Make this delicious low carb chicken kale soup with leftover cooked chicken, kale, and warm, winter spices in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker for a soul-satisfying, low carb soup that's perfect for cold winter nights.
This soup was just about as impossible to name as it was easy to make. I asked in my Facebook Group and people had lots of wonderful--and often amusing suggestions for this. The problem is, if I told you to make a soup with cinnamon and cloves in it you'd never actually do it, now would you?
The most appropriate suggestion for this was "Trust me Chicken Soup" and I wish I could just call it that. Because trust me, this is some good low carb chicken soup.
Some other suggestions were "Cinn-ful soup", Spiced Chicken and Kale Soup, WInter Spiced Chicken and Kale soup, Warming Chicken and Kale soup--and all of those names are perfectly appropriate for this soup.
I also like it because it's perfect for lazy days. I used leftover cooked chicken to make this soup so it also came together extremely quickly. I like these types of soups that you can make with leftovers and freezer vegetables and a few little spices.
I mean look what went into this soup. Onions, leftover cooked chicken, frozen kale, cinnamon, cloves and chicken broth. Does it get simpler than that??
If you wanted to make this with raw chicken, I'd cut it into bite size pieces, and cook as directed. The 5 minuets under pressure will be sufficient to cook small pieces of chicken.
WHAT'S WITH THE CINNAMON AND CLOVES IN SOUP??
Okay yes I made up this soup. But in my defense, I'm not the only one who uses these types of spices in savory dishes. Many Moroccan and Algerian dishes use this combination. One of my readers reminded me that Cuban Picadillo uses a similar spice combination.
I actually once had a Jordanian chicken soup with Israeli couscous in it that had a similar spice profile. In fact, I had that soup once in my life, almost 16 years ago, and I STILL remember it. So yes, it may be an unusual combination, but it's not utterly crazy.
It tastes like warm, winter bowl of comfort and flavor. A lovely warming soup, with just a touch of the exotic about it.
I'd love to hear from you and have you rate this recipe in the card below if you try it.
EQUIPMENT YOU MAY NEED TO MAKE THIS INSTANT POT PRESSURE COOKER LOW CARB CHICKEN KALE SOUP:
- Instant Pot Mini Duo or Instant Pot 6 quart or Instant Pot 8 Quart
- Measuring cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Cutting Board (my fav one)
- Good set of Kitchen knives
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Cloves
OTHER PRESSURE COOKER LOW CARB SOUPS:
- 2 cups cooked chicken breast
- 12 ounces Frozen Kale
- onions, chopped
- 4 cups Water, Or chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon Chicken Bouillon Paste, or other chicken broth mix
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/16 teaspoon Ground Cloves
- 2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- Place all ingredients in the inner liner of your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
- Cook on high pressure for five minutes, and allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes.
- Release any remaining pressure, taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
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I made this according to the receipt in Urvashi's Keto Instant Pot cookbook which is identical to this one, except to add 2 cups of full fat coconut milk at the end of cooking. I've only made it this way, next time I make it, I'll try it without the coconut milk, but I must say it is DELICIOUS with the coconut milk.
Excellent soup! I had turkey bone broth and leftover turkey from Christmas. I also added cubed butternut squash which really goes really well with cinnamon/nutmeg spice profile. I cooked the broth / squash for 4 min on high in the instant pot and immediately release the pressure. I then added the cooked turkey and fresh cut kale once the soup was cooked. Again, another winner recipe from Urvashi!
Cloves NOT nutmeg ! Josee
Nutritional info does not include sodium level
That’s correct. The software for these recipe cards is wildly inaccurate for sodium and I don’t want to mislead anyone.
This soup is great too with leftover turkey. I just made it but didn't want to cook chicken first and had cooked turkey in the freezer so used that. and I added a bit of kick with about 1/4 tsp of hot Indian chili powder (ground chilies)
This soup is amazing. I thought it would be bland with the lack of seasonings, but it was anything but. People who don't even eat low carb thought it was great. This is going in heavy rotation at my house.
That’s my plan. To make dishes taste so good even the non low carbers like them
I am so glad I made this soup. We loved it. Cooking with the Instant Pot has renewed my interest in cooking new recipes.
I love this soup. I felt a little like a mad scientist as I was adding different spices but I think they all worked. I too love cooking with the instant pot.
Can u use fresh kale or spinach. If so, can you on what to do. Thanks
Fresh kale or spinach will cook a lot faster. Best thing to do is cut chicken very small and cook for 3-4 minutes at most.
Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe.
PS...I lve to experiment with spices savory dishes. I agree that balance of spices is key to success.
Does the kale get a strong taste? I have been cooking my kale for only 4 minutes and like that it does not develop the stronger taste, so I'm wondering how long I would want to cook the soup. I love kale!
You know it doesn’t. There’s so much other flavor in this soup, you don’t eat it and go “ew Kale”. It’s more “ yum lovely flavors!” 🙂
This soups is OUTSTANDING! Just made it and the flavors are absolutely amazing. Never would have ever thought to use the cinnamon and cloves as the spices.