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Neena’s Instant Pot Chicken Soup

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Neena’s Instant Pot Chicken Soup is inspired by the recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Curry Soup on created by Neena (hence the name).   The rich coconut curry soup base is loaded with chicken and flavor and will make you forget about all other chicken soups.  (Except for Neena’s original recipe, of course.)

Bowl of Instant Pot Chicken Curry Breast Soup

I met Neena at a conference and after she told me about her blog, I had to check it out.  (You should check it out, too!  Click here to go to Paint The Kitchen Red.)  Neena is a bit of an Instant Pot expert and her posts are quite comprehensive.  If you have ever been wary of using an Instant Pot – don’t be.  Just check out her blog and follow her detailed step-by-step directions.

Close up of Instant Pot chicken curry soup with cooked chicken

There are a few changes that I made to Neena’s recipe, mainly because my family prefers white meat.  This has become my husband’s favorite recipe this season and my children love it, too.

For the original recipe and no-fail directions, click here.  You’ll love it, especially if you like dark meat.  For my spin on the soup, read on.

Chicken Soup in an Instant Pot

Since I use shredded chicken breast meat, there are two options that I can take– either pressure cook chicken breasts and use the meat right away, or use frozen shredded chicken breast meat (there’s no need to thaw it in an Instant Pot).   If I don’t have any frozen shredded chicken breast meat ready, then I cook a double batch and freeze half for later and use the other half in the recipe.  (Click here for how to pressure cook chicken breasts in an Instant Pot.)

Instant Pot chicken soup over rice

Yield: 6 people

Neena’s Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Neena’s Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Rich and creamy, this chicken soup with curry will become a staple in your home.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2-3 Tbsp ghee or butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Cooked rice, optional


  1. On Sauté mode, melt ghee or butter and add onions. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, and jalapeno and cook for another minute.
  3. Add seasonings and stir.
  4. Add chicken broth, shredded chicken, and tomatoes and stir well. Place the lid on Instant Pot and cook on Manual for 5 minutes.
  5. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the valve and release any remaining pressure.
  6. Stir in the coconut milk and spinach. Place lid on Instant Pot and cook on Sauté setting for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove lid and serve over rice, if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 593Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 1385mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 52g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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We like to serve the soup over cooked rice, but you can omit that if you don’t like rice or if you are cutting back on carbs.  Either way, it’s delicious!

Neena's Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Don’t forget to check out Neena’s recipes at Paint The Kitchen Red.  You can thank me later.

One suggestion that my husband had was to add more spinach!  Who’d a thunk it?

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Monday 12th of March 2018

Thanks for sharing your version of the recipe! It was great to meet you and I'm glad your family liked the recipe.