Instant Pot Chicken Corn Chowder

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Instant Pot chicken corn chowder is loaded with delicious ingredients and ready in a flash. Every bite is a creamy, delicious explosion of chicken, veggies, and a rich sauce.

Closeup shot of bowlful of chicken corn chowder

If you love soups that leave you feeling full and satisfied, then this is the recipe for you. This chowder is rich, delicious, and hearty.

Instant Pot Chicken Corn Chowder

Chowder is one of my favorite soups, so I’m so glad I happened to make this one. I say “happened” because this recipe really came about because I happened to forget to buy clams when I was going to make clam chowder. I made this instead!

Closeup shot of spoonful of instant pot chicken corn chowder

Ingredients

It only takes a handful of simple ingredients to make this recipe.

  • boneless chicken breast 
  • bacon
  • yellow bell pepper
  • red bell pepper
  • frozen corn
  • red onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chicken broth
  • heavy whipping cream
  • fresh spinach 
Overhead shot of chowder ingredients in individual bowls

Instructions

A few minutes and a few steps are all it takes to make this chowder.

Step 1: Add olive oil to your instant pot.

Step 2: Add chicken and 1 1/2 cups bacon. SAUTE for 5 minutes.

Overhead shot of raw chicken and bacon in instant pot

Step 3: Add red peppers, yellow peppers, red onion, frozen corn, salt, and pepper. SAUTE for an additional 5 minutes.

Overhead shot of corn and diced vegetables in instant pot

Step 4: Add 4 cups chicken broth and PRESSURE on HIGH for 7 minutes. Then quick release.

Closeup shot of chicken broth being poured into instant pot with chicken and vegetables

Step 5: When pressure is released, stir in heavy whipping cream and fresh spinach.

Heavy cream being poured into instant pot chowder

Step 6: Top with bacon and fresh spinach before serving. 

OPTIONAL: If you choose to thicken your chowder a bit more, switch your instant pot to SAUTE. While the chowder is coming to a boil, in a glass, add 2 tablespoons cornstarch to 1/2 cup water and stir until all lumps are gone. When the chowder is at a slow boil, slowly stir in the cornstarch mixture. Continue to boil for 2 minutes or until chowder thickens. 

Closeup shot of ladelful of instant pot chicken corn chowder

Equipment

It only takes a few simple pieces of kitchen equipment to make this recipe.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Spoon
  • Instant pot

Substitutions

Half and Half: If you don’t have heavy cream, half and half will work.

Any Onion: I prefer red onions in this dish, but any onion will work, really.

Closeup overhead shot of instant pot chicken corn chowder

Options

Looking for ways to change up this instant pot chicken corn chowder? Here are some suggestions.

Spicy: Add red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.

Celery and Garlic: Add celery and garlic for a flavor base that features the trinity of cooking.

Tips:

  • For easy eating, cut the chicken breasts into pieces that are on the smaller side.
  • Dice all the vegetables to the same size for even cooking.
  • If you choose to use cornstarch to thicken the chowder more, be sure you thoroughly mix the cornstarch and water before adding it to the chowder.
Closeup shot of bowlful of instant pot chicken corn chowder

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FAQ

How long will this recipe last?

It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I freeze this?

No. The cream will separate when it’s defrosted and reheated.

How do I reheat this chowder?

Put the leftovers in a pot and heat on the stove over medium-low heat until heated through.

Closeup shot of bowlful of instant pot chicken corn chowder

Instant Pot Chicken Corn Chowder

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Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Chicken Corn Chowder

Instant Pot Chicken Corn Chowder

Instant Pot chicken corn chowder is rich, creamy, and delicious. It's also ready in a snap. It's a great weeknight meal.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 2 cup chopped bacon, divided

  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper

  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

  • 12 oz frozen sweet corn
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 pepper

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 
2 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to your instant pot.
  2. Add chicken and 1 1/2 cups bacon. SAUTE for 5 minutes.
  3. Add red peppers, yellow peppers, red onion, frozen corn, salt, and pepper. SAUTE for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Add 4 cups chicken broth and PRESSURE on HIGH for 7 minutes. Then quick release.
  5. When pressure is released, stir in heavy whipping cream and fresh spinach.
    Top with bacon and fresh spinach before serving. 
  6. OPTIONAL: If you choose to thicken your chowder a bit more, switch your instant pot to SAUTE. While the chowder is coming to a boil, in a glass, add 2 tablespoons cornstarch to 1/2 cup water and stir until all lumps are gone. When the chowder is at a slow boil, slowly stir in the cornstarch mixture. Continue to boil for 2 minutes or until chowder thickens. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 373Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 119mgSodium 1135mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 21g

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