The Best Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

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This low-carb chicken noodle soup is a family pleaser you can make all year round. It's keto-friendly, full of flavour and immune-boosting ingredients such as collagen and vegetables. When you're feeling unwell and looking for a natural flu remedy, a bowl of warm and comforting goodness like this soup will make you feel better.

I used to make it in my Dutch oven but that has all changed when I got my Instant Pot - one of the best purchases I've ever made! Just like my slow cooker, it's perfect for batch cooking and ideal for those of us with busy lifestyles.

Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving, 2 cups/ 480 ml)

Net carbs4.9 grams
Protein25.5 grams
Fat13.6 grams
Calories251 kcal

Calories from carbs 8%, protein 42%, fat 50%

Total carbs8.1 gramsFiber3.1 gramsSugars3.1 gramsSaturated fat5 gramsSodium401 mg(17% RDA)Magnesium51 mg(13% RDA)Potassium817 mg(41% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 8 servings)

  • 2.5 L water (about 10 cups)
  • 2 chicken carcasses (mine yielded 450 g/ 1 lb cooked chicken)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar (15 ml)
  • 2 packs shirataki noodles (400 g/ 14.1 oz)
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced (142 g/ 5 oz)
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped cauliflower (134 g/ 4.7 oz)
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt or to taste
  • Optional: giblets such as sliced heart and liver
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped broccoli (114 g/ 4 oz)
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced (70 g/ 2.5 oz)
  • 1 small zucchini, diced (150 g/ 5.3 oz)
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped (85 g/ 3 oz)
  • small bunch dark leaf kale, stems removed, chopped (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 1 cup sliced white mushrooms (70 g/ 2.5 oz)
  • 3/4 cup chopped green beans (75 g/ 2.7 oz)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 whole allspice
  • 4 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: For extra heat and flavour, add sliced chilies, minced garlic and/or grated ginger.

Note: A quick alternative would be to use chicken broth instead of water, and 450 g (1 lb) cooked chicken. To do that, skip step 1.,2. and 4. and follow the steps by simply cooking the vegetables directly in the prepared chicken broth.

Instructions

  1. Remove any giblets if they are inside the chicken carcasses. Add the chicken carcasses (plus neck if included), water and lemon juice into your Instant Pot. Cover with the lid and turn to the locked position. Set the vent valve to the sealing position and set the cooking to Poultry. When the cycle has finished, let the pressure release naturally (do not release the vent valve). The Best Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
  2. When the pressure has been released completely, open the Instant Pot. Using oven gloves, remove the bowl and set on a cooling rack until cool enough to strain the chicken broth into another pot. The Best Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
  3. Meanwhile, peel and chop all the vegetables. The Best Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
  4. Shred the meat off the bones. Discard the skin and bones (or freeze and use to make bone broth).
  5. Prepare the shirataki noodles by following the instructions in this post. You can skip the pan frying as this step is not necessary if you're using the noodles in a soup. All you need is to follow the first 2 steps. The Best Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
  6. Pour the chicken broth back into the Instant Pot and set it to Sauté. Once boiling, add the sliced carrots, chopped cauliflower, bay leaves, allspice, salt, and optionally sliced giblets. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the remaining chopped vegetables and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the carrots are tender. The Best Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
  7. Finally, turn off the Instant Pot and add the prepared shirataki noodles, shredded chicken and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Discard the allspice and bay leaves.
  8. Enjoy with more fresh parsley if desired. To store, let the soup cool down and refrigerate for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. The Best Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 2 cups/ 480 ml)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken stock (broth), chicken only, homemade
0 g6.3 g6.3 g82 kcal
Chicken, stewing, meat only, cooked, stewed
0 g17.1 g6.7 g133 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Shirataki noodles
0.8 g0 g0.1 g2 kcal
Carrot, fresh
1.2 g0.2 g0 g7 kcal
Cauliflower, fresh
0.5 g0.3 g0 g4 kcal
Broccoli, fresh
0.6 g0.4 g0.1 g5 kcal
Celery stalk, fresh
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Zucchini (summer squash, courgette)
0.4 g0.2 g0.1 g3 kcal
Peppers, red bell, fresh
0.4 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Italian black kale (cavolo nero)
0.1 g0.3 g0.1 g3 kcal
Mushrooms (white), fresh
0.2 g0.3 g0 g2 kcal
Green beans, fresh
0.4 g0.2 g0 g3 kcal
Bay leaf, dried
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Allspice, dried, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 2 cups/ 480 ml
4.9 g25.5 g13.6 g251 kcal
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (10)

I dont have an Instant Pot, but i do have an electric pressure cooker.  It has no Poultry butoon, so what would the recommended time be at high pressure?
Thank you
PS, I made your chicken fajita soup in my pressure cooker and it was awesome!
Elizabeth

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Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth! I never had any other pressure cooker but I think it should be the same so you can cook it on high pressure and once the pressure builds up (usually takes 10-15 minutes), cook for about 30 minutes. The poultry setting on my Instant Pot says 45 minutes which includes the pressurising. I hope this helps!

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Hello Martina. Thank you for this great dish. I used Kelp noodles with this and it works great.
Perhaps the salt should be 1 tbsp and not 1 tsp?

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Thank you for your kind words! I think this depends on your palate. I did use just one teaspoon but you can add more to taste.

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I'm assuming that all of the water goes in at Step 1 to cook the chicken right?  I can't wait to try this one for work lunches!
Thanks!

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Yes it does, thanks for spotting that!

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The recipe sounds delicious although I do have to admit that I'm going the easy route and using broth, cooked chicken and no giblets. Assuming most of the fat and protein is from the chicken, it looks like with a pound of dark meat I'll have 6 g fat and 15 g protein per serving. Your recipe yields 13 g fat and 26 g of protein per serving. Is the difference really just from giblets? If so, how much did you use? thanks!

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Hi Melissa, I used "chicken stock" + "whole cooked chicken" to calculate the nutrition facts which gives average values for the whole bird (this includes meat and skin (giblets are not included as they are optional). There was quite a bit of fat on top of my soup but it will vary based on the meat you're using and whether you're also using fatty chicken skin. I hope this helps!

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Martina, you are awesome! I love your meals you share with us. The Chicken Noodle Soup is our meal tonight. I’ve made it on the stove as I don’t have a pressure cooker however, it is beautiful! Thank you so much 😊

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Thank you so much, I really appreciate your kind words!

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