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Gluten-Free Instant Pot Chicken Soup with Wild Rice

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This Instant Pot Gluten-free chicken soup with wild rice is our latest Instant Pot recipe and a new favorite. It’s gluten-free and dairy-free so it works with my dietary restrictions and it’s really easy to make. Read all the details below.

chicken and wild rice soup -- made in the instant pot

We’ve been making a ton of Instant Pot Soup and cool weather recipes lately. We tend to make food in batch mode and with the Instant Pot it’s just so easy.

easy hearty instant pot chicken and wild rice soup

It also usually means lots of leftovers that we can pull out for additional meals. Instant Pot chicken and wild rice soup build in flavor so leftovers equal a great warm and hearty meal. We’re relying on meal and leftovers like chicken soup to get us through the final stretch of winter.

We tend to make a lot of chicken recipes because my alpha-gal allergy means no mammal related ingredients. Chicken soup is always great and we wanted to try an Instant Pot chicken soup that contained wild rice.

About Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Traditionally, chicken wild rice soup has a roux, a mix of butter and flour, mixed with milk added to the soup to thicken it and make it creamy. So good!

Keeping the Soup Gluten & Dairy-free

A traditional roux is great unless you have a problem with gluten or dairy. In this recipe, we have substituted the roux and milk with coconut milk. It won’t be quite as thick as the traditional recipe, but it is still pretty delicious!

If you really want that extra thick texture, feel free to add something like cauliflower, potatoes, a vegan/gluten free roux or any of these ideas for thickening soup without dairy.

bowl of instant pot chicken soup with wild rice and vegetables

What kind of chicken can you use?

We use cubed chicken breast in this recipe, however thighs would work as well. Since there is such a long cooking cycle for the rice and similar to our mulligatawny post, you could use frozen chicken. However, if you are adding whole breasts, it will result in a shredded chicken at the end rather than cubed. I personally prefer the cubed, but when in a hurry and I only have chicken in the freezer that I forgot to thaw, it still is a really good soup.

Using Leftovers

If you have leftover rotisserie chicken, this soup will still work:

  • Cook without the chicken.
  • Then, add the cooked chicken in with the coconut milk after the pressure cooking is over and let it warm for several minutes.

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On to the recipe:

bowl of instant pot chicken soup with wild rice and vegetables

Instant Pot Gluten Free Chicken Soup with Wild Rice

Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice soup — similar to wild rice chicken soup substituting coconut milk for the roux and making this gluten and dairy free.
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Course: Dinner, Instant Pot, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Pressure build up: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 292kcal


  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion small, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 cups broth
  • 1 lb chicken breast cubed
  • 4 carrots chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 15 ounces coconut milk


  • Press saute button and add coconut oil.
  • Add in onion and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  • Pour in broth and scrape bottom of the pan to remove any onion or garlic that may be stuck to the bottom.
  • Add all other ingredients except for coconut milk.
  • Close the lid, seal the vent, and press manual or pressure cook button and toggle to 35 minutes.
  • After pressure cycle is complete, let natural release for 15 minutes, then release pressure.
  • Stir in coconut milk and serve.


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5200IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2.8mg

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  • Reply
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy
    February 17, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    5 stars
    Wild rice and a creamy base sure takes chicken soup to a whole new level! I don’t have an Instant Pot, but I’ll be making this in a regular old soup pot!

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    January 30, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    I need to use up some barley. Can I use it instead of wild rice?

    • Reply
      March 28, 2021 at 6:15 pm

      I think that would work. However, you will probably have to change the cook time to match how long the barley instructions say to cook.

  • Reply
    September 19, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    5 stars
    This one is a super easy crowd-pleaser!

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