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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This chicken and rice soup is my go-to comfort food. It's hearty, flavorful, and so easy to whip up in the instant pot. Perfect for those chilly nights!

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Whipping up this instant pot chicken and rice soup is one of my favorite tasks on a cool day. Picture comforting, steaming hot soup chock-full of diced chicken, veggies, and rice, all pressure cooked to perfection. It's a hearty, delicious meal that's deceptively simple to make. Trust me, after one taste, you'll want to have this on your regular dinner rotation.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts: Lean protein that adds heartiness and flavor to the soup, making it a satisfying and filling meal.
  • Carrots: Adds natural sweetness and vibrant color to the soup, providing essential vitamins and nutrients for a wholesome dish.
  • Celery: Brings a refreshing crunch and subtle earthy flavor to the soup, enhancing its overall texture and taste profile.
  • Onion: Provides a savory base and depth of flavor to the soup, creating a rich and aromatic broth for a comforting meal.
  • White rice: Acts as a hearty grain that thickens the soup and adds a comforting element, making it a complete and satisfying dish.
  • Chicken broth: Infuses the soup with savory flavor and depth, creating a delicious base for the other ingredients to meld together.

Kitchen Tools Required

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking time by using high pressure to cook ingredients quickly and efficiently.
  • Knife: Essential for dicing chicken, slicing carrots, chopping celery, and dicing onions for the soup.
  • Cutting board: Provides a stable surface for cutting and preparing ingredients safely and efficiently.
  • Measuring cup: Ensures accurate measurements of ingredients like rice and broth for the perfect soup consistency.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid and set the valve to sealing.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
  4. Allow for a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then do a quick release.
  5. Stir the soup and serve hot.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 320 kcal | Carbohydrates: 30 g | Protein: 30 g | Total Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 1.5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5 g | Cholesterol: 75 mg | Sodium: 900 mg | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 3 g | Calcium: 50 mg | Potassium: 600 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 200 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Prep and Storage Tips

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the soup as directed and let it cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the soup to cool completely.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container or resealable bags.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to this chicken and rice soup can enhance the overall flavor profile and add a subtle tanginess to the dish.

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Soup Recipe

FAQ:
Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?
Yes, you can substitute chicken thighs for chicken breasts in this recipe. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?
Yes, you can use brown rice instead of white rice, but you may need to increase the cooking time as brown rice takes longer to cook.
Can I add other vegetables to the soup?
Absolutely! Feel free to customize the soup by adding your favorite vegetables like peas, corn, or spinach.
How can I make this soup creamier?
To make the soup creamier, you can stir in some heavy cream or coconut milk after cooking.
Can I freeze this soup?
Yes, you can freeze this soup for later. Just let it cool completely, then transfer it to airtight containers or freezer bags before freezing.

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