Chicken and Lentil Soup (Instant Pot)

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Chicken and lentil soup made in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) – a healthy, nourishing meal that will fill you up and make plenty of servings so you can have leftovers for lunch or freeze the rest!

Chicken and lentil soup made in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) – a healthy, nourishing meal that will fill you up and make plenty of servings so you can have leftovers for lunch or freeze the rest!

I’ve been hearing a lot about the Instant Pot affil link (a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot all in one) but it wasn’t until 2 weeks ago I started getting tons of requests for Instant Pot recipes. My curiosity led me to Amazon, where I found thousands of glowing reviews. Do I need one more appliance? Well of course I bought it to see what the big deal was and here is the first recipe I tried.

I decided to make a recipe I’m very familiar with (and my family loves) to see how it compares to my original and I have to tell you, I loved the results! I made some minor adjustments to my stove top Chicken and Lentil Soup, basically I reduced the liquid since nothing evaporates and I put all the ingredients in the pot at the same time. Closed the pot, pressed the “soup” button and let it cook 30 minutes (stove top takes closer to 2 hours). When it was ready I didn’t even have to shred the chicken, it was so tender it fell apart with my spoon.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and Lentil Soup

This soup is so filling, I often make it with chicken thighs but breasts would also work. And if you are on Weight Watchers it’s now only 1 Smart Point on the Freestyle Plan!

Freezer Tips:

To freeze any leftovers, transfer to an air-tight freezer safe container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, transfer leftover soup to a sauce pot on the stove and slowly bring to a boil, then simmer until heated through.

You can see more Pressure Cooker Recipes and Soup Recipes here!

Chicken and lentil soup made in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) – a healthy, nourishing meal that will fill you up and make plenty of servings so you can have leftovers for lunch or freeze the rest!
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Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and Lentil Soup

263 Cals 23.5 Protein 40 Carbs 3 Fats
Total Time: 45 mins
Yield: 8 servings
CUISINE: American
Chicken and lentil soup made in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) – a healthy, nourishing meal that will fill you up and make plenty of servings so you can have leftovers for lunch or freeze the rest!  


  • 1 lb dried lentils
  • 12 oz 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs, all fat trimmed
  • 7 cups water
  • 2 tbsp chicken Better than Bouillon
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium ripe tomato, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sazon, I used my homemade blend or paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste


  • Place all the ingredients into the instant pot, stir and cover. Use "Soup" button and cook 30 minutes. When done and the pressure releases, shred the chicken and stir. Makes about 11 cups.


Serving: 11/3 cup, Calories: 263kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 23.5g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 503.5mg, Fiber: 6.5g, Sugar: 1.5g
WW Points Plus: 7
Keywords: chicken and lentil soup, homemade chicken and lentil soup, Instant Pot Soup, pressure cooker chicken and lentil soup

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Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and Lentil Soup – This delicious soup is quick, and leftovers are freezer-friendly!

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  1. Can you add the WW builder so I can figure out points value? 

  2. This is ridiculously good and SO flavorful!  I only had two chicken thighs and it turned out fine. Also made it on the stove. 

  3. “12 oz 3” for amount of chicken. What does this mean???

  4. I love this recipe. I have made it countless times and my family always requests it. My only recommendation for those making it is to let the lentils soak in water for 2 hours before making it, and dump put the water they soaked in. It helps with gas and bloating. 

  5. Is this natural release or quick release? Thanks!

  6. This was delicious! I left out the cumin and made my own sazon without cumin since my fiance doesn’t like it. I used chicken breasts since that’s what we had on hand.

  7. I’ve been trying to find more things to make with my instant pot and this was perfect! So easy! Love that I didn’t have to sauté anything, just dump it all in. Super filling too! 

  8. Absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Leftovers freeze well. Very happy with this recipe.

  9. Natural release or quick release? I think natural release but not sure. I’m hungry, it smells good. I can’t wait. 😉

  10. The easiest recipe to date. I did adjust it. I sauté the onions, garlic, added bacon and celery with it. Then added it to the instapot. I didn’t have better than chicken powder, scallions or 3 lbs of chicken breast. So I added the Goya chicken packets 3 of them due to 2 cup per packet, added 2 chicken breast approximately under 1.7 lbs of chicken (it was still a lot) and then sealed it for 30 mins. It was soooo good. I am on day 3 of my soup. Delicious. Thank you! I am going to try more bean based soup. 

  11. THE BEST!! SOOOOO good! First time trying lentils. Thank you for this delicious recipe =)

  12. Love this soup! Going to make it again tonight, but only have red lentils. Think that will work?

  13. Amazing! So easy full of flavor. Love this soup!

  14. Thank you for the recipes! Are the points given for 1 cup serving?

  15. This is one of my favorite soup recipes- delicious- I plan to make it for dinner this weekend- What are some good sides to go with it?

  16. The Instant Pot Chicken Lentil Soup recipe is one of our absolute favorite recipes — we make this every week.

    If I want to increase the recipe — and am using an 8-quart Instant Pot, instead of a 6-quart — can I just increase the ingredients in the same ratio? Has anyone else tried this?

  17. I almost never comment on recipes, but this one is top-notch. I don’t really change anything, just add bacon at the start. My incredibly picky 8 year old requests this, eats 2-3 helpings of it AND asks for leftovers for lunch the next day, so most definitely a winner! (Plus it’s absolutely delicious!!)

  18. Hi Gina! What size Instant Pot do you use? I have the small 3 qt and will probably need to adjust the recipe…
    Thank you!

  19. Delicious soup. I have made it many times

  20. This gives me so many options. I do own an instant pot and love it! I make my own version of minestrone soup. About 2 points (blue) per serving on Weightwatchers.
    3 types of beans, chopped zucchini tomato sauce, carrots, zucchini and yellow squash, 1/4 cup of olive oil. Seasoned with 1 clove of garlic, seasoned salt and pepper. Potatoes and/or pasta can be added (adjust WW points accordingly). Very tasty and filling meal. Thanks Gina for all your wonderful recipes. I love that they are tasty and healthy at the same time.

  21. Oh my goodness! I’ve made this twice this month! Will continue to make regularly! My whole family, and extended, loved this! Didn’t change a thing except to add one more tomato and it is perfection! I’m having a bow right now.

  22. I made this today but left out the chicken since I am not allowed to have meat at the moment. It is delicious. I added some celery and some eggplant that I had on hand. I think it would taste even better with a can of green chilis. I had to puree it and it still tastes fabulous!

  23. I have made this twice in the past two weeks–it was delicious both times and incredibly easy. Omitted the tomato since my family doesn’t like tomatoes. I added some celery and carrots. The family loved it!

  24. Could this be made on the stove or in a slow cooker? It looks SO good, but I don’t have an Instant Pot.

    • Yes. 🙂 look at this recipe

    • Erin yes it can be made in a slow cooker. I have a recipe from WW to do Smoky Slow cooker Beans and Greens. this is from Dry Beans. Cook time is 4 hrs. and 20 minutes.


  25. Our family enjoys so many of your recipes, Gina, but this might just be my all time favorite! Such wonderful flavors and so super easy to prepare. I didn’t have Sazon so I used smoked paprika. I used some Swansons low sodium chicken broth and some water with BTB – all combined to equal the 7 cups. Served it with hot sauce. This will be a frequent meal this winter. Thank you! Next up is the black bean soup with smoked turkey. 

  26. My soup turned out more like a “stew”. The broth completely evaporated. Any tips/suggestions? I thought I followed directions.. 
    Still Delicious!!!

    • I added more water (8 cups) and when I reheat it I put a couple tbsp of water in the container, shake it up and pour it over 

  27. This soup turned out great! I used frozen chicken breasts instead of thighs and cooked for 30 mins on the soup function.

  28. Someone on another site asked for soup recipes, a couple of people mentioned this one and we just happened to have three bone-in thighs left from a big package we used for chicken cacciatore last night. We had already frozen the thighs so I used them without thawing (a big advantage of using a pressure cooker is not having to thaw ingredients, you just add cooking time).

    I substituted four cups of broth for an equal amount of water and since I didn’t have Better than Bouillon used three teaspoons regular chicken bouillon with the last three cups of water. I used a teaspoon of garlic powder for each missing close of garlic (the cacciatore cleaned us out), added a cup of diced carrots and used paprika instead of the sazon. No cilantro either, but not something we’d miss.

    This was not quite as skinny as the recipe intended because my thighs were skin on and bone in, but I pulled off the skin and pulled out the bones before serving.

    I increased the cooking time to 36 min. to account for the frozen thighs and naturally released (not quite done after 49 minutes NR but easily vented in minutes when I turned the lever). Overall cooking  time was almost two hours to include pressurizing and depressurizing the pot, which was fine since I started just after 9 a.m.! 

