Introduction: Pressure Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

This pressure cooker chicken noodle soup is full of flavor and really quick to make! I wanted a faster cooking version of my mom's amazing chicken soup with dumplings since Tyler's always asking for it, so I thought I should adapt it for the pressure cooker. This chicken soup tastes just as good as the stove top version, but can be done in under an hour. :D

It's really important to use skin-on, bone-in thighs here. Most pressure cookers can't fit a whole chicken like the original recipe calls for, but thighs are a perfect substitute since they're the most flavorful part of the chicken. And I love dark meat in my chicken soup!

This chicken noodle soup is also just as delicious without the noodles, so feel free to leave those out if you're not a fan.

Step 1: Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, skin on and bone in (3 or 4 thighs on average)
  • 4 carrots, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 3 stalks celery, diced however you want
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • couple handfuls of egg noodles of choice
  • salt and pepper
  • poultry seasoning (optional)
  • fresh parsley for topping the soup (optional)

The poultry seasoning is really just for a little bit of extra flavor! Many times I don't even put it in, so if you don't have any on hand it will still be as good. :)

Step 2: Clean Up and Dry the Chicken

You'll want to check your chicken thighs for any huge pieces of fat and remove them. Fat is flavor and we want to keep some of it, just not the big chunks.

I'll also cut off excess skin if the butchering was particularly bad. :)

Once the chicken is cleaned up, dry it well with paper towels.

Step 3: Brown the Chicken Skin

We want to get lots of extra chicken flavor into this soup, so we're going to lightly brown the skin on the chicken thighs.

This serves two purposes: to render some of the chicken fat to cook the veggies in, and we'll also get a lovely brown fond on the bottom of the pot, which is delicious. :D

Turn your heat to medium and let the pressure cooker pot get nice and hot. Add a little vegetable oil and let it heat. Once the oil is about to smoke, lightly salt and pepper the chicken thighs and place a couple of them skin side down.

Let these cook for a few minutes or until you can smell the chicken skin cooking and you can wiggle the thighs - that way you know they aren't attached to the bottom of the pan anymore! Flip them over and let them cook on the other side for a minute or so, and then transfer to a clean plate. Repeat with the other thighs.

Step 4: Sauté the Veggies

Once the thighs are lightly browned, add in the celery, carrots and onion. Turn down the heat slightly if the pot seems too hot. (If the oil is popping a lot and smoking a little, it's probably too hot!)

Add a pinch of salt and cook the veggies for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the onions to soften and go translucent.

Once the onions are translucent, add in the garlic. Cook this for a couple minutes until nice and fragrant.

P.S. Sometimes at this point I'll add a couple pinches of poultry seasoning. It's yummy! If you like herby soup, go for it. :D

Step 5: Combine Everything in the Pot

Once the veggies are done cooking, add the chicken back into the pot. Leave any fat that's drained off it on the plate. We've got plenty in there already!

Add in the four cups of stock and four cups of water. Stir it together.

Step 6: Lock on the Lid and Cook

Lock the lid on the pressure cooker and turn the heat up to bring it up to pressure.

Once pressure is achieved, turn the heat down to low and set a timer for 20 minutes. (If you're using an electric pressure cooker, cook it at "high" pressure.)

Remember that if you're using an electric pressure cooker or at a high altitude, you'll need to add a few minutes. I'm at roughly 8,000 feet up so I added 5 minutes to my cook time. :)

Once the timer goes off, take the pot off the heat (or turn it off, in the case of an electric pressure cooker) and let the pressure release naturally.

Step 7: Finishing the Soup

Once the pressure has released naturally, open up the pressure cooker and pull out the chicken thighs. Set the aside on a large plate for shredding.

You can either skim the fat in the pot OR keep it. It's really up to you. I think it tastes awesome so I only skim if there's LOADS of it. To skim it, grab the largest metal spoon you have and drag it gently across the surface to grab the fat. (I normally skim before I put the noodles in, and then while the noodles are cooking too. The starch from the noodles can sometimes make it easier.)

Now you'll add the noodles! Put the pot back on the heat and get it bubbling again. Toss in a couple handfuls (maybe 1 cup?) of noodles and cook according to the package directions. I know a couple handfuls sounds like nothing, but this is a tiny bit of soup! If you add too many noodles they'll soak up all the broth.

Shred the chicken while the noodles cook - get rid of any fat, bones, connective tissue and skin.

When the noodles are nearing the end of their cooking, turn down the heat a little and add the shredded chicken.

Stir well and then taste - I always add a little bit more black pepper and a good bit of salt. If it tastes bland chances are you don't have enough salt! Sometimes I salt it using soy sauce too. Sound weird but it's delicious. Just keep adding salt (or soy sauce) and pepper until you like the way it tastes. Enjoy!

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ferjanyen made it! (author)2015-12-07

Nice recipe! Get front the Italian shop a bottle of arrabiata tomato sauce and mix some in, lovely!!!

