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
COURSE: Soup
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!  

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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. I only had red lentils on hand so that is what I used and the lentils desintegrated.  I did a quick google search and that’s is normal so use green or black lentils when cooking this.  It was still really good but it had a puréed texture.   I will try again with a different lentil next time.  

  2. My husband said he could eat this every day! I used the entire sazon packet instead of adding extra salt. I put it in the slow cooker all day and it was perfect. This is a great way to use less meat—I asked my butcher to repackage some boneless skinless thighs for the amount I needed. 

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

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

  5. “12 oz 3” for amount of chicken. What does this mean???

  6. 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. 

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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! 

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