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Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

The best Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with chicken breasts recipe takes just 5 minutes to cook! Super healthy made in a Crockpot Express or as Ninja Foodi chicken noodle soup. Add vegetables, and it’s a great comfort food when it is cold outside or you’re not feeling well. 

instant pot chicken noodle soup

OH yes we love this Instant Pot chicken noodle soup!! No need to be sick to make this soup in your Instant Pot, it is the perfect meal any time of year as far as I am concerned. Just one of many easy Instant Pot recipes we’ve made and are adding more each and every day. 😉 (originally published 2/17, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Chicken Noodle Soup

Really healthy, only requires a few fresh ingredients, and when cooked on high pressure in your pressure cooker it only takes 5 minutes to come out perfect! It doesn’t matter what brand you use, they all work well. Make as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe or in a Mealthy.

We’ve made crockpot chicken soup many times but with the arrival of my new favorite appliance I knew I could make it much faster in my Instant Pot.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup

I had celery, carrots, and onions at home so I went with those additions. Also, I added the 1 container of chicken broth I had but that didn’t look like quite enough. So I used the remainder of vegetable broth I had from my Instant Pot potato corn chowder recipe

What is the soup setting on Instant Pot?

It is just a pre programmed button available to you. I hardly ever use it. Rather I use the pressure cook high (or low) functions and the specific cook time that is needed.

Can you use frozen chicken to make soup?

You could use Instant Pot frozen chicken if that is all you have. Just note that you’d need to do this using the pressure cook function with only broth for about 12 minutes using small breasts.

Then continue with adding veggies and noodles. The latter only ned 2-3 minutes on high pressure to soften.

That came out to about 48 ounces of liquid. A perfect amount for the noodles to absorb a bit of it and still have liquid to drink (or slurp) up.

pressure cooker chicken noodle soup

What kind of chicken is used for soup?

That depends on your preference really, but boneless skinless is necessary. I use breasts for this but to be honest I typically see what is on sale and use that. You could use leftover chicken as well which I have done time and time again because quite frankly I hate wasting food.

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle with Chicken Thighs

If I had to choose my favorite though and money was no object I might say that dark meat would be my fave. Adding a lot more flavor to the overall dish just with brown vs. white meat it’s kinda’ a game changer. You can usually find them cheaper with bone-in, and I just cut the meat off beforehand and dice.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts (yes you put it in raw).
    • You could use diced chicken thighs
    • Or remove the chicken from a store bought rotisserie as well if you prefer.

If yours are not defrosted, follow our Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with frozen chicken timing instead.

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Best Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

When it comes to veggies you can really load it up my friends. Remember when prepping them that the thinner or smaller the pieces are the more tender they will become. Since it is such a quick cook time you don’t want them to be too big or they may not become quite fork tender which is the ideal texture.

Is Chicken Noodle Soup Healthy

You bet it is! I mean there are very few ingredients and most are fresh produce and lean meat. Use low sodium chicken broth if you need to cut down on the salt, no problems there.

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Egg noodles
  • Chicken broth – I use this one
    • Or make homemade chicken broth
  • Onion
  • Olive oil
  • Season with salt and pepper

What can I add to my chicken noodle soup for flavor?

Minced garlic is something that I add to all the things. Add a bay leaf into the pot with the broth if you’d like.

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle with Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Chicken Pho

If you want more of an Asian flare you could use Pho noodles more similar to our Instant Pot ramen recipe. We are always trying to eat as healthy as possible and I will say that having Instant Pot recipes on hand really helped with that!

I can buy lots of fresh produce and brown my meat right inside the pot. It’s a great meal cooks usually in less than 10 minutes. This  is ideal for our busy family and this homemade chicken noodle soup is definitely one of our favorites.

Looking for more easy Instant Pot soup recipes or Instant Pot chicken recipes?

Our Instant Pot chicken stew is similar to this but creamy and with potatoes.

easy chicken noodle casserole

How to Make Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Tip: when cooking noodles in a pressure cooker you want to release pressure quickly.

This is different than if you’re cooking a dish with rice like our Instant Pot chicken and rice. With those it is best to give it about 3 minutes to naturally release and “puff up” the white rice.

