Quick, simple, and nutritious Instant Pot Chicken Soup with chopped veggies. Mom approved belly warming soup to help beat the cold and flu season!
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.
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!
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.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367 Total Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 175mg Sodium: 1597mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Protein: 32g