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Easy Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Here is an easy and delicious chicken noodle soup recipe for a 3qt instant pot, which will serve 2-4 people (depending if you add bread or not). This recipe was inspired by delish's instant pot recipe. If you have a full 6qt instant pot you can check out their recipe or can try doubling this one (keep cook time the same).
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 3 servings


  • Instant Pot (3 qt)
  • Pot (3-4 qt)
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife


  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 small yellow or spanish onion chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • kosher salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth (or substitute with better than bouillon chicken and water)
  • 8 oz pasta of choice or egg noodles
  • 1 loaf french or italian crusty bread (optional)


  • Turn on the "sauté" function on the instant pot. Add oil and chopped vegetables (carrots, onion, and celery) and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and saute for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Add bay leaves if using, chicken breasts, and salt and pepper (can be fairly liberal, but can always adjust for more later). Add chicken broth or bouillon broth mixture. Switch the instant pot setting to "soup" for 7 minutes. Let it it preheat, cook, and then let the steam naturally release. The total cook time (preheat, cook, and natural release) should take anywhere from 30-45 minutes.
  • After steam has released, open instant pot and remove chicken. Discard bay leaves. Use two forks to shred the chicken and then add back to broth. Taste broth and add more salt and pepper per taste.
  • In a separate pan, cook egg noodles or pasta of choice per their instructions (usually around 5-10 minutes). Once finished, add noodles to serving bowls and ladle in chicken soup broth. If preferred, serve with crusty French or Italian bread.