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Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This instant pot chicken pot pie soup is loaded with tender chicken thighs and veggies in a deliciously creamy broth. It’s Whole30-approved, dairy-free, and gluten-free for a comfort food meal that is both wholesome and indulgent.

Two bowls of chicken soup in front of a spoon, biscuit and serving bowl

When I was growing up, I had a love for certain dishes. Chicken pot pie was top of my list. I don’t remember my mother making it. What I do remember is having pre-made mini pies that we dumped on a pile of mashed potatoes, tossing the little pie dishes away.

It wasn’t until I was an adult that I made pot pies at home. I decided to make my favorite chicken pot pie recipe into a soup. And boy, am I glad I did. It is pure comfort food!

This chicken pot pie soup in the instant pot is a winner. It’s Whole30 (see helpful tips), gluten-free, dairy free and so delicious you’re going to place it high on your monthly meal planning calendar.

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Helpful tips

  • To make it fully Whole30 – compliant, omit the butter and increase the olive oil to 2 tablespoons.
  • To make this dish gluten-free – omit the biscuit.
  • We all know that pot pies come with pie crust, which is not feasible with the instant pot. You could further cook it in the oven, but in my opinion that defeats the instant pot’s speed and convenience. So, I love to serve this creamy chicken soup with flaky biscuits. You can also serve it with precooked puff pastry squares or, to stay gluten-free, omit serving any bread at all.
  • I use boneless chicken thighs because I find them moister than chicken breasts, but use what you prefer.
  • Trim most of the fat off the chicken thighs, but it’s okay to leave some on – it gives the broth flavor.
  • Chicken broth is my go-to soup base, but you can also use chicken stock.
  • I use the herbs tarragon and parsley. The addition of thyme is also a great choice.
  • Hubby is lactose intolerant so to thicken the broth, I use a blend of soaked cashews with almond milk. I’ve also used coconut milk to keep it dairy-free, but found the slight taste of coconut off putting.
  • You can also use heavy cream, light cream, half and half, or even milk if you prefer.
  • You could wait for the instant pot to release the pressure naturally, but I like to do a quick release after 10 minutes. Here’s how: Don an oven mitt to protect your hand from the steam. You can use a wooden spoon to nudge the venting knob from sealed to vent. I just nudge the knob with my gloved hand. I’ve never been burned by the steam when wearing a glove.
A chicken soup with peas and carrots in a crock with two handles
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How to make instant pot chicken pot pie soup

Pre-step

An hour before starting the recipe, measure out 3/4 cup raw, unsalted cashews and place in a small bowl. Pour filtered water over the cashews and soak for an hour.

Step one

Get out your instant pot or pressure cooker, blender, serving bowl, and soup crocks.

Step two

Trim as much fat off the chicken thighs as you can. It’s not necessary to trim all the fat off as it will add flavor.

Step three

Gather the ingredients – boneless chicken thighs, carrots, celery, and Yukon potatoes. (A)

Step four

Measure out 2 teaspoons tarragon, 2 teaspoons parsley, salt, pepper, chicken broth, and almond milk, and drain the cashews. (B)

Left - chicken, onion, carrots, celery and potatoes. Right- herbs, salt, cashews, milk and broth

Step five

Chop the onion into chunks, and slice the carrots and celery.

Step six

Plug the pressure cooker in and press the sauté button. Wait for it to heat up for 3 minutes, add olive oil, and butter if you’re using it.

After a minute, add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring often. (C)

Step seven

As the veggies are cooking, cut the potatoes in smallish chunks. Once the vegetables are done cooking, add the potatoes to the instant pot. (D)

Left - sauteed vegetables in instant pot. Right - potatoes added to veggies

Step eight

Place the chicken thighs on the potatoes. (E)

Step nine

Sprinkle tarragon, parsley, salt, and pepper on the chicken and pour chicken broth on top. Don’t stir.(F)

Left - chicken added on the veggies. Right - herbs and broth added to chicken

Step ten

Place the lid on the pressure cooker and seal it, make sure the venting knob is in the sealed position. The instant pot should be set at high pressure, and the mode set to normal. Press the pressure cook button and set the timer for 10 minutes.

Be aware that it will take the instant pot at least 10 – 15 minutes (if not more) to come to pressure.

Step eleven

Once the instant pot beeps that it is done, wait 10 minutes before performing a quick release. See the Helpful tips on how. (G)

Step twelve

Remove the chicken from the soup, place on a large plate, take two forks and shred the chicken thighs. I like to keep some pieces big. (H)

Left - soup done with chicken still in it. Right - shredded chicken thighs on plate

Step thirteen

Place the drained cashews in the blender, add milk (I), and blend until combined and thickened. (J)

Left - cashews and milk in blender. Right - nuts and milk blended

Step fourteen

Add the shredded chicken, frozen peas, and cashew cream to the soup. (K)

Step fifteen

Stir the ingredients together until combined. (L)

Left - shredded chicken, green peas, and cashew cream added. Right - all the ingredients stirred in

Cover the instant pot with the pressure cooker lid, but there is no need to seal it. Wait 5 – 10 minutes for the peas to heat up and the flavors to meld.

During this time, I bake biscuits.

Transfer soup to a serving bowl.

Large white bowl filled with the creamy chicken soup with crocks and biscuits in back

Time to ladle the creamy chicken soup into soup crocks.

Close up of the creamy chicken soup with a biscuit in the back

I peel a layer off the biscuit and place it on the soup.

