This White Chicken Chili is definitely my new favorite recipe! It’s super delicious and full of flavor made with warm chili spices, hearty beans, sautéed vegetables, corn and lots of tender chicken breast! The best part is it's incredibly easy to make in the Instant Pot or you can make it on the stove top! It’s a simple one-pot meal the entire family is sure to love!
WHITE CHICKEN CHILI INGREDIENTS
All you need to make this easy chili recipe! (full measurements and instructions listed in recipe below)
Chicken Breast: Two boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs.
White Beans: Beans are definitely a star ingredient in chili. I like using Great Northern or Cannellini beans for this recipe.
Green Chiles: Green chilies are also a key ingredient in white chicken chili. They give this recipe so much flavor and add just a tiny bit of heat. You can find them in the international grocery aisle by the mexican food.
Corn: I prefer frozen corn but canned corn would work too. Just make sure to drain and rinse well.
Veggies: Onion, garlic and chopped green bell pepper adds a great flavor base to the chili.
Cream Cheese: Gives the chili a creamy consistency while also adding even more flavor. Easily make this dairy-free by using dairy-free cream cheese!
Chicken Broth: Feel free to use regular or low-sodium.
Chili Spices: A mix of chili seasoning and spices.
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT WHITE CHICKEN CHILI
Full instructions are included in the recipe below, but here’s a quick overview:
Step One: Finely chop your onion, bell pepper and garlic cloves. Saute all 3 in the instant pot on the saute setting with a little oil for 2-3 minutes.
Step Two: Once vegetables are fragrant and soft, turn the saute setting off. Add the rest of your ingredients including seasoning, beans (drained and rinsed), frozen corn, green chilies, chicken broth, chicken breast and cream cheese broken into small pieces.
Step Three: Close the instant pot lid, turn the pressure release valve to sealing and pressure cook for 20 minutes. If you have a newer Instant Pot like the one I have, then it may come with an automatic sealing valve. Pressure cook for 20 minutes then allow the instant pot to natural release for 10 minutes. After it has naturally released, press the quick release to release any remaining steam/pressure.
Step Four: Open the lid and remove the chicken breasts to a cutting board or plate and shred. Add shredded chicken back to the instant pot and mix with all of the ingredients.
Step Five: Stir in fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro. Mix to make sure all ingredients are combined and cream cheese is fully melted! Top with your favorite toppings then enjoy!
CAN I MAKE THIS CHICKEN CHILI ON THE STOVE TOP?
Sure! When making any chicken soup or chili on the stop top I prefer to use slow-boiled chicken to get the perfect tender chicken breasts meat. I have perfected the best way to boil boneless skinless chicken breasts, if I do say so myself, using this method.
You can also use a store-bought rotisserie chicken. I love grabbing one of those when I want to make a quick chicken dish, but don't have time to cook my chicken.
Whichever method you choose, go ahead and shred your chicken using two forks or your hands.
In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Saute chopped onions, bell peppers and garlic until fragrant and soft. Next add spices and the rest of your ingredients including beans (drained and rinsed), frozen or canned corn (drained), green chilies, chicken broth, shredded chicken and cream cheese broken into chunks.
Bring chili to a slow boil, then turn heat to medium low and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
After chili has simmered, add in fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro. Give the mixture a stir to make sure all ingredients are well combined and cream cheese is completely melted. Add to serving bowls and enjoy with your favorite toppings!
LET’S TALK TOPPINGS
Any of these toppings will taste great with your white chicken chili!
- Fresh cilantro
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
- Green onions
- Ripe Avocado
- Homemade corn tortilla chips
MY INSTANT POT
I have the Instant Pot Duo Nova. I've had it for about a year and a half and I love it! It is a 7-in-1 appliance and I use the pressure cooker, saute function and rice cooker the most. It also has the Smart lid which is Instant Pot's newer easy to use seal lid that automatically seals your instant pot when you close the lid. My favorite things to cook in it are of course this dish, sweet potatoes or russet potatoes and rice. It really is a game change for me.
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