    This is a keeper!

  29. I haven’t cooked lentils much. This soup was sooo easy, hearty and delicious!

  30. I love a good throw everything in the pot and walk away meal! I was a little worried because 1. I’ve never made lEntil soup 2. I’m not a fan of cilantro and 3. I don’t think I’ve ever put so much water in my IP before 🤣🤣 The IP can sometimes be a mystery because you don’t really smell the flavors until you release the pressure so when I released the pressure , I knew it would be a winner! My 10 year old and I are total foodies and this hit the spot in such a comforting way. This is going on the rotation for sure!!! Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes ! 

  31. This is delicious!  Made this today.. love it! 

  32. I just made this soup and all I can say is, WOW! I wasn’t sure about it, with there really being very little work, but it is fantastic! I cannot wait for my family to try it. I made it with Paprika, but I did order some of the annato seasoning, so next time I’m sure it will be even better. Thanks, Gina!

  33. This is a delicious soup – hadn’t tried the “soup” function on the Instant Pot, and was really pleased with the result. This is flavorful and the tender chicken is great. I stirred in a cup of baby spinach in a lunch portion, and that was a good addition, too.

  34. I forgot to buy a tomato, is there something else I can substitute it with? Maybe canned? Thanks!

  35. I love this recipe so much! This seemed so simple that my expectations were low, but this soup is amazing! It was so easy and the chicken just fell apart it was so tender. Can’t wait to enjoy for lunches this week. 🙂 
    Highly recommend 

  36. My kids request this soup almost weekly and eat multiple bowls. When I put in the nutrition information in the WW app, the soup comes up with 6 points for 1 1/3 cup, but the recipe shows 1 point for blue. Can anyone help me with this?
    Thank you

    • The only things with points on blue would be the chicken thighs (7sp for 12oz.) and the Better than Bouillon (3sp for 2 tbsp).    Everything else would be zero.   So that works out to 1 sp per serving (11 servings).

  37. Made this last night as written, w/a pot on the stove…Delecious!!!

  38. 2nd time making this and it was even better! I found the Sazon seasoning and it definitely added another layer of flavor to the dish. Since Im not really concerned about it being a “skinny” dish, I added some ground hot Italian sausage and it’s out of this world!! When I want a meal to last me a few days, this is my goto.

  39. Can I make this vegetarian?

  40. This recipe brought me back to my childhood when our Czech family friend would make us lentil soup that would last us several meals. Just like that recipe, this one only gets more flavorful as the flavors stew over the next couple of days after making it.

  41. First dish in the Ninja Foodi/Pressure Cooker and it was delish! Was not able to find the Badia seasoning so up the cumin and garlic. We sprinkled some Trader Joe’s Chili Lime on top and it was a great addition!

  42. This is seriously one of the best skinny taste soup recipes! I have made it many times with chicken thighs and breasts.  I think the thighs taste better but it’s good either way.  It freezes well and is great for lunch meal prep.   This time I forgot to buy a tomato so I used a can of Rotel diced tomatoes.  It was still very good in case anyone forgets to buy tomatoes! 

  43. It was fantastic! Used 1.38lbs turkey tenders instead of chicken. Soup was thick but still had plenty of liquid, went well with rice. My boyfriend went back for thirds, lol. Great winter stew.

  44. Absolutely delicious! Made exactly as written except with about 2lbs chicken breast instead of the thighs. Delicious!!

  45. just made this today…it will definitely be in my rotation of’s delicious!!! and it was easy to make!

  46. Just made this.  So easy, so delicious!  Looking forward to eating the leftovers for lunch this week.  I see myself making this often.

  47. This is a family favorite in my house! Everyone loves it, even my very picky 8 year old. I have 4 kids and they always clear their bowls and ask for more. I usually use chicken breasts because I always have bags of frozen ones in the house, but it is delicious with them. It is a very unattractive meal, but so yummy, we call it green slop. But it is seriously the most requested meal in my family.

  48. I don’t have an instant Pot did it on my slow cooker with 8 cups of water and it worked !!! Just delicious 

  49. This is going to be one of my favorite recipes. Made it today and was super fast to make. Just place everything in the pot and you are set to go.

  50. I make this recipe all the time! My kids and hubby love it! I used leftover ham from Easter and it was delicious too! 

  51. My mom raved about this and my brother asked for the recipe! After it sat it really thickened up, so even with added water the consistency was more like chili. I’d never had lentils before (thank you for introducing this new ingredient to me!), and found the taste similar to refried beans.

    We topped it with avocado and shredded cheese, and dipped tortilla chips in it. So good and very filling!

  52. Fresh garlic and garlic powder?

  53. I made this recipe tonight, using some left over shredded chicken (added after pressure was released) and I left out the cilantro. My husband was super skeptical about this recipe, but LOVED it!! We can’t wait to eat the left overs! It was a hearty meal, but healthy and full of delicious flavor. Thank you for coming up with this recipe!

  54. This is so delicious and so very easy! I used a can of diced tomatoes as tomatoes are not in season here now. Also added more chicken the second time I made it. So good! Enjoy!

  55. Thank you, Gina! Just made this today and enjoyed a big bowl for lunch. It’s light yet hearty – so easy, so tasty, and very comforting. Perfect for these freezing cold days. Will definitely make again. : )

  56. Every one of my kids loved it!! That is a win in itself. Plus only 1 freestyle point! Yay!!

  57. Has anyone tried this with Trader Joe’s Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage instead of thighs?

    • I don’t think it would be the right flavor profile for this dish. I’d suggest using ground chicken or a plain ground sausage perhaps. Chicken thighs seems the way to go in my opinion. 

  58. So yummy! I had the left overs the next day!

  59. Wow! This soup was absolutely AMAZING! The only thing I did differently was add some cooked rice before serving. This recipe was super easy. I natural released for 5 mins and then quick released. Will definitely make this again, and again! Thanks for this recipe!

  60. Love this recipe! Can I double it in my 8 quart instant pot or will that be too much liquid? If not, how about 1.5x? Thanks!

  61. This is one of my favorite soup recipes. This time I made my own Sazon blend. So excited for dinner!!

  62. Could I omit the chicken and use veg better than buillion?  For a meat free version?  This is my all time fav lentil recipe but I’ve stopped eating meat. 

  63. Just made this as my first recipe, on my new instant pot! Came out great and tastes delicious! Thank you!

  64. I love lentil soup.  I used breasts, added 2 sliced carrots, 2 bay leaves, 1 tbsp dried cilantro,  a 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh tomato, a large onion and omitted scallions.  I added fresh spinach after pressure cooking and used saute setting until wilted.  Next time I will also add sliced portobellos because I always have them on hand and they would be nice addition.  I omitted the added salt and didn’t miss it.
    I wish the nutrition facts could have been added in the cookbook.

  65. I made this in my pressure cooker, I don’t have the Instant Pot brand, and it came out very mushy and hardly any liquid, still tasted good! When I took it out of the fridge the next day it solidified. Not sure if it’s because I don’t have Instant Pot or if I used too much chicken.

  66. So easy…soooo delicious. I hate soup but my husband loves it. I made this for him but I had 2 helpings. I think this will be a regular on our weekly winter menus.

  67. I made this exactly as written. Used 4 frozen boneless/skinless chicken thighs. Cooks for 30 min “soup” and allowed NPR (took about 20 min). The chicken fell apart. So yummy! Next time I will double the chicken.

  68. Wow I just made this and it is delicious, even though it’s our spring here still love soups even in summer especially for lunches . Thanks so much ?

  69. I just made this soup in my Breville Pressure Cooker. 30 minutes, soup, Hi pressure and quick release.  Turned out perfect and the flavors really blended better then when I made it on the stove.   I put all ingredients in at the same time. Thank you Gina. 

  70. Made the instant pot version and this is SO GOOD and filling for such low freestyle points! One note for others – manufacturer recommendations are to do natural release for soups so that the pressure valve doesn’t get clogged with broth and other things. With natural release this recipe takes about 60-75 min from starting to cook to the end. 

  71. I’m am about to make this a second time, since the first time was so delicious.

  72. I used chicken breasts instead of thighs, and low sodium chicken broth instead of water. It was delicious. I had to add some water after a day in the fridge, as it thickened a lot, but I expected that would happen.

  73. Followed directions….my soup ended up being SO thick….I did add all the water for cooking….well, it still is good…just need to add more water before reheating.

  74. Delicious!! Perfect on a cool fall night. I omitted the scallions and cilantro so my kids wouldn’t turn their noses up because “what are all those green things?!” And I didn’t have Sazon seasoning so I substituted with Penzey’s adobo. Loved it! 

