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Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili (Stovetop or Instant Pot)

Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili can also be made with leftover turkey if you’re lucky enough to have some, and this amazing chili is perfect for game-day food or any time you want a bowl of cheesy comforting chili! And this tasty chili recipe is low-glycemic, gluten-free and South Beach Diet friendly! Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Amy's Amazing White Chicken Chili (Stovetop or Instant Pot) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Way back in 2010 my sister-in-law Amy gave me this recipe for Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili, and it’s been a huge hit on the blog. Recently I decided to update that recipe with Instant Pot instructions and better photos, and the white chicken chili was delicious when we used the Instant Pot to infuse flavor into the beans and the broth. So now there are two ways to make this delicious White Bean Chili; take your pick and make it on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot!

But why am I sharing an updated recipe for White Chicken Chili right before Thanksgiving? Do you realize that almost any recipe that uses chunks of cooked chicken can also be made with leftover turkey? So if you’re lucky enough to end up with some leftover turkey the day after Thanksgiving, this recipe is an ultra delicious way to use it. And Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili is such a favorite in my family; if you try the recipe I bet your family will love it too! The chili uses two cans of white beans (about 3 1/2 cups of cooked beans), but if you wanted to make it lower in carbs by using less beans and more chicken or turkey, I bet that would be delicious as well.

The other two recipes I’m considering for leftover turkey this year are Cheesy Creamy Low-Carb Chicken Broccoli Curry Casserole and Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Casserole with Brown Rice, Mushrooms, Sour Cream, Cheese, and Thyme, both of which are hugely popular recipes and a wow for me personally. And if neither of those catches your fancy, I’ll also be updating my master list of Leftover Turkey Recipes sometime around Thanksgiving Day, and then I just might take most of the rest of the week off to enjoy the holiday. Hope everyone reading this gets to enjoy some time off as well!


Amy's Amazing White Chicken Chili (Stovetop or Instant Pot) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Heat the oil in the Instant Pot or in a soup pot over medium heat and saute the onion. Then add the minced garlic, ground cumin, ground oregano, cayenne pepper, and diced green chiles and cook a few minutes more. Add the chicken stock, 2 cans white beans (not drained), and a little chicken stock base. Lock the lid on the Instant Pot and cook at LOW PRESSURE for 20 minutes in the Instant Pot, or cook at a low simmer on the stove for 30 minutes. Let the Instant Pot do NATURAL RELEASE for 5 minutes, then release the pressure the rest of the way.

Amy's Amazing White Chicken Chili (Stovetop or Instant Pot) found on KalynsKitchen.com

While the beans and broth mixture gets ultra-flavorful, trim the chicken and cut into lengthwise strips. Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the chicken strips until they’re nicely browned. Let chicken cool and then shred it apart into chunks when it’s cool enough to handle. (If you’re substituting turkey, use about 4 cups chopped cooked turkey.) When the bean/broth mixture has finished cooking, add the cooked chicken or turkey and cook at a low simmer for 10-15 minutes (stovetop or Instant Pot.) Do not boil once you’ve added the chicken or turkey; the  poultry will shred apart if it’s boiled.

Amy's Amazing White Chicken Chili (Stovetop or Instant Pot) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Chop cilantro (if using) while the chili simmers. After 10 or 15 minutes, taste chili to see if you want to add salt, pepper, or even some Green Tobasco Sauce. Stir in cilantro and serve.

Amy's Amazing White Chicken Chili (Stovetop or Instant Pot) found on KalynsKitchen.com

And as you can tell, I love Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili with a generous amount of melted cheese on top. Now the big question is, Instant Pot or Stovetop for this recipe? It’s really not much quicker to make this white chicken chili in the Instant Pot, but we did love the way pressure cooking the beans, spices, broth, and chiles on low pressure infused the broth and beans with flavor. Take your choice; it will be delicious either way you make it!

