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wooden bowl of instant pot green chile chicken chowder on black background surrounded by fresh avocado, limes, and cilantro

Instant Pot Green Chile Chicken Chowder

This Instant Pot Green Chile Chicken Chowder is so creamy but still light, and it's Whole30, keto/low-carb, paleo, gut-healthy, and FULL of fiber-rich veggies. Get this hearty and nourishing all-weather soup on the table in under 30 minutes!

CourseMain Dish, Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 196 kcal
Author Lindsey Dietz


Cauliflower "Cream":

Green Chili Chicken Chowder:


For The Cauliflower "Cream":

  1. Add the frozen cauliflower and broth to the stainless insert of your Instant Pot. Place the lid on the pot, seal the vent, and press the "Manual" button. Adjust the time to 2 minutes on high pressure.
  2. When the pot beeps, immediately release the pressure.
  3. Open the Instant Pot and carefully transfer the all of the cooked cauliflower and broth to a blender. Then, blend on high speed until smooth.
  4. Set aside.

For The Chowder:

  1. Now, don't even wash the Instant Pot! Press the "Saute" button and add 3 tablespoons fat of choice to the stainless insert pot.
  2. Then add the diced celery root, onion, and all seasonings. Stir to combine.
  3. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Next, add the chicken thighs — don't cut them up; add them whole — and the remaining 3 cups bone broth.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, seal the vent, and press "Keep Warm/Cancel". Next press the "Manual" button and adjust the time to 13 minutes on high pressure.
  6. When the pot beeps, immediately release the pressure.
  7. Using tongs, carefully remove the chicken thighs and shred with 2 forks (or use your stand mixer).
  8. Add the shredded chicken back to the pot, along with the Cauliflower "Cream", salsa verde, green chiles, lime juice, lime zest, and chopped cilantro.
  9. Stir everything together, taste, adjust seasonings if necessary.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Topping Suggestions:

  • fresh lime wedges
  • chopped cilantro
  • grated raw cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • sliced or cubed avocado
  • cultured sour cream
  • a sprinkle of chipotle powder
  • crushed blue corn chips
  • crushed cassava flour chips 
  • pico de gallo, salsa, or salsa verde
  • guac
  • chopped black olives
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Green Chile Chicken Chowder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.4g7%
Saturated Fat 2.3g14%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Potassium 231mg7%
Carbohydrates 17.5g6%
Fiber 4.2g18%
Sugar 3.4g4%
Protein 23.6g47%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.