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This instant pot chicken vegetable soup is our go to when anyone in our house is feeling under the weather. It’s loaded with ginger, turmeric, nutritional yeast, lots of veggies and nourishing broth. It’s also kid-friendly! Edith demolishes this soup at least twice a month.
Don’t be fooled by the name… this soup is far from INSTANT. But, most of the time this recipe takes is inactive, so don’t stress it.
If you don’t have an instant pot yet– WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? No you do not need the super fancy one that makes yogurt, cake, washes your dishes and folds your laundry while also cooking dinner. I use this simple 6qt version and it works perfectly. It can be tempting to eye that 8qt one, but from what I’ve heard, it makes it even LESS instant (all that space to pressurize!). So unless you’re consistently cooking for an army– stick with the 5 or 6qt version.
Tips & Tricks
If you don’t have a spice pouch for the toasted coriander and clove, you can use a loose leaf tea bag or make your own pouch out of cheesecloth and butcher twine (that’s what we do).
No whole spices? You can substitute ground spices in here, just fine.
You’ll pressure cook twice in this recipe. To make sure you get a good seal the second time, run the lid and seal under cold water in between.
Don’t skimp on Fish Sauce quality. I prefer Red Boat– you can find it at Trader Joes, or online with Thrive Market or Amazon for a deal.
Be super careful when removing the chicken from the instant pot, especially if you’re using a whole chicken. Use a pair or tongs or a steamer insert in this pot to make removal easier!
Use whatever veggies your heart desires (or your fridge provides) in this recipe. No parsnips? Swap in sweet potatoes! No zucchini? Add broccoli or green beans! Keep in mind, you only want to pressure cook starchy vegetables like carrots, parsnips or potatoes. Other veggies will turn to mush.