Sit down, rest yourself a moment, and settle in with a bowl of healthy Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup. It won’t demand much from you—just a quick 15 minutes of ingredient prep—and you’ll be rewarded with soul-soothing spoonfuls of nourishing healthy goodness.

Easy Instant Pot chicken noodle soup

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This easy Instant Pot chicken noodle soup is a recipe to revitalize your spirits.

  • If you’re feeling run down, it will give you comfort and respite.
  • If you are feeling optimistic, it will keep your momentum strong.
  • And if you’re somewhere in between, it will tip the scale in your favor.

Its breezy 15-minute prep time means we can spend less time cooking and more time doing the things we love (like eating chicken noodle soup with a side of No Knead Focaccia ).

Though the activities that fill your day may look different than mine, let this healthy Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with egg noodles be there at the end of your day too.

Three bowls of Instant Pot chicken noodle soup

5 Star Review

“This is the absolute best chicken soup recipe! My kids loved it!”

— Megan —

This soup is full-on classic, just like my original Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup, Crock Pot Chicken and Rice Soup and Minestrone Soup recipe.

It’s clean, cozy, and the kind of thing I like to eat when I want my dinner to give me a hug.

  • Thyme and bay leaves make this soup stand out above other run-of-the-mill chicken noodle soup recipes you may have tried, as does the method of pressure cooking.
  • Plus, just like my top-rated Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup, this soup tastes wonderful leftover and is freezer-friendly.

Make it once, and enjoy having a healthy, soul-soothing meal on hand whenever you need it.

instant pot chicken noodle soup with healthy vegetables

How to Make The BEST Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

The Instant Pot (here is the model I own), makes this soup especially weeknight-friendly (like this Instant Pot French Onion Soup).

Every element of it from the veggies, to the chicken, to the noodles cooks in a pressure cooker from start to finish.

If you want to make a chicken noodle soup from scratch the quick and easy way, you’ve come to the right place!


The Ingredients

  • Chicken. I elected to make this Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with chicken breasts. You can swap chicken thighs if you prefer.

Ingredient Note

  • Bone-In. My one pinky-out directive is that you use bone-in chicken. Not only is bone-in chicken more tender, but the bones themselves help to flavor the broth, making this recipe the best Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with chicken breasts (or thighs) that you’ll try.
  • Whole Chicken. I have not tried making this as an Instant Pot whole chicken noodle soup yet, but I suspect if you’d like to make with a whole cut up chicken that it would be delicious. If you decide to try, I’d love to hear how it goes!
  • Mirepoix. The trinity of chicken noodle soup goodness! Onions, carrots, and celery are an essential soup trio, and they bring Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and antioxidants to the party.

INGREDIENT NOTE

Could add 2 cloves garlic, minced for a slight garlicky flavor to the mirepoix.

  • Seasonings. A combination of pepper, salt, dried oregano, fresh thyme, and bay leaf. Perfect way to add flavor to chicken noodle soup. Make sure you use fresh thyme here (it’s worth it).
  • Chicken Broth. The liquid base for our soup. I always reach for a low-sodium option to keep things on the healthy side.

TIP!

If you elect to use boneless chicken for this recipe, I suggest using chicken stock or a high-quality bone broth instead of broth. Stock or bone broth will provide the soup with at least some of the added flavor and nutrients lost by not cooking with bone-in chicken. But I’ll repeat: I wholly recommend using bone-in chicken.

  • Egg Noodles. The chicken noodle soup classic. I used whole wheat egg noodles for a nutritional boost of fiber and iron.

Substitution Tip

If you want to make Instant Pot chicken noodle soup without egg noodles, you may swap for any pasta variety you enjoy. Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with macaroni or rigatoni are fine swaps.

I have never tried making this as an Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with dumplings before (I’m pretty loyal to my Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings), however, if you have a trusted method for making dumplings in an Instant Pot (likely by simmering with the sauté function, they might work with this recipe too. If you give it a try, I’d love to hear how it goes.

The Directions

Raw bone-in chicken meat in a bowl
  1. Remove the skin from the chicken.
Chopped vegetables in a bowl
  1. Sauté the veggies in the Instant Pot.

TIP!

