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Instant Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Chowder

This chowder is flavorful and lean, a great choice for dinner. Plus it's kid-friendly so the whole family can enjoy this oh-so-delicious dish.
Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: High Protein, Instant Pot, Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb, Slow Cooker
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Chef Sallie


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken breasts cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound ham low-sodium, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion small, diced small
  • 3 celery ribs diced
  • 2 carrots large, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound russet potatoes peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons thyme fresh
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth low-sodium
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup half and half or 1/2 cup coconut cream if dairy free
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Swiss cheese fat-free, shredded
  • 1/2 cup croutons ready-made, any variety
  • 2 tablespoons parsley fresh, finely chopped


  • Turn on Instant Pot and set to "saute".
  • Add olive oil and cubed chicken breast. Saute for about 5 minutes, turning occasionally until lightly browned on all sides.
  • Add diced ham, onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, thyme, garlic, chicken broth, salt, and pepper.
  • Change Instant Pot setting to Manual, High Pressure, and set the timer for 30 minutes. Seal cooker.
  • While chowder is cooking, mix half and half (or coconut cream if using), with dijon mustard and set aside.
  • Allow the pressure cooker to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release steam until pressure is completely released.
  • Carefully remove the lid. Remove 1 cup of vegetables, potatoes, and broth and place in a blender or food processor. Add dijon mustard mixture and process until completely smooth.
  • Return to chowder and stir until thoroughly incorporated. Stir in shredded cheese, if using. Chowder should have a creamy texture.
  • Ladle into serving bowls and top with croutons and parsley.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 678mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5