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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 a busy person’s best friend.

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.

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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!

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

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

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 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
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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

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.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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


  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!


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: 367Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 592mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 21g

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Monday 4th of November 2019

The top of the recipe says 20 minute cook time, but the recipe says to set the IP for 2 minutes. Was that a typo? How long do I set it for?

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 5th of November 2019

You set the pot for 2 minutes, but it winds up taking around 20 to come to pressure, finish the cook, and then naturally release some pressure before you vent the rest. With the Instant Pot, nothing is exact as far as a total cook time because it can take various amounts of time to come to pressure.

Gertrude Knight

Saturday 26th of October 2019

I am 79 years old, married 61 years. I bought my first pressure cooker in 1971. loved it so much I bought another 1 year later.Two years ago I finally bought an electric, it was so easy to use I bought another 2 months ago. This one is an IP, and it is the best and easiest of all. I just wish they were approved for canning. That would make them PERFECT.

I cook things in my electric I would NEVER have even tried in my stove tops, Rice, Noodles, Cakes, etc. I comb the net looking for new recipes for my electric because I want to fully understand all its nuances. I want to compliment you on your recipes, because I find them most reliable and delicious, of all I have tried. This Chicken Rice Soup was wonderful. It put a smile on my husbands face big time, and that says a lot. THANKS

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 26th of October 2019

Gertrude, you just made my night. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing! I appreciate it, and I appreciate you. <3


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.

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