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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup is one of my favorite quick and easy dinners to throw together for those hectic fall and winter evenings. It is super flavorful, with just a touch of red bell pepper for some extra kick.

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

Nothing is easier than this soup. For reals. And if the news and the weather is any indication, most of you out there might do well by this soup. It seems like have of my facebook feed is full of sniffly noses, fevers, or blizzard-like conditions. In March. I feel for you all.

We just had a rare March 70+ degree day in the Pacific Northwest, but now we’re back to rain and 40’s and 50’s and I also could use a big batch of this easy, comforting chicken soup.

Why Use An Instant Pot?

Utilizing the Instant Pot just makes things a WHOLE lot faster. I stupid love this thing, no matter how bad I want it to just be a fad – I COOK MORE OFTEN with this thing in the house. It is really the busy person’s best friend.

If you need more awesome Instant Pot ideas, here is a link to all of my Instant Pot Recipes.



If you have kids, or a job and a life, or just a life (let’s get real), you are probably busy. Sometimes I start to feel a little sorry for myself and the general level of “busy” that I am, but really? I think most people are busy.

I’ve taken to writing SLOW on my wrist in sharpie some days just to remind myself to not rush through every single part of my day because HELLLLLLOOOOOOO anxiety my old friend, I HATE TO SEE YOU HERE AGAIN, and being in a hurry and feeling flustered doesn’t help that (or my Mom Guilt, gah) at all.

But do I HAVE to use a pressure cooker?

Nope! You can make this on the stovetop just as easily. Just throw everything in the pot and then simmer and stir until the rice is tender. Super easy!

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup with carrots, celery and chicken in a bowl.

I KNOW. It doesn’t look like much. But OH…it is EVERYTHING when you need something hot and cozy.

Can I substitute a different kind of rice?

You can, but beware. Different rice requires different cook times, so you might end up with less-than-ideal results. If you want to sub in a similar long-grain rice like Jasmine the end result will be very similar to what you see here.

If you sub in something like Minute Rice and cook it following my recipe you’ll end up with a big pot of mush. Bad. Very bad. 

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

This would be fantastic with some of these milk rolls, and a salad with my Greek Freak vinaigrette!

Milk Rolls #homemade #recipe #best

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup is one of my favorite quick and easy dinners to throw together for those hectic fall and winter evenings. It is super flavorful, with just a touch of red bell pepper for some extra kick.

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts chicken stock
  • 4 cups cooked diced chicken
  • 3 cups sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 cup basmati rice

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients into the Instant Pot, close the lid, move the vent to the sealed position, and set to manual high pressure for 2 minutes. 
  2. Carefully vent the pressure after placing a towel over the vent. Open when it is completely vented and the pin has dropped, and enjoy!

Notes

I use an 8-quart pot for this, but a 6-quart version should work just as well.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367 Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 53mg Sodium: 592mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 9g Protein: 21g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!
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Jenifer

Sunday 12th of May 2019

I just made this and it turned out great! I just got my instant pot this week and have been a little intimidated by pressure cooking. This is the first time I've used it and this recipe was so easy and fast. I used the herbs and seasonings that i typically use when i make chicken soup. The ease and speed of this recipe was exactly what i needed for this spring cold I'm battling

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 12th of May 2019

That's awesome to hear, Jenifer! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting us know. Don't be intimidated by the pressure cooker part of an Instant Pot. It is super easy!

Ann G

Sunday 17th of March 2019

Good hearty soup! I used rotisserie chicken which absorbed the flavor but I had to add quite a bit of salt and pepper when it was done. It made a lot!

John Cardosa Jr.

Saturday 16th of March 2019

The recipe calls for 'cooked diced chicken". Can I use fresh diced chicken breasts?

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 16th of March 2019

Yup! You can definitely use fresh chicken breasts.

JoAnne

Saturday 24th of November 2018

Disappointed. Rice was quite mushy and taste is bland. Will keep searching for a chicken and rice soup that lives up to my childhood memories. Note that it makes a very large amount. On the plus side as easy as pie.

JOANNE TURNBULL

Thursday 29th of November 2018

I used basmati as the recipe called for.

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 24th of November 2018

What kind of rice did you use? I've never had mine come out mushy, so I'm sorry that happened!

Laura

Sunday 5th of August 2018

How long would you cook this using frozen chicken breasts?

Nicole Johnson

Monday 6th of August 2018

I'd add 2 minutes. Just make sure your chicken is cut up into chunks if it is frozen, it'll help it cook faster.