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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

Instant pot chicken and rice soup is the perfect way to get a fulfilling, hearty soup on the table fast. It has minimal prep and is both gluten free and dairy free, and because it’s done in the instant pot there’s only one dish to clean. This chicken soup is perfect for a family meal on its own or a starter or side for a gathering. Plus it’s ready in under 30 minutes!

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: instant pot
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced, about 2 tsp)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1.5-pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced in 1 to 1.5 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about the juice from ½ lemon)
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth, plus more to add to thin at the end to your preference
  • 2.5 cups water
  • Optional for serving lots of chopped parsley, black pepper, lemon wedges


  1. Turn your instant pot onto “sauté” mode and add the ghee into the bottom. Once hot, add in the garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Sauté them for about 4 minutes, and then add in the chicken.
  2. Sauté the chicken with the vegetables for about 3 minutes, and then add in the salt, Italian seasoning, thyme, pepper and lemon juice over the chicken and stir to coat. Sauté the chicken for another 3 minutes. Turn off sauté mode
  3. Add in the rice, broth and water. Stir to combine and then place the lid onto the instant pot. Set the valve to “sealing”, and cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes
  4. Once the time is up, let the instant pot release naturally for about 10 minutes, and then flip the valve to release the rest of the pressure and remove the lid
  5. Stir the rice and chicken and add additional broth to thin it out. We like a thicker chicken and rice, but you can add in as much broth or water to your preference