Biscuit tops on the two crocks of creamy chicken soup

I love these biscuits because you can keep peeling and enjoying several layers as you eat the soup.

Bites taken out of the biscuit on top of the chicken soup

The soup is so flavorful and such a comfort.

A spoonful of chicken soup held over a crock with another crock and serving bowl in the back

Yum.

I hope you enjoyed this instant pot chicken pot pie soup. It’s so delicious and I hope you give it a try.

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Two crocks frilled with the chicken pot pie soup with a biscuit on the table

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This instant pot chicken pot pie soup is loaded with tender chicken thighs and veggies in a deliciously creamy broth. It’s Whole30-approved, dairy-free, and gluten-free for a comfort food meal that is both wholesome and indulgent.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken pot pie soup, chicken soup, instant pot chicken pot pie soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 375kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews (unsalted)
  • water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion (Vidalia – chopped)
  • 3 medium carrots (3 – 4, sliced)
  • 1 stalk celery (sliced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 3 medium yellow potatoes (Yukon, chopped)
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs (skinless – trimmed)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons tarragon (dried)
  • 2 teaspoons parsley (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Instructions

Before starting this recipe

  • Place the cashews in a small bowl and cover with filtered water. Soak for at least an hour to soften the cashews.
    3/4 cup raw cashews
  • Plug the instant pot in, press the sauté button and let it heat up for 3 minutes. Add olive oil and butter. Once the oil heats up, add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Press the cancel button after the 5 minutes.
    1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 large onion, 3 medium carrots, 1 stalk celery, 3 cloves garlic
  • Add chopped potatoes on top of the cooked vegetables. Lay the chicken on the potatoes. Sprinkle the tarragon, parsley, salt, and pepper on the chicken.
    3 medium yellow potatoes, 4 boneless chicken thighs, 2 teaspoons tarragon, 2 teaspoons parsley, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pour chicken broth on top of chicken and herbs. Don't stir, leave it layered like that.
    3 cups chicken broth
  • Put the lid on the instant pot, seal it, and make sure the venting knob is in the sealed position. The IP should be defaulted to high pressure and normal mode. Press the pressure cook button and set the timer to 10 minutes.
  • While the soup is cooking, place drained cashews into a blender, add milk and blend until smooth and thickened (2 minutes).
    3/4 cup raw cashews, 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Once the instant pot beeps that it is finished cooking the soup, wait 10 minutes before doing a quick release (see notes on how).
  • Remove chicken thighs, place on a plate, take two forks and shred the thighs in strips. I do leave some big chunks for fun.
  • Add the shredded chicken back to the soup. Also add peas, and processed cashew/milk mixture. Stir and cover with the lid for 5 – 10 minutes. No need to seal the instant pot.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Serve
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • To make it fully Whole30 – compliant, omit the butter and increase the olive oil to 2 tablespoons.
  • To make this dish gluten-free – omit the biscuit.
  • We all know that pot pies come with pie crust, which is not feasible with the instant pot. You could further cook it in the oven, but in my opinion that defeats the instant pot’s speed and convenience. So, I love to serve this creamy chicken soup with flaky biscuits. You can also serve it with precooked puff pastry squares or, to stay gluten-free, omit serving any bread at all.
  • I use boneless chicken thighs because I find them moister than chicken breasts, but use what you prefer.
  • Trim most of the fat off the chicken thighs, but it’s okay to leave some on – it gives the broth flavor.
  • Chicken broth is my go-to soup base, but you can also use chicken stock.
  • I use the herbs tarragon and parsley. The addition of thyme is also a great choice.
  • Hubby is lactose intolerant so to thicken the broth, I use a blend of soaked cashews with almond milk. I’ve also used coconut milk to keep it dairy-free, but found the slight taste of coconut off putting.
  • You can also use heavy cream, light cream, half and half, or even milk if you prefer.
  • You could wait for the instant pot to release the pressure naturally, but I like to do a quick release after 10 minutes. Here’s how: Don an oven mitt to protect your hand from the steam. You can use a wooden spoon to nudge the venting knob from sealed to vent. I just nudge the knob with my gloved hand. I’ve never been burned by the steam when wearing a glove.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 975mg | Potassium: 969mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5464IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 3mg
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16 Comments

  1. This is such a great way to make this dish a little healthier and better for keto friends and fam too! It tastes amazing though and you don’t miss the pastry!

    1. Thanks, Freya! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming back to the site and letting me know.

  2. We had this soup for dinner last night and omg was it delicious! So comforting and filling!

    1. Thanks, Anita! I love how cashews thicken soups, dressings, etc. Not sure I’d go back to cream.

  3. I love that this is a simplified version of the classic chicken pot pie recipe! I’ve always been intimidated my chicken pot pie, but a soup in the instant pot is something I can do!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Alison! I love the instant pot and am always looking for recipes to make in it.

  4. Yummy and very comforting for this time of the year (I am in Australia and it’s chilly at the moment).

  5. This was a huge hit for us! It was total comfort food in a bowl. I just loved how creamy it was, and the Instant Pot made the whole process super simple.

  6. Oh this sounds delicious! I always forget about using my Instant Pot to make soups – I am so used to my crockpot!

  7. I really liked the addition of cashew cream to thicken the soup. I’ve never tried adding cashews to pot pie soup but we’re trying to stay away from dairy so this recipe couldn’t come at a better time. So yummy!

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