Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cooking Chicken Soup with Instapot

I don't know about you but hearty chicken soup is one of those meals I long for when I am not feeling well, when the weather is cold, or whenever I miss home. Unfortunately, my chicken soup is not the same kind that my husband grew up eating. "There's something missing," he said and he didn't know what it was. Until last month when we went home to Indonesia, my sister in law was cooking chicken soup and my hubby tasted it. He told me that's it tasted the same as chicken soup his mom used to cook. We finally figured out the  missing ingredient: candlenut, a nut commonly used in Indonesian cooking. This is optional ingredient though. I didn't use it for years and the soup taste just fine.
 Cooking Chicken Soup with Instapot

chicken with bones, carrots, potatoes, salt, and white pepper chicken soup recipe
Three main spices: shallots, garlic
 chicken soup ingredients
and candlenut
 Indonesian Chicken Soup ingredients
mince/ grind them chicken soup recipe
While the chicken is cooking in the pot, stir fry the minced spices until fragrant
 how to cook chicken soup
Add them to the pot with the soup plus potatoes and carrots. Season with salt and pepper as prefer. Enjoy!
how to cook Chicken Soup with pressure cooker

Homemade Chicken Soup

Chicken with bones (I used Cornish Hen)
Carrots, peeled and cut into small pieces
Potatoes, peeled and diced
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
5 garlic, minced
1 large shallots, minced 
5 candlenuts (optional), minced
Salt and white pepper 

Cut the chicken into small pieces
Place the chicken inside an Instapot or pressure cooker. Add water to fill about 2/3 of the pot.
If using Instapot, press the "soup" setting and let it cook until it's done or about 45 minutes if using regular pressure cooker.
While the chicken and soup is cooked, heat a small pan, add the oil, once the oil is hot, add the minced garlic, shallots, and candle nuts. Cook until fragrant then set aside.
When the soup is done cooking, release the pressure, open the lid, and then add the rest of the ingredient. 
Turn the Instapot back on, keep cooking until the veggies is cooked, about 10 minutes or so.
Adjust the taste as prefer with salt and pepper.  

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