Instant Pot Chicken Soup

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Quick, simple, and nutritious Instant Pot Chicken Soup with chopped veggies. Mom approved belly warming soup to help beat the cold and flu season!

Teal patterned bowl of instant pot chicken soup on a flowered napkin #Chicken #Soup #Instant Pot |


Burr!  Last week I was wearing shorts and this week we turned on the heat in the house!  Within the past seven days if felt like we experienced summer, then winter.  BOOM-BOOM!

Such a drastic change in a short about of time.  Crazy, crazy, weather.  There is no denying it, folks, global warming is REALLY happening.

Anyhow, between sneezing with allergies and getting cold sniffles as we experience these quick sessions of varying degrees of seasons, we expect our bodies to adjust and go with the flow.  Nice thought, but that’s not what always happens.


Stir frying diced onion, celery, and carrot inside the Instant Pot to make chicken soup #Soup #PressureCooker #Chicken |


My household has already been hit with the flu!!  Alan got a nasty cough, fever, chills, and overall yuckiness.   He was forced to take a weeklong chillax break and stayed home from work for a few days too.   Sam got sick as well.  NO FUN.

What do you crave when you aren’t feeling well?  Mom’s loving touch of course!  Whether it’s ensuring the medicine cabinet is stocked with acetaminophen and cough meds, the house is sprayed with Lysol (well, I didn’t want to get sick too!), or a good ‘ole fashioned chicken soup is cooked.  Moms have a special touch.

If you haven’t made chicken soup before I’m going to dispel a myth that it takes hours and hours to cook.  It’s basically a very simple simple process, especially when using an Instant Pot!


Shredded chicken in a blue baking dish for the Instant Pot Chicken Soup recipe #Soup #InstantPot #Chicken |


I used chicken thighs with the skin for this recipe.  I think the thighs have more flavor and when you are sick and barely eating, you need the fat in your diet.  FAT is good for us.  Please repeat. FAT is good for us!

Now if you are really freaking out about using the skin (been there), then take baby steps while we retrain ourselves to add healthy fats back in our diets.  Once you cook the meat (with the skin), debone and shred the chicken, go ahead and discard the skin if you must.

There is one other tip that is worth sharing.  Sometimes I use all water in my chicken soup, but when I want extra salt and a boost in flavor I enhance the soup with chicken broth.  Feel free to play with the ratios to suit your preference.

I offered rice on the side instead of adding in to the soup like in this easy turkey rice soup.  If you are on a strict low carb, ketogenic diet then you might enjoy a low carb cheddar biscuit with your soup.


Hearty bowl of instant pot chicken soup with rice and avocado on the side #PressureCooker #EasyRecipe #Soup |


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Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 30 mina Serves 6

Quick, simple, and nutritious Instant Pot Chicken Soup with chopped veggies. Mom approved belly warming soup to help beat the cold and flu season!


  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves, whole
  • 2 cups water, filtered
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, dried
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, dried


Turn Instant Pot to Saute mode and add 1 tablespoon of oil or butter.  In batches place chicken skin down in pot and saute rendering the fat from the skin for about 2 minutes on each side.  Remove from pot and set aside.

Add additional tablespoon on oil (if needed) to pot and  saute diced onion carrots, and celery just until the onion begins to soften.  Add garlic.

Turn off Instant Pot and place chicken on top of vegetables.  Add water and broth, salt, pepper, parsley and thyme.  Cover soup with lid and turn the vent to closed.  Turn on the Instant Pot to SOUP mode. Once the pressure builds up the soup (about 10 minutes) it will take about 20-25 minutes to cook all the ingredients.  Once complete gently release pressure (vent).  Remove chicken and shred and debone.  Place chicken back in pot.  Soup is ready to be served.  


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Bowl of chicken soup with a pressure cooker, Instant Pot in the background #Chicken #Soup #InstantPot |

Sandra @ The Foodie Affair

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14 Comments on Instant Pot Chicken Soup

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    Angela says:
    November 3, 2017

    What a perfect meal!! I don’t yet have an instant pot but when I do, this is sure to be one of the first recipes I try!

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    November 3, 2017

    I still do not have an instant pot but need to get on the bandwagon, just so I can try your delicious mom approved stay healthy soup. Seriously Mother Nature is going to be brutal this winter… Sharing, of course!

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    November 4, 2017

    A comforting and nourishing meal for your sickly family. I hope everyone is well on the road to recovery.

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    Justine says:
    November 4, 2017

    Looks wonderful! And chicken thighs are the bomb 🙂

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    Debra C. says:
    November 4, 2017

    Soup is good food. Such a comforting meal and your recipe is classic. I love that it’s made in the Instant Pot, I will be giving it a try soon!

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    November 5, 2017

    It certainly can’t hurt to have a go-to chicken soup recipe going into cold/flu season!

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    November 5, 2017

    Chicken soup is my NUMBER ONE FAVORITE comfort food! I have an instant pot — I need to get it out and try this!

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    November 6, 2017

    I put an instant pot on my christmas list so I hope i get one so I can make this!!

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    Madi says:
    November 7, 2017

    I need to get an instant pot so I can make this! I love chicken soup!

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    Beth says:
    January 30, 2018

    That is such a gorgeous soup!! I still don’t have an instant pot! I really need to get with the program!!

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    Pam Greer says:
    January 30, 2018

    We’ve had the flu here too, and the worst part is I had to make my own Chicken Soup. However, it wasn’t bad at all, because like you I used my Instant Pot. And, like you I used chicken thighs – need all that yummy chicken fat!

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      January 30, 2018

      Oh man! I could barely move, so thank goodness for quick meals like soup!

  12. avatar
    January 30, 2018

    I finally bought an instant pot! It should come to my house tomorrow! Your chicken soup is going to be my first recipe! It looks so delicious!! (The flu was here too, I had one day of being the sickest I’ve ever been. And then it just went to a cold. But that first day, man, it was bad!)

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      January 30, 2018

      Yay! You are going to love the IP and the soup! I can’t believe that I got sick a couple of times already. This year the flu is horrible!

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