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20 minutes to a made-from-scratch, gluten free, one pot Chicken Noodle Dinner!

Chicken Noodle Soup in Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooker is one kitchen equipment that you will find in every Indian household. Many reasons!! Top most is because we love lentils, and dried lentils require long cooking time. Hence pressure cooker is appliance of choice for getting food on table, faster!

Also, Pressure Cooker, as name suggests, cooks food in pressure, keeping food healthy, and preserving lots of nutrients. Since food cooks faster, it also saves lots of time! Take for example, yellow lentils, which take approx. 30 minutes to cook if simply boiled with water on stove top, will cook much faster, just in 5-8 minutes, in pressure cooker. Also, modern pressure cookers are safer! All-in-all pressure cooker is a great Kitchen Appliance to own. Being Indian, I can't imagine cooking lentils without pressure cooker, though sometimes I try not to use cooker, so as to share recipe instructions with you (for without-cooker-cooking).

Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup in 20 minutes in a Pressure Cooker

Not just lentils, even tough meats or when you need to add punch of flavor without wasting any time, you want a pressure cooker! I reach for my pressure cooker whenever I have to get food on dinner table under-20-minutes. These days, few of such crucial, time-pressed moments are early mornings. I pack breakfast for Vishal, and at the same time also make-and-pack lunch. Incredibly!! Isn't it?? ;) What!??! you too pack multiple meals every morning!! oh.... I thought I am the only one ;)

Winner Winner Chicken Noodle Soup Dinner

Luckily, Vishal love salads for lunch, and sometimes leftovers-made-fancy work great too.  Winters, however, come with need of warm and comforting soups/stews. We make chicken noodle soup, in winters, for dinner, but since long..... I wanted to make, chicken noodle soup for Vishal, for lunch. I cannot make Chicken soups a day in advance. Ask why??? well.... because every other day is our meat-free day! Like a day before Wednesday, is meat-free so I can't cook chicken!!! I don't like freezing pasta soups for personal pref. and I have no time to spare, in morning, to perch over stove and make flavorful soups.

Hence, I developed this recipe, my quick Pressure Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup!!!

Closer Look at Chicken Noodle Soup in a Spoon

Soup was so packed with flavor, trust me, my kitchen was perfumed with chicken soup aroma! In-fact, Vishal told me when he reheated the soup for lunch, in office, his colleagues came asking Who is selling this Soup in Food Court?! sounds good to me!!

I could have used chicken stock and pre-cooked chicken to make this soup.... but I am sure, you know, it won't be a fresh chicken noodle soup, instead it will be chicken-and-noodle-assembly. (don't judge me if I tell you, I do that sometimes when I am not in mood to cook at all)

Flavorful Chicken Noodle Soup in a Spoon.

One Pot Soup, make it any way you like!

End of the day, Chicken Noodle soup is one pot meal. You can cook it any way you like. If you don't own a pressure cooker, you can make this soup in a dutch oven or heavy bottom deep pot too. 

Cooking in Dutch Oven/Pot: For cooking in pot, follow the recipe instructions as-is, just change following:

1. Replace cooker with dutch oven/deep pot wherever suggested.
2. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of extra water.
3. After adding specified ingredients in step-2, cover pot with tight lid and cook on medium-low heat for 25 minutes or until chicken has fully cooked. 

Gluten Free?

This chicken noodle soup is gluten free. I have used buckwheat soba noodles instead of egg pasta or wheat noodles. Few reasons - One, to keep it light and healthy. Plus quick cooking time of buckwheat Soba noodles is always a bonus when you are time-pressed.

Soup was very flavorful. I added some fresh thyme to make it more appetizing and aromatic. However, this soup tastes great even without thyme. Feel free to skip it.

Get ready to do some baking and shopping for Holidays, and still enjoy great healthy, fresh and homemade soup dinner in 20 minutes! 

Just 20 Minutes to this Bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup

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Chicken Noodle Soup in Pressure Cooker

Chicken Noodle Soup in Pressure Cooker
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Difficulty Easy Yields 4 Servings Serves 4
Smart Swap You can also use turkey instead of Chicken for Quick Turkey Noodle Soup!

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs Chicken  (bone-in or bone-less, white and dark meats)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt  (at-least, rest adjust per taste)
  • 5 Cup Water  
  • 3 Garlic  (3 cloves of garlic, minced, about 1 tbsp when chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Onion  (small diced)
  • 2 Carrots  (small diced)
  • 4-5 Thyme  (fresh sprigs, or use 1/2 tsp dried, both optional)
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper  (or adjust per taste)
  • 1/4 lbs Buckwheat Soba Noodles  
  • Cilantro  (for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil  
  • 1 tbsp Lemon  (lemon juice, or use more per taste)