  • Beef also needs a lot of time to allow the steam to release naturally. Using noodles though you definitely don’t want them overcooked or they’ll be mush.
  • If using egg noodles like we are here, they take the least amount of time. If you like them al dente aim for 2 minutes vs. 3. That comes down to preference really.

Chicken noodle soup in an Instant Pot

I didn’t make homemade soups at all before this one and now I’m a believer. Want to make chicken soup in the crockpot? We have that too.

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This has such a short cook time, just 3 minutes to pressure cook! You just lightly cook the chicken to begin with until it’s no longer pink on the outside. Very quick and easy process. After you add the chicken you’ll add diced veggies so they soften just a bit.

  • If you use pre cooked shredded chicken you’ll skip this step of course. Do a quick release when done and serve immediately for best results.

How long can you keep chicken noodle soup in the fridge?

Properly stored in airtight containers, cooked chicken soup will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. In order to extend the shelf life you should freeze it. You will need covered airtight containers or heavy duty freezer bags to do this.

Can you freeze homemade chicken noodle soup?

ninja foodi chicken noodle soup

Soups that contain pasta like chicken noodle or minestrone, won’t hold up to the freezer very well unfortunately. If you’re cooking soup specifically to freeze, just hold out on adding the pasta.

  • If you cook everything else, freeze, and reheat your freezer meal you can add freshly boiled noodles then. This is the best method to follow.

Time needed: 7 minutes.

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

  1. Saute

    Put Instant Pot on saute low and add olive oil, chicken cut into spoon sized chunks, celery, onions, and carrots. 

    Cook for a bit so chicken gets just a bit cooked on outside and veggies soften just slightly. 

  2. Add ingredients

    Turn IP off and add chicken broth, uncooked noodles, salt, pepper, and spices if desired. 

  3. Cook

    Put lid on IP, close valve and set to manual, pressure, high for 3 minutes. 

    When it beeps move the pressure valve just slightly to release the pressure slowly. Once steam is released carefully lift lid and enjoy!

In this post is a video showing you how we make pressure cooker chicken noodle soup:

Ninja Foodi Chicken Noodle Soup

Use the same directions for an easy Ninja Foodi recipe such as this one. Same goes for our Instant Pot chicken rice soup.

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Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot chicken noodle soup recipe that is quick to make, needs only a few ingredients and a healthy pressure cooker recipe that is perfect year round.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken noodle soup, easy, healthy, instant pot, pressure cooker, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 239kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put Instant Pot on saute low and add olive oil, chicken cut into spoon sized chunks, celery, onions, and carrots. 
  • Cook for a bit so chicken gets just a bit cooked on outside and veggies soften just slightly. 
  • Turn IP off and add chicken broth, uncooked noodles, salt, pepper, and spices if desired. 
  • Put lid on IP, close valve and set to manual, pressure, high for 3 minutes. 
  • When it beeps move the pressure valve just slightly to release the pressure slowly. Once steam is released carefully lift lid and enjoy!

Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Amount Per Serving (6 oz)
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 1250mg54%
Potassium 717mg20%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 4175IU84%
Vitamin C 22.4mg27%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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DARREN BYRON

Sunday 5th of December 2021

Made it today and the family loved it. They stated will never by canned soup again.

K.

Tuesday 7th of September 2021

I help make meals for local first responders families if they are hurt on the job or had a traumatic call. This is usually my go to meal paired with a homemade sub sandwich. I can't tell you how many raves I get from them, asking for the recipe! Thank you so much for having a simple and delicious meal that I am able to throw together on a whim!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Oh this made my day

Donna

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Loving the recipes!

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Wednesday 13th of January 2021

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Michael I Shusterman

Monday 9th of November 2020

Thanks for the receipe . Its my first try.

Janelle

Sunday 27th of September 2020

I make this often. The recipe is amazing. I add garlic and a bit more oregano. What can I say, I’m Italian. You can’t really mess this up. Delicious and easy for beginners learning to use their IP! Husband loves it.

The Typical Mom

Monday 28th of September 2020

Yay

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