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Paleo Pumpkin Chili with Beef, Peppers, and Olives ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
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Amy's Amazing White Chicken Chili (Stovetop or Instant Pot)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. + 2 tsp. vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic (or more)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano (Use Mexican oregano if you have it!)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. ground cayenne pepper (I used a very scant 1/2 teaspoon, but I’m kind of a wimp on hot foods)
  • 2 cans (4 oz. can) diced green chiles with juice
  • 2 cans (14 oz. can) chicken stock (That’s 3 1/2 cups stock, add another 1/2 cup for stovetop cooking)
  • 2 can (14.5 oz) white beans (not drained)
  • 1 tsp. chicken base (optional, but good)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (Or use about 4 cups diced leftover turkey if you prefer.)
  • Optional: 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped (about 1/2 – 3/4 cup chopped cilantro)
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • grated cheese for serving (optional)
  • Green Tobasco Sauce for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a heavy soup pot or in the bottom of the Instant Pot, then saute onions until they’re softened and just starting to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Add minced garlic and saute about 1 minute more, then add the ground cumin, oregano, ground cayenne pepper, and diced green chiles and saute a couple minutes more.
  2. Add chicken stock, 2 cans white beans, and chicken flavor base (if using).
  3. For Instant Pot, lock lid and cook on LOW PRESSURE for 20 minutes. Then NATURAL RELEASE for 5 minutes and release the rest of the pressure with quick release.
  4. For stovetop, turn stove to low simmer and let cook for 30 minutes.
  5. While the bean/broth mixture cooks, trim all visible fat and tendons from the chicken breasts and cut each one into 2 or 3 lengthwise strips. Heat 2 tsp. oil in a heavy non-stick pan, add chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked through and starting to brown. Remove from pan and let cool, then shred chicken apart into chunks. (If you want to use turkey shred or cut it into pieces about 3/4 inches square.)
  6. After the Instant Pot has released all pressure or chili has simmered for 30 minutes on the stove, add the shredded chicken and simmer at very low heat for 10-15 minutes more.
  7. Chop cilantro (if using) while the chili simmers. After 10-15 minutes, taste chili to see if you want to add salt or pepper or Green Tabasco Sauce.
  8. Stir in chopped cilantro and serve hot, with grated cheese to add at the table if desired. The Cilantro, Lime, and Avocado Salsa that is part of my recipe for Black Bean and Beef Chili would also taste great on this.

I got this recipe from my sister-in-law Amy Denny in 2010 and it’s been a hit on my blog ever since that time; thanks Amy!

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Amy's Amazing White Chicken Chili (Stovetop or Instant Pot) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili is a great main dish for any low-glycemic eating plan, including any phase of the South Beach Diet. Chili with beans is too high in carbs for most traditional low-carb diets, but you can use less beans and more chicken or turkey if you want to make this lower in carbs.

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106 comments on “Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili (Stovetop or Instant Pot)”

  1. I made this chicken chili tonight for supper….LOVED IT!!! My husband, son & daughter loved it as well…what a huge success!!
    Thank you Kalyn!!!

  2. So glad you liked it Christine. I will pass the kudos on to Amy!

  3. I love white chili! This recipe looks wonderful. I usually melt some Monterrey Jack cheese in the chili to help thicken it, and the "magic ingredient" is 1/2 tsp of ground cloves, which sounds weird, but makes for a very special flavor. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

  4. I made this for probably the 10th time yesterday. It's my absolute favorite! I realized I didn't have any broth but was determined to make it. Bouillon cubes? NO! I've read before that you shouldn't make broth with skinless boneless chicken breasts but I thought, what the heck. So I threw 3 breasts in a pot with the veggies, some salt and pepper and went for it. Later I wimped out a little and did add the chicken base flavoring. The chili was awesome. My favorite part though was the texture and juiciness of the chicken since they were boiled instead of sauteed. I'm definitely doing that again!!!!