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Spokehedz made it! (author)2015-11-01

Since we don't want the chicken bones and whatnot after they are done cooking, what I would do is use a metal collapsible colander that your grandmother and mother probably used (They look like this) and put the chicken on top of that, and then the whole kit-and-kaboodle on top of the veggies and whatnot. This way, once the soup is finished, you can just pull all the chicken out, shred it, and put it back in.

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abender1 made it! (author)abender12015-11-01

Something like that would scratch the non-stick surface of my pressure cooker.

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abender1 made it! (author)abender12015-11-03

I assure you my pressure cooker isn't poor quality. that was kind of rude of you.

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TinaO2 made it! (author)TinaO22015-11-03

I have a non-stick all in one cooker, and it still came with a metal rack and handled basket for insertion during the process, so unless it is extremely poor quality non-stick the process should work. Other option is to embed the chicken basket right in the middle so there is a buffer of vegetables round the side...... Or be really pernickety and put the chicken in a muslin or cotton net bag like some of the pre-mixed herb bundles came in a while back.

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jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2015-11-01

This recipe honestly doesn't cook the chicken until it falls apart, so it's pretty easy to fish it out in one piece after! But that's a great idea. :D

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Tigger32810 made it! (author)2015-11-01

Personally, I would NOT have all of that
fat in my soup. Nothing like making something healthy and killing
yourself with it. You not only have the fat from skin but also all of that oil that you
cooked the meat in when you started your soup.

BTW.....in the sentence....lovely brown fond on the bottom of the pot.....what is "fond"? I can find no definition that pertains to cooking other than being FOND of what you might have cooked or eaten.

I do make my soup
by boiling the chicken until it falls apart, but then I run all of the
broth through coffee filters (takes me about 4 filters) as they absorb
the oil (your coffee has oil that the filter removes along with keeping
your grounds out of the pot). I return shredded chicken and broth back
to pot and add in more seasonings and homemade noodles (the kind that
thicken when they cook). This is all done in one pot and NO pressure
cooking.

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jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2015-11-02

I did skim it, since this chicken was particularly fatty! But I do feel it's important to leave some in for flavor and so you're not hungry again immediately. ;)

As rfmonaco said below, the fond is the browning that occurs on the bottom of the pot when you brown meat. It's why so many recipes call for deglazing the pan!

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Tigger32810 made it! (author)Tigger328102015-11-02

I figured fond was the brown on the bottom of the pan but there is no such meaning......I wanted to know the proper name for it....so maybe it is actually called glaze as you referred to "deglazing"? As for fat removal....skimming just doesn't do it for me....still too much left behind or too much broth lost.....coffee filters do allow some of the fat through, but the majority is caught. I LOVE chicken soup....no fat=no flavor.
Cook on and enjoy the soup in the cooler weather!!

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jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2015-11-03

Ha! I promise "fond" is the real name, it's just not well known! The wiki article for deglazing talks about it:

"The culinary term fond, French for "base" or "foundation", refers to this sauce, although it is also sometimes used to describe the browned food bits instead (commonly in the United States)."

Though oddly enough, folks in the US call it "fond" and folks in France call it "sucs" - so who knows. :P

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flag1aa made it! (author)flag1aa2015-11-01

Always somebody got to complain about instructables.

If you don't like the go eat something else, someplace else. If you have somthing you like better then publish it.

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Tigger32810 made it! (author)Tigger328102015-11-01

I just did.
No reason to be nasty since I pointed out something so unhealthy.
Take it with grain of salt like most people do when something is said that they don't like.
As I said, I pointed out something unhealthy. I did not say you made a bad recipe.

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sukkeggs made it! (author)sukkeggs2015-11-02

Not sure why you say it's "so unhealthy". It's not. It's brilliant. Some fat, lots of protein, low carb & HEAPS of flavour.
I've seen the pan-leavings called 'fond' as well, just recently. Never heard that before last week.

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rfmonaco made it! (author)rfmonaco2015-11-01

The brown coating the meat or pot takes after cooking.

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wb5tts made it! (author)2015-11-02

I'm not really illiterate, I just didn't poof read.

Try using "flower tortillas" instead of noodles. Just slice them into strips and add them to the boiling soup. They only take a minute or two to become noodle like, and add a bit of thickening to the soup as well.

Try it you'll like it!

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AlanS14 made it! (author)2015-11-01

Nice- I'll try this but without the celery- I can't tell you how much I HATE celery YEUK (+ shivers)

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abender1 made it! (author)2015-11-01

there's no way my pressure cooker will hold 8 cups of liquid. can this be scaled down?

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jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2015-11-01

You can halve all the amounts - just keep the cooking time the same!

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li james made it! (author)2015-10-28

mmmm delicious!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)2015-10-27

That is the fanciest looking chicken noodle soup I've ever seen!

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