Updated: Jun 15, 2021
Tis the season! Cold & Flu season that is...
It is time for soups, and of course Chicken Noodle is the grand daddy of them all. I think this soup is the definition of "food is medicine" and it will certainly cure what ails you. Even if you are not sick, this recipe will actually help keep you healthy.
With this recipe it will be ready in a little over an hour!
Over the years I have made countless batches of this soup using traditional dutch oven and crockpot methods. However recently I have gained quite the affinity for my Instant Pot and so that what I want to share. If you want to make it in a dutch oven or crockpot, follow the same steps, but account for a lot more time.
Well, you need this soup, so let's get to it!
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
What you'll need:
boneless chicken (breast or thighs work best)
1 tbsp cooking oil
8 cups broth or stock (veggie or chicken)
Whole onion (minced)
3-4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 celery heart (sliced)
4-6 large carrots (sliced)
spices/herbs (salt, pepper, marjoram, oregano, parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, sage) Fresh herbs can be substituted if on hand.
8 oz or 1/2 lb of uncooked noodles. (I prefer something small like fusilli)
Start by putting into the cool Instant Pot your oil, raw chicken, and 1/2 cup broth or stock. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Put the minced onion and garlic on top. Close and seal your Instant Pot, pressure cook the chicken on HIGH for 15 minutes. Allow it to do a natural pressure release once finished. (wait for the thingy to drop)
Open and shred the chicken into small pieces with two forks, it should fall apart pretty easily.
Next add the rest of the broth, spices to taste (usually about a 2 tsp of each.), and the cut celery and carrots. Place the lid back on and set the Instant Pot to "soup/broth" and allow it to cook the vegetables for about 15 minutes.
This time carefully open the vent and allow the instant pot to release pressure. Open the pot and add in your noodles. Allow them to cook until your desired tenderness, usually about 10-12 minutes.
Once the noodles are soft enough to eat, serve it up! Soup is of course best served piping hot, especially when you are sick. Give it to yourself or your loved ones and enjoy!
As you can see it is a fairly simple and straightforward recipe. If you harvested your garden correctly, you may have almost all the ingredients on hand! This will no doubt become a staple on your homestead every fall and winter!
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