  75. I didn’t have any chicken on hand, but I still made this soup! Super easy and yummy. I added some grated cheese, fresh chopped cilantro, and a drizzle of EVOO on each bowl after it was ready. Thank you, Gina!

  76. I’ve been making the stovetop version since it came out, and it’s even quicker in the IP! I start by sautéing (in the IP) the onion with some chopped carrot/celery, then add everything else and let it cook. I eyeball the seasonings and use a can of rotel instead of a tomato and it’s perfectly flavorful, healthy, and inexpensive. Awesome recipe!

  77. Made this for dinner last night and it was A HIT. I prepped the whole recipe in the Instant Pot insert so all my husband had to do when he got home was put it in the instant pot & press the soup button. It took a little longer for it to come to pressure (to be expected, the insert was in the fridge all day), but it came out WONDERFULLY. Will definitely make again.

  78. How long should I cook if using frozen beans?

  79. This has become one of my favorite go-to recipes. I use a can of dices tomatoes and usually skip the cilantro if I don’t have it on hand. Easy with pantry items that most have on hand!

  80. Loved this recipe! Such a good healthy and flavorful option! 

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  82. Love this! Tomatoes aren’t in season so I put in a can of Hunts Fire Roasted chopped tomatoes. So good!

  83. I love this recipe. This soup is thick, rich, and is full of flavor – almost stewlike. And it was so easy to make. I adhered to some of the comments by others and used 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of the 12 ounces. I added 1/2 teaspoon more Better Than Bouillon (the equivalent of adding more salt and flavor). I also added 5 or 6 handfuls of baby spinach and a red bell pepper. I chopped the onion, scallions, garlic, tomato, and bell pepper in a food processor before adding them to the pot – everything was chopped very very fine. I used brown lentils. I used 7 cups of water. I did a natural release (mostly because I did not get back to the pot for 6 hours after it finished cooking). The soup came out thick and a rich dark brown, just like in the photo. As mentioned by others, you could add other vegetables to this. Next time I will add two tomatoes instead of one and another handful of baby spinach.

  84. I have made this twice now and it was delicious both times. The second time around I added more chicken which we prefer. I also made the Sazon seasoning from the recipe she included. I put it in homemade guacamole tonight which gave it a wonderful flavor! 

  85. LOVED this the first time I made it. Just went to make it again in the Instant Pot and realized I don’t have lentils! Would dried black beans work? They’re a little bigger than lentils, so I wasn’t sure. Thanks in advance for any advice.

  86. Adding to my Instant Pot repertoire!
    Made this tonight for the first time and will make again  I read the reviews before I made to get additional input. I used the chicken thighs. I increased to 1 lb as others suggested. I think that was a good suggestion. Still mostly lentils. I used green lentils. Recipe does not specify. I also added some additional veggies as others suggested. I added carrots and bell pepper. You can really add anything you want to for the most part. I also chose to add the cilantro after cooking as others suggested. I love cumin and will increase cumin next time. Think I will also add more garlic next time as I love garlic.

    Regarding cooking times, I did 25  minutes in my Instant Pot on the soup setting. I chose a few minutes less than the recipe called for based on the recipe booklet that came with the Instant Pot. In the back it had shorter cook times for lentils and for chicken. I did NPR of 11 minutes (meant to do 10) and then quick release which took a while.  The chicken shredded easily and the lentils weren’t mush as some people mentioned in reviews. I think I could get away with a shorter NPR time. 

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  88. Made this soup and it was pretty good but I think I added a little too much cilantro.  The 1/2 teaspoon of salt was not enough so I added another 1/2 teaspoon. Also added a splash of apple cider vinegar for a little punch as it was a bit bland. Worth the points of using chicken thighs rather than chicken breast. 

  89. How can I implement this recipe with a crock pot? Also, can I use chicken breast instead? Since chicken breast is 0 points not on WW.

  90. Could this be made with chicken wingettes? 

  91. I add a loaf of crusty bread and some simply mixed greens and this has become my go to dish for friends who need a meal (new baby, recovering from surgery etc). I usually keep some for my family because it makes a lot! Thanks Gina for having so many easy and family friendly recipes that are also good for us!!

  92. This was delicious! I made it in the Instant Pot exactly as written except that I didn’t have a tomato so left that out. My whole family loved it. So tasty and filling. This recipe is a keeper!  Thanks Gina!

  93. Made this many time and my family loves this!! Lately, we are trying to do less meat . Has anyone tried to do this without the chicken?

  94. I am making this for my office today. I doubled the recipe, which brings it to the max fill for my 8qt. Do I double the time?

  95. So, I made this tonight. I made a couple of minor changes: a full pound of chicken thighs, 10 cups chicken broth instead of water and bouillon, a can of fire-roasted, diced tomatoes instead of a fresh tomato, and I added 1/2 lb of sliced baby portobello mushrooms. It is awesome! I know what I’ll be having for lunch at work this week!

  96. This was absolutely scrumptious! Thank you! I did add zucchini and carrots to give it extra nutrition but I am in love with this soup!

  97. I made this last night for guests and it was a big hit! It was super easy to throw together (although I didn’t have any tomato) and it came out really delicious! My husband said it’s definitely a “make again” meal. The portion was enough to feed 4 adults and still have leftovers.

  98. I made this recipe last week.  I’ve never had lentil soup before but it came out great.  I had a serving per day for lunch and it kept me satisfied all day long.  I didn’t have fresh tomatoes so I used canned diced tomatoes.  I also used chicken cutlets instead of thighs.  I’m making it again today for the week ahead.

  99. I used red lentils and natural release, and it came out creamy. I used 6c stock and 2 fresh tomatoes, and 1lb of baby carrots. Next time I would add more meat and use fire roasted diced tomatoes for extra flavor. Thanks!

  100. Hi! Made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! One question though. The lentils cooked wayyyyy down and you couldn’t even see them in the soup, or feel the texture of them. What did I do wrong??
    Will def. be making again though!

    • What kind of lentils did u use? Your lentils should not have disappeared into your soup. Did you use the soup button, 30 min? Natural pressure release? I do 20min npr, then move the valne to about 1/2 open until the pin drops.

  101. This turned out delicious. Mine came out watery though! I think next time I’ll add less water. It’s not thick like the pic is but still yummy!

  102. I made this for the first time after continuing to hear rave reviews on instagram. It was delicious. I had never made lentils before and my husband was leery but it was fantastic. Very flavorful and I brought left overs to work. Mine turned out a bit thicker than the photo I think but I liked it. It had a hearty, filling vibe. So healthy and delicious!

  103. Unbelievably good!

  104. This was my first recipe used on my brand new Instant Pot.
    It seriously couldn’t have been easier or more delicious! 
    Thank you so much

  105. Super Easy! 🙂 Loved this reciepe and will have leftovers for awhile! I also froze some too for lunches later.

  106. I made this tonight using 4 frozen chicken breast cutlets and a few more tweaks and my whole family really enjoyed it! I added about 2 more teaspoons of Better Than Boullion, 2 cans of chopped tomatoes, an extra onion, some carrot, red bell pepper (what ever you have on hand seems fine!) and tons of garlic. I followed the cooking directions and the chicken was fall-apart tender-perfect. Keep in mind, that the pot took more time to get up to cooking temp and over all, it took about an hour or more. Still better than a crockpot all day. Since there was no fat in it from thigh or rib meat, I added some butter to my bowl and my fam added sour cream to theirs.

  107. This is one of my favorite recipes. I cook it as instructed in my Instant Pot and it is always delicious as it sounds. Thank you Gina, for sharing your recipes. Happy New Year to you and your family, And, may you continue to be blessed in 2018 and beyond. 

  108. I just made this (my very first instant pot recipe) and it was delicious. My husband even had seconds and requested to being some to work for lunch tomorrow. I’d call that a success!!!

  109. Yummy! So good. I will make this again.

  110. I just got an Instant Pot myself and am looking for healthy recipes, so your site is perfect for me!

    If I am to halve the recipes, does that always halve the cooking time as well? Or does the cooking time stay the same?

  111. I made this today and it had very little flavor. After the initial pressure cook, I added about triple the amount of spices and let it simmer on the stove for awhile, but it was just very bland. Also, my lentils fell apart and so my soup does not look like yours.

  112. I have boneless, skinless “already cooked” chicken….why couldn’t I use that?

  113. This was the first recipe that I made in the instant pot and it turned out great! It was delicious and filling – perfect for a cold January day. 

