Creamy Chicken Chowder with Potatoes – Keto Optional

This creamy chicken chowder is one of my favorite recipes for the Instant Pot. It’s a great recipe to warm up with on a winter’s day as well as very rich and filling, the perfect comfort food. This is an easy recipe to make keto friendly by simply omitting the potatoes.


Other than the usual cutting boards, knives, and ladles, the only piece of equipment you need for this recipe is an Instant Pot. I use the 6 quart model and it is perfect for my family.




This creamy chicken chowder requires a few more ingredients than I typically use, but the prep is easy.

  • 1/2 cup chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 4 cloves minced garlic (I use this one)
  • 2 cups petite potatoes, quartered (leave these out if you want a keto friendly recipe)
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 6 quartered chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary, or 1 sprig of fresh
  • 6 Tablespoons butter (2 for saute and 4 for broth)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese cubed (1 block)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, rinsed well and stems cut off
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 pound bacon (optional for topping)

Ingredients (I forgot to get the cream cheese in the photo)


  • Using the “Sauté” setting on the Instant Pot, sauté 2 tablespoons of butter, the celery, onions, garlic, and rosemary for a few minutes until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the potatoes, mushrooms, chicken thighs, chicken broth, 4 tablespoons of butter, and 8 oz of cream cheese. Give it a good stir to make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom.
  • Change the setting to “Soup” and set the timer for 30 minutes. Put on the lid and make sure the release valve is closed. Once the time is up, quick release the pressure.
  • If you plan on using bacon for a topping, this is the time to prepare it. Chop up the bacon into bit size pieces and cook it to your desired crispiness
  • Stir in the heavy whipping cream and spinach and allow it to sit for around 10 minutes to wilt the spinach
  • Ladle chowder into a bowl and top with crispy bacon if desired.


Tips for Success

Creamy chicken chowder is really easy to make and if you follow these tips, you are almost guaranteed to make a dish that everyone will love.

  • Prepare the vegetables beforehand. You will not feel so rushed when cooking if they are ready to add when you need them.
  • Buy mushrooms that are already sliced. This is an easy timesaver.
  • Don’t skip the sauté  step. So much flavor comes from sautéing the aromatic ingredients.
  • Cut the chicken thighs into quarters before adding to the soup. This will help it to break up into bite size pieces as it cooks.
  • When you quick release the pressure, if it is sputtering and making a mess, simply drape a paper towel over the release valve.  This should help to minimize any mess.




  1. Thanks for a great recipe. I actually own the exact same pressure cooker and I can’t wait to make this for my family.

  2. Hey Christian,

    That looks yummy. Thanks so much for the detailed explanation. I will try this out, we don’t follow Keto and I think it will taste much better with potatoes. We recently bought a Gourmia’s GPC 800 starter pot. It has 6 cooking modes and 13 button settings. The button presets allow you to cook anything from soup to meat to rice to dessert. You can pressure cook, slow cook, or sauté, and you can customize the cook time or use the preset times.
    The pot includes a large non-stock inner pot, and you get a steaming rack and stirring spoon to help you prepare your meals. With 1,200 watts of power, your food cooks fast and accurately.

    Thanks for your post, looking forward for more such interesting recipes 🙂

    • Thanks for checking it out! It sounds like you have a nice pressure cooker! You are right. It does taste better with potatoes, but its good to have an option for keto if possible. I hope the recipe turns out great for you.

  3. Thanks for sharing your recipe for this delicious dish! What’s better than chicken and potatoes!? Nothing 🙂 It looks like a lot of ingredients to start with, but when all mixed in a single pot I imagine it’s mouthwatering! I will follow all your tips, and hopefully, mine will be as delicious as you make it sound. I followed your recipe for chrispy chicken from the oven, and it was finger-licking good! Thanks again. Ivan

    • Thanks for checking it out! I’m glad the chicken turned out good for you. Hopefully this one turns out just as good for you.

  4. Thanks for the chicken recipe. I Like chicken so I will definitely try to make this over the weekend. Looks like a great recipe.

  5. Christian, really nice recipe. I never tried this meal before but I am more than eager to make my version of this amazing looking chowder. I can not say what I enjoy more, chicken or potatoes so I am sure I’m going to enjoy it.

  6. One of the good things about my ex is that he is an amazing cook. He would go through this recipe step by careful step. Then he’d add half-a-cup of garlic. Well, maybe not that much, but it would seem like it. Are you a professional? This looks super good!

    • I love garlic too! I am not a professional. Just a dad who tries to cook good food for his family. Thanks for checking out the recipe!

  7. Great idea!

    Soup season is upon us and I am ready for a new idea and this recipe fits the bill perfectly. I do not have an instant pot (my kid talked me out of it), but I think I can adapt this for stove top.

    I will try it keto style and non-keto to see what we like. Thank you!!

  8. Thanks for this one! I will have to try this out!
    I had a bit of a giggle to myself when I read “requires a few more ingredients than I typically use”…sounds just like me, as I’m not usually the most creative chef :p
    You guarantee a great dish by following your steps, and this is exactly what I am going to do!
    Thanks again,

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