Healing Instant Pot Chicken Soup (Whole30 Paleo)

bowls of instant pot healing chicken soup

Healing Instant Pot Chicken Soup (Whole30 Paleo) – comforting, immune-boosting chicken soup made quick and simple in the Instant Pot.  Warm your bodies from the inside out with this delicious and nutritious soup.

Hey friends 🙂  It’s classic, comforting, cozy chicken soup for this week’s Instant Pot Monday!  It’s my belief that Monday meal time should be family friendly and all about simplicity…I’m pretty sure if you look up Instant Pot in the dictionary, those two descriptions are at the top of the list!  I’ve definitely been on a IP soup kick lately – this time of year, there is nothing better than a big bowl of homemade chicken soup to warm our bellies and promote healthy bodies.

In the midst of a Michigan winter, my family is no stranger to head colds, the flu, and vitamin D deprivation.  Not to mention we are all suffering from a nasty case of the “winter boredom blues.”  I am longing for the day when we can walk on the beach or go for a family bike ride again!  While we’ve been spared any major illnesses so far this winter, my girls were feeling a little under the weather last week with sore throats and congestion and they both requested chicken soup for dinner.

While we certainly can’t claim that soup is a cure-all, chicken soup just has an innate power to make us feel better, right?  Maybe it’s just a craving that gets satisfied.  Or maybe it’s a nostalgia thing.  Either way, this Instant Pot Chicken Soup is a total powerhouse of nutrition and natural immune boosters.  Full of veggies, organic chicken, turmeric, garlic, and bone broth, you can’t go wrong with this recipe (and this one too!)

After a quick chop of the veggies, everything is thrown into the pot, and cooked for 15 minutes.  When cooking poultry or meat in the Instant Pot, I usually like to let the pot depressurize naturally to keep the meat juicy and tender.  Including the time to prep and let the pot come to pressure, this soup can be ready in about 30 minutes. Perfect for a Monday night with plenty of leftovers for lunch!

My Favorite Source of Organic Chicken

I made the switch a while back to organic meats and am so glad I finally did.  The cost deterred me for a long time but I have been totally won over by the taste and quality after trying Butcher Box.  If you’re not familiar with Butcher Box, they are a subscription service that delivers grass-fed beef, organic pastured chicken, and humanely raised pork right to your door.  You can choose from different meat selection boxes or create your own custom box and decide how frequently you want to receive your box.  It comes packed in dry ice and the quality is absolutely amazing!  We have tried several different cuts of meat and loved it all!  Personally, I am huge fan of their chicken, especially in this healing chicken soup.

Tips for Healing Instant Pot Chicken Soup

I prefer bone broth in this recipe for its extra nutritional value and gut healing properties.  Thrive Market (this link gets you 25% off your first purchase!) is my favorite source for bone broths, especially those that are Whole30 compliant.

This recipe is great for Meal Prep and also freezable.  Freeze extra portions in Ziploc bags (try this handy gadget for filling the bags!)

For Keto diets, omit the potatoes.

Stir in riced cauliflower or broccoli for an extra veggie boost.

To thicken soup even more for a chicken pot pie-like soup, mix a couple tablespoons of arrowroot powder with a small amount of broth and stir in after cooking.

I hope you are all surviving winter and staying healthy!  What’s your favorite immune boosting trick for staying healthy over the winter months (besides dreaming of spring!)??

 

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For More Chicken Soup Recipes, Check Out:

Instant Pot Creamy Herbed Chicken Stew

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Chili

bowls of instant pot healing chicken soup

Healing Instant Pot Chicken Soup (Whole30 Paleo)

Healing Instant Pot Chicken Soup - comforting, healing, immune-boosting chicken soup made quick and simple in the Instant Pot. Warm your bellies from the inside out with this delicious and nutritious soup.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10 cups
Calories: 118kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 small yukon gold potatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken bone broth or low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lb boneless skinless organic chicken breasts

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot, placing the chicken breasts on top.  Seal lid and set Poultry button or Manual setting for 15 minutes.
  • When the cycle is complete, let the pot depressurize naturally.  Open lid and remove chicken breasts.  Shred or chop.
  • Blend 2 cups of the soup in a blender or use an immersion blender to puree.  Add the blended soup back to pot with the chicken and stir to combine.  (Blending of soup thickens the broth slightly and is totally optional.)
Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 43.9% | Vitamin C: 12.5% | Calcium: 3.5% | Iron: 14.3%
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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Lauren
    July 2, 2018 at 7:08 pm


    This was great! My husband and baby enjoyed it as well. I added a little bit more salt to the recipe. It’s very hearty and I would eat it even off of Whole 30.

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      Nikki
      July 3, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Lauren, thanks so much! Glad your family enjoyed it!

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    Barara Pearson
    September 28, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Your instant pot chicken soup looks great – I’m going to try it. BTW, what is the size of the serving you list the nutritional info for. Or did I miss it? (I’m old, not always on top of everything!) Barbara

    • Reply
      Nikki
      September 28, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Hey Barbara – the nutritional info is based on approximately one cup of the soup. Hope you love it!

