WOAH! This White Chicken Chili is done in less than an hour start to finish in the Instant Pot with melt-in your mouth tender chicken. It’s one of our favorite instant pot recipes! Just stir everything together, top with cream cheese and set for 20 minutes. So EASY!!

Instant pot White Chicken Chili recipe garnished with avocado and cilantro

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili!

We love chili around here including this hearty beef chili and easy turkey chili. It’s wonderful to have quick homemade meals like this in your pocket for busy weeknights. The instant pot makes it faster than ever to enjoy a piping hot bowl of white bean chicken chili in no time!

Instant pot white bean chicken chili up close in a black bowl garnished with avocado, cilantro and tortilla chips

Ingredients for White Chicken Chili:

We have made this recipe healthier over the years by using organic produce and non-bpa lined cans. You can absolutely use home-cooked beans, or your own bone broth and freshly cooked corn on the cob (if using fresh corn from the cob, use 1 cup of chicken broth instead of 1/2 to compensate for the lost liquid).

*What Size Ranch Dressing Mix Should I Use?

Various ranch mix brands come in different sizes. It should be enough to make 16 oz of dressing or dip per the package instructions.

  • Hidden Valley brand ranch packets come in a more concentrated 0.4 oz packet yielding 2 cups ranch.
  • Simply Organic ranch dip used here came in a 1.5 oz packet which also yields 2 cups ranch dip.

Ingredients for Instant Pot White Chicken Chili with chicken breast, white beans, cream cheese, chicken broth, ranch dressing mix

How to Use an Instant Pot:

**CAUTION: If you are new to using the pressure cooker, always read the instruction manual and safety warnings for your machine as various brands or even models might have a different process and settings for use.

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and call on your inner nerd to read through the instructions. Instant pots are fabulous tools for speedy cooking, but they have to be used properly.

How to Make White Chicken Chili:

Step 1: Combine everything in your Instant Pot and stir together

Step 2: Top with cream cheese and set on manual high pressure for 20 minutes. It will warm up, cook 20 minutes then let it naturally depressurize 10 minutes.

Step 3: Remove chicken and shred then put it back and stir everything together.

How to Make White Chicken Chili in Instant pot

The shredded chicken absorbs the liquid and because super juicy and melt-in-your-mouth tender. Instant pot chicken is the only way to get super tender chicken this fast!

shredded chicken in instant pot

How to Serve White Chicken Chili:

White chicken chili can be served over baked potatoes or as an appetizer with tortilla chips. Garnish with:

  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Jalapeños

White Chicken Chili served with avocado and cilantro served with tortilla chips

Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over:

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe

4.98 from 920 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
This White Chicken Chili is done in less than an hour start to finish in the Instant Pot with melt-in your mouth tender chicken. Stir everything together in the instant pot, top with cream cheese and set for 20 minutes.
This White Chicken Chili is done in less than an hour start to finish in the Instant Pot with melt-in your mouth tender chicken. Stir everything together in the instant pot, top with cream cheese and set for 20 minutes.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 people (1 cup servings)

Ingredients for White Chicken Chili:

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can white beans, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 15 oz can corn with juice
  • 10 oz can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilis , (with their juice)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 1 tsp chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 0.4 oz packet ranch dip or dressing mix*
  • 8 oz package cream cheese, cut into 6 pieces

Optional Toppings and Serving Suggestions:

  • 1/2 cup chopped Cilantro, for garnish
  • 1 avocado, diced, for garnish
  • Tortilla chips or baked potatoes to serve

Instructions

  • Place all of your ingredients into your instant pot bowl in the following order: 2 chicken breasts, drained black and white beans, chopped onion, corn with juice, tomatoes with juice, and 1/2 cup chicken broth.
  • Add 1/2 to 1 tsp chili powder (use 1/2 tsp to make it kid friendly), 1 tsp cumin, ranch packet. Stir everything to combine, getting some of the juice under the chicken to keep it from scorching.
  • Cut cream cheese into 6 pieces and place over the top of chili. Cover and seal with lid, switch the valve to the "sealing" position and cook for 20 min on manual high pressure. Once it is done cooking, let it naturally depressurize for 10 min then switch the valve to the "venting" position to completely release steam before opening lid.**
  • Remove the chicken breasts to a plate and shred apart with 2 forks. Stir everything together in the pot to melt the cream cheese into the chili then return the shredded chicken and stir to combine. Serve garnished with avocado and cilantro if desired.

