Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
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Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

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Chicken Noodle Soup is the ultimate comfort during the dreary and cold winter months. Now you can make this classic soup in the Instant Pot for an even easier meal. This homemade chicken noodle soup is full of flavor, health, and lots of love.

Chicken noodle soup is the ULTIMATE in comfort soups, and we are making my mom’s recipe in the instant pot today!

2 bowls of instant pot white chicken chili with the instant pot

No matter if you are feeling under the weather or craving a warm bowl of soup because of the nip in the air, this is always a good answer to make.

This homemade Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup is so easy and it is the most comforting meal during these dreary winter months. And bonus – you can freeze this recipe! ?? Bless!

Lets dive right into how I like to make Instant Pot chicken noodle soup!

First step.

We need to sauté our veggies to get them soft and incorporate some flavor. Turn your Instant Pot on the sauté function and add in your olive oil, diced onions, diced carrots, and minced garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until they have all softened.

saluting veggies in the instant pot

Turn the sauté function off.

Add in your metal steamer trivet to the Instant Pot, right on top of the veggies, handles pointing up.

Place your chicken inside, on top of the basket. Fill with 10 cups of water, or until the fill line.

whole chicken in the instant pot filled with water

Add in your seasonings, place the lid on, and set to appropriate cooking times.

  • For a fresh chicken, set custom pressure cook 6 minutes/pound of chicken (ex: 30 minutes for this recipe with a 5 pound whole chicken)
  • For a frozen chicken, set a custom pressure cook 13 minutes/pound of chicken (ex: 65 minutes for this recipe with a 5 pound whole chicken)

*NOTE* The cooking time does not include the time it will take to come to pressure. That could take 10-20 minutes before the cooking time begins. I did not know this prior to have an Instant Pot, so be prepared to add an extra 10-20 minutes to your cooking time**

instant pot set to 30 minutes

Once the cooking time is up, manually release the pressure and wait for the pot to depressurize and steam to escape. You may also let naturally release for 10-20 minutes if you would like as well. **refer to Your Instant Pot guide for instructions on releasing the pressure if needed**

Take the lid off and carefully start removing the chicken. The chicken will be tender at this point and falling off the bones, so make sure to get all the bones, skins, and meat. You can use a slotted spoon to help you with this if needed.

Remove the trivet and set it aside.

Keep the Instant Pot on the “keep warm” setting and add in 8 ounces (half a bag) of egg noodles. Give a stir and place the lid back on while you shred the chicken.

adding in noodles to the chicken noodle soup

Next, shred the chicken. Now, caution this chicken is hot! I like to wear a double pair of kitchen gloves and use a pair of tongs and 2 forks to help with this.

Remove all the bones, skin, and cartilage from the meat and discard.

Place all of the chicken meat in a bowl and finely shred using 2 forks.

Once the chicken is shredded, add it back into the Instant Pot with the noodles. By this point, the noodles have been cooked and are softened. Stir to combine.

Now, my secret ingredient! My mom did this growing up and I think it adds just a little something special to the soup.

  1. Whisk 3 eggs in a bowl.
  2. Turn on the sautee function again and bring the chicken noodle soup up to a boil or rapid simmer.
  3. Using a spoon, gently push the chicken and noodles to the side exposing an area of broth only.
  4. Gently pour a small amount of the egg in a tiny stream into the broth space and wait a couple of seconds.
  5. The heat from the broth will cook the eggs resulting in delicate egg strings, like in egg drop soup. Stir the soup and then repeat, adding a slow small stream of egg in a hot broth spot, waiting to cook a couple of seconds, and then stirring around.
chicken noodle soup in the instant pot

Taste the soup to see if any more salt and pepper are needed. Add if so.

Scoop into a bowl and serve with crackers. This tastes even better if you are snuggled up on the couch with lots of blankets and a good movie on (either sick or well).

Now let’s dive into some more questions and specifics about making chicken noodle soup in an Instant Pot.

What Size Chicken Do You Use for this Soup?

I have the 6 Quart Duo Evo Plus Instant Pot (affiliate link) and a 5-pound chicken is a perfect size. You can certainly half this recipe and make a smaller batch, using a smaller chicken, but a 5-pound chicken is the largest size you can use in a 6 quart Instant Pot.

How Long Do I Cook Chicken Noodle Soup in the Instant Pot?

You will need to cook a fresh (not frozen) chicken for 6 minutes/pound of chicken (ex: 30 minutes for 5 pounds). You can use the custom pressure cooker setting to get this time.

For a frozen chicken, pressure cook 13 minutes/pound of chicken (ex: 65 minutes for 5 pounds).

Can I Cook a Whole Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot?

Absolutely! That is obviously what we used in this recipe. Using a whole chicken provides you the benefit of making your own chicken broth at the same time.

By cooking a whole chicken in some water and spices, you will make your own delicious broth, eliminating the need to buy store-bought broths for this soup.

It is easier and more cost-friendly. Especially given the fact that whole chickens are usually the cheapest priced chicken per pound compared to chicken breast, thighs, tenderloins, etc.

Cost-effective, healthier, and easier! It is a win-win all around!

Can I Use Chicken Breasts Instead of a Whole Chicken?

I have done this in a pinch before, or if I have chicken breast on hand instead of a whole chicken.

You can absolutely use chicken breast instead. Follow the recipe as directed but using breasts instead of a whole chicken, store-bought (or homemade if you have some on hand) chicken broth instead of water to cook in.

You will need 2-3 pounds of chicken breast for this recipe and the cooking time will be 10 minutes. Set the custom pressure cooking time for 10 minutes on high. Remember that it will take some time to come to pressure prior to cooking time.

You can also use frozen chicken breasts as well following the same substitutions and cooking time.