  114. What is the size of your Instant Pot? If I have a 6 QT, is it big enough for this recipe?

  115. Gina – thank you so much for your recipes, meal plans, etc., they make my life infinitely easier! 

    Quick, probably stupid question on this recipe – what makes this 1 point?  I don’t see any oil or other point laden ingredients in the list. Just curious…I plan on making it this weekend.  

  116. Delicious. Quick and easy – longest part was trimming the fat off the chicken. Will definitely make again. Thank you.

  117. What kind of lentils did you use? Red, brown or green?

  118. This was great! I made a few small changes: skipped the scallion and just added more chopped onion. Added 2 tsp of curry powder instead of oregano. Did 3/4 tsp kosher salt. Waited until after cooking to stir in 1/2 cup cilantro. Super yummy. Could easily use 1 lb of chicken thighs next time.  Also did natural release for 10 minutes then manual released it, stirred, added the cilantro. This is a major winner. Thanks! 

  119. What setting do you recommend for multi-cooker brands without a soup function? Simmer?

  120. Is the garlic supposed to be chopped or minced? It doesn’t say in the recipe. Also, I threw all the ingredients in, like the instructions say, but I see that it’s sprinkled on the finished soup. 

  121. Gina
    Is the chicken lentil soup 1 point with chicken thighs?

  122. Do you have soak the beans first?

  123. Do we know if this is quick release or natural release? 

  124. Is this natural release or quick release. I am making this right now and it just finished the 30 minutes. 

  125. did anyone figure out if it is supposed to be natural or quick realease?

  126. I just recalculated with WW Freestyle and calculated 1 SP per serving.  Is that correct?  Yippee!

  127. Is this recipe zero now with the new weight watchers plan?

  128. This is zero points now. I’m in heaven 🙂

  129. It was just okay but we found that there was no depth of flavour and that the Lentils were overcooked.

  130. Has anyone used broth instead of better than bouillon? I prefer to use broth. Love that it only takes 30 mins and it is healthy.

  131. Can I use frozen chicken with this? Will it take longer or the same time? 

  132. I was curious about the amount of carbs. When I enter the recipe into myfitnesspal it comes up with 40 carbs per serving. How did you come up with 16? 

  133. Made this tonight for the first time in an Instant Pot. I’ve made it before on the stove. This time the “broth” of the soup tastes too watery with the 7 cups of water. Did this happen to anyone else?? Any suggestions on how to fix this batch so it doesn’t taste so watery?? Thanks!

    • I’ve not made yet – but whenever it’s soup I sub out my favorite broth instead of water. I will be using 7 cps of low sodium chicken broth instead! 🙂

  134. This was GOOD!  A big hit with all, even picky eaters – great flavor!

  135. This was GOOD!  A big hit with all, even picky eaters – great flavor!

  136. Looks great! However, I’m wondering how you got 6 Smart Points. When I enter the nutritional info into my WW app, I get 2 SPs. I see some other people questioned it too, and you’re response was “it is 6 SPs.” How are you getting 6? Thank you.

    • Looks like your NI must be incorrect. When entering ingredients into the recipe builder, it does come out to 6.

    • Are you using the recipe builder? The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.

  137. In the article you say that is 5 SP and the little “tag” at the bottom shows 5 SP, but the actual recipe nutrition information says 6 SP. Wasn’t sure if you were aware of the discrepancy. I’ll go with 5, ha! 🙂

  138. Hi, what kind of lentils did you use? I made this and it came out looking totally different – wasn’t dark looking like in your picture at all

  139. Can’t wait to make this recipe! Is it really only 129 calories per serving that seems so low…

  140. We don’t all have an Instant Pot. Can you also include instructions for crock pot or stove top for this recipe? Thank you.

  141. Can I make this in a crock pot? If so, what would the cooking time be and what heat level? I don’t have a InstaPot, but I LOVE lentil soup! Thanks!

  142. Never mind my last comment, having trouble with the computer – There appears to be stove top instructions somewhere, I just need to find them. Apologies.

  143. Can you use chicken stock instead of water? I am also new to the insta pot.

  144. I don’t have an instapot brand; do I use high pressure and like 15 minutes?

    Thank you!

    • Did you ever get an answer on this? I have a Cuisinart Pressure Cooker that I LOVE (it has a much better insert than the Instant Pot), but it drives me crazy when I find recipes like these that use Instant Pot specific instructions. Is the “Soup” setting supposed to be High or Low on a regular pressure cooker?

      • Soup setting is high pressure.

      • Pardon me for pointing out the obvious – which may be of use to someone weighing up the relative merits of electric pressure cookers – but the Cuisinart’s insert is actually much WORSE, not better, that the Instant Pot’s….unless you’re a fan of bits of non-stick coating in your food!

        A stainless steel insert very rarely, if ever, sticks if you know what you’re doing in the kitchen.

      • I realize this is an old thread but I made this last night in my Cuisinart EPC. After some research I found a site that said the soup function brings the soup to 230F. That would be most similar to low pressure (6psi in the Cuisinart I have led Cuisinart customer service – high is 10psi). So I used low pressure and 25 minutes (I was on a time crunch) and felt the soup was perfect.

        Hope this is helpful.

  145. Hi Gina,

    Going to attempt this recipe this week.  I’m still unclear if we are supposed to use Quick release or Natural with this recipe.  I’ve seen comments using both.  I’m new to using the InstaPot.  Love so many of your recipes! Thank you.

  146. Can this lentil soup be made in a crock pot?  (I don’t have an instant pot)

  147. I love this recipe thank you! I add a bit more salt and some pepper but that’s it. So great.

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  149. Hi there!

    I would love to try this recipe by do not have a pressure cooker. Would you have timing for this if I used a slow cooker? 


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  151. This was amazing in the instant pot!  We added some lime and hot sauce, definitely the best recipe in our instant pot so far!

  152. I just got my first Instant Pot and can’t wait to try this recipe!  I have a question though.  In the picture of the ingredients inside the pot it looks like there’s mustard on top but I don’t see any mustard in the list of ingredients. Did I miss it, or is that something else that just looks like mustard?  Thanks, and I LOVE your recipes!

  153. I made this last night! It’s DELICIOUS!!! I surfed in while looking for an Instant Pot recipe to make some lentils I had – now I’m scouring the other pressure cooker recipes! Thank you!!!

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  158. What are the points? I am seeing 2 or 3 different ones, 5, 6 and 8. Thanks.

  159. I made this yesterday in a slow cooker, and it is absolutely delicious!!!! Thanks for the great recipe.

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  162. Thank you so much for posting. This was absolutely delicious. One of the best things we’ve made in our instant pot. YUM!

  163. What do you use for your homemade salon?

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  165. LOVED THIS SOUP! I always make salsa chicken in my crockpot – at least 1x/wk – and decided to use up what i had in this soup. AND OMG! It made a ton of soup so i was able to stick some individual servings in the freezer for lunches another time.

    Your recipes NEVER FAIL ME!I make one of your recipes at least 1x/wk.

  166. It turned out great. I made a couple of modifications: (1) Threw some carrots in and omitted one of the onions/shallots; (2) Used a can of chicken broth in lieu of the bouillion cubes; (3) Made it in a standard pressure cooker (Hi pressure, hi heat) for 30 minutes, natural release.

    The only things I would differently: (1) I made this in a 4 quart pressure cooker and cut back on the liquid a bit in order not to go above the 2/3 rule. It turned out a little thick, but not overly so. Next time, I’ll cut back on the lentils a bit; (2) add more salt! But you can always add it later, I guess. (It DOES need salt, however).

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  168. Excited to make this!  Can I use chicken stock instead of the bouillon?  Would you do it the. What th no water and 7 cups stock?

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  170. One of the best soups I have ever eaten. Be sure to season the chicken lightly before you put in the pot.

  171. Can this be halved? I’m wondering if I just halved everything in the ingredients would my IP still be able to pressurize?

  172. Hi Gina,

    I love this soup and have made it several times! I have a question though. When I enter the recipe into a recipe builder/calorie counter I get a significantly different calorie count. I’ve tried two different calorie counter program and both are about double what you say. Did you use some special low-calorie lentils? 😉

    I’d appreciate your thoughts!


  173. Do you put the garlic cloves in whole or minced garlic? Thanks 🙂

  174. My husband and I both loved this recipe – I used a normal pressure cooker, which I need to tweak the cooking time in the recipe a bit for my pressure cooker in the future. Our soup turned out to be more like a stew as many of the lentils began to break down and thicken it up quite a bit. The best part of this becoming stew meant that I could repurpose leftovers! This was absolutely delicious as a base for Huevos Rancheros! I warmed up a small amount, melted a very small amount of cheese over the top, covered it with an over easy egg, and topped it all with a bit of salsa and some hot sauce!! Served with a warmed corn tortilla. I look forward to making this again so we can have leftovers!

