Instant Pot Chicken and Noodles is the perfect comfort food recipe – ready in minutes. It combines the creamy filling of a pot pie with thick egg noodles and comes together so quickly to make a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal.

Who doesn’t love a chicken pot pie? It is one of our favorite dishes, but sometimes you just don’t want to go through all the effort to make one. This easy-to-make chicken and noodles dish combines the feel of a rich, creamy pot pie filling with noodles, chicken, veggies, and tons of flavor. You don’t need any cream of chicken soup for this recipe, and it is still such an easy recipe!

This is such an easy dinner to make, which is great for those nights when you are exhausted after work and just don’t want to cook anything.

I made this last night, and from start to finish, we had a meal on the dinner table in less than an hour, and I could sit and relax while it cooked! It’s all made in the Instant Pot, so it’s an easy one-pot meal with minimal cleanup. My favorite kind of meal to make!

An instant pot of chicken pot pie soup and a small bowl next to it.
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🥘 Ingredient Notes

The ingredients in chicken pot pie soup laid out and labeled.
  • Butter – I prefer to use salted butter, but unsalted will work fine. You can also use Olive Oil.
  • Diced Onions
  • Black Pepper
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried Parsley
  • Kosher Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Turmeric
  • Chicken Bouillon – I use my homemade paleo chicken bouillon.
  • Chicken Stock or Chicken Broth
  • Egg Noodles – I like to use the really thick “dumpling” style noodles or the Whole Foods Extra Wide Noodles, but regular egg noodles or my go-to, the Aldi Brand Reggiano Egg Noodles – these are thick and don’t get mushy as quickly in the Instant Pot.
  • Frozen Vegetable Mix – I use a mix of peas and carrots or the Costco mix of peas, carrots, green beans, and corn.
  • Chicken – You can use Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs. I recommend using chicken that is not frozen or is at least partially defrosted.
  • Heavy Cream
  • Optional Slurry for Thickening: Corn Starch and Water or Arrowroot and Water.

🍽 Equipment Needed

An instant pot of chicken pot pie soup.

🥣 How to Make It

Instant Pot Chicken and Noodles is a meal that the whole family will love, and it is so easy to make. The only things that you need to prepare are the onions and the chicken – you can dice the onion while your Instant Pot heats up and just cut the excess fat and gristle off the chicken.

Next, set the Instant Pot to sauté and let it heat up. When the Instant Pot is hot (it won’t take very long to heat up), add the butter and let it melt. (Picture 1)

Add the diced onions to the melted butter and cook on the sauté setting for 2 – 3 minutes, until onions are translucent. (Pictures 2 – 3) (You can also dice the chicken up and sauté it at this step – then it will cook in the broth. I have not noticed a huge flavor difference by doing this, and the method in this recipe is easier/faster, so I don’t bother.)

Add the spices next – dried thyme, dried parsley, kosher salt, turmeric, chicken bouillon, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper, then stir. (Picture 4 – 5)

A collage of images showing the process of making instant pot chicken pot pie soup, steps 1 - 5.

“Deglaze” the pot with the chicken broth (Pictures 6 – 7), then add the uncooked egg noodles. (Picture 8) Add the frozen vegetables and stir, or just layer the vegetables on top. (I have made this both ways, and both options work – the noodles are the only thing that really needs to be submerged in the broth.) (Pictures 9 – 10)

A collage of images showing the process of making instant pot chicken pot pie soup, steps 6 - 10.

Lay the chicken over the noodles and sprinkle a little salt and pepper over it for extra seasoning. (Sometimes, I also like to add thin slices of butter on top of the chicken – it melts and absorbs into the chicken.) Again, make sure the noodles are submerged in the broth. (Picture 11)

Close the lid of the Instant Pot and set the vent to the sealed position. (Picture 12) Press the cancel button to cancel the sauté function, then set the Instant Pot to Manual Mode or Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 7 minutes.

When the cooking cycle is complete, let the Instant Pot do a natural pressure release, or “Naturally Release (NR),” the pressure for 3-5 minutes by just letting the Instant Pot sit. (Letting it sit longer will result in softer noodles.)

After 3-5 minutes of letting the pressure naturally release, manually release the remaining pressure.

