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!)??

 

close up of bowl of instant pot healing chicken soup

top down shot of bowl of instant pot healing chicken soup with carrots and chicken

top down shot of two bowls of healing instant pot chicken soup

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

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.
4.87 from 22 votes

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
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 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.)

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 349mg, Potassium: 539mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2195IU, Vitamin C: 10.3mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 2.6mg

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