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Mar 15, 2021

Chicken and Lentil Soup (Instant Pot)

This Instant Pot chicken and lentil soup is so delicious, nourishing, and warming on a chilly day. 

Chicken and Lentil Soup


This chicken and lentil soup is seasoned with wonderful combination of herbs and spices, which give the soup such a wonderful flavor. This soup is amazingly delicious, filling, and hearty. Plus, lentils are so nutritious. 

This herbs and spices in this soup include garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, turmeric, plus fresh cilantro, which all combine to create amazing flavors. 

This recipe also calls for chicken bouillon. My favorite is Better Than Bouillon.  It's the demi-glace of bouillons. 

Chicken and Lentil Soup in bowls

The chicken in this soup is boneless skinless chicken thighs. They hold up better to the pressure cooker as well as long braises, but if all you have is chicken breasts, they will work well too. You put the chicken into the pressure cooker whole and then shred it once the soup is done cooking. 

For the chopped cilantro, don't worry about including some stems as you chop. Just wash the bunch of cilantro and begin slicing the bunch from the top until you have 1/4 cup of packed cilantro. 

If you don't have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, you can still make this soup on this stove top in a large Dutch oven. Just simmer everything, covered, for about 45 minutes after bringing the pot to a boil. 

Serve this soup with a salad and crusty dinner rolls for an easy and light but filling dinner. 

This soup makes terrific leftovers. You can have it for lunch the next day or freeze any leftovers for future meals. 

More Soups with Lentils

Spicy Turkey Sausage and Lentil Soup

Moroccan Lamb, Chickpea, and Lentil Soup

Instant Pot Chicken and Lentil Soup

Multicooker Monday

Welcome to another Multicooker Monday, hosted by Sue of Palatable Pastime. Every month we get together to share recipes for the Instant Pot, slow cooker, air fryer, and other kitchen gadgets. 

Here are this month's recipes. 

Multicooker Monday

Instant Pot Chicken and Lentil Soup

Instant Pot Chicken and Lentil Soup
Yield: 8 servings
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
This Instant Pot chicken and lentil soup is so delicious, nourishing, and warming on a chilly day.


  • 1 pound dried green or brown lentils
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless, chicken thights
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
  • 1 medium brown or yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped. I prefer Campari tomatoes
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 packed cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or granulated garlic
  • 1 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 7 cups water


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in an electric pressure cooker/Instant Pot. 
  2. Seal and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. 
  3. Use natural release to release the pressure (until the float drops down). 
  4. Open the pot and shred the chicken either in the pot or on a plate. 
  5. Serve with more cilantro for garnish. 



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This recipe was adapted from the wonderful book, Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot®, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More. Perfect for the theme, right? 

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  1. Definitely a soup I'd like to make! And, I've been meaning to try the's not something that I have used yet! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Love lentil soup and this one sounds wonderful. Always happy for another ip recipe.

  3. I think I need to either buy a bigger house or get rid of my hubby's stuff, cause there are so many toys I need to get. sigh That soup sounds amazing. An instapot is on my wish list. And now I've got another recipe for all those boneless chicken thighs currently residing my freezer.

    1. My goal is to get everyone to succumb to buying more kitchen gadgets, lol !

  4. Lentil soup is one of our favorites. So delicious and healthy! Love the addition of chicken.

  5. The lentil soup looks perfect bowl of comfort. This is balanced in nutrition and flavors.

  6. Ohhh YES. I'm saving this one. I love, love a good lentil soup and don't make them nearly often enough.


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