Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup - In Only One Hour!

3 quarts
1 hr 15 min

When we first got a pressure cooker, little did I know that I'd be able to improve on my grandmother's recipe for chicken soup; a traditional recipe passed down from her grandmother. Not only does this recipe rival old fashioned chicken soup, but it's done in only an hour!

Comfort food in only one hour seems impossible, but not with a pressure cooker! You don't even need whole chicken - just the bones will produce the best tasting broth ever.

Unlike traditional chicken soup, you can get away with just using bones for your soup. There is enough meat left on the bones to extract meaty goodness and because the pressure cooker intensifies the flavour, you don't need to add any pieces of whole chicken. However, if you like chunks of chicken in your soup for the texture, feel free to add a piece or two and use the meat.

You may be also wondering why there is no carrots or celery in this recipe. It's best to add them in fresh when you're making a bowl of soup (vs. using the broth as a stock/ingredient).

When you handle raw chicken, don't forget to wash your hands and utensils as you go so you don't spread bacteria around the kitchen.

The trick to getting deep rich flavour is to brown the bones first. You can do that right in the pressure cooker.

Along with the bones, onion and garlic provide the only other flavour this recipe needs.

Again, browning and caramelization brings out the flavour.

After adding all the ingredients, you'll have the best chicken soup ever one hour later!

Refrigerate overnight before freezing.

In the morning, remove the fat on top of the soup. Save the fat; it makes amazing matzoh balls (I posted the recipe on Foodtalk last month)!

Use this recipe as a stock in any number of comfort food dishes or make yourself a bowl of hot steaming chicken noodle soup. Add any fresh vegetables you prefer.

Portion out into containers so the soup can be frozen and enjoyed any time you need a comfort food fix! Don't forget to label your containers with the date so you know when the soup was made. It will keep in the freezer for several months, but it doesn't last that long in our household - especially during the winter!

The stock freezes very well. Since it only takes an hour to cook each batch, I often do a few batches on the weekend to freeze. We always keep batches on hand!

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup - In Only One Hour!
Recipe details
  • 3  quarts
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 15 min
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  • 1 TBSP grapeseed oil
  • 3 pounds chicken bones
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 bay leaves

Chop the onion and crush the garlic. Heat the oil over medium-high heat and brown the chicken bones on all sides (3 minutes a side). Work in batches and transfer cooked chicken to a dish.
Once all the meat is removed, add the onion to the pressure cooker. Brown for at least 6 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook another 30 seconds until you can smell the fragrance (don't forget to turn the stove fan on while you are cooking to extract the smells)!
Add 1 cup of the water and scrape up all the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. That's the fond and it holds all the flavour so you want to incorporate that into the liquid before adding the rest of the ingredients. Fill the water right up to the maximum line and add the bay leaves.
Lock the pressure cooker lid and let it rip over medium-high heat. As soon as it reaches high pressure (you'll see the steam escaping), reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for one hour. Keep an eye on it to ensure it's maintaining high pressure. Adjust the heat if necessary during the cooking process.
Turn the heat off and remove the pot from the element. Quick release the pressure. The red button pops up on our pressure cooker when it's safe to open. After the steam subsides, remove the lid being careful to let the hot steam escape away from you.
In a separate pot, strain the broth through a mesh strainer to separate out the bones from the broth. Put the bones into another container (I use a pyrex because it stands up to the heat). Let the bones cool and discard into the green bin.
Put a cork pad onto one of the shelves in your fridge and set the chicken soup on top. Let it rest overnight so the fat solidifies and can be removed the next morning.
  • There's sometimes chicken meat that can picked off the bones and either used in the soup or to snack on.
  • Since it only takes an hour to cook each batch, I often do a few batches on the weekend to freeze.
  • To cool down the broth faster, I put it into an ice bath in our sink. I freeze refilled water bottles just for the purpose. Sometimes I even add regular ice if I have it available.
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