Instant Pot Chicken Cilantro Soup

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Bright and spicy ginger and aromatic cilantro stand out in this Indian twist on traditional chicken soup. Filled with just-cooked fresh, crunchy cabbage and carrots, this Instant Pot Chicken Cilantro Soup is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Look to the variations for a vegan option, and add whichever veggies you like.

chicken cilantro soup served in a white bowl

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  • A healthy take on Indo-Chinese Favorite
  • How to Make Chicken Cilantro Soup
  • Serving
  • Storing
  • Meal Prepping
  • Variations
  • More Instant Pot Soup Recipes
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A healthy take on Indo-Chinese Favorite

A delicacy from Indo-Chinese restaurants, Chicken Cilantro Soup has complementing flavors from lemon, ginger, and chilies, crunchy vegetables, and soft cooked chicken making it a flavor and nutrition-packed meal.

This recipe combines my mom’s chicken soup and the lemon coriander soup from the Indo-Chinese restaurants I have enjoyed for years. It uses mom’s chicken soup loaded with ginger, garlic, and cilantro as a base, to which I add more vegetables and chicken to make it a one-pot meal that is feel-go and packed with immune-boosting nutrients.

NOTE: Fresh cilantro in India is called coriander, this recipe does not use coriander seeds

I love the convenience of making this in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. It perfectly cooks the Chicken breasts that can be shredded in minutes and makes a healthy flavor-packed broth at the same time.

How to Make Chicken Cilantro Soup

  • Turn Instant Pot to Saute(more) mode and heat oil. Add garlic, green chilies, ginger, and cilantro stems. Mix well.
  • Add chicken breasts, black peppercorn, salt, water, and broth. Give a quick stir and close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing.
  • Pressure cook for 10 minutes followed by Natural Pressure Release. Open the Instant Pot and take the chicken breasts out.

steps one through four of making chicken cilantro soup

  • Take a large bowl and strain the broth. Squeeze out any juices by gently pressing the stems in the strainer. Discard the stems from the strainer. Reserve the broth.
  • Shred the chicken with a fork and keep aside.
  • Rinse and dry the Instant Pot insert. Put the insert back and set the Instant Pot to sauté mode.
  • Add the remaining oil, cabbage, carrots, and remaining ginger. Mix well.

steps five through eight of making chicken cilantro soup

  • Add shredded chicken, reserved broth, and cornstarch water. Mix well and bring the soup to a gentle boil
  • Turn Instant Pot off. Add fresh ground pepper, lemon juice, and chopped cilantro. Mix well and enjoy hot

steps none through twelve of making chicken cilantro soup


Serve this delicious soup as a light gluten-free meal for lunch or dinner. Pair it with Hakka Noodles or Kimchi Fried Rice for a hearty meal.


Any leftover soup can be refrigerated for 2 to 3 days.

Meal Prepping

This soup is a good meal prep recipe. Simply pressure cook, shred the chicken and strain the broth. Add shredded chicken to the broth and refrigerate. When ready to serve, saute ginger, cabbage, and carrots for that perfect crunchy bite.


  • Skip the chicken all together and follow the remaining recipe to make a perfect vegan soup. Just replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth
  • Adjust the thickening, corn starch, or arrowroot powder,  to the textures you prefer. I enjoy the soupy texture, so for me, 3 tablespoons of cornstarch works well. You can adjust it from 3-6 tablespoons to get a thicker consistency
  • Add more or less green chilies and fresh ginger to take the spice level up or down
  • Go ahead and double up on cilantro if you have extra

More Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Did you enjoy this healthy and delicious one-pot meal? We love soups year-round and here are some of our family favorites:

  • Low carb chicken mulligatawny soup
  • EASY chicken tortellini soup
  • Creamy Tomato Bisque
  • Mexican chicken tortilla soup
  • Vegetarian Coconut Curry Noodle Soup
  • Instant Pot French Onion Soup
  • Quick and comforting Lasagna Soup
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