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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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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”

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  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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!

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

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

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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?