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

Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili can also be made with turkey, and this amazing chili is perfect any time you want a bowl of cheesy comforting chili! And this tasty chili recipe is gluten-free. 

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

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 Chicken 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!

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How to make Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe including nutritional information.)

  1. Heat the oil in the Instant Pot or in a soup pot over medium heat and saute the onion.
  2. Then add the minced garlic, ground cumin, ground oregano, cayenne pepper, and diced green chiles and cook a few minutes more.
  3. Add the chicken stock, 2 cans white beans (not drained), and a little chicken stock base.
  4. 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.
  5. Let the Instant Pot do NATURAL RELEASE for 5 minutes, then release the pressure the rest of the way.
  6. While the beans and broth mixture gets ultra-flavorful, trim the chicken and cut into lengthwise strips.
  7. Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the chicken strips until they’re nicely browned.
  8. 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.)
  9. When the bean/broth mixture has finished cooking, add the cooked chicken or turkey and cook at a very 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.
  10. Chop cilantro (if using) while the chili simmers.
  11. After 10 or 15 minutes, taste chili to see if you want to add salt, pepper, or even some Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link).
  12. Stir in cilantro and serve.

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

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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Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

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

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

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Amy's Amazing White Chicken Chili can also be made with turkey if you're lucky enough to have some leftovers!


  • 4 tsp. vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 small 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 tsp. ground cayenne pepper (or more if you want it spicey)
  • 2 4 oz. cans diced green chiles with juice
  • 2 14 oz. cans chicken stock (see notes)
  • 2 14.5 oz cans white beans (not drained)
  • 1 tsp. chicken soup 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, not included in nutritional info)
  • Green Ta basco Sauce for serving (see notes)


  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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add chicken stock, 2 cans white beans, and chicken flavor base (if using).
  4. 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.
  5. For stovetop, turn stove to low simmer and let cook for 30 minutes.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Stir in chopped cilantro and serve hot, with grated cheese to add at the table if desired.
  11. The Cilantro, Lime, and Avocado Salsa that is part of my recipe for Black Bean and Beef Chili would also taste great on this.


Two cans of broth is 3 1/2 cups, add another 1/2 cup for stovetop cooking. I'd definitely serve this with Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) for people who want a bit more heat!

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!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 547mgCarbohydrates: 19.5gFiber: 4gSugar: 12gProtein: 26g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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

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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    114 Comments on “Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili (Stovetop or Instant Pot) Video”

  1. 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.

  2. Would love to hear how it turns out!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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:-)


  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Jess, so glad you liked it!

  13. 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 🙂

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!