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This nutritious Instant Pot recipe turns classic chicken pot pie into a rich and creamy soup that’s somehow even more comforting than the original dish. Loaded with vegetables, lean protein, and lots of flavor, but free from refined sugar, grains, gluten, and dairy (with a swap), accommodating a variety of dietary needs. Stovetop and slow cooker instructions included!

A white soup bowl, holding a creamy chicken pot pie soup made in the Instant Pot.

🥧 What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • I absolutely LOVE chicken pot pie. It’s one of my all-time favorite dishes! So much so that, back when I was regularly doing Whole30 and eating paleo, I knew I had to find a way to incorporate it into my routine. And that’s what I did! This soup is inspired by my classic chicken pot pie recipe, and it’s got everything you’d expect from the original dish, minus the crust. Juicy chicken, tender vegetables, fresh herbs, a rich and savory gravy-like soup. Pure comfort food!
  • There’s no gluten, no grains, no refined sugar, and no lactose. That makes this a deliciously lighter take on chicken pot pie and chicken pot pie soup. It’s also completely compatible with a Whole30 round or a paleo lifestyle! Not following any specific eating styles? No problem. You can still appreciate the lean protein and all the nutrients that come from the fresh veggies and herbs.
  • Thanks to the Instant Pot, this chicken pot pie soup is ready to eat in less than 45 minutes. The whole process is practically hands-off, too. Can’t get to your Instant Pot today for whatever reason? No problem. We’ve also included instructions for a stovetop method and a Crockpot method in the recipe card below.

👩🏼‍🍳 Chef’s Tips

  • For an even easier, faster chicken pot pie soup, skip the Instant Pot. You heard me. Make it on the stovetop with already-cooked chicken instead! Rotisserie or leftover chicken would overcook in the Instant Pot. Not ideal. Follow the stovetop instructions in the recipe card below. When you add the cashew cream, add your precooked chicken, too. I like to use shredded chicken, but you can chop it instead if you want. Stir everything together and let it simmer just until the chicken’s warmed through.
  • It’s super important that you deglaze the Instant Pot insert after sautéing the mirepoix and garlic. What does that mean? Once the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic are soft and fragrant, stir in the chicken broth. While you’re stirring, be sure to scrape up any veggies or garlic that may have stuck to the bottom of the insert. Stuck food will almost definitely cause a BURN notice which will make the Instant Pot stop cooking.

💬 Frequently Asked Questions

Is this Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup dairy free?

As-written, this recipe’s only lactose free. If you replace the ghee with olive oil, though, then it’s dairy free, too!

What is coconut cream?

In this recipe, coconut cream means the white, solid cream layer that forms when you put a can of unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream in the fridge overnight. Do NOT use coconut creamer or coco lopez! They aren’t the same as coconut cream and they won’t work here.

I have a cashew allergy. Can I replace them with something?

Sure! Instead of cashews, blend 1 cup of steamed cauliflower (cooled) with the coconut cream.

Does this soup taste like coconut?

Not at all! With so many other flavors in the soup, you don’t get any hint of coconut. If you’re worried about it, though, you can blend the cashews with almond milk, chicken stock, or water instead of coconut cream.

A white soup bowl, holding a creamy chicken pot pie soup made in the Instant Pot.

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.99 from 259 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup


Prep 15 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 40 minutes
Super rich, creamy, comforting chicken pot pie soup, made quick and easy in the Instant Pot. Full of veggies and protein for plenty of nutrients, and Whole30-compatible, paleo, lactose free, gluten free, grain free, and refined sugar free.
6 servings

Equipment

  • 6-quart Instant Pot or similar pressure cooker, see Notes for alternate methods
  • Large wooden spoon
  • high-speed blender see Notes for standard blender