You lose a little bit of flavor doing it this way in my option, but it is a little easier and faster.

Can I Make this Soup on the Stove Instead?

1000%! How do you think I did it or anyone else before the Instant Pot?!

Follow the recipe as directed below, but use a large pot on the stove instead.

  1. Sauté your veggies over medium heat.
  2. Add in your chicken, water, and spices, cover, and bring to a boil.
  3. Cook for 30 minutes (for a fresh chicken which I recommend, not frozen for this method.) If you have a frozen whole chicken, place in the fridge 24 hours to thaw prior to making or set in the sink in hot water for several hours prior to cooking).
  4. Remove the chicken and follow the recipe as directed below.

Can I Freeze Chicken Noodle Soup?

Yes, you can freeze chicken noodle soup after it has been cooked.

Fully cool the soup and place in a freezer-safe airtight container or vacuum seal in Vesta Precisions chamber vacuum sealer (which is perfect for soups!). Freeze for up to 3 months or up to 12 months with a vacuum sealer.

*Use code SOUTHERNSOUL for 10% off any Vesta order! (affiliate link)

To thaw, place in the fridge for 24 hours prior OR place in a sink full of hot water right up until the lid (do not go over the lid just in case water could get in).

Once thawed, place in a pot on the stove and reheat. You may need to add more water to thin as the noodles will have continued to soak up moisture.

NOTE ON FREEZING LEFTOVER SOUP – just FYI. If you freeze leftovers, when you reheat the noodles will lose a little bit of their integrity and get mushy a little. It still tastes good but that does happen. If you want to make a double batch to freeze before leftovers, I recommend making the entire recipe WITHOUT the noodles and adding those right at the end when reheating so that they are fresh!

chicken noodle soup in 2 bowls with a stack of crackers

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Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup


  • Author: Heather
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 810 1x

Description

Chicken Noodle Soup is the ultimate comfort during the dreary and cold winter months. Now you can make this classic soup in the Instant Pot for an even easier meal. This homemade chicken noodle soup is full of flavor, health, and lots of love.


Ingredients

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  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion – finely diced
  • 1 Cup Carrots – finely diced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves – minced
  • 2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon White Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 10 Cups Water
  • 8 Ounces Egg Noodles
  • 5 Pound Whole Chicken
  • 3 Eggs 

Instructions

  1. Finely dice the onion and carrots, and mince the garlic. Set your Instant Pot to the sauté mode and add in olive oil.
  2. Add in the onion, carrots, and garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes until soft and tender. Turn off the sauté function.
  3. saluting veggies in the instant pot
  4. Add in the metal basket to the Instant Pot and place the whole chicken on top (make sure the innards are removed).
  5. Add in 10 cups of water to the Instant Pot (or until the fill line in a 6 Quart Instant Pot) and all of the spices.
  6. whole chicken in the instant pot filled with water
  7. Place the lid on and close. Make sure it is set to the seal function.
  8. Set to a custom pressure cook setting for 30 minutes for a 5-pound bird. (**if your chicken is frozen or smaller than 5 pounds please see notes for cooking times)
  9. Once the 30 minutes are up, let naturally release for 20 minutes, then manually release OR quick-release manually. (Refer to your Instant Pot Guide for specific instructions if needed)
  10. Open the lid and carefully remove the cooked chicken (making sure to get all of the meat, bones, and skins as will be tender and falling apart from cooking). Remove the trivet as well. 
  11. Pour in 8 ounces of egg noddles into the Instant Pot with the broth, stir and let sit while you shred the chicken. Make sure the Instant Pot is now on the “keep warm” setting.
  12. adding in noodles to the chicken noodle soup
  13. Carefully remove all the skin, bones, and cartilage and discard. Shred the chicken finely – be careful the chicken will be very hot! Use tongs and forks to help shred.
  14. Once the chicken is shredded, add back into the Instant Pot with the broth and noodles. Stir. At this point, the noodles will be cooked.
  15. Finally, beat 3 eggs in a bowl. Turn on the saute function and bring the broth back up to a low boil or rapid shimmer. Using a spoon, slowly push aside the noodles and chicken, exposing only broth. Slowing drizzle into the soup in spots where the broth is. Add a little at a time, making sure the spot your pour in the eggs is very hot to cook the eggs immediately. Slowly add in the rest of the eggs. Stir to make sure the eggs cook (to form eggs “strings” like in egg drop soup).
  16. chicken noodle soup in the instant pot
  17. Stir to combine everything and enjoy it!

Notes

  • If your chicken is smaller than 5 pounds follow the guide below for cooking times
    • For a fresh chicken, pressure cook 6 minutes/pound of chicken (ex: 30 minutes for 5 pounds)
    • For a frozen chicken, pressure cook 13 minutes/pound of chicken (ex: 65 minutes for 5 pounds)

Stovetop Version

Follow the recipe as directed, but use a large pot on the stove instead.

  1. Sauté your veggies over medium heat.
  2. Add in your chicken, water, and spices, cover, and bring to a boil.
  3. Cook for 30 minutes (for a fresh chicken which I recommend, not frozen for this method.) If you have a frozen whole chicken, place in the fridge 24 hours to thaw prior to making or set in the sink in hot water for several hours prior to cooking).
  4. Remove the chicken and follow the recipe as directed below.

To Freeze

  • Place cooked soup in a freezer-safe container and place it in the freezer for 3-4 months. Place in the fridge for 24 hours to thaw. To reheat, place in a large pot and place on a pot on the stove over medium heat until warmed all the way through. If making a double batch to freeze, leave the noodles out and add right at the end when reheating.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Soup/Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Bowl
  • Calories: 352
  • Sugar: 1.4 g
  • Sodium: 608.8 mg
  • Fat: 9.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 54.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 227.8 mg

Keywords: Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

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