the carrots, celery, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Then pour in the chicken stock and add the chicken.
- Lock the Instant Pot lid into place and set the soup/broth pressure setting for 15 minutes. The IP will take 20-23 minutes to pressurize and then it will start counting down the cook time.
- Once the Instant Pot cycle is complete, manually release pressure by rotating the valve to the “Venting” position. Although it's not "officially" recommended, many people choose to cover the nozzle loosely with a kitchen towel before releasing pressure.
- Venting should take about 5 minutes. Once complete, carefully unlock and remove the lid.
- Remove the chicken from the soup. Turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode. When the broth comes to a boil, add noodles, cook for about 5-6 minutes, then turn off (the package says to cook them longer but the noodles will continue to cook while in the pot).
- Shred with two forks, and discard the bones. Return the chicken to the pot. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as desired, and garnish with additional parsley. Serve with Parmesan cheese and lemon wedges if desired.
*If you like more liquid in your soup, use less chicken (11/2 lbs) for this recipe.
*If desired, add a little more stock at the end to thin out the soup.
*There are different sizes of egg noddles. Mine were quite large. Whatever egg noodle you choose, a good rule of thumb is to cook them half the time the package suggests for this recipe.
* For this recipe I used the Duo Plus 6QT 9-in-1 Instant Pot!
Serving Size8-10 ounces
Amount Per Serving Calories 368Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 4gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 85mgSodium 678mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 24g
My go to chicken soup recipe! Forgot to take chicken out of the freezer and it still worked great, even leaving it at 15 minutes. I used baby carrots and just left them whole. Worked out perfectly!
Wow - that's awesome, Kate! I love that it worked out even with frozen chicken! #winning Thank you so much for the kind words and the 5 star rating!!
Made this tonight. My husband said it was the best chicken noodle soup he’s ever had!
This was the first recipe I tried in my new Instant Pot and it was delicious. I cooked the noodles a little too long so I will correct that when I make it again, but my family enjoyed the soup. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Cheryl! I love that this recipe was the first one you tried - I'm honored! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with me and for the 5-star rating!!
Holly, Update: This is now my family's favorite soup. When I go to visit my daughter and her family, she always asks me to bring my IP so that I can make this for them. I add more carrot and celery to make it thicker. I've even made it ahead and then, when ready to use, add and cook the noodles. My noodles are now perfect.
This was so good and easy.
That's awesome to hear, Donna! I'm so glad you enjoyed it - thank you!!
This soup is amazing. The whole family loves it. We use a rotisserie chicken to make things a bit easier. Even better the next day when the noodles soak in some broth all night. Like a chicken casserole... yum
Thanks so much, Jessica! I love using rotisserie chicken to get dinner on the table even quicker with recipes like this. I'm so glad you and the family enjoy it! Thank you for the 5 star rating!
how long do you cook it if you're using already cooked chicken?
Marcy, you would only need to pressure cook the veggies and broth for 3-4 minutes. Then release pressure, turn on sauté mode and add the chicken and bring to a simmer. Next, add the egg noodles and cook for 5-6 more minutes.
Hi if you use uncooked noodles won't they soak up the broth ?
Hi Tina, yes - I allowed for that with the amount of stock that is in the recipe. And the noodles will be even more delicious because they will have been cooked in the delicious broth. If you feel like it's too thick you can add in more stock.
This looks yummy.
Thanks for documenting the time for pressurizing! Too many other recipes omit it.
Thank you, Andrew! I feel the same way about knowing the pressurizing time - I find it so helpful as well.
Will definitely make again! Husband said it was the best chicken noodle soup he’s ever had and daughter doesn’t like chicken noodle but had seconds tonight. Followed everything as stated in recipe except my noodles were small but I did consider the note about cutting time in half and worked perfectly. Thanks for sharing!
Wow - I love hearing that, Jozi! Thanks so much for your kind words and taking the time to let me know your feedback! Also, tell the hubs and your daughter thanks too - it takes a village!!😁
Can I use a whole pre-roasted chicken, shredded, for this recipe?
Hey Megan, If you're not cooking the chicken in the IP I probably would just make the soup on the stove top. Here's a similar stovetop recipe you could use just swap out the tortellini for egg noodles (and go by the cook time on the package) and you can omit the cream cheese if you'd like. I hope that helps! https://tasteandsee.com/creamy-tortellini-soup-chicken/
This is an amazing recipe! My kids loved it, even the 2 who “hate” soup! I will be coming back to this often.
That is fantastic to hear, Jen! If the kiddos "love" it you know it's a winner! Thanks so much!
If I use boneless chicken breasts can you tell me the pressure time?
Hi, Kiera, As long as the breasts aren't too large the cook time should be fine to keep it the same. I recommend using a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is cooked to 165 degrees. Enjoy!
how should i adjust this for frozen chicken? or should i at all?
Hi Joanne! The IP will naturally take longer to come to pressure because the chicken temp is so cold. So I would be concerned about the veggies getting too mushy if the cook time was extended anymore. I think the 15 minute pressure cook time should be fine for this recipe with frozen chicken breasts. Be sure to check the meats doneness with a meat thermometer after cooked - it should read 165 degrees. Good luck!
I made this soup and it was the best soup ever 5 *******
I love hearing that, Eleanor! Thank you so much!!
Do the veggies get very mushy with so much time under pressure?
Hey Judy, I think we messaged on Facebook about this... I cut the carrots on the thicker side for this recipe. I would say the veggies are the same texture that we are accustomed to in most soups. Hope that helps!