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  176. If I don’t use the Better than Bouillon can I use low sodium chicken broth in place of the water?

  177. Just wanted to say I made this over the weekend in the InstantPot and it turned out like glue. I’ve made it on the stovetop before and it’s normally wonderful. Not sure what went wrong with the InstantPot, but I tossed most of it out – it was a solid mass!

    (Sorry – I posted this on another recipe but wanted to make sure it was attached to the right one!)

  178. I got an instant pot for Christmas and made this tonight for dinner. It was heavenly! I can’t wait to try more instant pot recipes!

  179. Just made this comfort soup in my new instapot!  Excellent!  I added a little Franks  Hot sauce for a little kick!  Did a slow release for 5 minutes then quick!  

  180. Hi!! Would you share your homemade blend for Sazon?? Thank you!! 

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  182. I just made this recipe and it was awesome. I would suggest manual venting once the timer sounds so the lentils aren’t too soggy.

  183. I have not tried an Instant Pot but I think I now need to! Thank you for all the work you do in analyzing your recipes. I know how much work it takes. I’m not on weight watchers but use the Nutritional Info you provide in detail. Thank you SO much!

  184. Got an instant pot for Christmas and this was my first time using it. I’ve also never cooked with lentils before. Delicious, and so easy! Thanks Gina!

  185. Can you make this without tomato? I can’t eat tomatoes…but I don’t know if this will change the recipe a lot?

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  188. I liked this recipe, however, I missed the veggies I usually add to lentil soup …. carrots, celery, potatoes.  Wonder if these would get too mushy.   

  189. This was my FIRST IP recipe and it was absolutely fantastic! So excited to play around some more.. and try out your cookbooks! The thing is, when I entered all the ingredients into My Fitness Pal, the calories more than doubled (273 per serving) and I even used chicken breast?! Any guesses as to why this may have happened?? I did use red split lentils so not sure if that’s where the discrepancy lies, and this isn’t a huge issue, but I’ll most likely be using low-cal recipes and really don’t want to always be in for getting much higher cals upon creating recipes in MFP. TIA for your help!!

  190. Hi,  I love this recipe. I see you have two versions: this one and the stove top one. Why is the calorie count for this IP version half of the other but the same number of SP?

  191. First IP recipe I tried.  So easy and so good!  Very tasty!  

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  194. Would I be able to use chicken breasts instead of thighs in this recipe? And if so, what changes to cooking in my IP should I make?

  195. This looks delicious. What kind of lentils did you use? Thanks. Also, I give all of my patients this website to use to learn how to eat a bit healthier while not compromising on any taste. Everyone has loved it. Thanks so much for all that you do. 

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  198. For those who have asked, I just made this with completely frozen thighs (I pulled them straight out of the freezer and into the IP), I just pressed the soup button so it cooked for 30 mins on high pressure, and it was perfect!

  199. So how long would you cook this in a normal crock pot? Not an instant pot?

  200. Do you recommend a specific size pressure cooker/instant pot for most of your recipes?  Is 6qt the best?

  201. Any special instructions for freezing?

  202. Looks delicious!! Are these french lentils?? 

  203. Gina, if we use FROZEN chicken, will it still be 30 minutes in the Instant Pot?

  204. Have people used frozen or thawed chicken?  I’ve done frozen chicken in my instantpot before but not with the soup setting. Wasn’t sure if it would work

  205. This was delicious, and so easy!! I used a can of hot Rotel in place of the chopped tomato and the soup had a nice kick to it. Will definitely make again soon!

  206. Do you have to mince the garlic cloves before adding it to the Instant Pot or does it dissolve naturally?

  207. Is it possible to make this recipe in a Crock Pot?

  208. I love this soup and have made  it many times.  I just put it in myfitnesspal and it calculates a calorie count of 420, wondering how you get 129.  

  209. J’adore vos recettes! Merci je tente de la faire ce jour. Amicalement 

  210. Thank you very much for all your recipes. They’re help me a lot.
    Do you have a DVD and where I can buy?
    Thank you.

  211. Can you make this on the stove and how

  212. Made thiis recipe in my Instant Pot tonight, and it is a keeper.   Truly appreciate your using the Instant Pot and giving directions for its use.  This is the third time I used it, and the first time for the pressure cooker feature.       My husband, who is a “foodie” and great cook LOVED it.  Thank you so much.

  213. Are there any suggestions as to making this in a slow cooker??

  214. What are the modifications for a crock pot? Thank you!

  215. Can you use just a regular pressure cooker to make this recipe? I don’t have the instant pot (yet) haha

  216. I made this recipient and fell in love! It is so delicious and my picky boyfriend even loved it! I actually ended up throwing everything in my crock pot on high for 4 hours since I don’t have a pressure cooker. It turned outer awesome!

  217. Hey Gina (my Food Goddess)
    , I am tempted to buy this Instant Pot, but now what I need to know is -how do I judge all your other recipes (crock pot), and are you going to do any adjusting so they can be done in the Instant Pot?
    -Also, does this mean you will be doing an Instant Pot recipe book?
    -Since it’s just my husband and myself, would you suggest the 6qt? Many thanks

    • UPDATE – I did buy the 6qt

    • Great questions! The Instant Pot is also a slow cooker. You can use either function. If you want to make it quick, almost all recipes easily convert for the instant pot. You get the hang of it after making 3 to 4 recipes. I think 6 quart is a good size. I am thinking about a new cookbook for the pressure cooker, but I have to give it more thought.

      • Made the Lentil and chicken soup and OMG, it was out of this world and so so so easy.
        What I didn’t realize is that the next day, the soup was super thick (we loved it that way too!) but for some may need to add broth or water.

        Gina, is there a certain math I do to convert the recipes to Instant pot? Sorry I can’t figure it out on my own. Keep these recipes coming.

      • Yes Gina!!! A book that has each recipe showing pressure cooking and slow cooking for the Instant Pot! Believe me…I would have bought 2 yesterday, one for me and one for my 30 year old son. He likes the slow cooker side of things but only because he doesn’t know about how awesome the pressure cooker function is.

        It will be a best seller as your recipes are fabulous and healthy. These Instant Pots are flying off the shelves and desperately need you to take them up a notch!

        Any tips on converting the slow cooking to pressure while awaiting your new best seller??

      • If you do decide to go ahead with a new cookbook for the pressure cooker, please include electric and stove top model instructions! Looks like many of us have the traditional pressure cookers!

  218. Do you think you could make this without the chicken as just a lentil soup? Any adjustments that would need to be made without the chicken?

  219. Gina….I’m on the verge of purchasing an Instant Pot….what size do you work with – 6 qt. or 8 qt.? It’s just my husband & myself I’m cooking for, but I have no problem doing larger recipes for left-overs to freeze. 

  220. This was so flavorful, everyone in the house loved it.
    I slow Cooked it on the stove it was delicious 

  221. Love this! Has anyone tried with frozen breasts?

    • I just did tonight. It was totally fine.  Rock solid frozen breasts, plopped it in the middle of all the other ingredients and set it for soup.  30 mins with natural release and it was perfect for shredding in it, and the lentils were not mushy. 

  222. oops, sorry, not 225, 280….

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  224. Thank you for this recipe. I’ve been looking for Instant Pot recipes and this one is fantastic. Delicious!

  225. Is this natural or quick release?

  226. I don’t have an instant pot. I just have a pressure cooker. Would I just use high pressure for 30 minutes? Or low pressure?

  227. I so need to make this! I don’t have a pressure cooker – can this be made in a crock pot instead?

  228. Natural or quick release??

  229. Please make more dishes using the insta-pot pressure cooker..I have one but need receipes. Thank you for sharing!

  230. Can a crockpot be used? Thanks. 

  231. Thank  you for an absolutely amazing recipe. I’ve been trying various recipes posted by people, most of them not living up to expectations. I followed your recipe to a tee and it was amazing. I cannot wait to make it again.  everyone, including my husband, 10-year-old,  five-year-old as well as the babysitter loved it. 

  232. How many quarts is the instant pot you use for the chicken and lentil soup?
    Amazon has many many sizes.
    Thank you!

  233. I don’t have a soup button..older it still 30 minutes

  234. Can this be made in a regular pressure cooker a s would I still only cook for 30 mins?

  235. Wonder if you could use dried beans like pinto, navy, etc.? Does anyone know?

  236. Just tasted this recipe and thought I’d chime in to say it’s absolutely delicious. Seriously one of the tastier meals I’ve prepared in the kitchen. I’m a hot sauce addict so I added some to add heat and salt to taste, but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I’m definitely checking out the other recipes on this site.

