Healthy, simple & soothing Chicken Noodle Soup made with real/whole food & no butter/sauces. Homey like a warm hug when you needed it the most.
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (roughly 1 ½ pound, 680g) or 6 drumsticks
- 1 small onion, roughly diced
- 4 cloves garlic, roughly minced
- 6 white button mushrooms, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 – 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 5 – 6 cups (1.25 L – 1.5 L) homemade chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
- 8 ounces (227 g) wide egg noodles
- Kosher salt
- Ground black pepper
- ¼ cup (21 g) Italian parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice or more to taste
1Prepare the Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click adjust button to Sauté More function). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).
2Sauté the Mushrooms, Onions and Garlic: Pour 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil into your pressure cooker. Add in the chopped white mushrooms, a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper. Stir to evenly coat the mushrooms with olive oil.
Mushrooms start releasing their moisture. Let the moisture evaporate and stir occasionally until mushrooms are slightly crisp and browned.
Add in diced onions, minced garlic and cook until onions soften and fragrant (roughly 1 – 2 minutes). Add in bay leaf, chopped carrots and celery. Stir and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper if you like.
3Deglaze: Pour ⅓ cup (80 ml) unsalted chicken stock. Scrub all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Pour in the remaining chicken stock ⅔ cup (170ml).
4Pressure Cook the Chicken Meat: Partially submerge chicken breasts or drumsticks into the pressure cooker’s liquid. Close lid.
For Chicken Breasts: pressure cook at High Pressure for 7 minutes + 8 minutes Natural Release.
For Chicken Drumsticks: High Pressure for 8 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release.
5Shred Chicken: Open pressure cooker’s lid, remove bay leaf and chicken. Use fork to shred chicken.
6Make Chicken Soup: Pour 4 – 5 cups (1 L – 1.25 L) unsalted chicken stock into pressure cooker and bring it to a boil over medium high heat (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click adjust button to Sauté More function).
7Cook Noodles & Season: Pour in wide egg noodles and cook until desired texture. Roughly 4 – 8 minutes.
Season chicken soup with kosher salt (roughly a few pinches) and ground black pepper. Brighten with freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste (roughly 1 tbsp, 15 ml).
8Serve: Turn off the heat, add shredded chicken into pressure cooker. Garnish with Italian parsley and serve immediately.