  5. So glad you've enjoyed this so many times, and I do like that idea of cooking the chicken in the broth!

  6. I love this recipe with all of the garnishes (lime, cheese, avocado, sour cream.) Definitely a keeper!

  7. Julie, so glad you liked it!

  8. I've been on the look out for a great chicken chili recipe. I'm going to give this a try soon.

  9. This has comfort food written all over it! Delightful recipe 🙂

  10. Awesome variation on chili, loved it!

    And the bowl is too gorgeous…

  11. I'm not familiar with Anaheim chills. Do you think plain green chilis would work, too? This looks like a great recipe. I have yet to find a white chili recipe that I love, so I will definitely be trying this one. Thanks, Amy and Kalyn!

  12. So glad people like the sound of this! Zesty, Anaheim chiles are large mild green chiles grown in California; probably the same as what you just call green chiles.

  13. I made this last night. I did not have canned green Anaheim chiles, so sauted fresh chopped poblano with the onion. I also threw in some chopped red bell peppers, just because it needed to be used up. I thought I had cilantro in the house, but did not. I adore how these flavors blended. I added a low fat mild cheddar, and it was the perfect finish. I love this recipe as a change from the same old, same old tomato based chili. My husband liked it, but said he'd only want it once in a while.

  14. Cee Jay, love the idea of using fresh poblanos in this. Glad you liked it!

  15. I've probably made this recipe 10 times since first discovering it on your site. It's a huge favorite with friends and family! I even had it planned for this weeks menu before even realizing you had posted it again. Anyone that hasn't tried this certainly should!!! P.S. I love your new heart veggies in hour header!

  16. I made this yesterday. I used old glory smoked chicken base and it was just delicious. Thanks for all the great recipes!
    Gay

  17. Made this tonight and it was delicious just as everyone has said. I told my 7 and 9 year old kids it was "chicken stew" (since anything with the word "chili" makes them skeptical) and they loved it too. Thanks so much!

  18. This recipe was absolutely perfect!! The flavor, ingredients, consistency, everything was stunning! My boyfriend and I made it tonight and we were speechless at how good it was. I'm going to make it for my family this Sunday too. Also, we added corn, I think it made it even better 🙂

  19. Jess, so glad you liked it!

  20. Hi, this is the 1st recipe I have tried from your website that did not please a single person in the family. It felt more like a soup. I suggest to those who like spice triple the cayenne and use hotter chopped peppers.
    BTW I use some recipes I've found here ALL the time.

  21. Frustrated Momma, you can see from the comments above that there have been a lot of people who liked it, so I'm sorry it was not a hit with your family. Glad to know you have enjoyed some of the other recipes though.

  22. Has anyone tried to make this in a crockpot? Any suggestions on cooking times/temps?

  23. Made the chili this weekend and it was great! Mine was a little watery so I think next time (and there WILL be a next time) I'll add another can of beans. Other than that, perfect!

  24. Lindsey,
    My husband made this in a crockpot and it turned out really well. He just put everything in the crockpot without browning or anything (we tend to be lazy cooks). He left the chicken in large pieces during cooking and we shredded them in our bowls. He prepared everything the night before, pulled it from the fridge, set it up to cook on high for 4hr before shifting to low for the rest of the day (~6hr). Initially we thought it was watery for chili, but once we shredded the chicken it worked beautifully. He was skeptical when I initially suggested the recipe, but is a convert. This will be part of our regular winter soup rotation!

  25. Still LOVING this recipe! I've had it in my recipe log for about two years now (since you first pointed it out to me) and we make it frequently! Just wanted to tell you again how much we appreciate you sharing your amazing recipes with the www:-)

    ~w4lucy

  26. This white chicken chili is, indeed, amazing. I made it for dinner last night and everyone went nuts over it. I brought the rest for lunch and just finished it. I had to jump online and post a rave review. This was easy and came together pretty quick. The flavors are out of this world…especially topped with cilantro and jack cheese while it's hot so the cheese gets nice and melty. I can't say enough about this delicious chili! I love that it's a little like a soup and not super thick. It's just filling enough to be satisfying, but not cloying, like some chili's. I could eat this a few times a week and never get bored with it! It's a MUST try! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  27. Planning my meals for the week. I am making this – a third time. I love it. And I am making another of your recipes, too! Thanks for the inspiration.

