Instapot Paleo Chicken Chowder

The Recipe

Although it’s been a mild winter here in NY today, it’s in the 20’s, which is perfect for this Instapot Paleo Chicken Chowder. When the temperature drops there is nothing better then curling up with a delicious bowl of hearty and healing soup! This recipe is Paleo & Whole 30, making it dairy free and gluten free! Made with real fresh ingredients, coming together in the Instapot in just under 30 minutes. Does it get any better than that?!

The Ingredients

  • Bone Broth – This is the flavorful base of this Instapot Paleo Chicken Chowder, so make sure you use high quality broth! Recently it has become one of my favorite ingredients to use. It has so many health benefits, and adds so much flavor to any meal. While you can use store bought, homemade is always better. I too was terrified of trying to make bonebroth at home, but I have a great recipe for it, also made in the instapot 🙂
  • Coconut Milk – This is a great swap if you are trying to go dairy free, Whole 30 or Paleo. Just make sure you get the full fat coconut milk. Try swapping this into some of your other traditional recipes that call for half and half or heavy cream.
  • Arrowroot Powder – You can also use tapioca starch here. It makes a great thickener for soups and other sauces. The MOST important thing with this ingredient is that you dissolve it in some water first. If you don’t it will form gross thick flour globs in your dish, trust me you definitely do not want that!
  • Bacon – When it comes to bacon, you want to make sure you are getting high quality bacon. There are a few things to look for on the label that can help you figure out if it’s a good quality. You want to try and find humanely raised, nitrite and nitrate free, also sugar free. Yes food companies even sneak sugar into bacon!! It’s crazy 🙁 My two favorite go to brands are Naked Bacon Co & Applegate. Both are whole 30/paleo compliant.

Tools and Equipment

  • Obviously an instapot! If you do not have one of these bad boys, you need one for sure. Below is a link to the one that I have and love, love, love! They can be a little scary at first, it can kind of feels like a space ship is now in your kitchen, but honestly it is one of the best kitchen appliances to have and easy to use once you get started. I use it at least once a week, and I bet you will too if you got one!
  • The other tool I used for this recipe, is one of my favorite little kitchen utensils. The OXO Swivel peel. I used it to peel the carrots. It’s amazing because it swivels up and down and has the best grip of any peeler I’ve used. This little nifty tool makes peeling painless and gets it done in seconds. Get yours with the link from amazon below.

Instapot Paleo Chicken Chowder

paleo chicken chowder in bowl with bone broth

Instapot Paleo Chicken Chowder

This paleo chicken chowder comes together so easily, and is so delicious and nourishing. It's paleo/whole 30 friendly, making it gluten and dairy free!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, soups
Cuisine dairy free, gluten free, paleo, whole 30
Servings 6 People


  • Instapot


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1 lb red or white potatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 1 med onion diced
  • 2 celery ribs diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 cups Bone broth (preferably homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Arrowroot powder (dissolved in water)
  • 2 13.5 oz Cans Full fat coconut milk
  • 4 strips Cooked Bacon
  • Fresh parsley for garnish Optional


  • Select "Saute" function on instapot, add oil to the pot. When it is hot, add onions, celery and carrots, cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally until onions soften.
    saute mode on instapot carrot onion celery
  • Add garlic, cook an additional 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken, potatoes, broth, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Stir well.
    cooking instruction for instapot soup
  • Lock the lid in place, and make sure valve is set to 'sealing' position.
  • Cook at high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow 5 minutes to pass before flipping valve to 'venting' position' to release any additional steam.
  • Mix arrowroot starch with 1/3 cup of water so it is completely dissolved. Mix this is in, until soup has started to thicken a bit.
  • Remove from heat. Add 2 cans of cocnut milk. Adjust seasonings if needed.
  • Top with bacon, and and serve.
    final cooking instruction paleo instapot soup
Keyword bone broth, chicken

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    • Unfortunately an air fryer won’t. But you can use a crockpot or slow cooker, or cook in a regular pot. If you cook in a regular pot, just make sure you cook the chicken first! You don’t need to do that in the slow cooker. Slow cooker should take about 4 hours on high, 6 hours on low. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

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