What do you do when half the house is down with flu? You make chicken soup, of course! And you spray Lysol like a boss!! 😉 But back to the chicken soup!
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Thank goodness for the Instant Pot! I was able to make an amazing, from scratch, loaded chicken soup in about 40 minutes. I’ve never been a big fan of soups, there’s only a few soups that I really enjoy. Tortilla soup and bean soup are my favorites. But knowing we had a bunch of sick kids, plus dad, I knew chicken soup was the way to go!
I looked for ideas online and also did some research on spices that were good for colds. I came across turmeric, which is considered an immune system booster and contains lots of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, perfect for when you have a cold or the flu! So I consulted with my head chef, that would be Ryan, and he helped me come up with this recipe, packed full of goodness.
The result? A very tasty and nutritious chicken soup that every single person in the family loved! It was the first time I made a soup from scratch, with a whole chicken and everything, so it was pretty exciting to me that it was such a success!
Little secret about me for those that don’t know me yet, I hate chicken bones, and I hate raw chicken. It gives me the creeps! It’s ironic though, because my favorite food is chicken! I do not handle raw chicken, and I certainly don’t eat any chicken with bones in it.
So it took everything I had in me to pick up that whole chicken and put it in the pot! When all was said and done, the head chef had to do the deboning and shredding of the chicken. He’s an expert at it because he loves me so much, he knows there can’t be any little bones or cartilage in the food, or I may have a heart attack if I come across one while eating. Not sure what it is, but I just can’t handle chicken bones!!
Anyway, the soup turned out amazing and we’ll definitely be making it again!
One word of caution is the turmeric can stain everything! So just don’t put your finished soup in a plastic container, and preferably use a paper towel instead of a dish rag to clean up.
You can also check out this video I put together that shows you step-by-step, how I made this wonderful soup.
Instant Pot Chicken Soup
This chicken soup is great to help build your immune system back up after getting sick with the flu or a cold. It's also very delicious!
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 2 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1 whole chicken (3-4 lbs)
- 2 cups cut carrots
- 3 cups quartered baby red potatoes
- 4 cups chicken broth
- Set the Instant Pot to Saute and let warm.
- Add olive oil.
- Once olive oil is warm, add chopped onion and saute for 2 to 3 minutes continually stirring.
- Add minced garlic and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Continue to stir.
- Stir in chopped celery.
- Add turmeric, Italian seasoning, pepper and salt. Mix all the ingredients well and let saute for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
- Place whole chicken, breast side up, into the Instant Pot.
- Add the carrots, baby red potatoes and chicken broth.
- Turn the Instant Pot off and then close the lid.
- Ensure that the pressure release handle is set to sealing.
- Select the Soup function on your Instant Pot. The Instant Pot will cook at high pressure for 30 minutes.
- Once the Instant Pot has completed cooking, use the natural pressure release NPR method.
- Ensure that all pressure has been released before opening the pot.
- Carefully remove the whole chicken from the Instant Pot and place in a bowl and shred. Add the shredded chicken back to your soup.
- Your chicken soup is ready to serve!
If you need more information on using and getting the most out of your Instant Pot, check out these resources.