Ingredients

For the Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced, approximately 2 cups
  • 3 large carrots diced, approximately 1 cup
  • 3 large celery stalks sliced, approximately 1 cup
  • 5-6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized chunks, approximately 12 pounds
  • 1 pound red potatoes diced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried sage see Notes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup unsweetened, full-fat coconut cream see Notes
  • 1 cup raw cashews see Notes
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt more or less to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Serving Suggestions (All Optional)

  • chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to Sauté on Normal mode. Add 2 tablespoons ghee to Instant Pot and let ghee melt completely, stirring occasionally to cover bottom of insert with ghee.
  • When ghee is melted, add 1 medium onion, 3 large carrots, and 3 large celery stalks. Stir to incorporate, then sauté vegetables, stirring regularly, 3 to 5 minutes or until onions have softened.
  • When onions have softened, add 5-6 cloves garlic and sauté, stirring constantly, 30 to 60 seconds or until garlic is fragrant.
  • Pour 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth into Instant Pot and stir to incorporate, making sure to scrape bottom of insert with wooden spoon to dislodge any bits of food that may have stuck to insert.
  • Add 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 pound red potatoes, 1 ½ teaspoons dried sage, and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves. Stir to incorporate.
  • Secure lid on Instant Pot with valve in Sealing position. Set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure with 10-minute cook time. Instant Pot will pressurize, then cook time will begin.
  • Meanwhile, add 1 cup unsweetened, full-fat coconut cream and 1 cup raw cashews to high-speed blender. Blend until ingredients form very, very smooth cashew cream. Set aside.
  • When cook time on Instant Pot ends, carefully Quick Release internal pressure. Remove lid from Instant Pot and set aside. Use caution – any escaping steam will be extremely hot.
  • Stir soup, then let soup cool slightly. Pour cashew cream into soup, then season with 1 ½ teaspoons salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Stir to incorporate.
  • Taste soup and adjust salt and pepper as desired. When satisfied with flavor, ladle soup into serving bowls and garnish each serving with chopped fresh parsley if desired. Serve warm.

Video

  • Blender: If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you’ll need to soak the cashews first so they’ll blend completely. Place them in a bowl and pour 3 cups of hot filtered water over them. Place the bowl in the fridge and let the cashews soak 6-8 hours. After soaking the cashews, add them to a standard blender with the coconut cream and blend until smooth.
  • Dried Sage: You must use dried sage, NOT ground sage. Ground sage will over-power the rest of the dish and may turn your soup green.
  • Coconut Cream: Refrigerate 1 can of unsweetened, full-fat coconut cream OR 1-2 cans of unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk overnight. Remove the can without shaking it or stirring the contents. Open the can and scoop off the solid white layer on top of the liquid – that layer is the coconut cream you’ll need for this recipe. Use 1 cup of the solid layer in this recipe. Discard the remaining liquid, use it in another recipe, or consume it as-is if you want. Do NOT use coconut creamer or coco lopez. They aren’t the same as coconut cream and won’t work in this recipe.
  • Coconut Alternatives: If you have a coconut allergy or just don’t like the flavor, replace the coconut cream with almond milk, chicken stock, or water. Blend your liquid of choice with the cashews as instructed.
  • Cashew Alternatives: If you have a cashew allergy, replace the cashews with 1 cup of steamed cauliflower. Blend the cauliflower with the coconut cream like you would the cashews.
  • Make it Dairy Free: Use olive oil instead of ghee.

 

Stovetop Chicken Pot Pie Soup

  1. Heat the ghee or olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Stir, then sauté until the onions are soft (3-5 minutes).
  3. Add the garlic and stir, then sauté 30-60 seconds or until garlic is fragrant.
  4. Add the chicken broth, potatoes, dried sage, and thyme to your pot. Stir, then bring to a boil. Boil potatoes 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken. Boil 6-10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are fork-tender.
  6. While chicken and potatoes boil, add the cashews and coconut cream to the high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  7. When chicken and potatoes are ready, stir in the cashew cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.
 