Do this carefully using a controlled release. This means flipping the vent open and letting the pressure in small bursts, stopping if there appears to be any liquid coming out that is not steam. If liquid seems to be spewing out, turn the vent back to the sealing position and let the Instant Pot sit for a few minutes to continue to naturally release, then try to manually release the pressure again. (Manual releases can make your chicken tough if you do not do a Natural Release first, so try to allow it to rest as best you can.)

When all the pressure has been released, carefully open the lid and remove the chicken. (Pictures 13 – 14) (You can leave the Keep Warm option on – it will help the sauce thicken.) Place the chicken off to the side and let it rest for a few minutes, then shred or dice it. Leave it off to the side.

A collage of images showing the process of making instant pot chicken pot pie soup, steps 11 - 15.

Add the heavy cream to the Instant Pot and stir. Let it sit for a few minutes, then add the shredded chicken back to the Instant Pot and stir. (Pictures 16 – 17)

After adding the chicken back to the Instant Pot, optionally add a slurry to thicken the sauce. (Picture 19) I like to use arrowroot dissolved in water, but you can also use corn starch. (This is optional as the sauce will thicken as it sits but it does help thicken it faster.)

A collage of images showing the process of making instant pot chicken pot pie soup, steps 16 - 20.

Serve your Creamy Chicken and Noodles while it is still hot – seasoning with extra salt and pepper as needed. My husband also likes to add grated cheddar cheese to his bowl.

Recipe Yield

This recipe makes about 4 “I just worked out and am starving” or “growing teenage boy” servings – or 6 normal-sized servings.

A bowl of instant pot chicken and noodles.

🙋‍♀️ Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make chicken and noodles with frozen chicken?

Yes, but the chicken might come out tough. I have tested this recipe using diced chicken, frozen chicken, a natural release, & a manual release – the only version that came out tough was frozen + manual release. Partially defrosted chicken and a natural + controlled release came out perfect.

What is a controlled release?

A controlled release means that you release the pressure in small bursts, stopping if there appears to be any liquid coming out that is not steam. If the soup liquid seems to be spewing out, immediately close the vent back to sealing and let the Instant Pot sit for a few minutes to continue to naturally release, then try to manually release the pressure again. (Opening the valve on your Instant Pot is not the gateway to 3rd-degree burns and explosions – people totally overreact about this. All you need to do is very lightly touch the knob – don’t even open it all the way – to let some pressure out. It won’t shoot flaming magma into your face or blast a hole through your ceiling. Just touch the knob and let a little steam out – close it if the steam is not just steam. And don’t stand or put your face directly above the vent.)

🍳 What to Serve with Chicken & Noodles

I like to serve chicken and noodles within a few minutes of cooking – the longer it sits, the thicker it will get, but it is best eaten hot. Serve a big bowl of chicken and noodles with some extra salt and black pepper. Mix in grated cheddar cheese if desired – I like it with and without cheese, but my husband swears by the addition of cheese.

On the side with chicken and noodles, we like to serve a side salad or some extra steamed vegetables or roasted vegetables. We consider this to be an entire meal since it has chicken, vegetables, pasta, and cream, so it really doesn’t need sides – but you can add what your family likes. You can also add some crunchy bread to dip in the creamy sauce.

A bowl of chicken pot pie soup over an instant pot.
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🥫 How to Store Leftover Chicken & Noodles

Once cooled, leftover chicken and noodles can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week, or it can be frozen for a few months.

If you are freezing this recipe, let it defrost in the refrigerator or on the counter, and then heat it up or defrost it in the microwave. Do not put this directly in a hot pot while frozen because the noodles will start to fall apart.

A bowl of instant pot chicken pot pie soup.

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✏️ Helpful Tips

  • Let the chicken and noodles sit after cooking for a few minutes – it will thicken, and the noodles will absorb some of the cream to make a thick sauce – it’s so good.
  • I like to use the Aldi Brand (Reggano) Egg Noodles because they are a bit thicker than the No Yolks brand and don’t get mushy when they are pressure cooked. You can also use the “dumpling” size noodles.
  • After releasing the pressure, leave the Keep Warm option on – it will help the sauce thicken faster.
  • Optionally, you can mix in some grated cheddar cheese to make the sauce really creamy and rich.

