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Paleo Chicken Soup

Civilized Caveman
4.74 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 5 quarts


  • 1 small whole chicken 4-5 pounds
  • 1 white onion peeled and diced
  • 8 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 4 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 5 large sprigs of thyme
  • 1 golf ball size knob of ginger
  • 1-2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 6 cups water


InstantPot or Pressure Cooker

  • Place the chicken in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
  • Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrots, thyme and ginger to the pot.
  • Add the water and then the sea salt.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the pressure valve to 'seal' and select the poultry option (this will give 15 minutes of pressure cooking).
  • If using an electric pressure cooker, set the pressure to high and set the timer for 15 minutes.
  • Once the Instapot or pressure cooker is finished, remove the chicken and set it on a large plate to cool a bit.
  • Pull all the meat off the bones, return the meat to the soup in large chunks or chop into smaller pieces.
  • Serve warm and enjoy.


  • Place your onion, garlic, celery, carrots, thyme, and ginger to the bottom of a 6 quart or larger crock pot
  • Place your whole chicken on top of the vegetables, add your water and salt
  • Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours (until the chicken is cooked through and falling off the bone)
  • Remove the chicken from the crock pot to a large plate or baking sheet, let cool slightly and then shred all of the meat with your hands (discard cartilage, bones, etc)
  • Add the meat back to the broth and serve warm
  • Enjoy