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

  1. Heat the ghee or olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Stir, then sauté until the onions are soft (3-5 minutes).
  3. Add the garlic and stir, then sauté 30-60 seconds or until garlic is fragrant.
  4. Transfer the mirepoix and garlic to the slow cooker. Add the potatoes, chicken broth, chicken, sage, and thyme. Stir to incorporate.
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
  6. Toward end of cook time, add the cashews and coconut cream to the high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  7. When the cook time ends, check that the potatoes are fork-tender and the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the cashew cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 513calProtein: 40gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 987mgPotassium: 1313mgTotal Carbs: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gNet Carbs: 25gVitamin A: 3804IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 3mg
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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473 Comments

  1. Can I make this in the crock pot?

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

      Hi Courtney, the instructions for that method are in the post!

      How to make this chicken pot pie soup in the slow cooker:

      Heat the ghee or olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion, carrots, and celery until the onions are soft, then sauté the garlic about a minute or until fragrant. Transfer the sautéd mixture to the slow cooker. Add the potatoes, chicken broth, chicken, sage, and thyme to your pot.

      Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6.

      In the meantime, make the cashew-coconut cream as directed in the recipe. When the slow cooker time is up and potatoes are tender, stir in cashew-coconut cream and season with plenty of salt and pepper.

  2. This is one of our favorite favorite favorite recipes!!!! So dang delicious!!! Flavorful and comforting. Perfection!!5 stars

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

      So glad it’s a favorite! It’s one of mine too! Thanks so much for your review!

  3. Have made this many times and we love it! Quick question – have you ever made this recipe with chicken thighs? I was wondering what that would look like if I added them to the insta-pot regarding timing, etc. Thanks5 stars

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

      Chicken thighs would definitely work, and no need to change the cook time at all!

  4. I love this recipe, but it makes a lot. Can portions be frozen?5 stars

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

      So glad you enjoy, Carol! As for freezing, potatoes tend to get a little mushy/gritty upon freezing, so it may change the texture of the soup. If you don’t mind that, then go for it!

  5. Avatar Evelyn Wilkerson says:

    I have made this twice now and really love it! It’s so creamy, full of flavor and great for those chilly nights.5 stars

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

      One of my favorites too! So glad you enjoyed! Thanks so much for the great review, Evelyn!

  6. Is there a way to make it nut and coconut free? Like using vegan butter and oat milk?

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

      You could try Try 1 cup of steamed cauliflower blended together with another dairy free milk!

  7. Another delicious recipe! Super quick too. I was hesitant on the cashew/coconut milk combo but I’ve never made a bad 40 Aprons recipe, so I went for it! SO glad I did! We’ll definitely be making this again.5 stars

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

      Love to hear that, Krystal! Thanks so much for your review!

  8. Followed directions exactly. Only problem was when I mixed the coconut cream and cashews in my Vitamix it was too thick. I added some broth to it until it was mixable. Everything turned out delicious! Will definitely be making this again5 stars

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

      So glad it worked out for you and that you enjoyed! Thanks so much for the review, Terry!

  9. Avatar Meghan Roberts says:

    Do you have a sub for the cashews? We have a dairy, cashew and pistachio allergy 🙁

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

      Oh, no! I’m sorry to hear that! You can replace them with 1 cup of steamed (and cooled) cauliflower, which will give you a similar consistency once it’s blended with the coconut cream.

  10. Avatar Misty Miears says:

    I’m curious why you updated this recipe to add the coconut cream. It was perfection with just cashew cream?!?!

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

      Hi, Misty! This recipe has always used both coconut cream (or coconut milk) and cashews. You blend the coconut cream and cashews together to make a coconut-cashew cream. If you watch the video for this recipe, it shows the coconut cream (or milk) step. That video is several years old now!

      Maybe you’re thinking of another chicken pot pie soup recipe? Regardless, if you’d like to only use cashew cream in your soup, you’re welcome to do that!

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