Need a simple yet savory instant pot chicken thighs soup recipe? You’re in luck. The best thing is that prep time is only 10 minutes. So you’ll be enjoying a hearty, delicious and nutritious hot meal before you know it.
Let’s get something out of the way first about this soup….
Instant Pot Soup Not Technically Instant
Even though I make it using an Instant Pot, the truth is, there’s nothing instant about the soup.
Nope, it’s not like instant noodles (Top Ramen) you ate back in college. This isn’t a high-sodium, high-carb, high-MSG noodle soup that’s ready to eat after a minute in the microwave.
On the contrary, the cooking time is about 40 minutes. Therefore, the term instant pot chicken thighs soup is a bit of a misnomer.
The reason it’s called that, if you’re new to cooking, is “Instant Pot” refers to an appliance brand.
Excuse me if you already know what the appliance is. If you think that only those living in a cave haven’t heard of this versatile appliance, then skip to the next section.
But I have to assume that not everybody does. Sure, Crock-Pot might be a household name.
And I’d have to agree that if someone has never heard of Crock-Pot, they’ve probably never cooked anything more than toast or eggs.
For the benefit of those who don’t know what an Instant Pot is, I’ll briefly explain it.
It’s an ingenious electronic appliance. And unless you have a typical New York City closet-size kitchen, I highly encourage you to invest in one.
It’s a rice maker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, and steamer in one. And more than that, it can even make yogurt.
As Close to Bone Broth as You Can Get Without the Wait
As I mention above, the Instant Pot is a mini-miracle for busy moms like myself.
But to make Instant Pot chicken thighs soup, you’ll have to pick the best setting on the appliance.
No, it’s not yogurt. Guess what button you should push?
Yup, you got it…soup! Soup setting, ingenious!
Pretty easy, huh?
Now, the great thing about this soup is that it’s the closest thing to true homemade bone broth you can get.
If you’re wondering what’s the difference between bone broth and chicken stock, I’ll fill you in.
Chicken bones need to simmer for at least 24 hours before it’s considered bonafide bone broth. (For beef bones, it’s more like 48 hours.)
The reason why is that the collagen protein in the bones takes that long to extract from that dense material.
And it’s collagen that’s the most precious ingredient in bone broth. It helps your skin, joints, immunity, gut lining, and more.
Most of the savory ingredients I use in this Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Soup are the same ingredients in many of the best commercial bone broths.
[Love soup? Here’s another Instant Pot recipe: Low Carb Vegetable Soup.]
If you happen to live near Trader Joe’s you could buy their organic chicken thighs. Trader Joes’ thighs are boneless and skinless.
Now you’ll notice for this recipe, I call for skin and bones.
And the reason why relates to the above section about bone broth. We have been conditioned as a society to not eat the whole animal.
This is a shame. The bones, skin, organs and other undesirable parts of animals contain nutrients that are difficult to obtain from muscle meat alone.
For example, you already know about collagen protein. Chicken livers also are super high in vitamin A.
One reason bone broth and collagen protein are so good for you is the amino acid profile of both. (The difference between the two is that bone broth contains collagen. But collagen protein isn’t necessarily bone broth.)
And it’s this specific amino acid profile in bone broth that helps your own skin regenerate its collagen. This makes you more beautiful because the collagen in your skin will be stronger.
With stronger collagen comes less wrinkles.
Unfortunately, the steaks and boneless chicken breast and bacon we eat doesn’t have that same profile of amino acids.
Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Soup In Under An Hour
I wouldn’t necessarily leave your Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Soup on for 24 hours or longer.
However, you could just cook the stock and the bones to make true bone broth.
But even if you don’t, you’re still going to have a very nutritious and delicious soup. It’s got a good balance of protein and natural fat.
And at only 4 grams of carbs, it’s good for keto dieters. It’s also in line with Paleo lifestyles and other low-carb dietary concerns.
This is truly the closest and best thing to homemade bone broth. But when you need soup for the whole family in under an hour, this is perfect.
Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Soup
Need a simple yet savory soup? You're in luck. The best thing is that prep time is only 10 minutes. So you'll be enjoying a hearty, delicious and nutritious meal before you know it.
- 4 stalks celery chopped
- 290 grams radishes about 0.65 pounds
- 1/2 small onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper more or less to taste
- 4 cups chicken bone broth
- 2 pounds chicken thighs with skin and bones
- 2 bay leaves
- fresh parsley for garnish
Place celery, radishes, onion, rosemary, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Pour chicken broth on top then add in the chicken thighs and bay leaves.
Place the lid on the Instant pot and close the valve.
Press "Soup" button and the timer should go to "30" for cook time.
When timer goes off, allow pressure to release naturally for about 20 minutes.
Remove chicken thighs and separate meat from bones and skin. Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Then add chicken back into the soup.
Adjust seasonings with additional salt and pepper if needed. Divide into 4 servings and garnish with fresh parsley on top if desired. Enjoy!