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Easy Instant Pot Cilantro Chicken Soup

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This robust Instant Pot Cilantro Chicken Soup is sure to be a hit with your family. A rich tasty broth filled with vegetables and shredded chicken is both a satisfying and nutritious option.  Using the instant pot makes it a fast recipe to whip up while your family is busy and on the run. 

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Cilantro chicken soup is one of the most delicious and comforting soups that you can make. It’s perfect on a chilly evening or even when you have a cold. It’s also easy to make and takes less than an hour to cook in your pressure cooker. This recipe is so flavorful, savory, and has just the right amount of spice. It’s best served with tortilla chips or crackers but you can also serve it with some warm yam or garlic mashed potatoes for another variation – so good!

Why You Will Love Cilantro Lime Chicken Soup

  • Budget-friendly
  • Quick and Easy in InstantPot
  • Easy to make ahead and reheat
  • Good way to get the kids to eat their veggies

Ingredients for Chili Lime Rub

  • Chili powder
  • Lime zest
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Coriander
ingredients for cilantro lime soup

What kind of chicken is best for this recipe?

I usually use chicken breaste but chicken thighs also work well. Or, if you have leftover rotisserie chicken, just use that.

What other vegetables work well in Cilantro Chicken Soup?

Try adding broccolli, yellow squash or zucchini.

Can I cook this Mexican Cilantro Chicke Soup in my Slow Cooker or on the stove top.

Yes, you can. Just adjust your cooking times to assure the chicken is cooked through.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Cilantro Chicken Soup (measurements in recipe card below)

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Chicken stock
  • Diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chilis – I like the canned mild but if you like spicy, go for the hotter ones.
  • Baby carrots
  • Small potatoes
  • White beans
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic cloves
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Limes
  • Corn
  • Celery
ingredients for cilantro chicken soup

How to Make Cilantro Chicken Lime Soup (Complete Recipe in Recipe Card Below)

  1. Rub chicken with chili lime rub, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
  2. Heat olive oil in instant pot and add chicken
  3. Saute on both sides until brown, let chicken cool and shred
  4. Add lime juice and saute until warm
  5. In instant pot add stock and cook on high for 15 minutes, let cool
  6. Add all remaining ingredients, remaining salt and cilantro
  7. Cook 3 minutes until potatoes and carrots are tender
  8. Squeeze 1/2 lime into soup
  9. Pour soup into bowls and garnish with a bit of parmesan cheese and cilantro
chicken rubbed with chili spices in instant pot
Sauteing chicken rubbed with spices
shredded chicken in green bowl
Chicken shredded
veggies added to instant pot
Vegetables, spices and remaining ingredients added
shredded chicken added to soup
Chicken added to Cilantro Chicken Soup
cilantro chicken soup in instant pot
Finished Cilantro Chicken Soup

Adjustments to Recipe

  • Switch up the potatoes for yams for a different twist.
  • Use black beans in addition to or instead of white beans.
  • Substitute chicken thighs for chicken breasts if you like.
  • Top with a dollop of sour cream and cheddar cheese

What to Serve With Cilantro Chicken Soup

I like to serve Cilantro Chicken Soup with warm tortilla chips but there are numerous other options that are equally yummy. Honey Jalapeno Cornbread is a great compliment to this spicy soup. Rosemary Focaccia Bread, warm from the oven is also yummy with Cilantro Chicken Soup. Add in a Mexican Chopped Salad to complete your meal.

Freezing and Storing

Cilantro Chicken Soup can be stored in your refrigerator in a covered container for up to 5 days. If freezing this lime-infused chicken cilantro soup, store in a tightly sealed container or in individual containers to pull out for an on-the-run meal on busy days. I really like these serving size storage containers becuase they are freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe, plus they stack neatly to save freezer or refrigerator space.

bowl of cilantro chicken soup

Instant Pot Chili Lime Soup

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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili recipes, instant pot recipes, instant pot soups, soups, soup recipes, chicken soup, hearty meals, comfort foods
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 548kcal


  • instant pot, measuring cups, measuring spoons, knives


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 64 oz chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • 15 oz diced fire roasted tomatoes (1 can)
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes (1 can)
  • 8 oz chilis (1 small can)
  • 1 cup baby carrots sliced
  • 6 small potatoes diced
  • 15 oz white beans (1 can)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 stalks celery (finely diced)
  • 15 oz corn (1 can)
  • chili lime rub (recipe below)
  • 2 limes (juiced – zest first and save zest for rub)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (add extra for garnish if desired)

Chili Lime Rub

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander


  • Rub chicken with chili lime rub, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Heat olive oil in instant pot and add chicken
  • Saute on both sides until cooked through, let chicken cool and shred
  • Return chicken to Instant Pot
  • Add stock, lime juice and all remaining ingredients. Seal Pot and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes; release pressure.
  • Pour soup into bowls and garnish with a bit of parmesan cheese and cilantro. Squeeze extra lime in if desired.


Serving: 12ounces | Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 1046mg | Potassium: 954mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2343IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 4mg

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