Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup (with Frozen Chicken)

This recipe uses frozen chicken to create a flavorful and healthy chicken soup in no time. It comes with a bonus recipe – a 5-minute crispy chicken.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup - Create this rich and flavorful soup with frozen chicken in no time. Bonus recipe - 5-minute crispy chicken.

Since I discovered how to use a pressure cooker to make a quick chicken soup, I’ve been cooking this dish every week. Sometimes two days in a row! It is the easiest way to create a hearty soup and add plenty of vegetables to your dinner table.

The greatest part about this recipe is that you can use frozen chicken without thawing it. Simply pull it out of the freezer and dump it into your pressure cooker. Add a few herbs and some water. Set the timer for 30 minutes of high pressure cooking. You’ll have a quick and rich chicken broth in no time.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup - Create this rich and flavorful soup with frozen chicken in no time. Bonus recipe - 5-minute crispy chicken.Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup - Create this rich and flavorful soup with frozen chicken in no time. Bonus recipe - 5-minute crispy chicken.

After cooking the broth, you can add some vegetables (and/or noodles, if needed) and continue cooking. I have tried adding kale, asparagus, cabbage, carrot, and many others. My favorite combination is carrot, zucchini, and mushrooms. These three ingredients will add a sweet and savory flavor to the soup and make it even more delicious.

I have tried cooking the vegetables with the broth at high pressure. Of course, I used root vegetables like potatoes and carrots in that case. The soup turned out good, but the vegetables were way overcooked. Now I prefer to cook the vegetables separately, after releasing the pressure. It only takes 10 minutes.

In the bonus part of this recipe, you can re-purpose the boiled chicken and use it to make a main dish in 10 minutes (Woohoo!).

Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup - Create this rich and flavorful soup with frozen chicken in no time. Bonus recipe - 5-minute crispy chicken.

Of course you can serve the chicken in the soup. But I found it quite plain and not very interesting. So I usually remove the chicken from the soup, coat it with spices, and then cook it in a separate pan. The process will further render some oil from the chicken skin, to create a perfectly “fried” chicken with crispy skin. The chicken will also be properly seasoned this way, and stay tender in texture.

I usually serve the chicken with some brown rice as a main dish and the chicken soup as a side. The whole process involves about 20 minutes of active cooking time, and yields a delicious and healthy two-course meal. Isn’t it wonderful?

Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup - Create this rich and flavorful soup with frozen chicken in no time. Bonus recipe - 5-minute crispy chicken.

A quick tip. After you prepare and cut the vegetables, do not throw the tough ends and rinds away. Save your mushroom stems, carrot peelings, and zucchini seeds in a gallon-sized ziplock bag, and then freeze them. When you’ve accumulated a bag full of vegetable scraps, you can make a very nice vegetable stock with them 🙂

Want to read more pressure cooker recipes? Check out the one-pot rice pilaf, braised whole lamb leg (3 ways to serve), and crispy potatoes.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup - Create this rich and flavorful soup with frozen chicken in no time. Bonus recipe - 5-minute crispy chicken.

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup (with Frozen Chicken)
 
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Chicken broth
  • 4 frozen bone-in skin-on chicken thighs (*see footnote 1)
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or water) (*see footnote 2)
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 4 green onions, chopped (or 1/2 onion, chopped)
Soup ingredients
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 zucchinis, peeled, seeded and sliced
  • 1 pound mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine chicken, chicken stock, 2 cups water, ginger, and green onion in a pressure cooker. Cook at high pressure for 30 minutes. If using an Instant Pot, choose manual, and set timer to 30 minutes. If using a stovetop pressure cooker, cook over medium high heat until high pressure is reached. Turn to medium low heat. Continue to cook 30 minutes.
    Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup Cooking Process Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup Cooking Process
  2. While cooking the stock, prepare and cut the veggies.
  3. (Optional) When the broth is cooked, you can remove the chicken and use the recipe below to cook a 5-minute crispy chicken. Alternatively, you can continue to cook the soup.
  4. Remove ginger and green onion from the soup and discard. If you’re using onion, leave the onions in the soup.
  5. (Optional) If you prefer not to have a bit of fat content in the soup, you can strain the soup, transfer it into a fat separator and remove the fat. I always keep the fat because it adds great flavor.
  6. Add carrot, zucchini, and mushroom to the soup. Cook over medium heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables turn tender. If using an Instant Pot, choose sautee and let cook until the vegetables are cooked through.
    Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup Cooking Process Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup Cooking Process
  7. Add salt and black pepper to adjust seasoning according to your taste.
  8. Serve warm.
Notes
1. You can use fresh or thawed chicken thigh as well. Reduce cooking time to 20 minutes in this case.

