Instant Pot Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup

Instant Pot Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup

Nothing beats a hearty bowl of homemade chicken soup. This one utilizes the Instant Pot for all day flavor in less than an hour!  This soup is perfect for ushering in fall: It’s hearty enough for the beginning of soup season, yet brothy and veggie-packed so that it doesn’t feel too heavy. Pair it with a slaw or kale side salad and crusty whole-grain bread for a light, satisfying dinner.

 Ingredients

  • 4 center-cut bacon slices, diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons garlic-and-herb seasoning blend
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onions (about 2 large)
  • 1 cup sliced carrot (about 2 large)
  • 1 cup sliced celery (about 2 large stalks)
  • 12 ounces baby potatoes, fingerling, red or Yukon gold work great
  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. minced thyme
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped baby spinach

Directions:

  1. Set Instant Pot to “Sauté” and adjust to “Normal”. Once its hot, add bacon and cook until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon to a plate and set aside, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in Instant Pot.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with seasoning blend. Add chicken to bacon drippings in Instant Pot and cook 8 minutes, browning on all sides. Transfer chicken to the plate with the bacon, reserving any drippings in the Instant Pot. Add onion, carrot, and celery to drippings and sauté 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup stock, scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits. Add chicken, bacon, potatoes, remaining 3 cups stock, salt, pepper, and thyme.
  3. Close the lid set it to high pressure for 20 minutes. Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before manually releasing the remaining pressure and carefully opening the lid.
  4. Shred the chicken right in the Instant Pot. Add spinach, stirring until spinach wilts down into the soup.