  237. Hi Gina,
    Thank you so much for including Instant Pot recipes!! I have a question about this recipe. At the top of the post and in the recipe it says “6 sp”, but in the actual post you say “and if you are on Weight Watchers it’s only 5 Smart Points!”, and then on the graphic below for pinning it says “SMART POINTS: 8PP”, and then when I enter the nutritional information into my smart points calculator it calculates a serving as 2 Smart Points. So needless to say I’m super confused about the discrepancies! Would you mind clarifying since there are 3 different points values listed on this post for the recipe? Thank you so much!!!

  238. Has anyone tried this and cooked in the instant pot for 30 minutes? Lentils that are dry only take 14 minutes. I’m wondering if all the lentils are like mush after 30.

    • Just made it and the lentils are fine. Don’t forget that your instantpot has a soup setting that automatically cooks for 30 minutes anyway.

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  245. If you dont have the Better than Boullion, can you replace some of the water with chicken stock and add some salt in it’s place? Looks like a great recipe, thanks for sharing!

    • I would prefer not to use “Better than Boullion”. I like healthy alternatives without hydrolyzed soy protein (Google hydrolyzed soy protein)

      Any suggestions??

      • It’s a little more time consuming, but this is what I’ve found to work and give the flavor of bouillon.
        Replacement for 1 bouillon cube:
        1 tbsp olive oil or butter
        1/2 fresh yellow onion, chopped
        2 fresh garlic cloves, peeled, halved, stem removed
        2 fresh or dried bay leaves
        3 sprigs fresh or dried thyme
        1 tsp whole coriander seeds, crushed
        1 tsp whole celery seeds, crushed
        2 whole cloves
        Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    • Use chicken stock! Homemade if you can. But any will do!

  246. Hi! This is going to be my first pressure cooker recipe! I wonder though, you didn’t say if the release of the pressure should be natural or quick release. I have been reading that you need to know what one to do at the end of the recipe. Let me know and I will be able to make it! Whoo hoo!!!

    • I would also like to know this. But perhaps because of her wording, it is a natural release. Which means you have to start sooner.

      • I did natural release for 10 min, then quick release the rest of the way. It was fantastic!!! I will try quick release right away next time. 

    • I’d use natural release – there’s a lot of liquid in this recipe and quick release would likely cause some splattering! Be careful if you quick release!!!

  247. Hello, love your recipes and print them out all the time. Thank you. But where the heck is the printer button on this recipe? I cannot find it for the life of me 🙂

    • Where they have all the options like share, twitter, below recipe, there is a more button. Print is listed there.

      • Maybe it’s my web browser but I don’t see the print option where you’ve indicated either!

    • At the very end of the recipe you will see the date the recipe was posted is listed (posted DECEMBER 7, 2015 by GINA) beneath this December date are you “sharing buttons” that vary in color. Email is teal, Facebook is blue, twitter is sky blue, pinterest is red, yummly is orange, last is the MORE button grey  in color. CLICK on the grey MORE button. A large box will appear with additional options to select, PRINT is the second option.

      If you are still unable to locate the print button, there is a second method to print. Located at  the very top of your screen/window you will see options such as FILE, Edit, View etc. CLICK FILE, it now provides you with multiple options, PRINT is the last option. The format of the recipe will appear just as it does on this web page so unfortunately you will have to print multiple pages unless you know how to isolate/print just the pages you want. On my computer the recipe appears on page 7, so for instance you can choose to print just pages 7 through 10 etc.  

      Additional Tip: If you want to save paper,  instead of selecting PRINT select “SAVE PAGE AS A PDF File”, a PDF file is basically an electronic copy you can save to your computer. For additional organization create an electronic folder named “Skinnytaste Recipes” for instance and save all your recipes in one spot to make it easier to find on your hard drive. 

  248. I dont have a pressure cooker, can i cook it in a regular pot? 

  249. Hi, I just made this recipe and loved it but I am not getting the same macros per serving. Is the serving size listed 1 and 1/3 cup? If so, how is the carbohydrate content 16g with a pound of cooked lentils? Thanks! 

  250. Is it possible to cook this in a crockpot? If so how long would you cook it for?

  251. Dumb question (I don’t think I saw anyone else ask it) – what type of lentils did you use? I have red lentils from Trader Joes, but they tend to not hold their shape and instead make a creamy soup. I generally use them for Indian dal. I’m totally unfamiliar with other lentil types.

    Also, do you think I could add in cauliflower to this? If so, when/how would I add it? 

    Thanks in advance for the yummy recipes!

  252. Can you also make this in a slow cooker?

  253. Hi Gina,

    Love your recipes! I just got an Instant Pot and went straight to your website and was happy to see you have many recipes for it. Do you have any ideas for making this meal using frozen chicken breasts? One of the main reasons I am so horrible at weeknight cooking is dealing with defrosting meat. Thanks!

  254. Hi Gina,
    I love your recipes. My instant pot is coming tomorrow and I am starting with this one. One question – can I prepare the recipe ahead of time, stick it in the refrigerator, and then cook it when I get home from work? Thanks!

  255. Made this last night for a soup swap with some fellow WW ladies. there are four of us in total and we each make 16 servings of soup, and share 4 servings with each other. We all end up with 4 servings each of 4 kinds of soup!
    One cooking session = Lunches in order for the next month!!
    The soup is delicious by the way, hearty and filling!
    I'd love to see more Instant Pot recipes soon 🙂

  256. I would also love to know if this is crock pot friendly. 🙂

  257. Hi! This recipe looks delicious! Can it be done it a crock pot, and if so for how long? Thanks!

  258. first recipe I made with my new instapot; very tasty. I added a dolop of plain yogurt and that made it even better the acid in the yogurt really helped balance / round out the soup I highly recommend trying this.

  259. Gina this is a huge hit with my family! It freezes really well, and tastes AMAZING with sriracha!

  260. I'm intrigued by the Instant Pot and have a question— I'm trying this recipe right now in my well-loved 7 quart crockpot. 7Q has been the perfect size for my family of 5, and I can't decide if I buy an IP, if I should get the 6Q or wait for the 8Q which is (reportedly) due out early 2016. I don't entertain much, and don't want a gigantic appliance to store, but I don't want the 6Q to be filled to the brim…and I wonder if as my school-aged kids grow into teen-hood if I will wish I had more room. Thoughts?
    If there was a 7Q IP, it would be a no-brainer. Thanks for any input!

  261. Hi Gina! Love your site. I am a bit confused about this recipe, you have it listed as 5 SP but your graphic says 8. Which is correct? Thank you!

  262. I made this over the weekend and it was a huge hit! Thank you!

  263. OMG. Made this in my IP for the first time tonight. It was out of this world fantastic. I used chicken breast as that's what I had and everything else was the same. I was afraid it would be thin but the consistency was thick and hearty. The chicken didn't really need "shredding" as it really did just fall apart! Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe – the whole family really enjoyed it and I can't get enough of my new IP. Love, love, love!

  264. I have a cuisinart electric pressure cooker and it doesn't have a soup setting– just high or low pressure. How should I set it to cook this soup? 30 minutes at high or low?

  265. should you use less liquid if using a slow cooker?

  266. Hi Gina, I made this today but my soup was thin. I did use a slow cooker too. So maybe that was the difference? But it tastes great even though!

  267. I just went back to WW as a fallen Lifetime – But I saw your recipe using the Instant Pot and I have decided to get one too. I hope you will include more recipes using it as I think it will be a great addition for a lazy cook. I use your recipes all the time just because you have included all the points. Thanks for some wonderful cooking.

  268. This came out amazing in the instant pot.
    Please more instant pot recipies!!!

  269. I just got my InstantPot for Christmas and just made 2 cups of quinoa in 10 minutes!! So excited to make this soup, it is on my meal plan for next week – which I logged in my SkinnyTaste Meal Planner and took to my WW meeting this morning to learn about the new program. I like the changes, especially pertaining to exercise points – They no longer encourage you to eat them! Good Luck and Happy New Year!

  270. So excited to see an Instant Pot recipe on here!!!! I just got mine but am probably starting another whole30 next week so I'll have to skip the lentils but PLEASE keep the recipes coming!!

  271. This recipe is delicious. Love the Instant Pot! Thanks Gina!

  272. Made this tonight so good!!

  273. Hi Gina! Can you tell me the Model number of the Instant Pot you bought? I have also been considering ordering one! Thank you!

  274. Hi Gina! I am such a huge fan of yours and seriously cook Skinnytaste recipes 3 times a week! When I put the nutritional information into my WW calculator it's coming up as 2 SP instead of 5… Could you let me know why? I'm trying to make sure I do all of this correctly! Also I'm hopefully hitting lifetime tomorrow and so much thanks to you on that one!

