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Instant Pot Italian Chicken Soup

5 Reviews

The yummiest Instant Pot chicken soup recipe I’ve ever made! It is healthy, quick and easy. This might just be my new favorite chicken soup!! And that is saying a lot because I LOVE so many soups.

a photo of a large white soup bowl full of italian chicken soup full of orzo, chicken and topped with chunks of bread and chopped fresh parsley.

If you haven’t tried “The Soup“, you have to do that! It is a staple around here, but this new Italian chicken soup recipe is light, but filling, and so, so flavorful.

And then there is our chicken tortilla soup, which is the best chicken tortilla soup that has ever existed, but still, there’s something about this Italian chicken soup that just hits the spot for me! You have to try it!

With the Instant Pot, you end up with a soup in less than an hour that tastes like it has been simmering all day!

Ingredients Needed for Italian Chicken Soup

This soup is packed with veggies, rotisserie chicken, fresh herbs and orzo and topped with Parmesan and chunks of crusty bread. Head down to the recipe card for the exact measurements, but here is your grocery list:

  • Olive Oil
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Water or Chicken Broth
  • Better than Bouillon Chicken (not needed if you use chicken broth)
  • Bay Leaves
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Orzo Pasta
  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Parsley (fresh)
  • Basil (fresh)
  • Lemon
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Bread (optional)

a photo of a large white soup bowl full of italian chicken soup full of orzo, chicken and topped with chunks of bread and chopped fresh parsley.

How to Make Italian Chicken Soup in the Instant Pot

Your going to want to start this recipe by chopping all the veggies so that they are ready to add at the appropriate time. I know most people hate chopping veggies, but I kind of like it. Does that make me the nerdiest? Once the veggies are chopped, you are ready to start cooking.

  1. Saute the veggies in the Instant Pot.
  2. Add broth, bay leaves, minced tomatoes and S&P.
  3. Place lid on and set valve to seal.
  4. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.
  5. Cook the orzo in a pot on the stove top and then drain it while running it under cold water.
  6. Quick release the Instant Pot and remove the bay leaves.
  7. Add the chopped tomato, cooked orzo, chicken (see next section) and herbs and place the lid back on. Seal the valve again and cook for 4 more minutes.
  8. Quick release again, stir in the lemon juice and season to taste.
  9. We love to top each bowl with fresh parm and chunks of crusty bread.

For the full instructions, head down to the recipe card below.

What Kind of Chicken Should I Use?

Ideally, I buy the 2 pound bag of rotisserie chicken meat that they sell at Costco. It’s pretty much the best thing that has ever happened. All the flavor of a rotisserie chicken with none of the work.

If you can’t find that or you don’t live near a Costco, cook three chicken breasts using whatever method you prefer. You can cook them in the Instant Pot with the broth and veggies, or you can cook them stove top or even bake them. You could also just buy a rotisserie chicken and break it down yourself.

a photo of a large white soup bowl full of italian chicken soup full of orzo, chicken and topped with chunks of bread and chopped fresh parsley.

Variations for Italian Chicken Soup

One thing I love about this recipe is that it is so versatile. We love it with orzo, but you could also do any kind of pasta you enjoy. It is also great with rice, potatoes or beans. A small white bean would be good, like a navy bean or cannellini bean.

What Kind of Bread Should I Use?

We like to buy crusty bacci rolls or a good sourdough loaf. You could even make a loaf of our no knead artisan bread if you are feeling really ambitious! We like to toast them in the oven for a bit so the bread gets good and toasty. Carbs for life!

a photo of a large white soup bowl full of italian chicken soup full of orzo, chicken and topped with chunks of bread and chopped fresh parsley.

Can This Soup Be Made in the Crockpot?

This can absolutely be made in the Crockpot! Add all the ingredients except the orzo the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5 hours. Add the orzo for about the last 10-15 minutes.

Can This Soup Be Made on the Stove Top?

Of course! Yes! Add all the ingredients except the orzo to the pot and simmer on medium-low heat for about 30 minutes. Stir in the orzo right before serving and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.

Instant Pot Cheat Sheet

If you’re on the fence about an Instant Pot, you should take a look at our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet and it will sell you on the Instant Pot. You can make so many foods in just minutes.

a photo of a large white soup bowl full of italian chicken soup full of orzo, chicken and topped with chunks of bread and chopped fresh parsley.