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📝 Recipe

A bowl of chicken pot pie soup over an instant pot.

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles

5 from 3 votes
Instant Pot Chicken and Noodles is the ultimate comfort food – ready in minutes. It combines the creamy filling of a pot pie with thick egg noodles and comes together so quickly to make a hearty, stick to your ribs kind of meal.
Author: Kari
Servings: 6
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 7 mins
Natural Release: 4 mins
Total: 21 mins

Ingredients  

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter (unsalted butter or olive oil will also work.)
  • 1 cup onions diced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon I use my homemade paleo chicken bouillon.
  • 3 cups chicken stock, chicken broth, or bone broth plus more if needed to cover the pasta
  • 6 ounces egg noodles (half of a 12 ounce bag)
  • 2 cups mixed frozen vegetables I like to use peas and carrots.
  • 1 – 1 ½ pounds chicken breast left whole
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Optional Slurry for Thickening

  • 1 tablespoon corn starch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon water

Optional Mix-Ins

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions 

  • Set the Instant Pot to Saute and let it heat up. When the Instant Pot is hot, add butter and let it melt.
    1 tablespoon salted butter
  • Add onions to the melted butter and cook for 2 – 3 minutes, until onions are translucent.
    1 cup onions
  • Add the spices. Add dried thyme, dried parsley, kosher salt, turmeric, chicken bouillon, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper, then stir.
    1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon ground turmeric, 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
  • "Deglaze" the pot with the chicken broth, then add uncooked egg noodles.
    3 cups chicken stock, chicken broth, or bone broth, 6 ounces egg noodles
  • Pour frozen vegetables over the top – stirring is optional. Make sure the noodles are submerged in the broth but the vegetables don't have to be.
    2 cups mixed frozen vegetables
  • Lay the chicken over the noodles and sprinkle a little salt and pepper over it for extra seasoning. (I sometimes also like to add thin slices of butter on top of the chicken. As the Instant Pot heats up, the butter melts into the chicken.)
    1 – 1 ½ pounds chicken breast
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot and set the vent to Sealing.
  • Press the Cancel button to cancel the Saute function, then set the Instant Pot to Manual Mode or Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 7 minutes.
  • When the cooking cycle is complete, Naturally Release (NR) the pressure for 3 – 5 minutes by letting the Instant Pot sit and release pressure on its own. (Longer will result in softer noodles.)
  • After 3 – 5 minutes of Natural Release, manually release the remaining pressure. Do this carefully using a controlled release. (See below for how to do that.)
  • When all the pressure has been released, open the lid and remove the chicken. Place it off to the side and let it rest for a few minutes, then shred or dice it. Leave it off to the side (out of the broth) while you add the heavy cream.
  • Add the heavy cream to the Instant Pot and stir. Let it sit for a few minutes, then add the chicken back.
    1 cup heavy cream
  • After adding the chicken back to the Instant Pot, optionally add a slurry to thicken the soup. I like to use arrowroot dissolved in water, but you can also use cornstarch. (This is optional as the soup will thicken as it sits but it does help thicken it faster.)
    1 tablespoon corn starch, 1 tablespoon water
  • Serve while hot – seasoning with extra salt and pepper as needed. Mix in cheddar cheese if desired. Refrigerate leftovers once cooled for up to a week. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove over low heat.
    1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

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Notes

Recipe Yield
This recipe makes about 4 – or 6 servings, depending on how hungry you are.
📋 Tips
  • Let the chicken and noodles sit after cooking for a few minutes – it will thicken, and the noodles will absorb some of the cream to make a thick sauce – it’s so good.
  • I like to use the Aldi Brand (Reggano) Egg Noodles because they are a bit thicker than the No Yolks brand and don’t get mushy when they are pressure cooked. You can also use the “dumpling” size noodles.
  • After releasing the pressure, leave the Keep Warm option on – it will help the sauce thicken faster.
  • Optionally, you can mix in some grated cheddar cheese to make the sauce really creamy and rich.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cupCalories: 656kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 55gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 228mgSodium: 1161mgPotassium: 1130mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3999IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 214mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: 30minutemeal, instant pot chicken and noodles, instant pot chicken pot pie soup, instapot chicken and noodles, instapot chicken pot pie soup
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Hi, I’m Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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