Instant Pot Adventures

Is there such a thing as a “late adopter”? I don’t like trendy things. I wait until things have been tried and tested by other people. I hate getting a new phone. I love the car I have now. I don’t like fashion trends or the newest hair styles. I might actually wait for trends to come around again before I ever try them. Case in point; I got a “Dorothy Hamill” wedge hair cut in 1999. I wasn’t alive the first time that hair style was popular, but I liked it so I got it. I bought one cold shoulder shirt, didn’t like it. Usually, I don’t really know what is trending.

Anyway, I finally gave in and bought an Instant Pot. (My sister is still holding out.) I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I’m jumping in with both feet. I bought a whole 4 pound chicken and I am making chicken noodle soup. Hopefully in three easy steps.

The plan is to cook the whole chicken, make bone broth and then put it all together to make chicken soup.

Step 1: Cooking whole chicken

  • wash chicken
  • place on trivet in Instant Pot
  • add 2 cups water
  • season chicken
    • salt
    • pepper
    • oregano
    • garlic powder
    • parsley
    • paprika
    • chicken broth powder
  • Cook on Poultry setting for 32 minutes
  • Let pressure release 15 minutes before pushing quick release button

Step 2: Make bone broth

  • Remove chicken from pot
  • remove most of the meat from the bones
  • Put bones back in pot
  • add veggies
    • 1 onion
    • 2 celery stalks
    • 2 carrots
  • Cover with water and 1 tablespoon ACV
  • season broth
    • 1 tsp salt
    • pepper
  • Use soup/ broth setting for 1 hr 45 min let pressure release naturally
  • Strain

Step 3: Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Saute 1/2 diced onion and one celery stalk in olive oil
  • add 2-3 carrots, sliced
  • Pour in 8 cups of broth
  • stir in 1/2 pound of egg noodles
  • stir in seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon parsley
  • secure lid and set timer for half of noodle cooking time
    • I set mine for 7 minutes for home-style noodles
  • let pressure release for 10 minutes before pushing QR button
  • stir in 2 cups of diced chicken
  • let set for 5 minutes until chicken heated through
  • taste and adjust seasoning
  • serve hot

That actually worked! I had to run some errands so I left the broth in the pot for 2 hours or something. Everything took longer than I was hoping, but I think that is just because I’m new at the Instant Pot thing. I wouldn’t usually make bone broth and soup the same day, but now I know I can. The broth gelled up nice so I know it’s good. Well, what should I try next?


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