Easy, Hearty Chicken Soup for the Instant Pot

This easy & hearty chicken soup can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stove. Any "Thyme" Chicken Chowder is paleo & delicious--your family will love it!

This easy & hearty chicken soup can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stove. Any "Thyme" Chicken Chowder is paleo & delicious. It comes together so quickly for weeknight dinners!

This easy & hearty chicken soup can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stove. Any "Thyme" Chicken Chowder is paleo & delicious--your family will love it!

Cooler weather calls for soup, especially this chicken soup made in the Instant Pot!

I came up with this after a perfect fall day in Apple Hill. And if you are not from the Roseville/Sacramento area, you probably don’t know about Apple Hill, but around here it is tradition. Beautiful country roads, foothills, apple cider, apple donuts… it’s the perfect place to be for fall and winter.

One thing I love about Northern California is that it only hints at the cold weather that our distant midwest neighbors suffer through. Nevertheless, our blood is thin out here and when the temperature drops below 60 we go looking for those warm, comforting recipes. This one has made the weekly list since I created it!

An Easy & Delicious Chicken Soup

This easy and hearty chicken soup can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop. It comes together with some ingredients that are easy to have on hand and creates it’s own chicken broth as it cooks.

It can also be done in the slow cooker, but it takes a long time and won’t work well unless the potatoes are chopped small enough.

The Instant Pot is my favorite method for making this easy chicken soup. The pressure cooking for the potatoes breaks them down to allow the starch to release to thicken the soup without adding cream or other thickeners. I included an optional step using an arrowroot/ghee mixture if you want to make sure your soup is extra thick.

This easy & hearty chicken soup can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stove. Any "Thyme" Chicken Chowder is paleo & delicious. It comes together so quickly for weeknight dinners!

Prep is even more minimal when you use frozen vegetables. I like using frozen vegetables because they are prepared at peak of ripeness and very few nutrients have been lost. The mix I like to use is called California Blend, found at Whole Foods in the organic vegetables freezer section. It contains carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower and makes this soup so easy to put together!

And it tastes even better the next day!

Serve with some hearty sourdough with grassfed butter or some paleo Rosemary Garlic Plantain rolls.

This easy & hearty chicken soup can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stove. Any "Thyme" Chicken Chowder is paleo & delicious. It comes together so quickly for weeknight dinners!

Any "Thyme" Chicken Chowder

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 T. Ghee (or Butter)
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1.5-2 lbs. Chicken breasts
  • 1 lbs. Red Potatoes, peeled
  • 1 cup Carrots, sliced (frozen is fine)
  • 1 cup Broccoli (frozen is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon White Pepper
  • (optional: 1 Tablespoon Arrowroot)

Directions

  1. Chop vegetables. Set Instant Pot to the saute setting. Melt 2 T. ghee in pot. Saute onions until translucent.
  2. Add thyme and granulated garlic, cook and stir until fragrant. Add celery and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Cut chicken breast pieces in half and saute the outside for 1 minute, each side. Turn off heat.
  4. Cut peeled potatoes in half for Instant Pot (1/4-inch pieces for stovetop). Add potatoes and vegetables to Instant Pot.
  5. Add 4.5-5 cups filtered water. Close Instant Pot, set valve to closed, manual setting for 4 minutes on high pressure.
  6. Once cooking is done and pressure has released, use two forks to split chicken breast pieces and potatoes.
  7. Stir in sea salt, black pepper, and white pepper.
  8. Optional step to thicken soup: Melt an additional 2 T. ghee in a small saucepan, whisk in the 1 T. arrowroot powder until there are no lumps. Allow to cook until bubbling all over (about 3 mins.). Stir into soup for 2 mins.
  9. [Stovetop Method] After onion, celery, and chicken have been prepared like in steps 1-3, add 5-6 cups filtered water then bring to a boil. Then, cover and reduce to low simmer for 15-20 minutes to cook chicken. Split chicken into a few large pieces per breast. Add potatoes (peeled and diced small) and vegetables, return to a boil. Cover and reduce to low simmer for 8-10 minutes. If doing the optional arrowroot/ghee step, allow soup to simmer for 5 minutes on the stovetop.

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2 Replies to "Easy, Hearty Chicken Soup for the Instant Pot"

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    Rebecca McNelis February 13, 2017 (5:02 pm)

    Love!!

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      Jenny February 16, 2017 (3:01 pm)

      Yay!!! So glad you liked it!

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