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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

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This Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is one of my favorite comfort food dishes. This Instant Pot chicken recipe is full of fresh, wholesome ingredients with a good dose of Tex Mex flavors (which I love!).

a collage of chicken chili in a black bowl with title text reading Instant Pot Chicken Chili

Ever since I got my Instant Pot, it’s been my favorite way to make dinner. Even though I was disappointed that food wasn’t done instantly, as the name implied, my dinner prep and clean up process was instantly transformed.

I love my Instant Pot because I can almost always prepare dinner in a single pot, I can let the pot do all the work while I get other things done, and I can still have dinner ready on time even if I forgot to prep for it in the morning.

If you’re a regular here, you know I make a lot of Mexican-inspired dishes. Everyone in my family loves Mexican food so I incorporate those flavors a lot into my recipes.

This Instant Pot White Chicken Chili has all the things I love in a dinner dish – all natural ingredients, great flavor, and can be made in the Instant Pot. I hope you love it as much as we do.

chicken chili in two black bowls on a white doily

How to Make Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Like all of my Instant Pot recipes, this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is pretty easy to make and you can find all of the ingredients at a traditional grocery store.

Step 1 – Brown the Chicken

First, you’ll need to sauté the chicken. This will help ensure the chicken cooks all the way through without making the other ingredients mushy during pressure cooking.

chicken being cooked in an instant pot next to a basket of grilled corn and peppers

And though I hate dirtying extra dishes, before moving onto the next step, you need to remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and set it aside.

Step 2 – Add Remaining Ingredients

Leave the Instant Pot on Sauté to cook the onion. Once it starts to turn translucent, add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds.

Next, turn the Instant Pot off and add the beans, seasoning, chicken and broth.

chicken, beans, seasoning, and broth in an instant pot next to some vegetables and garnish

Step 3 – Cook

Finally, secure the Instant Pot lid, press the manual setting and cook for 25 minutes. Quick release.

Your Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is ready to serve! I like to add a lot of toppings like cilantro, grated cheese, Greek yogurt (my kids prefer sour cream), corn and lime.

chicken chili in a black bowl next to a blue bowl of sour cream

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe

Ready to make this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili? Here’s the recipe card with the exact measurements.

📋 Recipe

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Corinne Schmitt
This delicious meal is sure to win your family over!
4.14 from 30 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 308 kcal


  • 1 Tb Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup White Onion about ½ med onion, Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Crushed
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 4 oz Can Green Chilis
  • 3 Cans White Beans Cannellini or Great Northern, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Ancho Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • ¼ Cup Cilantro Chopped (Optional)
  • ½ Cup Grated Cheese Optional
  • ½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt/Sour Cream Optional
  • ½ Cup Frozen/Thawed or Canned Corn Optional
  • 1 Lime Cut into wedges (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


  • Set Instant Pot to sauté for 10 minutes and allow to preheat.
  • Add oil to pot, and add chicken and brown on each side, about 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove chicken and set aside.
  • Add onion to pot and sauté until edges turn translucent, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  • Add beans, seasonings, chilis, chicken, and broth to pot. Cook on Manual for 25 minutes and release pressure valve.
  • Serve topped with your choice of cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and lime.



Weight Watchers Freestyle = 4 points per serving for four servings


Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 25gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 1343mgPotassium: 648mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1360IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 239mgIron: 3mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
overhead view of chicken chili in a black bowl on a white doily

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As I already mentioned, I love Mexican food. If you liked this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili you might enjoy some of my other Mexican-inspired Instant Pot recipes:

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22 thoughts on “Instant Pot White Chicken Chili”

  1. Awesome recipe ! Mine came out a little watery for some reason- any idea why? Mayb I didn’t put enough beans in? I used three cans? Mayb they were big enough cans?

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for a church group. Everyone loved it! No salt or pepper needed.

    • Oh good! I’m so glad your group enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to come back and let me know. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! I left out the oregano since it always bothers my husband and increased the cumin. So delicious! Also, I added about 1/2 c of salsa verde. Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. Hi! I’m a first time insta pot user and I was so excited to try the recipe! Wondering why it didn’t thicken up? It’s more like a soup. Pretty sure I pressure cooked on high for 25 min as the recipe directed. Thoughts/help?

    • Hi Elizabeth, it is pretty brothy rather than creamy when it’s done (more like a soup than a stew). If you want a creamier soup, you can mash the beans before adding them. That will give the broth a thicker, opaque consistency.

    • You should get 4-6 servings. I double the recipe for my family of seven and don’t have leftovers, but my youngest is 10 and my teen boys definitely don’t eat normal portions!

      • Do you keep the cooking time the same when you double the recipe? I have a teen boy and will need to double for sure!

        • Yes. The pot will take longer to come to pressure so the overall cook time will be longer though.

      • 5 stars
        Thank you for the reply, and thanks for the recipe! It perfectly fed the equivalent of 6 adults (we had a few kids that ate about the amount of an adult). Everyone really liked it. I’m at altitude, so I don’t know if it impacted this, but there was definitely too much broth in mine, it came out more soupy than I desired. Not really an issue though, because scooping from the pot, I just scooped less liquid out. Great flavor and one I’ll definitely make again!

    • Great question! Thanks for asking (I’ll change the recipe to specify). I do drain and rinse them.

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been searching for Instant Pot recipes and this certainly hit it out of the park! Sooooo good!

  6. 5 stars
    We love white chili, but I have never tried it in the instant pot. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  7. 5 stars
    This looks really yummy. I don’t have an Instapot yet but I’m caving. I want one!

  8. 5 stars
    My son loves white chicken chili! I can’t wait to try this Instant Pot version!

  9. 5 stars
    I love Mexican food and could seriously eat it everyday if my family would allow it. This chili looks so yummy!

  10. 5 stars
    This instant pot white chicken chili is packed with delicious flavor and filled to the brim with homemade goodness. I love the corn and avocado – wonderful touches to this recipe. I look forward to adding this to next week’s meal plan.

  11. 5 stars
    I love this recipe – I tried it with Canellini Beans – but the second time I made it I couldn’t get Canellini beans so just switched it for Kidney Beans and it tasted great too.

  12. May I ask, why do you use canned beans? Could you not just toss the beans in the instant pot to cook with the chili?

    • Hi Mark, it’s mostly for speed and convenience. You could use dried beans if you pre-soaked them.


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