There’s something incredibly comforting about a big bowl of creamy chicken mushroom soup.
And if you’re looking for an easy recipe, this instant pot meal makes the perfect weeknight dinner with only 10 minutes of prep time.
If you don’t have an instant pot don’t worry, you can also go the slow cooker route or put everything into a large pot over medium heat.
This creamy soup can also be made dairy-free by replacing sour cream with coconut cream. For a little extra green, finish it off with some fresh parsley.
This chicken soup recipe is
The main ingredients are:
- Fresh mushrooms
- Olive oil
Optional additional ingredients
- Chicken breasts
- Heavy cream
- Half and half
3 Health Benefits of This Chicken and Mushroom Soup
Antioxidants are an essential part of your body’s defense system. Everyday life will induce some level of oxidative damage. While this may sound threatening, it’s actually quite normal, and your body is set up to handle it.
Issues arise, however, when the natural oxidative processes in your body aren’t met with antioxidants to keep them at bay.
The best way to get antioxidants? Through diet.
Onions happen to be an excellent source of antioxidants[*]. They’re specifically rich in the flavonoid quercetin, known for its effects on inflammation and immunity. Quercetin has been studied for a wide range of beneficial effects, including anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral[*].
#2: Supports Heart Health
There’s a lot of contradicting information and opinions out there as to how diet affects the health of your heart. In addition, there seems to be a lot of confusion as to what markers matter and which ones play a lesser role in the pathology of heart disease.
Among the confusion is the debate around cholesterol. What most people don’t understand is that LDL cholesterol on its own is not necessarily a bad thing.LDL cholesterol that’s been oxidized, however, can become dangerous.
Research shows that certain types of fat can actually protect your LDL cholesterol from oxidation. Olive oil, for instance, can modify your LDL make-up, resulting in a particle that is resistant to oxidative stress.
This creates an antiatherogenic particle. In other words, it neutralizes it from being a threat to the health of your heart[*]
#3: High Protein
Everyone knows that to build a strong physique, you need to eat enough protein. What many people don’t realize, however, is that consuming enough protein is also essential to building strong immunity.
One of the main components of your immune system is known as T cells. These immune cells need protein in order to function properly. T cells play a major role in defense against bacteria and viruses, leaving you vulnerable to opportunistic infections when protein intake is diminished[*].
In addition, individual amino acids influence your immune system in more tissue-specific ways. Arginine, for instance, is an amino acid which has been shown to enhance immune mechanisms in those with compromised immune systems[*].
Along with decreased immunity, low protein intake is also associated with muscular weakness, vascular dysfunction, and anemia[*].
Chicken and Mushroom Soup
If you’re in the mood for some comfort food, this creamy chicken soup fits the bill.
Have your choice of mushrooms — button, baby bella, cremini, or a combination of a few.
If you don’t have the time to make the whole thing from scratch, you can even add in some leftover chicken from a rotisserie chicken.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 5 cups 1x
- 4 chicken thighs (cubed)
- 1 ½ cups mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion (sliced)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- Pinch nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¾ cup chicken broth (or chicken stock)
- ¼ cup sour cream or use coconut cream if dairy free
- 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
- Turn Instant Pot on and press SAUTE + 10 minutes. Add oil, onions, and chicken thighs. Saute for 3-4 minutes until fragrant and meat is seared. Add remaining ingredients (except sour cream and arrowroot powder). Stir well to combine.
- Turn Instant Pot OFF, then back on to SOUP function +15 minutes. When timer goes off, release the pressure manually. Carefully remove lid.
- Take 2-3 tablespoons of the liquid from the pot and add to a small bowl. Stir in arrowroot powder. Add sour cream and stir well to combine.
** For a creamy mushroom soup, remove chicken after cook time and blend/puree liquid & veggies. Stir chicken in to combine. **
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 241
- Fat: 14g
- Carbohydrates: 4g (Net:3g)
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 33g