Healing Instant Pot Chicken Soup (Whole30 Paleo)
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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.
Originally published 2/18/18, updated 01/11/22
Hey friends 🙂 I’m revisiting this Healing Chicken Soup recipe because, well, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Whether you are looking for immune boosting meals (who isn’t in today’s world?), are on a January Whole30, or just need a simple and nutritious weeknight meal to beat the winter blues, there is nothing better than a big bowl of homemade chicken soup to warm our bellies and promote healthy bodies.
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!)
How to Make Instant Pot Healing Chicken Soup
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.
Next, remove the chicken and shred or chop. Puree 2 cups of the soup with an immersion blender and add back to the pot with the chicken.
Including the time to prep and let the pot come to pressure, this soup can be ready in about 30 minutes. Perfect for a busy weeknight 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 at first 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.
What Foods Boost Your Immune System?
In today’s current climate, it is especially important to remember the importance of food as fuel and in some cases, as healing for our bodies. So what are some of the best foods for boosting our immune system and promoting good health?
Colorful Vegetables and Fruits, such as bell peppers, carrots, oranges, leafy greens, and berries. Bright-colored produce is loaded with vitamins and minerals your body craves and can’t always produce on its own. The vibrant colors you see in many fruits and vegetables also signify the presence of phytonutrients, which have powerful anti-oxidant and disease fighting properties.
Bone Broth is nutrient dense and can be healing for the gut. High in amino acids and minerals such as collagen and glycine, bone broth is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, helpful in fighting and aiding in digestion. Make your own using bones sources from organic/grass-fed meat, or try a high quality variety like Kettle and Fire.
Herbs and Spices like Garlic, Ginger, and Turmeric contain ant-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are great for fighting viruses.
Yogurt and Fermented Foods contain probiotics, which are good bacteria that promote health.
Can I Freeze This Soup?
Yes, absolutely! Most soups are ideal for freezing, and this recipe is no exception. Simply let the soup cool and add to freezer safe containers in desired portion sizes. I especially love these silicone cubes for freezing soup – they are perfectly portioned one cup servings and can be popped out of the molds for easy grab and go.
If you’re using large Ziploc bags for freezing and storage, try this handy gadget for filling the bags!
Tips and Variations 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.
For Keto diets, omit the potatoes.
Stir in riced cauliflower or broccoli for an extra dose of veggies.
Add grated fresh ginger for an extra zing (and nutrient 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!)??
For More Chicken Soup Recipes, Check Out:
Instant Pot Creamy Herbed Chicken Stew
Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Chili
Instant Pot Gumbo with Chicken and Shrimp
Healing Instant Pot Chicken Soup (Whole30 Paleo)
- 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
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 1/2 cups chicken bone broth, or low sodium chicken broth
- 1 lb boneless skinless organic chicken breasts
- 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.)
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55 Comments on “Healing Instant Pot Chicken Soup (Whole30 Paleo)”
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.
Lauren, thanks so much! Glad your family enjoyed it!
Easy to make. Taste is lacking in flavor. Needs pepper to activate the turmeric for healing. Also, needs more spices. I did add spinach for more nutrition.
Excellent suggestions, Brenda! Thank you 🙂
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
Hey Barbara – the nutritional info is based on approximately one cup of the soup. Hope you love it!
This looks amazing! I don’t have an instant pot, so do you know how long I should keep this on the stovetop for?
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.
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! )
Awesome! Thanks, Kacie! Hope you are feeling better 🙂
Great soup!! My first recipe with my new instant pot. Whole family loves it. Simple, easy and tasty!!!
Thank you, Polly! So glad you all enjoyed it!
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
Love this!! Thanks, Jackie!
Finally a tasty recipe for my whole 30 plan!
Thanks, Jill! So glad you enjoyed it!
Just made this. I added a bunch of Swiss chard for even more vitamin and immunity factor. Fantastic!
Awesome! Thanks, Jack!
Just made this soup. We loved it! So easy and everything done to perfection in our new Instant Pot. Thank you!
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
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. 🙂
Thanks so much, Meagan! Glad it hit the spot!
Wondering if you had a carb count per serving for keto?
Sorry, I don’t…try MyFitnessPal, you can plug in recipes to get the macros, etc! 🙂
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I make this recipe in the instant pot with precooked chicken breast – I am new to instant pot.
Hey there, just follow the recipe but add the chicken at the end!
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! :))
Thanks so much! Love the roundup, thank you for including me!
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! 🙂
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!
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.”
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 😊
Thanks for this amazing recipe. Simple, easy and yummy recipe!
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and review!
So easy and flavorful! I didn’t have potatoes so I did without and added fresh herbs over the chicken!
Is this supposed to be VERY bitter, or is something wrong with my turmeric?
No, definitely not…turmeric has a unique flavor, but shouldn’t be bitter.
Made this for my MIL who has been under the weather. She said it was the best soup she has had in a long time! I thought it was great. I don’t think it’s ground breaking but it’s A good wholesome classic. I cut the salt in half (due to dietary restrictions) and added fresh pepper at the end. It took about two hours.
Thanks for taking the time to leave a rating and review! Glad to hear your mother-in-law was a fan! 🙂
This soup is so scrumptious! I did take my own liberties with the recipe by using sweet potatoe instead of yukon potatoe. I didn’t have onion, but I used carrot, celery and bell pepper. Bottom line — this is an awesome recipe as is, or however you want to play with it.
Very easy and yummy recipe!!! Will make this often
Thanks, Vicky! Glad you enjoyed it!
What if the chicken is frozen? Does that matter with the Instapot? Do I need to do anything different?
Usually you won’t need to do anything different – it will just take the IP a little longer to come to pressure. But feel free to add a minute or two to the cooking time just in case and it won’t hurt anything!
This is the best soup ever! We make it a few times a month and freeze servings for lunches. You are forever saved on my phone. 😃 The only thing we do extra is double the carrots and potatoes. We love this!
Thank you, Nikki!!
Thank you, Tonya! Reading your comments made my day! So glad you are enjoying the recipe. 🙂
Is it ok to double this recipe?
This is even better than my favorite chicken soup! Love it! Thank you!
Outstanding! I just made this recipe with not a lot of hope for flavor, but wow- it is delicious! I followed recipe, I only added in chopped shitake mushroom because it was about to go bad. I love how versatile this recipe is as well, and my kid is going to love it with some pasta. Thank you!
I’m a huge fan of TastyThin recipes and this Healing Instant Pot Soup is our new favorite! I made it today for the first time, and WOW. The turmeric adds such rich flavor and bright color. Throw everything in the Instant Pot, walk away, and just like magic, you’ll have a pot of gold to cure what ails you!
My family loved this. The were all feeling a little under the weather. I added 2 TBSP Ginger to the recipe.
Thanks, Jess! I love the addition of ginger too!
Do you have ingredient proportions if I wanted to double the recipe in my instant pot? Do you just double everything or will I have a hard time getting my IP to pressure?
You can double the recipe – it will just take longer for the pot to come to pressure.