This simple chicken and lentil soup made right in your Instant Pot® is a hearty meal that’ll warm you to the bone!
As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been on an Instant Pot kick lately.
It’s been fun to play around with ingredients I’ve had in the fridge and pantry, particularly when they can create a hearty and simple soup.
It’s the perfect kind of comfort food for fall and winter (or, honestly, any time of the year)!
Chicken and Lentil Soup in the Instant Pot
To get started, I coated three boneless skinless chicken thighs with salt, pepper and turmeric, and then I seared them in olive oil in my Instant Pot set on sauté for a few minutes on each side.
Boneless chicken thighs cook really quickly, which (in addition to having great flavor) is one of the reasons I love using them so much.
Then, while the chicken was resting, I sautéed some smashed garlic cloves in the bottom of the pot, and then added two cups of dried green lentils.
The beauty of the Instant Pot (or any pressure cooker) is that you don’t need to soak or prep the dried lentils before using them, aside from making sure little bits of non-lentil debris is removed … though I don’t usually find much.
Giving the lentils a minute or two to warm with the olive oil and garlic before adding the chicken stock adds a layer of flavor that’s hard to beat.
Then, I poured chicken stock and water into the Instant Pot, taking care to scrape up all the lovely bits at the bottom, and lastly added the chicken and a cup of thawed frozen spinach.
Once the lid was securely in place, I set it on high to cook for ten minutes (it took about five or ten minutes to come to pressure).
When the time was up, I let the pressure release naturally, but you could manually release it, too.
If you do choose to manually release, just give it a few minutes for the pressure to come down a little, and then be careful of the steam when it shoots out.
I added salt and pepper as the final step, and then I promptly devoured two bowls.
You guys. This soup is out of this world!
So warm and comforting. I can’t wait for lunch leftovers!