Soup season is upon us and everyone should be making this Italian chicken soup recipe all season long! It is simple, delicious and on the table in no time! It is sure to be a family favorite!

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Instant Pot Italian Chicken Soup

4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
The yummiest instant pot chicken soup I've ever made!



  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion minced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 Stalks Celery Minced
  • 3 Carrots Peeled and chopped
  • 8 Cups Water or chicken Broth
  • 1/4 Cup Better than Bouillion Chicken skip if using broth
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Teaspoons Kosher Salt plus more to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Black Pepper
  • 3 Medium Tomatoes Minced
  • 1 Tomato Chopped
  • 1 Cup Orzo Pasta cooked and drained
  • 2 Pounds Rotisserie Chicken shredded *see note
  • 1/2 Bunch Parsley minced
  • 3/4 Cup Minced Basil Leaves Fresh
  • 1/2 Lemon Juiced
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Bread for serving


  • Prepare all of your ingredients by chopping the veggies on a cutting board so you're ready to go. See note for advice on the chicken.
  • Add the oil to the instant pot and turn it to high saute mode. Once hot, add the veggies- onions, garlic, celery and carrots and stir until tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Pour in the broth, bay leaves, salt and pepper, and 3 minced tomatoes. Place the lid on and set the valve to seal. Press, pressure and set the time for 25 minutes. Cook the orzo in a pot and drain with cold water running over the orzo to separate the pasta.
  • Do a quick release on the valve and remove the bay leaves.
  • Add the 1 chopped tomato, orzo, chicken, and herbs and place the lid back on, turning the valve to seal and cooking for 4 more minutes.
  • Do another quick release and stir in the lemon, season to taste and serve with fresh parmesan and bread!


I like to buy the rotisserie chicken meat in a 2 pound package at Costco. If you do not have that available you will need about 3 chicken breasts. You can add them directly to the pot with the broth and veggies, but skip adding the rest. Once the 25 minutes are up, remove and shred the chicken and strain out any chicken fat remaining. Or cook the chicken separately or buy a rotisserie chicken and shred all the meat. 
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Italian Chicken Soup
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 734mg32%
Potassium 202mg6%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3454IU69%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • I would give this recipe more stars if I could. It has become my favorite chicken soup recipe. It does take longer to make than stated (took me about 2 hrs from start to finish including chopping time and time for the IP to come to pressure). I added a container of fresh sliced, cooked mushrooms at the end along with the herbs, tomatoes, orzo, and chicken. I also put the lid back on and let the soup come to a slight boil using sautee for a minute or two instead of pressure cooking for 4 minutes. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. I think the 2 lb package of Costco rotisserie chicken definitely helps to add flavor to this soup. Thanks for sharing your recipe. It is a keeper and one that I’ve made several times already.

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback Cheryl! I’m so glad you love this recipe!

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  • If I am using frozen chicken breasts can I put them in raw for the 25 minutes? Also, could I just add the orzo raw for the last 4 minutes since it should cook in about thay time under pressure?

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    • Yes to both questions!

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  • Hi Carrian!

    By “minced tomatoes”, do you mean diced tomatoes…? or even crushed tomatoes? Sorry, Ive never heard the term “minced tomatoes” before.


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    • Hi Traci! You will want to gran 3 Roma tomatoes and just do a really tiny chop on them…as close to minced as you can get. I hope this helps! Enjoy!

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  • The recipe indicates adding 2 lb of shredded chicken, is that correct? Additionally, you also indicate 1/2 parmesan cheese; are you meaning 1/2 cup?

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    • Hi Rebecca! Yes, 2lbs of shredded or rotisserie chicken is correct. That is about how much chicken you will get off an average sized rotisserie chicken. Thank you for letting me know about the parmesan cheese! Yes, it should be 1/2 cup. I’ve updated the recipe card.

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      • THANKS so much for your quick response. I intended on making this soup tonight; but I want to make it correctly. You mentioned to Press, pressure and set the time for 25 minutes – am assuming Pressure Cook, High Pressure, correct? Then after adding the tomato, orzo, chicken & herbs, you mention cooking for 4 more minutes……still Pressure Cook, High or Low Pressure?

      • Hi Rebecca! Yes, Pressure Cook on high pressure both times. Great questions! Thank you!

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