  28. This is one of my favorite recipes! I'm trying something new with it today. I just put everything in the crockpot uncooked/not sautéed. I know that the browning/sautéing add more flavor, but I wanted something really simple today. We shall see if it turns out good later this afternoon.

  29. Would love to hear how it turns out!

  30. I made this last night with leftover turkey and it was the best white chili I've made so far. I did need a little salt and some more spices (garlic and cumin). I used dried beans that I cooked in the crockpot, which may be why I needed the salt.

  31. I am starting Phase 1 again and I have made this before and loved it! I was just curious how it fits in Phase 1 with all the carbs in the beans. Is it just minimal because you are only supposed to have 1/2 a cup?

  32. Megan, you're right that beans are a limited food for Phase One. But because this chile has chicken and other ingredients, you aren't eating only beans when you have an average size serving of it. I wouldn't overdo it; I'd eat a small bowl of this with something like a green salad for Phase one.

  33. Kaylyn, my husband and I are on Phase 1 this year, and via Google, I found your site. What a blessing! Made the white chicken chili today and it is fantastic! Please don't stop posting. You are giving people so much more variety in the SB diet. Thank you!

  34. JoeJoe, so glad you like the site, and I'm planning to keep doing it for a long time!

  35. Absolutely adored this recipe! We put a squeeze of fresh lime in, too. I will double the recipe next time for more leftovers.

  36. Made this tonight…another delicious and easy recipe! I've been making your recipes for almost a year and I've never been disappointed.

  37. I do love hearing that! So glad you're enjoying them.

  38. I made this last night for a second time, but I was feeling under the weather and wanted to take a short cut. Instead of chicken, I used ground turkey and cooked it with the onions and oil. I also switched out one can of northerns for black beans (just for fun). Still turned out great and allowed me to sit and relax while it simmered away. Thank you Kayln!

  39. Nikki, thanks for sharing that. I think this would be great with ground turkey!

  40. I made this last winter and LOVED it!!! It was amazing. I've been waiting for it to get cool out to make it again, and this weekend I thought what the heck, it doesn't have to be fall/winter to make this! I'm making it today, just absolutely love this recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  41. Amy, my pleasure. So glad you're enjoying it so much.

  42. Making this tonight in the crockpot. I will let you know how this turns out

  43. Hello sorry I'm so late to the party on this. As a novice, are onion flakes the same as dried minced onions? 1/4 cup seems like a lot. I want to make this but just checking to make sure i understood. Looks great, thanks!

    • I'm not sure where you are seeing onion flakes; the recipes says "1 onion, chopped"? But if you need to substitute dried onion I'm thinking 2 tablespoons would be plenty.

  44. This recipe is delicious. We made it this weekend for friends and they loved it, too. We made it easier on ourselves by using the white meat from two rotisserie chickens and increased the quantity of spices, beans and broth so there would be plenty. I took your suggestion of serving it with your cilantro, lime and avocado salsa along with grated cheese and thin white tortilla chips. This was at least the third time I've made it and it's always soooo good. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  45. Love this recipe, my family keeps asking me to make it again. I add a 1/3 cup of heavy cream and 4 oz cream cheese to make it a little thicker and creamier – more calories but still low carb. I also reduce the heck out of it to make it a little thicker, this adds about 2 hrs simmer time uncovered.

  46. I remember this recipe from way back! I need to finally try it, it looks delicious and my kind of dinner!

  47. Hi Kalyn! Do you think I could make this without the beans? Due to carb restrictions I can’t have any beans. The mixture of spices sounds so good I’d love to try it. Thank you in advance for any advice. Also, thanks for all your great recipes. I have quite a collection of your Instant Pot ones!👍🏼😉👍🏼

    • Yes, I think you could make a good soup of it without beans. You could replace beans with a low-carb vegetable like cauliflower or bell pepper if that appeals to you, or just double the meat.

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