  275. Thank you for this! I am learning to use my Instant Pot and I hope you will give us more delicious SP recipes for the IP!

  276. Hi Gina
    I just received my Instant Pot, and I'm excited to try it out. I do have a question I'm hoping you can help. I have a simular recipe called Lamb and Bean Soup. The difference is that it uses lamb, lentils, click-peas, 3 tbsp rice. I also add carrots and celery. So my question: Do you think that the cooking time would be the same as your recipe?

  277. I just made this and despite messing up it was FAN-freaking-tastic. (I forgot to put the silicone ring back in the lid so I ran it for 30 minutes with no pressure – once I realized it, I put it back in and reran the soup setting for 10 minutes). I added some spinach at the end and it wilted perfectly into the soup. My toddler LOVED it and my mom loved it so much that she took some home to my dad. This dish will go into heavy rotation.

  278. Can you give directions to do this in a slow cooker, please. It looks delicious!


  279. I love cooking with my Instant Pot and I love your recipes SO I am super excited to read that you will be posting more IP recipes. Yeah!!��

  280. Hi, I just entered this recipe into WW. Using Smart Points, I am coming up with 3 points, not 5. Any ideas?

  281. Just made this in my new IP. Delicious! My husband loves it!

  282. Hi Gina
    First of all, great website and recipes. Love the cookbook. I do follow WW and I am also a vegetarian. I have seen many of my common protein sources increase in points with the SP plan. I understand many lean meat protein sources have gone down in SP. While my daily allowance increased, my normal meals also increase by 3 points daily. I am really concerned about how to manage this new program. If you could post some great vegetarian friendly low in SP recipes, I would really appreciate it. Thanks

  283. This looks delicious. Would ingredients differ for the crock pot?

  284. Hi Gina,

    Will you be posting a Smart Points list for the recipes in your cookbook? Got it earlier this year and love it!

  285. I can't tell you how happy I am that this is an instantpot recipe. I bought my IP back in June and was sad that a lot of the WW recipes aren't suitable for my IP. LOVE this!

  286. Maybe you already answered this also but what if I don't have one of those pots? This recipe looks and sounds great!!!

  287. Hi Gina! Sorry if you've answered this already…for those who bought the cookbook, would the SP calculations work w the current nutritional info or does it change because WW is no longer counting veggies/fruits in recipes? If the nutrition info isn't still valid for calculating SPs, will you be providing an update to those who bought the book?

  288. Question please – since tomatoes are out of season, what size canned tomatoes would we use? Thanks for everything you do! Debi

  289. Gina, Love this recipe! Love! I bought the exact same pressure cooker 3 months ago and this is the best recipe by far. You are my "go to" for recipes. I am enjoying your cook book very much. Look forward to the next one!

  290. I bought an Instapot last year …. Brought it out to make this soup last night …. Absolutely delicious! Kind of magic dumping all of the stuff in and having it turn into this wonderful soup in 30 minutes… Thanks for the reminder of the pot too!
    Giving your cookbook asChristmas presents btw !

  291. I just got my insta pot a few weeks ago and love it so far!!!! Made a yummy roast and several soups excited to see what recipes you share for insta pot. Would be great if they have their own section!

  292. Thank you thank you thank you. I recently purchased a pressure cooker with similar functions as instant pot. I'm in love with it. Now you are experimenting with recipes I can follow. I tell everyone about your website. I'm also a ww member and want to stay on track

  293. I need another kitchen toy like a hole in the head but i just ordered this 🙂 my husband will be thrilled i am sure. I have always wanted a rice cooker and a pressure cooker soooo this being a combo deal sold me:) Can't wait to get it so i can try this soup, i love to make soup on Sunday's to take to work for lunch as it's so easy. This week i had the Enchilada soup and love it!

  294. You're correct about everything but the smoothie. Fruits used in a food processor do get points, you have to put that in the recipe builder to get the Smartpoints for smoothies. Thanks so much for participating in this test group and converting your recipes from points plus to Smartpoints

  295. Fantastic! I also bought an Instant Pot 7 in 1 from the cyber deals around Thanksgiving. I have a small kitchen, so thought this was a great way to get rid of several devices for the one. I was intimidated at first, but already have made a pork stew that was oh so tender. I'm excited to try this recipe and whatever else you come up with!

  296. Gina, Will you be replacing all the points values with the SP or just adding them on. I haven't decided if I will follow the new program or stick with the Points Plus. It would really be helpful if you didn't delete the old points when you add the new ones.

  297. Gina, do you have the 5Qt or 6Qt InstantPot? Quite a price difference and I'm wondering if I can make do with the smaller one. Which size did you use for this recipe?

  298. Hi Gina,
    Thanks for the recipe. I have an instant Pot coming from It is pricier than the one on Amazon but I would pay the exchange which would likely make it the same as what I paid. Early Christmas gift to me!
    I am a lifetime member of W.W. but I don't go now. I have gained back the weight I lost & refuse to keep paying them until I make a concerted effort to eat properly. It isn't my meals but the chocolate etc that i eat that does it. Plus I don't exercise enough but trying to remedy that. I am glad they are focusing on whole foods now. I think that will make it even better. Would love to know more about the new program but I guess I won't unless I go to a meeting.

  299. I've had the instant pot in my wish list on Amazon for some time now. Like you, I didn't need another kitchen gadget….But I do respect your judgement so after this wonderful recipe and your product review my new instant pot is on it's way. Your soup will be the first recipe I try. Thanks

  300. I have had this Instant Pot for over a year and am so happy with it my last one never cooked as well as this one.

  301. Hi Gina! I've enjoyed so many of your recipes and thrilled you posted this one! (saw it in your snap story). I have this pot in my cart on Amazon and have been on the fence about pulling the trigger to buy it. I had the Pressure Cooker XL brand one and had to return it (it burned just about everything I put into it). This will be the first recipe I try in the Instant Pot (once I buy it)! Thanks again for all your wonderful recipes!

  302. I ordered an Instant Pot when it was on sale from Amazon for Black Friday. I LOVE IT! I am so glad you will be adding more recipes for it. Thank you!

  303. Can you tell us what the points would be without the chicken? I love vegetarian lentil soup.

  304. I just bought an Insta-Pot on Cyber Monday and LOVE IT! Thanks for this great recipe. I look forward to more delicious, healthy, weight-conscious meals from you for my pressure cooker in the future. Thanks again!

  305. Welp, I live in Paris in a tiny kitchen and there's no room for these instant pots and crock pots and pressure cookers. Do you have a "regular old pot" variant of this recipe? Pleeeeeeease! I mean "s'il vous plaît"…

  306. Would it be OK to use chicken stock instead of water and bouillon? Not sure how big a difference in taste it would be.

  307. I have had an Instant Pot for about 2 years now and I am so excited to see you do something for it.. I have a hard time finding recipes to use and I am not comfortable enough with pressure cooking to modify and use my own favorites.. thanks

  308. I hadn't heard of the Instant Pot until last week. I think I'm the only person not charmed by it and don't see one in my future.

  309. Not got an Instant Pot, but bought a pressure cooker on Saturday, so will certainly be trying this! Lentils can be a pain to get tender, so good shout with the pressure cooking!

  310. You should explore this group on FB. Lots of great recipes, helpful tips, photos…and lots of cheesecakes and hard boiled eggs, lol!

  311. I bought an Instant Pot recently, but haven't used it much. I look forward to seeing what you make in yours. Already pinned the one from today and yesterday on my Instant Pot board!?

  312. I've never heard of this Instant Pot but am interested in learning more, especially about the success of hard boiled eggs and peeling them! I find that tedious but do so regularly.

  313. I love soup. It is so delicious. Thank for sharing. I'm going to try it now

  314. How do you get the smart points on your app on your phone?

  315. BTW I love SmartPoints. It is going to take a while to change my saved recipes though.

  316. I love this soup so much and it was the very first thing I cooked in my instant pot. I love it so much I've been giving it as gifts and recommending it to all my friends. I am suddenly inspired to make a batch right now in fact! Lunch for the week? Check!!

  317. Can you provide information on how to calculate how many daily/weekly smart points you should be targeting to lose weight?


    • It's different for everyone, by age, weight, how active you are, etc.

    • SmartPoints (both daily and weekly) are based upon weight, height, age and gender. How active you are does not play a part in your SmartPoints allowance. It does play a part in your recommended FitPoints goal. I've been doing SmartPoints for a little over a week and really like it.

  318. Hi Gina! Will you be posting updated SP for your cookbook?

    • Eventually 🙂

    • I just received your cookbook and it doesn't list Points Plus values, so I'm confused about what you mean about you'll eventually post updated SP for your cookbook? What are you updating? Is there a list on your website (with PP listed) somewhere?

