Are you feeling a little under the weather, cold or do you just need a little comfort food? I have the perfect solution. How about a hot bowl of Chicken Zoodle Soup? Yep, I said “zoodle”. Zoodles are just spriralized zucchini that make a great alternative to egg noodles, for those folks who need to go gluten free.
Now the zoodle thing, it is just spiralized zucchini and I use them in everything. Since I am avoiding grains right now, these green spiral ribbons come in quite handy. I decided to add them to my chicken noodle soup recipe and make it up in the Instant Pot. Worked like a charm. My husband even commented that if he couldn’t see, he wouldn’t even know the difference.
I really have enjoyed this spiralizer. It is simple, inexpensive and lightweight. I use it to spiralize zucchini, carrots, apples, and potatoes. It works great to serialize things to add to salads and soups. If you haven’t spiralized, you ought to give it a whirl. (Pun intended)!
Let’s get back to the soup recipe.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 8 chicken tenderloins ( I use frozen chicken tenderloin or frozen breasts) *You can also use pre-cooked shredded chicken
- 3 Tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil
- 3-4 carrots sliced
- 3-4 stalks celery sliced
- 2 small zucchini spiralized (optional egg noodles)
- 1 onion diced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
- 3 quarts broth (chicken or vegetable)
- 4 cups raw sprialized zucchini noodles or uncooked egg noodles
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (2 teaspoons fresh)
- 2-3 bay leaves
1 – Spiralize 2 small zucchini and set aside
2 – Chop all vegetables
3 – Choose the “SAUTE” method on the Instant Pot
4 – Add oil, carrot, celery, herbs, and onion to the pot and cook stirring frequently for 1-2 minutes
5 – Place the bay leaves, chicken and salt and pepper in the pot and give it a stir
*If using pre-cooked shredded chicken, adjust time as indicated below.
6 – Add the broth, making sure not to go over the maximum fill line
*If you are using egg noodles, add them now.
7 – Place the lid on the pot and flip steam valve to seal position
8 – Turn off Instant Pot and change the settings to “MANUAL” and adjust time down to only 4 minutes
- If using FROZEN chicken tenders, set for 6 minutes.
- If using FROZEN chicken breasts, set for 8 minutes
- Pre-cooked chicken, set time for only 2 minutes
It will take several minutes for it to get up to pressure, making it about 20 minutes cook time.
9 – Once the beeper goes off, use the “Quick Release” method to release steam
10 – Carefully remove the lid
11- Using a slotted spoon or big fork, remove the chicken and place on a plate to cool a little bit.
12- While the chicken is cooling, add the zucchini noodles to the pot and place the lid back on.
The noodles will cook quickly in the hot water. There is no need to turn it back on!
13 – When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the chicken with a big fork.
14 – Place the shredded chicken back in the pot and give it a stir.
This soup freezes very well and makes a great quick “GO TO” meal.