2. You can use water and get a less concentrated soup. But it will still be very delicious.

5.0 from 2 reviews
5-Minute Crispy chicken
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boiled chicken thighs
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of any chicken rub you like (I used tandoori and satay spice mix in my recipe)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Remove chicken thighs from the broth and place on a colander to strain any extra moisture.
  2. Transfer the chicken onto a plate. Sprinkle with spice mix and sea salt on both sides. In addition to tandoori and satay spice mix, you can also try out curry powder, turmeric, paprika, garlic and cayenne. I personally like to use a spice that adds a nice color to the chicken.
    Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup Cooking Process Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup Cooking Process
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until hot. Carefully place chicken thighs into the pan, skin side down. Let cook without moving for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bottom side turns golden brown and crispy. Gently flip with a pair of tongs and try not to tear the chicken apart. It will be very tender! Cook until the bottom side is charred. Transfer to a plate.
    Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup Cooking Process Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup Cooking Process
  4. Serve over rice or noodles as a main, with the soup as a side. Don’t forget to save the chicken bones so you can use them to make chicken stock later.

The nutrition facts are calculated based on 1 of the 4 servings generated by this recipe (soup plus crispy chicken).

Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup Nutrition Facts

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14 thoughts on “Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup (with Frozen Chicken)

  1. Keith @ How's it Lookin?

    Everything looks so good. I never thought about using a pressure cooker, thanks for the idea

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Pressure cooker does a lot of magic when you try it out. Me too, never thought about this before, but once I learnt about it, I’d never stop cooking it again and again 🙂

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Yep that is the best part. I found out this tip online the other day, and I was surprised by how nice the chicken turned out. Will keep trying out new tricks with my Instant Pot!

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    1. Maggie Post author

      I think one of the reasons is because we don’t really use oven in Asia, so anything slow cook will be easier in a pressure cooker. I’m testing a batch of bone broth with pressure cooker today. Hopefully it will turn out great! Yes, you definitely need a pressure cooker if you prefer homemade chicken soup. It’s so easy and fast to cook!

      Reply
  2. Thian Low

    Dumb noob question here. Do you blend your own spice rubs (and if so, can share the recipe please :P) or do you purchase them off the shelves? Thanks for reply!

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      1. Thian Low

        Thanks Maggie! I can identify with the first two since I am from that country 🙂

        One final noob question – you only rub one spice per chicken piece, right? You do not mix the two spices together on one chicken piece? (or am I not understanding correctly? :P)

        Thanks once again!

      2. Maggie Post author

        Yes, only rub on spice per chicken. I don’t mix the two spices together. Sorry my blog post wasn’t very clear!
        Happy cooking and let me know how the dish turns out 🙂

  3. Linda Vickers

    The supplier of spices you recommend for this recipe has permanently closed. Do you have another suggestion for a supplier or recipe for the spices? This chicken looks really good and I want to try it. Thanks. Linda

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Linda, unfortunately I still cannot find a nice satay blend. It’s relatively easy to find tandoori mix on Amazon or in Asian grocery store.
      One thing you can try:
      Mix 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon chili powder, 1/8 teaspoon cumin powder, and 1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar. Pinch of turmeric for color, if you have it.
      Hope the cooking goes well and let me know how it turns out!

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