  319. I just wanted to say if you have a regular pressure cooker this soup can be made it it . I just finished having it for dinner and it's delicious. I put everything in the pot and cooked it for about 30 minutes and it was done in that time.

  320. Any recommendations on what Instant Pot to go with? I'm thinking…Christmas present for me!

  321. OMG. Not only are you adding Instant Pot recipes but you started with a favorite recipe of mine from your site! I just got my IP on Friday from the amazon deal and have been wanting to try an easy recipe to get used to it. This is PERFECT!

  322. I have an Instapot, love it, had 2 other PC's before, this one is by far the best. Makes following WW a breeze

  323. I've been wanting to add lentils to my diet, this looks like a great way to pull it off.

  324. I love soup, and the crockpot. Looks yummy!

  325. Couple quick questions on the new program (I only do online so do not attend meetings), when does the new program start And do you know if the bar code scanner will be updated as well? thanks!

    • It already started yesterday I believe.

    • The app and online will update automatically on your weigh in day.

    • I'm online-only (no meetings). My weigh in day is Friday, but I really wish there was a way to see more info about SmartPoints before that. I lost 110 pounds on points plus and am now on maintenance. I cook a lot and am really familiar with points plus, so am freaking out a bit a bit over the change! I'm glad Gina likes the new plan, though – that makes me feel better!

  326. I'm so excited that you are going to post recipes for the instant pot! I have the GoWise 6 in 1, and I've been super intimidated by it and don't even know where to start! 🙂

    • The Gowise and I Pot could be brothers, I have both. Remember the program buttons on all electric pressure cookers are just pre-programmed time functions based on the food type. You can take ANY pressure cooker recipe stove top or electric and make it work. Just add about 15% time to the electrics, not absolute but ball park. Join the Yahoo groups PC recipes and get tons of recipes and help.

  327. Thank god you got an InstantPot! Please post more recipes. It's such a great tool.

  328. This new programs sounds very similar to points plus, is it? The daily points and xtra weekly points.

    Thank you for the info.

  329. I love your recipes and use them often. Can you please keep the Points Plus on the and old. A lot of us are staying with Points Plus program. Thank you.

  330. Yes, please add more Instant Pot recipes!

  331. Can this recipe be made in a slow cooker? If so, how long would it be cooked for on high?

  332. That picture of everything raw in the pot before cooking is pretty cool.

  333. So excited that you have an instantpot! please post more recipes as it's so much better and faster and great for people who have disabilaties and can't stand long by the stove

  334. I've done WW online before, but stopped when the app became more trouble than it was worth. This update may just convince me to give it another try. Any thoughts as to when's the best time to join, cost-wise? (I'm guessing right around New Year's?)

    • Good question, I am not sure about pricing, I've been paying the same price for a while now but in my opinion joining before the holidays will help keep the weight off since it's the hardest time of the year with everyone baking!

  335. Thank for the awesome input on the new WW plan. I am interested to try it out. I love your cookbook and have been following your blog for years.

  336. What is the yellowish ingredient next to the tomatoes?

  337. I have a Fagor stovetop pressure cooker and lentils only take about 12 minutes. Chicken pieces take about 10 minutes. It must have a higher pressure than the instant pot.

  338. Hmmm. I've been doing WW for a year. I lost about 25 lbs and am in maintenance although I haven been tracking regularly. I'm intrigued by the new system. Maybe it'll get me back on track. The multi pot sounds interesting. Love your blog and recipes!

  339. This soup looks and sounds so delicious!


    Our first day of exploring Chicago is up on the blog today!

  340. Thank you so much for updating your recipes to Smartpoints! As a WW member who has been living the new program, I can't tell you how exciting it is to have all of your recipes with SP labels! I love cookbooks, I have many, but your cookbook is my go to. I cook from it 4-5 times a week. Last night I served you Roast Beef and Gravy, today your Rustic Italian Gnocchi Soup, both of which are super SP friendly. Frankly all of your recipes are SP friendly. Thank you for making SP recipes tasty, healthy and accessible!

  341. I am so excited that you have an Instant Pot!! I've had mine for a few months, and have mastered a few good recipes and techniques, but I am thrilled to know that my favorite blogger will be coming up with more WW friendly recipes. Btw, if you haven't tried it already, make some "hard boiled" eggs in the pot. It's a game changer!

  342. I'm so excited about Smart Points. I've been doing it for 7 weeks (mum is a WW leader) and I've lost 11lbs despite birthday and constant holiday treats in work and it's been so easy and fun. My cravings have reduced and I'm naturally drawn to making healthier choices. So glad you'll be updating your site too 🙂

  343. But Gina, how do I modify this for cooking in my stove top pressure cooker? It doesn't have a "SOUP" button and this recipe looks wonderful! Guess I might have to do a little research. (If I bring one more appliance into the house I may have to find a new place to live!)

    • Good point, I would cover it it and once it starts to boil and have pressure, set it to low and cook 25 to 30 minutes.

    • I have a multi function electric (not stovetop) pressure cooker (Fagor) that does not have a "soup" button. I have vegetable, browning, rice, keep warm or I can select low or high pressure for pressure cooking. I notice on the picture that you have 30 min selected at high pressure (but are using the soup feature). I am not sure what special function the soup feature has that is not simply high pressure cooking, but I will experiment and see what happens.

    • Hi Kay, I also have the Fagor and would like to adapt this recipe. Let me know how it works for you.

    • Also interested in doing this in the Fagor Lux multicooker with no soup setting.
      Anyone have success doing it?

    • Using the instant pot how was the pressure release done? I'm trying to convert the recipe to another brand of multi-cooker without the soup setting.
      So Quick or natural/slow release of pressure?

  344. Hmmm… I think that fruit in smoothies are still not zero points. On the recipe builder there is a little box to check if your food has been blended or processed.

  345. I bought a different brand of multi cooker from Amazon on Cyber Monday… I made some poached chicken breasts to put in the pasta alfredo that my kids love. The chicken breasts were so moist and flavorful! and done from frozen in 15 minutes! It was amazing! I am looking forward to the recipes that you create for this magical little machine, as there really doesn't seem to be a big variety of them out there…

  346. I also read EmilyBites' review and she also mentioned that fruit and veg is 0 in recipes now – that's great! However, she said it DOES count in smoothies?? She said there's some kind of checkbox for a blended recipe or something? I don't have the new stuff yet, so I'll be sure to see what's what when I get it. Thanks so much for the review – I'm still not thrilled about change, but we'll see how it goes 🙂

    • I asked the leaders and they said that only pertains to juicing not smoothies!

    • Hi Gina, I think that leader must have been thinking of POintsPLus. They will count in smoothies…and it's not pretty.

    • You have an option of checking blended which does count the points, if you don't check it they don't count. Some people were making smoothies with a couple of bananas, some berries, some other fruit and saying, But fruit is free. You get the idea.

    • Fruit in smoothies does count b/c it's blended, according to my leader and Google. Sorry!! That one hurts!

    • Hey Gina! I'm a WW leader and following the Smart Points program for over 6 weeks now. Anything blended in a smoothie counts as points. Sorry! I think we'd all go crazy if we didn't have to count points for it. Smart points is awesome and I can't wait to see the amazing results people have as they lose not just weight, but inches. 🙂 This is such an exciting time!!! Thanks for all your hard work with this site. You help many many people. <3

    • What is the reason for counting a banana if I put it in the blender with fat free yogurt and skim milk and not counting it if I eat it alone?

    • When you blend or process food, it takes your body less calories to process it. You're making it easier for it to digest. The point system allows us to use fruit and veggies for 0 points as long as we are doing the work to digest it. Generally, people don't over do it on veggies – processed or not – so we don't worry about counting points for those. But fruit, with its higher sugar content, is much easier to overindulge in. Especially in smoothies. It's easy to drink 6-8 servings of fruit in one sitting. If we sat down and ate the fruit, we'd never be able to eat that much fruit at one time. 🙂 Does that make sense Anne?

    • Diane, that makes huge sense! Don't like it cuz I would prefer to drink my fruits, but I totally get it! Thanks for the tips! I'm on WW online, but some of this new stuff is hard to follow

  347. Can you leave the points plus amounts also.
    I have done weight watchers for years and do not currently attend meetings to find out about the new program. The points plus works for me and we use a lot of your recipes. (Thank you!)
    Happy New Year!

  348. Hi Gina, I heard about this at my last meeting and was curious about the new changes. Thanks for the post today. I need to adjust my attitude and not feel panicked about change and all the negative thoughts.
    Reading how you dealt with it helps. I guess you just deal with it. Right? LOL.