Directions

  • 1. Heat oil in pressure cooker pan. Add garlic and let it perfume oil for 30 seconds. Don't let it burn. Then add, chopped onion, carrots, and thyme (if using). Saute for 3 minutes or until onions are soft.
  • 2. Add chicken (thaw chicken before adding if using frozen chicken), 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, lemon juice, and water. Tight close the lid of pressure cooker and turn heat on high. After first whistle, reduce heat to medium and let cook in pressure for 6-8 minutes (about 4-5 whistles on low-medium heat). Once done, switch off the heat and leave cooker for 5-10 minutes to release pressure.
    Additional Notes
    I often hold the whistle of pressure cooked with a long-handle spatula to release steam (keeping my face and arm away to avoid chicken steam :)) But this process will vary depending upon type of pressure cooker you using. For any model, leaving cooker for few minutes after cooking auto release the pressure slowly.
  • 3. Once pressure has released, open the lid. Remove and discard thyme sprigs. Remove cooked chicken with tongs and transfer to cutting board. Return cooker on heat (without lid), break soba noodles in half and add to the cooking soup. On high heat cook for 5 minutes, or until noodle are done to your liking. Meantime, chop or shred chicken pieces and set aside.
    Additional Notes
    Buckwheat soba noodles only need 4-5 minutes to cook. Regular egg pasta noodles will take little longer. If using pasta noodles, continue cooking as per time suggested in pasta package directions.
  • 4. Add chopped cooked chicken (discard bones if any), fresh chopped cilantro, then taste and adjust for salt and black pepper. Ladle into cups and serve hot. enjoy!
Savita's Notes:

Skip noodles, and this soup is perfect fit for Paleo Diet.

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19 reviews(s)

  1. Easy & absolutely delicious! Perfect for a light evening meal - & has gotten us thru a bout of flu! I've made it 3 times now & found that we enjoy it with plenty of lemon juice & a bit more salt to enhance it's tanginess. Cilantro is a must! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!
    Hello GrandmaGwen, I'm glad you enjoying this chicken soup recipe that much. I agree, lemon juice and cilantro bring out the flavor of this soup even more. Also, thank you for taking time to write feedback... Words like this make my hard-work on blog worth the effort!
  2. I just got my pressure cooker so I haven't gotten it all figured out just yet - after putting the chicken in and locking the lid you say to put it on high heat then after first whistle reduce to medium...I'm not to sure mine whistles. I don't even think I have a medium or high setting, i was assuming I would just cook it on the chicken setting?! Do I need to make any adjustments other than that?
    Hi Holly, I think you own an electric pressure cooker? If so chicken setting is perfect for this soup. As a general guide, chicken pieces take about 10-12 minutes to cook in pressure cooker. The settings recipe referring to are for stove top pressure cooker. hope it helps.
  3. Hi Will this recipe work in an Instant Pot? Do you know which setting I would use? I'm a nervous newbie. Thank you
    Hi Maria, you can prepare this soup in Instant Pot. On slow cooker setting - I would prepare it without noodles on slow for 5 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Then, add noodles and cook on high 20-25 minutes. or cook noodles and add to soup just before serving. The instructions for shredding the chicken and discarding the thyme sprig (if using) remains same as listed in recipe above. I hope it helps. On pressure cooker setting - follow instructions as is. Cook chicken on saute setting, then cook on high pressure for 2 minutes, then on low pressure for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. I hope it helps.
  4. dunno yet, but looks tasty
  5. This is a fantastic recipe. Thanks for sharing, Savita. One question, the ingredient list says 1 ts black pepper, but the directions say add 1/2 ts black pepper...is it just preference? Which do you recommend? Last time I made this I added 1 full teaspoon of black pepper.
    Hi Miriam, thanks. I'm glad you enjoy this chicken noodle soup. And yes, I want black pepper to be used per preference. The reason I mention 1 tsp in ingredients is to ensure if you like pepper in soup you can add more. My family loves the peppery bite of noodles with soup. So often I endup adding all of it. You can add 1/2 tsp first and then adjust per taste pref. I hope it helps. Happy cooking!
  6. Best Homemade chicken noodle soup I have ever made. Loved it I just need to adjust the recipe for us since I use a whole chicken. I need to triple the broth :)
    Wendy, you made my day! Actually we too love this soup and it comes out great always. I'm glad you second my opinion :) Thanks for taking time to write feedback. happy cooking more soup!
  7. Thalia, thanks! Even looking at the pictures,I am thinking to make it again next week! recipe is so simple, I never have to think twice before making a batch! :) thank you so much for stopping by!
  8. Mira, thanks! I am glad you like soup pictures :) Pressure cooker is new hot fav. of everyone to save cooking time. It never fails to amaze me.
  9. Love how simple, easy and delicious this chicken noodle soup is. Definitely craving a bowlful right now!
  10. I love pressure cooker soups! This one looks perfectly cooked! Beautiful pictures!
  11. thanks everyone!
  12. I am addicted chicken noodle soups. We don't have any food restrictions, but I just use tofu instead of chicken sometimes to make soup little lighter, and for easy cooking.
  13. I love cooking with pressure cooker. I am making this recipe tonight! thanks for recipe, Savita.
  14. yyumm!!! soup looks so appetizing and yummy!