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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

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This Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is an outrageously delicious dinner made in one hour with only ten minutes of prep. Pantry ingredients, creamy and just WOW your family white bean chicken chili recipe.

Instant Pot chicken and rice, Instant Pot Parmesan chicken pasta and Instant Pot rice and beans are other family crowd pleasers around here.

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Creamy Instant Pot Chicken Chili

If I had to pick one soup to make year round, it would be this Instant Pot white chicken chili. There is literally a lineup with bowls as soon as chicken is shredded and cream cheese has melted.

This chili is a version of my healthy white chicken chili. It is creamy without too much fat, with hearty cannellini beans, tangy and perfectly spiced for kids and adults. Then topped with diced avocado, lots of cilantro, green onion and tortilla chips. Easy, healthy and out of this world dinner idea!

Chicken chili is a nice change to a turkey chili and is one of the most popular healthy Instant Pot recipes on iFOODreal. Love chicken? Make sure to browse these 20 Instant Pot chicken recipes.

Why This Recipe Works?

  • Dump and go – This white bean chicken chili requires no sauteing.
  • Hands off cooking method – Just dump and go. You can even let pressure release on its own while you are out for hours.
  • A crowd pleaser – Absolutely everyone loves a hot bowl of this white creamy and hearty chili. Especially, kids love to add their own toppings. You can also double the recipe in large Instant Pot.
  • Highly versatile and customizable – Make it less or more spicy for your crew, add more cream cheese if that’s your jazz, and make Instant Pot chicken chili with canned or dried beans. Not to mention all ingredients are very forgiving.
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili closeup on a ladle

Ingredients for White Bean Chicken Chili

  • Chicken: Boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs.
  • White beans: Use “low sodium” or “no salt added” canned beans like cannellini, navy or great Northern beans. I use any in recipes like white bean salad calling for white beans.
  • Corn: Fresh or leftover cooked (cut off the cob), frozen (no need to thaw), or canned (drained) corn works.
  • Veggies and fruit: Onion (white, yellow or even red), fresh cilantro and lime (lemon).
  • Broth: Low sodium chicken or vegetable broth. I like to use organic bouillon cubes or paste diluted in water.
  • Diced green chiles: In a 4 oz can found in Mexican food aisle/shelf.
  • Spices: Chili powder (low sodium), garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper.
  • Dairy: Greek (regular) yogurt and cream cheese.
instant pot white chicken chili ingredients

How to Make Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

  • Prep: Add meat, veggies and spices to Instant Pot. We will make chili creamy and add fresh herbs after it is cooked.

Dairy scorches under pressure, that’s why we don’t add it before.

  • Cook: Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes and allow 10 minutes natural release. Then turn valve to Venting.

If you vent right away, stew will splatter all over your counters.

  • Season: Shred chicken, I like to do so right in Instant Pot with 2 forks. Then add yogurt, cream cheese and herbs. You can use all yogurt, cream cheese or heavy cream. I like my proportions for balance of health and creaminess.

For more help, check out Instant Pot guide and which Instant Pot to buy.

Top Tips

  • For 3 Quart Instant Pot: Cut ingredients in half and keep same cook time.
  • To double the recipe: Yes, you can do so only in 8 quart or 10 quart Instant Pot. Make sure all ingredients do not exceed 2/3 max line before cooking. Cook time remains the same.
  • Don’t add dairy before cooking: Dairy separates under pressure, so make sure to add it after.
  • If your beans and/or broth are not low sodium: Add less salt or no salt at all, then adjust seasonings to taste after cooking.

Variations and Optional Add-Ins

  • Making chili with dried beans: Use 1 cup rinsed (but unsoaked) dried white beans with 2 cups of stock (total not extra), and cook chili for 35 minutes.
  • Frozen chicken breasts: Just like with Instant Pot frozen chicken, you can add breasts right in, no need to thaw but make sure they are separated. Same cook time.
  • Leftover chicken: If you have leftover cooked chicken like rotisserie chicken, or maybe breasts from cooking whole chicken, or even better chili lime chicken, add them whole or shredded before cooking. This will allow for more flavors to develop.
  • Bone-in chicken: Like drumsticks, thighs or breasts can be used. Keep same cook time as listed in the recipe.
  • Using ground chicken: You have 2 options. Either saute it breaking into small pieces before cooking the chili. Or just add entire block of ground chicken on top of all ingredients, cook and then break into small pieces (lazy way!).

Frozen ground meat: You can also add a blob of frozen ground chicken or turkey on top and it will cook. Just note, pressure cooker will take a bit longer to pressurize. I have done it many times when I forget to thaw the meat.

  • Make dairy free by omitting dairy and pureeing 1 cup of beans (no need for extra beans – remove 1 cup from the pot) with a bit of chili liquid. Add it back in and here is your dairy free creamy white bean chicken chili naturally.
  • No diced green chiles? Mince a whole jalapeno, leave seeds in for spiciness or remove for more mild version. Or add 1/4 cup of salsa verde instead.