Notes

*Ranch Dressing mixes come in differing sizes (0.4 to 1.5 oz). It should be enough to make 16 oz of dressing or dip per package instructions.
**CAUTION: If you are new to using a pressure cooker, always read your instruction manual prior to use. 

Nutrition Per Serving

308kcal Calories36g Carbs17g Protein11g Fat5g Saturated Fat49mg Cholesterol451mg Sodium775mg Potassium8g Fiber4g Sugar670IU Vitamin A9mg Vitamin C105mg Calcium3.7mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
308
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Cholesterol
 
49
mg
16
%
Sodium
 
451
mg
20
%
Potassium
 
775
mg
22
%
Carbohydrates
 
36
g
12
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
17
g
34
%
Vitamin A
 
670
IU
13
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
105
mg
11
%
Iron
 
3.7
mg
21
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: White Chicken Chili
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 308
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  • ellee
    June 11, 2024

    I’ve been making this recipe about once a month ever since I discovered it. Love how quick and easy it is, and despite the cream cheese 🙂 is healthy with beans and veggies. I sometimes add chopped carrots and/or peppers. Instead of Rotel I use a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes and a can of diced green chilies. I bought a big package of ranch dressing mix and use a food scale to measure out 0.4 oz. We always top with cilantro, and those who like heat add hot sauce.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Ellee!

      Reply

  • Victoria
    June 8, 2024

    Okay, but kinda left a weird coating on the top of my mouth.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      June 9, 2024

      HI Victoria. I didn’t notice that before – did it possibly sit in the instant pot for too long after it was done? Overcooking could negatively affect the texture.

      Reply

  • Anne C
    June 7, 2024

    This is THE BEST recipe!! But if I want to double it, should I increase any of the cooking times?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      June 7, 2024

      Hi Anne, I suspect you would need a larger sized instant pot. I haven’t tested this as a double batch but if you are using a larger instant pot size, it may be the same timing. One of our readers reported great results using an 8qt instant pot for a double batch but she didn’t report increasing the time.

      Reply

  • Erika
    May 22, 2024

    Love this recipe! Do I need a longer cook time if I use chicken thighs instead of breasts? Thanks so much!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 22, 2024

      Hi Erika, this recipe works great with thighs. I didn’t have to adjust the time for it when I tested it.

      Reply

  • Love
    May 15, 2024

    I have tasted many different recipes, but I have never found a chili that I liked until l tasted this recipe. The BEST chili ever.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 15, 2024

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Love!

      Reply

  • Magda
    April 21, 2024

    Quick question-if we don’t really like corn nor the ranch dressing-what could I used as substitutes?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 22, 2024

      Hi Magda, I have not tried any substitutions to advise.

      Reply

  • Katie
    April 11, 2024

    Awesome awesome awesome, every time. Have made it over and over. It’s a favorite for sure. Thanks for sharing it!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 11, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Katie!

      Reply

  • Maureen
    April 3, 2024

    This recipe is so delicious and super easy to make. Our favorite white chili recipe. Thank you Natasha. I do love all your recipes that I have made so far.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 3, 2024

      I’m so glad you’re loving it, Maureen!

      Reply

  • Juliane
    April 1, 2024

    I’m counting calories. It would be very helpful to know how much is the actual “serving size” in this and other recipes. ie 1 cup?
    Thanks

    Reply

    • Natasha
      April 1, 2024

      Hi Juliane, on this recipe, we have (1 cup) listed under the servings in the recipe card.

      Reply

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