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Instant Pot Chicken and Spaetzle Soup

Zeke Barber
Hearty chicken, delicious vegetables, and an amazing broth will make this simple soup part of your meal rotation!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 369 kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 8 oz Spaetzle egg noddle is also acceptable
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves alternatively, 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 juice of one lemon


For Pressure Cooker

  • Mix all ingredients, except for the spaetzle and lemon juice, into the instantpot. Set the Instant Pot to "Soup" for 7 minutes.
  • Once the pressure has naturally released, take the chicken out of the pot and shred it with a fork. In addition, remove the bay leaves from the pot.
  • Place the shredded chicken back into the pot and set it to "Suaté". Add the Spaetzle at this point, and cook based on the directions of the Spaetzle package (usually 10-12 minutes). If using egg noodles, the time will be less ~ 4-6 minutes.
  • Turn off instant pot and add lemon juice.

For Slow Cooker

  • Mix all ingredients, except for the spaetzle, broth and lemon juice, into a skillet and sauté for 6-8 minutes, until the onion has begun to brown. I would recommend using 1 tbsp of butter if using the skillet.
  • Place sautéd mixture into your slow cooker, add the broth and cook on low for 3 hours.
  • As the slow cooking is almost done, cook the Spaetzle on your stove top for 10-12 minutes.
  • Shred chicken and combine.


A major time saving hack is to use leftover chicken (or turkey – here’s looking at you, thanksgiving), shred it by hand and add it the soup right before serving – it’ll save you time, mess and money. 


Serving: 1cupCalories: 369kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 34gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 113mgPotassium: 485mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chicken, instantpot, noodle, soup
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