I like to use a mix of butter and olive oil, though you can use all of one or all of the other if you prefer.

Raw meat and vegetables in broth
  1. Add in all of the remaining ingredients, except for the water. Place the chicken pieces on top.
  1. Close and pressure cook Instant Pot chicken noodle soup for 10 minutes. Then let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
Shredded chicken cooked in an instant pot in a bowl
  1. Remove and shred the chicken with two forks.
A pressure cooker full of chicken noodle soup with steam
  1. Use the sauté function to simmer (not boil) the noodles until al dente.
Herbs and shredded chicken in a bowl of broth and vegetables
  1. Stir in the chicken and herbs. ENJOY!

Recipe Variations

  • Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Spinach. At the end of cooking, stir in 4 ounces (about 4 or so big handfuls) of chopped baby spinach leaves until wilted.
  • Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Lemon. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your soup at the very end of cooking for a bright pop of flavor. You’ll also love this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.
  • Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Potatoes. Omit the noodles at the end and instead add 2-3, peeled and cubed, russet potatoes to the Instant Pot with the chicken and veggies before cooking. (It’s like an Instant Pot version of my favorite Chicken Stew.)
  • Gluten Free Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup. Swap the egg noodles for gluten free noodles. Since gluten free noodles cook quickly and can become gummy, I recommend preparing them separately, then stirring them into the whole pot (or even individual servings) at the end.
A bowl of Instant Pot chicken noodle soup healthy

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Cooked Chicken

You can make this Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with rotisserie chicken that you already have on hand, or you can use your own pre-cooked shredded chicken. Your broth won’t be as flavorful, but it’s a speedy choice.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Place cooked and cooled soup in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm soup gently in a medium saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat until hot. You can also reheat the chicken soup in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. Freeze soup in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Meal Plan Tip

Chop your mirepoix ingredients up to 1 day in advance, and store them in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator.

Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with vegetables and herbs

What to Serve with Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

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Easy Instant Pot chicken noodle soup

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No matter how you’re feeling right now, a bowl of this wholesome, heart-warming chicken noodle soup is here for you.

I hope it’s just the healthy dinner/hug-in-a-bowl you’re craving.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Does This Recipe Call for Chicken with the Skin?

The only reason this recipe calls for chicken with the skin on is that most bone-in chicken comes with the skin on. If you’re able to find bone-in chicken without the skin, feel free to use it (and save yourself the trouble of removing it).

Can You Put Raw Chicken in an Instant Pot?

Yes! It’s perfectly safe to put raw chicken in an Instant Pot.

Can You Overcook Soup in an Instant Pot?

Yes. Even though pressure cookers, like the Instant Pot, cook foods quickly, the high temperatures and pressure they cook with mean they can easily overcook recipes, including soups. Every model of pressure cooker is a little different so it can take some time to get the total time just right with your unit. Practice makes perfect!

Easy Instant Pot chicken noodle soup

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

4.93 from 26 votes
Healthy Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with chicken breasts or thighs, vegetables, and egg noodles. A quick and easy pressure cooker recipe!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts or thighs, or a mix
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 pound carrots peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick diagonal slices
  • 3 medium stalks celery cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt plus additional to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups water plus additional as needed
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat egg noodles about 3 3/4 ounces
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Carefully remove the skin from the chicken. If your chicken breasts are very large (more than 1 pound each), use a very sharp knife to carefully slice them in half crosswise through the bone. Set aside.
  • Turn your Instant Pot to the sauté setting. Add the olive oil and butter.
  • Once the butter is melted, add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring often, until the onion softens and becomes translucent.
  • Stir in the salt, pepper, and oregano. Place the thyme and bay leaf on top. Pour in the chicken broth and 3 cups water. Gently add the chicken pieces.
  • Close and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure (manual) for 10 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then immediately vent to release any remaining pressure. Carefully open the lid.
  • Remove the chicken and transfer it to a cutting board. Pick out the thyme stems and bay leaf and discard. Turn the Instant Pot to saute (you will need to press “cancel” first).
  • Add the noodles. Let cook, uncovered, until noodles are al dente, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • While the noodles cook, shred the chicken and discard the bones.
  • Once the noodles are done, turn off the Instant Pot. Stir in the parsley and shredded chicken. If you’d like a more brothy, thinner soup, stir in additional water until your desired consistency is reached. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Enjoy hot with an extra sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Notes

