Chicken Meatball Soup with Kale and Rice Noodles

Chicken Meatball Soup with Rice Noodles and fresh Kale. Delicious, quick soup recipe (approx. 30 minutes on the stove or in multicooker) that is ideal for any season/occasion. With step by step instructions. Perfect for Instant pot/crock pot too.

Chicken Meatball Soup with Kale and Rice Noodles (so easy!)

Meatball soups are a favorite in my household. Kids like them, we like them, they are easy to make. Since kale season starts around august in most parts of Europe, I like to take full advantage of it. When in season I make sure to freeze some kale for upcoming months as it soon vanishes from the markets (wash->remove stems->cut and freeze in Freezer bags).

If you are a fan of meatballs too definitely check out my favorite AUTHENTIC GREEK MEATBALLS RECIPE or my favorite TURKEY MEATBALLS RECIPE (AIR FRYER/OVEN).

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Fresh kale – fresh kale, finely chopped (or frozen works too)
  • Onion – finely chopped (red or white works too)
  • Spring onion – chopped, or shallots work well too
  • Potato – old potatoes or red potatoes are best
  • Olive oil – extra virgin if possible
  • Chicken ground meat – or a mix of turkey and chicken works too
  • Rice – for making meatballs – binds them well together
  • Mint leaves – optional for the meatballs, but tasty
  • Water/broth – for the soup
  • Rice noodles – thin work best. Substitute with orzo pasta – tastes good too.
  • Spices – all spice, turmeric, paprika, salt

How to make chicken meatball soup in Instant pot

This recipe can be made in instant pot (multicooker).

  • To make it in Instant pot turn your machine on high to sauté all vegetables in olive oil (for approx. 5 minutes).
  • Then, turn off and add all remaining ingredients without noodles (include formed meatballs).
  • Seal with pressure cooker lid and pressure cook for approx. 20 minutes.
  • Next, release pressure and add rice noodles. Cook on sauté for another 10 minutes or until rice noodles are cooked. Serve warm.


  • If you use frozen meatballs add them later and pressure cook for 5 minutes only.
  • You may need to adjust quantities to fit all ingredients depending on the capacity of your multicooker.
Chicken Meatball Soup with Kale and Rice Noodles (can be made in Instant Pot)


Chicken Meatball Soup with Kale and Rice Noodles (can be made in Instant Pot)

Chicken Meatball Soup with Kale and Rice Noodles

Easy and quick Chicken Meatball Soup Recipe with Kale and Rice Noodles – can be adapted for instant pot or cooked on the stove (the old fashioned way).
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine European
Servings 8 servings



  • 1 cup fresh kale chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 onion, copped
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 1 potato, cut in cubes large
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. all spice
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 400 g (14 oz) turkey ground meat
  • 2 tbsp. rice white or whole wheat
  • 1 tbsp. mint leaves optional
  • pinch of salt
  • 700 ml water (poultry broth) for soup
  • black pepper to taste for garnish
  • 1/2 cup rice noodles


  • In a mixing bowl add turkey mince meat, rice, pinch of salt & pepper and mint leaves (optional). Mix well, then with wet hands make small meatballs and set aside.
  • Next, clean and chop kale, onions, spring onions, carrot and potato in cubes. Sauté in olive oil for 5-7 minutes on low heat (until softish).
  • Then, add water (broth), paprika, all spice, turmeric and bring to a boil. Then add premade turkey meatballs and rice noodles (in boiling water). Reduce heat and let simmer until cooked completely.
  • Garnish with some black pepper and serve warm.


  1. Use any type of minced meat if short on chicken mince.
  2. Use orzo pasta instead of rice noodles. 
  3. Use frozen kale if fresh isn’t available. 
  4. Add black pepper to the soup to activate the turmeric properties better. 
  5. Add more or less broth to control density of soup. 
Keyword kale, meatballs, rice noodles, Soup
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