Chicken Cilantro Soup Recipe

For me, winters are all about soups and pasta. If you are tired of simple chicken soup, or boxed soups, you will love this Chicken Cilantro Soup Recipe. It has an umami flavor with a kick of lemon and fresh cilantro as garnishing.

This soup is more rich and more filling as compared to traditional chicken soup, with a different flavor that your family will surely love. What I love about this recipe is that you can serve this soup separately, or make a full meal with jasmine rice or garlic noodles.

If you are in the mood for a creamy soup, you can add cream to the soup, and top it off with shredded cheese.


I top off the soup with sliced avocado and a fried egg. My kids love half-boiled eggs with soup, as it’s warm and gives a mellow taste. So, you can add anything you want to this recipe and the end result is the same – a hearty bowl of warm and delicious cilantro chicken soup.

How To Make Chicken Cilantro Soup At Home?

Follow this recipe to make Chicken Cilantro Soup:

                    ⏱ Prep Time: 10 minutes | 🔥 Cook Time: 20 minutes | 🍽 Serving: 6


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 green chilies sliced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 cup cilantro stems chopped
  • 2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 pound of chicken breasts
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cabbage
  • 1 cup carrot
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Take an Instant Pot and put it on saute mode. Heat oil and add garlic, green chilies, ginger, and cilantro stems.
  2. Saute everything for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add chicken breast, black peppercorn, water, broth, and salt. Give it a good stir and seal the pot.
  4. Pressure cook for 8-10 minutes, and release the pressure.
  5. Open the pot and take out the chicken breast. Once cooled, shred the chicken and keep it aside.
  6. In a large bowl, strain the broth and discard the cilantro stems. Keep the broth aside.
  7. Put the instant pot back, and add oil, carrots, and cabbage. Saute for 5-6 minutes.
  8. Add shredded chicken, and reserved chicken broth. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Take a small cup, and mix cornstarch with a little bit of water. Add the mixture to the soup when you start seeing bubbles.
  10. Keep stirring the soup to avoid making lumps. Bring the soup to boil for 5-6 minutes, or until you reach the desired consistency.
  11. Turn the pot off, and add pepper, lemon juice, and fresh cilantro. Serve hot.


  • If you don’t have green chilies, you can use jalapenos.
  • If you feel like the soup is too runny, you can add more cornstarch or arrowroot by mixing in some water.
  • Avoid adding cornstarch powder directly to the soup as it will become lumpy.
  • You can spice up the level by adding more chilies and ginger.
  • If you want a vegan version, you can substitute chicken with vegetable broth. Add mushrooms for a great crunch. You can also substitute shredded chicken with tofu.
  • Cilantro chicken soup can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 186kcal | Protein: 18g | Carbohydrates: 8g | Sugars: 2g | Fat: 6g

What To Serve With Chicken Cilantro Soup?

Chicken Cilantro Soup is mostly paired with white rice or rice noodles, but you can pair it with so many things to make it into a comfort meal. Here are some things to serve the soup with:

Can You Put Raw Chicken Into Soup?

Yes, you can cook raw chicken in the soup, but it’s not the safest way. Raw chicken contains dangerous bacteria that result in food poisoning. Therefore, when adding raw chicken into soups, it’s ideal to pressure cook at high heat to cook the meat and kill bacteria.

When you are making the broth for the soup, you can cook the chicken in boiling water. Another great way is to grill the chicken in a pan before adding it to the soup. Grilling chicken gives the soup more flavor.

When I am short on time, and cannot pre-cook the chicken, I make soup in an instant pot and pressure cook for 10-12 minutes which not only cooks the chicken real quick but high temperature and also makes sure to kill the bacteria.

Emily is a tech and entertainment writer who loves the art of writing for research-based articles in different niches. As she translates her thoughts into words, they inspire others to do so too!