What to Serve White Chicken Chili with?

Our favorite easy toppings are diced avocado and jalapeno, tortilla chips and more of cilantro, green onion and yogurt to taste. Also shredded cheddar cheese or crumbled cotija (feta) would be great.

You can also ladle it over rice for a one-bowl meal or serve with freshly warmed up tortillas.

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili in a bowl with a spoon

FAQs

Is Instant Pot white chicken chili keto?

To make this Instant Pot chicken chili keto you can omit beans, corn and add extra veggies like one diced green bell pepper. And probably add about 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream to add some fats.

Is it healthy?

This white bean chicken chili is healthier than its traditional versions. It is creamy without too much fat from heavy whipping cream and lots of cream cheese most other recipes use. Lower in sodium by using low sodium beans and broth. Then loaded with high in protein and fiber cannellini beans. And toppings themselves add more health: like avocado adds healthy fats and cilantro actually cleanses your blood.

Why did I get Burn notice?

This Instant Pot white chicken chili recipe is very unlikely to cause Burn. A few reasons could be:
1. You must have left the pressure release valve on Venting and liquid has evaporated. Make sure to put it to Sealing, so your electric pressure cooker can come to pressure.
2. The sealing ring inside the lid might need replacement. It is made out of silicone and stretches with time, thus causing Instant Pot not being able to come to pressure.

Storing, Reheating and Making This Recipe in Advance

Storing: Chili refrigerates well in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Or if you have room in the fridge, right in inner pot with fitting silicone lid. I always do that with large quantities of soup and stew like Instant Pot chicken and rice soup or Instant Pot goulash.

Freezing: Freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

Freezer meal: Add all ingredients (minus the broth) to a gallon Ziploc bag, let out as much air as possible, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. Cook from frozen with broth as per recipe. Amazing!

Check out my full list of 20 healthy frozen dinners. I’m obsessed!

Reheating: Reheat in a small pot desired amount by simmering on low and stirring every few minutes until warmed through.

Make ahead: You can prep all ingredients and refrigerate in an inner pot or container for up to 2 days, then cook as per recipe.

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili recipe in the pressure cooker
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

This Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is an outrageously delicious dinner made in one hour with only ten minutes of prep. Pantry ingredients, creamy and just WOW your family white bean chicken chili recipe.
5 from 38 votes
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Course: Soup and Stew
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Pressure Up and Down Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 249kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 x 15 oz cans cannellini white or great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups corn fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup chicken broth low sodium
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb 2 large chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • Small bunch of cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt fat 2%+ (or sour cream)
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 lime juice of
  • Tortilla chips avocado, more yogurt, limes, for serving

Instructions

  • In 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, add onion, beans, corn, broth, green chiles, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and lay chicken on top. No need to stir. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High or Manual for 20 minutes.
    Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
  • After allow pressure to come down naturally for 10 minutes and release remaining pressure using Quick Release by turning pressure valve to Venting position, which takes 2 minutes.
    Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
  • Open the lid, remove chicken and shred with 2 forks.
    Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
  • Return chicken to the pot along with cilantro, 1/2 cup yogurt, cream cheese and lime juice. Stir well.
    Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
  • Serve hot with your favourite toppings like tortilla chips, diced jalapenos and avocado, more yogurt or sour cream, hot sauce etc.
    Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then reheat on a stovetop covered while simmering on low.

    Make ahead: Combine and refrigerate ingredients right in inner pot of Instant Pot covered for up to 2 days. Or in a large container if don't have much room in the fridge. Also can add chicken right before cooking. Then follow the recipe.

      Freezer meal: Add all ingredients from step 1 (minus the broth) to a gallon Ziploc bag, let out as much air as possible, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. Cook from frozen + broth as per recipe.

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        Notes

        • Dried beans: Use 1 cup dried and rinsed white beans with 2 cups of stock and cook chili for 35 minutes.
        • Frozen chicken breasts: You can add them right in, no need to thaw but make sure they are separated. Same cook time.
        • For 3 Quart Instant Pot: Cut ingredients in half and keep same cook time.
        • Make dairy free by omitting dairy and pureeing 1 cup of beans with a bit of chili liquid. add it back and chili will be naturally creamy.
        • No diced green chiles? Mince a whole jalapeno, leave seeds in for spiciness or remove for more mild version.
        • Don’t add dairy before cooking: Dairy separates under pressure, so make sure to add it after.
        • Toppings: Our favorite easy additions are diced avocado and jalapeno, tortilla chips and more of cilantro, green onion and yogurt to taste. Also shredded cheddar cheese or crumbled cotija (feta) would be great.
        Recipe post updated June 2021. See Post for more Tips and FAQs.

        Nutrition

        Serving: 1cup | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 422IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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        My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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