Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices in Instant Pot

Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Earthy and cozy is how I would describe this Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices!    It’s the same old fall-winter classic, with Ethiopian food flavor.  I season this soup with an Ethiopian spice blend called Berbere, and the result is one satisfying bowl of chicken soup.

In my original recipe for a classic Homemade Chicken Noodle soup , I pressure cook bone-in skinless chicken with root vegetables like carrots and celery, and season it with spices and herbs.  I cook the noodles in the simmering broth and the result is a simple meal that warms up your soul!

Ethiopian Twist to Classic Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

During fall and winter, I make this soup a lot, almost twice a month.  It’s a very convenient and quick one-pot meal that comes together in under 30 minutes.  Recently, I have been making many variations of it.  I keep changing the seasoning and spice blends in this soup.  This combination is a definitely a home run!

I added the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning, which is a combination of warm whole spices that are toasted and ground together.  This spice blend adds a distinctive tangy and mild spicy and smoky flavor to the soup.

Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

What is Berbere Seasoning

Most Ethiopian dishes are made with a spice blend called Berbere Seasoning, which is a combination of warm whole spices like cumin, cardamom, coriander, and fenugreek, garlic, cloves, turmeric, grated ginger root, black pepper, salt, paprika, cinnamon, and dried red chiles, that are toasted and ground together.

I like this brand of Berbere Seasoning, but it is slightly on the spicier side.  So, I mix it with a couple of teaspoons of ground coriander and that tones down the spice for my family. ​

How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup in an Instant Pot

I make this soup in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot, but you can make it in any pressure cooker.  Simply follow the suggested timing for cooking chicken breast or soup, and this recipe will work just fine.

• Turn the instant pot on SAUTE mode. Wait 30 seconds and add olive oil and crushed garlic cloves.  Let the garlic sizzle for 30 seconds, then add chopped celery and carrots.  Add all the ingredients in the pot and stir everything.

• Cancel Saute. Close lid.  Set valve to Sealing position.  Cook on Manual or Pressure Cook for 6-8 minutes, depending on how thick the chicken breast it.  When I use breast halves, like in the video, I set the time to 6 minutes.

• Open after 10 minutes of natural pressure release (NPR 10).  Remove chicken for shredding. Use two forks and pull apart the chicken.  Put the shredded chicken back in the pot.  Garnish with cilantro and lime!

To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

Stovetop Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

• Making this soup on the stove-top is a breeze. Take a heavy bottom sauce pan. Heat olive oil in the pan and add crushed garlic to it. As soon as it starts sizzling, add everything else and let it come to a boil.

• After that, reduce the heat to medium, cover the pot and let it simmer for 15-18 minutes, or till chicken is tender enough to shred.  Remove the chicken, shred it and add it back to the soup. Garnish with cilantro and you’re all done!

Bowl of chicken noodle soup with Ethiopian Spices

Customize this Ethiopian Spiced Chicken Noodle Soup

This soup recipe is very easy to customize to your taste.   If you don’t like spice, reduce the quantity of the Berbere seasoning and increase the ground coriander.   If you’re like my husband, and like an extra kick, add a couple of tablespoons of Sriracha to it instead of the tomato paste.

How to Make Vegetarian Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices

To make this soup vegetarian, you can skip the chicken and add some canned chickpeas instead, they taste awesome in this soup !

To make this Chicken Noodle Soup healthier, I added whole-grain elbow macaroni to the soup.  It not only increases the fiber and reduces the net carbs per serving, it also increases the protein content of the soup.

 

Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

More Ethiopian Dishes Using Berbere

Here are a few more dishes made with Ethiopian flavors:

Misir Wot -Red Lentil Stew

Key Wat – Beef Stew


Instant Pot Ethiopian Beef Key Wot Stew

Ethiopian Beef Stew Instant Pot


Instant Pot Ethiopian Misir Wot – Red Lentil Stew

Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew- Misir Wot by Spice Cravings. Misir Wot is an Ethiopian lentil stew made by cooking lentils in clarified butter, Ghee, & 'Berbere' spice blend. This recipe is made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

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Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices (Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker)

This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth. This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Spice Cravings

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Instructions

  • Chop celery and carrots and keep aside. Turn the instant pot on SAUTE mode. Wait 30 seconds and add olive oil and crushed garlic cloves.  Let the garlic sizzle for 30 seconds, then add chopped celery and carrots.  Add all the ingredients in the pot and stir everything.
  • Cancel Saute. Close lid. Set valve to Sealing position.  Cook on Manual or Pressure Cook for 6-8 minutes, depending on how thick the chicken breast it.  When I use breast halves, like in the video, I set the time to 6 minutes.
  • Open after 10 minutes of natural pressure release (NPR 10).  Remove chicken for shredding. Use two forks and pull apart the chicken.  Put the shredded chicken back in the pot.  Garnish with cilantro!

Stove top recipe

  • Take a heavy bottom sauce pan. Heat olive oil in the pan and add crushed garlic to it. As soon as it starts sizzling, add everything else and let it come to a boil. 
  • After that, reduce the heat to medium, cover the pot and let it simmer for 15-18 minutes, or till chicken is tender enough to shred.  
  • Remove the chicken, shred it and add it back to the soup. Garnish with cilantro and you're all done!

Video

Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 658mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 73.2% | Vitamin C: 6.1% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 8%
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken, Noodle, Soup
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