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    Megan O'Donnell
    October 4, 2018 at 1:54 pm


    This looks amazing! I don’t have an instant pot, so do you know how long I should keep this on the stovetop for?

    • Reply
      Nikki
      October 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Hey Megan – I think 15-20 minutes on the stovetop should be enough. The potatoes will take the longest, so cook it until they are fork tender and you should be good to go.

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    Kacie
    November 18, 2018 at 3:52 pm


    Thanks for the delicious recipe! Tasted wonderful while fighting a cold. I added the cauliflower rice as you suggested, and a bit of cayenne for a little spice. Loved the turmeric flavor ( and health benefit! )

    • Reply
      Nikki
      November 18, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      Awesome! Thanks, Kacie! Hope you are feeling better 🙂

  • Reply
    Polly
    November 27, 2018 at 9:51 pm


    Great soup!! My first recipe with my new instant pot. Whole family loves it. Simple, easy and tasty!!!

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      Nikki
      November 27, 2018 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you, Polly! So glad you all enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Jackie
    November 30, 2018 at 11:38 pm


    I made this soup without the potatoes. As it was cooking on the stove, I don’t have an instant pot, my very very picky eater 7 yr old niece said “what smells so good?” and she kept asking me when the soup would be ready. Well, she loved it!! Next time she recommended I add noodles. She said the yellow spice tasted good. lol

    • Reply
      Nikki
      December 1, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Love this!! Thanks, Jackie!

  • Reply
    Jill
    December 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm


    Finally a tasty recipe for my whole 30 plan!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      December 14, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Thanks, Jill! So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Jack
    December 29, 2018 at 6:55 am


    Just made this. I added a bunch of Swiss chard for even more vitamin and immunity factor. Fantastic!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      December 29, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Awesome! Thanks, Jack!

  • Reply
    Vicki
    January 6, 2019 at 7:19 pm


    Just made this soup. We loved it! So easy and everything done to perfection in our new Instant Pot. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      January 7, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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    Meagan
    January 6, 2019 at 8:53 pm


    My boyfriend and I are doing a Whole30 and both got stuck with the good ol’ cold. We just made this in need of comfort food, and I’m so glad we did! Absolutely delicious. I did about 2 pounds of chicken breast with 6 cups of bone broth, and also added cauliflower rice. YUM, thanks for the great recipe! Counting down the minutes until lunchtime tomorrow to have leftovers. 🙂

    • Reply
      Nikki
      January 7, 2019 at 11:34 am

      Thanks so much, Meagan! Glad it hit the spot!

  • Reply
    lashawna
    January 9, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Wondering if you had a carb count per serving for keto?

    • Reply
      Nikki
      January 9, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Sorry, I don’t…try MyFitnessPal, you can plug in recipes to get the macros, etc! 🙂

  • Reply
    LYNNE ANDRES
    January 22, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Hi, how could
    I make this recipe in the instant pot with precooked chicken breast – I am new to instant pot.

    • Reply
      Nikki
      January 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm

      Hey there, just follow the recipe but add the chicken at the end!

  • Reply
    Roche
    February 14, 2019 at 5:54 am


    Made this for lunch yesterday and it was suuuuuper good! We loved it so much we’ve added it to our popular Keto Instant Pot Soup roundup! :))

    • Reply
      Nikki
      February 14, 2019 at 11:36 am

      Thanks so much! Love the roundup, thank you for including me!

  • Reply
    Jenna Vorhies
    February 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Hi! I don’t have an IP but was thinking of trying this in our crockpot. Any suggestions on how to make it in the crockpot? This sounds so good! Thanks! 🙂

    • Reply
      Nikki
      February 24, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      Sure, I would just cook everything on low for 6-8 hours (or High 3-4 hours), then follow the instructions for shredding the chicken and thickening the soup!

  • Reply
    Sara
    February 24, 2019 at 5:40 pm


    Very tasty. The times listed for cooking are misleading. Yes, the pressure cook time is 15 min, but it took my cooker 25 min to come to pressure, 15 min to cook, and 35 min to naturally release pressure. An hour and a quarter is not “instant.”

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    Char
    February 25, 2019 at 9:55 am


    This soup was amazing!! I have a bit of a head cold so finding this recipe was perfect timing! I had leftover rotisserie chicken I wanted to use up so I wasn’t able to blend two cups but will next time. Thank you for sharing 😊

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      Nikki
      February 25, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks, Char!!

  • Reply
    Sahana Shenoy
    June 6, 2019 at 6:38 pm


    Thanks for this amazing recipe. Simple, easy and yummy recipe!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      June 7, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and review!

  • Reply
    Gretchen Decker
    June 8, 2019 at 11:34 am


    So easy and flavorful! I didn’t have potatoes so I did without and added fresh herbs over the chicken!

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