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This creamy Chicken and “Rice” Soup is made in the Instant Pot and is Whole30, paleo, and low carb! This soup is oh so rich and flavorful, plus it’s super filling! It’s a great Whole30 soup to make for meal prep, too.

Chicken and rice soup garnished with fresh herbs

Why This Soup Is So Good

  • Because this soup is made in the Instant Pot, it comes together quickly and easily.
  • The soup keeps really well so it’s great for make ahead meals.
  • Made with cauliflower rice, this soup is Whole30, paleo, low carb and dairy-free.
  • This soup is so delicious! It’s rich, creamy and hearty!
  • You can find this recipe and so many more in my Paleo Instant Pot Cookbook.
whole30 chicken and rice soup served in two white bowls

How long can you keep this soup?

Soup is a great option when it comes to meal prep and make ahead meals. Once you have made the soup, let it cool to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days and you can reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

You can also freeze the soup in an airtight container and it will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw the soup in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Why You’ll Love It

This Whole30 soup is so rich and creamy, you would never guess that it is dairy-free! The addition of cauliflower rice makes this soup hearty and filling whilst keeping it low carb.

Chef’s Tips

  • If you are very sensitive to the taste of coconut milk, you can skip the coconut milk and substitute 1 1/2 cups WITH 1 1/2 cups cashews (up from 1 cup) in making the cashew cream. 
  • Ensure the coconut milk and cashews are blended well. It should be very smooth with no lumps.
  • Taste the soup once it’s made and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
chicken and rice soup ready to eat

More Delicious Soup Recipes

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 30 votes

Instant Pot Chicken and “Rice” Soup (Whole30, Low Carb)


Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Time to Come to Pressure 10 minutes
Total 40 minutes
A rich and creamy, filling soup made in the Instant Pot with chicken, cauliflower rice, and cashew cream. Whole30, paleo, low carb.
6 servings

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or avocado oil
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 3 carrots peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 5-6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 14-oz can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked for 4 hours in water if you don’t have a high-speed blender
  • 1 12-ounce bag frozen cauliflower rice
  • pinch turmeric for color, optional
  • fresh chives or fresh parsley chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Turn Instant Pot on Sauté mode. Heat the ghee in pot, then add onion, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add chicken broth, chicken, salt, freshly cracked black pepper, oregano, and bay leaf. Secure lid with valve in Sealing position and cook on Manual High Pressure for 10 minutes. Quick Release.
  • Meanwhile, in a high-speed blender, process coconut milk and cashews until very, very smooth.
  • When Instant Pot is finished cooking and pressure is released, stir in coconut-cashew mixture and cauliflower rice. Turn Instant Pot on Sauté mode and cook, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower rice is cooked through. Add pinch of turmeric for color, if desired. Season with additional salt to taste. Ladle into serving bowls and top with fresh chives, if desired.
Keep in an airtight container in the fridge up to 5 days.
If you are very sensitive to the taste of coconut milk, you can skip the coconut milk and substitute 1 1/2 cups WITH 1 1/2 cups cashews (up from 1 cup) in making the cashew cream. You may wish to use a smaller blender container if you have one to aid in the processing.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Calories: 238calProtein: 13gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 953mgPotassium: 537mgTotal Carbs: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gNet Carbs: 11gVitamin A: 5205IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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46 Comments

  1. What would you replace the cashews with if you have a nut allergy?

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Steamed cauliflower should work! Let us know if you try it! 😊

  2. Love this SO much. Making a double batch next time! Is there a slow cooker alternative?5 stars

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      We don’t have one prepared at this time but that’s a great suggestion! I’ll definitely pass it along. ☺️

  3. YUM. I made this tonight for my husband and sister in law who don’t necessarily follow a paleo diet, but are pretty happy with whatever I make. This was a HUGE hit. Everyone had seconds and my SIL asked for the recipe. The idea of making cashew cream using coconut milk as the liquid is genius. I served it with a side of paleo cornbread. This is going to be a new staple in my house!5 stars

    1. Molly | 40 Aprons Team Molly | 40 Aprons Team says:

      I’m so happy to hear that! So glad you all enjoyed! Thanks for your review, Annette!

  4. This recipe is insanely good and was so simple and quick to make. Thank you so much!!!5 stars

    1. Molly | 40 Aprons Team Molly | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So happy to hear that, Corinne! Thanks so much for the great review!

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