  • TO STORE. Place cooked and cooled soup in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT. Rewarm soup gently in a medium saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat until hot. You can also reheat the chicken soup in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave.
  • TO FREEZE. Freeze soup in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 6Calories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 47gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 139mgPotassium: 1158mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 12803IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 2mg

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  1. This was absolutely delicious!
    I used boneless skinless thighs. I sprinkled dried thyme instead of fresh ones. And since Australia doesn’t really have egg noodles that are spirals. I used trivelle spiral pasta instead. Wonderful recipe thanks :)5 stars

  2. Winner! I first made this recipe for a family that was dealing with someone in the hospital as one of the meals they could grab and heat quickly when they got home. Also with picky teenagers, it was a good choice. Easy, excellent tasting, and makes a lot. Highly recommend! I use frozen carrots and boneless chicken when I’m in a rush. I would love to see a post/be able to search on recipes to make and bring to others in similar circumstances, I.e. friends in need (new baby at home, someone is sick, etc.), if it doesn’t already exist. Feels good to give healthy food, thank you for the recipe Erin!5 stars

  3. This is my go to
    Chicken soup recipe. However today I have frozen bone In chicken breast, not thawed yet. How many extra minutes should I add?

    1. Hi Jennifer! I recommend checking out my Instant Pot Chicken post for tips on the timing with frozen, bone-in chicken. I hope this helps!

  4. I made this soup with leg quarters because we love dark meat. I also used BETTER THAN BOUILLON for the broth and substituted 2 cloves of minced garlic for the oregano and thyme. It was absolutely delicious! The only question I have is how do you keep the Instant Pot from squirting the soup out when you do a quick release after a natural 10 minute release?

    1. Hi Connie, I have not had any problems with my instant pot squirting out soup. Each instant pot is different but I think you would need to refer to your manual to troubleshoot it. Hope you enjoy the soup!

  5. Genuine question, why do you specifically call out to use “skin on” chicken pieces and then the literal first step is to remove the skin…? Am I missing something?

    1. Hi Viv, I try to be specific as I can with certain ingredients so readers know what to look for when they are grocery shopping. Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Jenn! Yes you can use regular egg noodles. I use whole wheat egg noodles for a nutritional boost. Hope you enjoy it!

    1. Hi Robbie, I’m not having a problem finding them. You can search Target, Trader Joe’s or even online for them. Hope this helps!

  6. Delicious – just made it. Suggestion – if you don’t like your veggies too mushy I’d suggest removing them when you remove the chicken so that they don’t cook further with the pasta. I will try that next time. I also added some dry rosemary, garlic powder and Better than Bouillion chicken paste at the end to taste.4 stars

  7. This is the first recipe I’ve made from your site. Chicken soup is simple enough but often lacking flavor. This was delicious and I’m very particular. I used thigh and did add 1/4t of sage, thyme and 1t better than bouillon. Would be fantastic with or without those changes. Super impressed!5 stars

  8. This was absolutely delicious!!! I used boneless skinless thighs and it was absolutely delicious! I’ve never used oregano in my soup but it is so good!!!! Will definitely make this again!5 stars

  9. Soup is delicious, could someone please let me know how many cups a serving is? Serves 6 but how big is each serving?5 stars

    1. Hi Margaret! Glad you enjoyed the soup! I haven’t measured out the servings before so I wouldn’t be able to advise on how much each is. I’d just suggest next time you make it, measure it out using cups. Hope this helps!

  10. This has become my go-to recipe for chicken noodle soup. I have two minor alterations. When I remove the chicken to shred it, I also remove the bay leaf and then use my immersion blender to puree the carrots / celery / onions, etc. You end up with a very yellow, rich delicious broth. The other slight change is that I cook my noodles separately, so I can freeze them separately. The first night we put some noodles in the bowl and ladle the soup over. I freeze the little bags of noodles in portion sizes, so I can just throw them in the soup I’m reheating.5 stars

  11. I love this recipe and keep coming back to it! So easy and filing and so much less of a hassle !5 stars

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