White Chicken Chili (Instant Pot and Slow Cooker)


This white chicken chili is hearty and flavorful! It takes little prep work and requires little effort. Toss ingredients into a slow cooker or an Instant Pot and wait for a bowl of delicious soup to cook itself!

White Chicken Chili by Ashley of MyHeartBeets.com

This white chicken chili is made with chicken (of course), cannellini beans, and corn! It’s an easy and comforting chili.

If it’s cold outside, this is a must-make recipe. If it’s raining or snowing, even better! Grab yourself a bowl of this chicken chili, curl up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket, and watch a feel-good (read: terribly cheesy) movie.

White Chicken Chili by Ashley of MyHeartBeets.com

I came up with this recipe when I was brainstorming what to make for my husband’s birthday party. It was our first party at the house with our little one (Tony turned 2 months the same day Roby turned 31!). I was a little nervous about hosting friends with a new baby, so I wanted to make sure we had food that our guests could help themselves to just in case I was busy with Tony.

I made two types of chili and served them in two Instant Pots – this chicken chili and his favorite beef chili. (I also made some garlic bread, cornbread, and other snacks). 

You can see Roby eating a bowl of beef chili in the picture below, but he told me later that he actually liked the white chicken chili the best! I think he has a new favorite chili! Is it weird that I’m really excited about that? Don’t answer that question… 😂

Roby's 31st birthday & Tony's 2 month birthday

The party went so smoothly! Not only did Tony love our friends (he slept on two of their shoulders!), everyone loved the chili! They all helped themselves to bowl after bowl, and I got to relax and sit on the couch.

I’m already so excited for you guys to make this chili – I know you’ll love it! When you do, let me know if it’s your new favorite chili too!

White Chicken Chili by Ashley of MyHeartBeets.com

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

4.85 from 19 reviews
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Servings 6 -8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 onions diced
  • 4 stalks celery diced
  • 1-2 jalapeño pepper minced – adjust according to taste
  • 10 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper adjust to taste
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1 pound bag of corn frozen corn, rinsed (optional if paleo)
  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed (optional if paleo)
  • Serve with cilantro hot sauce, cheese if desired


Instant Pot Directions:

  • Add all of the ingredients except for the cannellini beans and corn to the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve, and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.
  • Open the valve to quick release any pressure (this will allow the steam to escape and you’ll be able to open the lid sooner than waiting for natural release).
  • Shred the chicken in the pot then add the cannellini beans and corn to the pot. Press the sauté button and cook for 5 minutes or until the beans and corn are heated through.

Slow Cooker Directions:

  • Add all of the ingredients except for the cannellini beans and corn in a slow cooker.
  • Cook for 4 hours on high or 6 on low.
  • Remove the lid 30 minutes before cooking, shred the chicken, then stir in the cannellini beans and corn.
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  1. Sara says

    5 stars
    This was DELICIOUS! We cut back the amount of salt- and used a combo of thighs and breasts, just because it’s all we had. Three kids each ate 2 full bowls and made me write the recipe down so I never forget it. Such a winner. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sharon Steinhauer says

    5 stars
    The white chicken chili is a favorite in my household. I just leave out the jalapenos. I have left overs for tonight. Wondering what a a good complement would be. Perhaps Cheese sandwiches?.

  3. Jordan says

    5 stars
    Love love love this recipe! I’ve made it almost weekly and it’s so good! I make it in my dutch oven so I can sauté the veggies before I add everything else. It’s so delicious and healthy, I like to add zucchini because the slow cooking really breaks them down, thickens the soup, and adds nutrition without changing the flavor

    • My Heart Beets says

      Jane, I’m so happy to hear that!! Thanks for letting me know how the white chicken chili turned out for you and your neighbor 🙂 Sounds like they are lucky to live next to you!

  4. Sukhmani Bhogal says

    5 stars
    Hello Ashley!!
    I just tried making the white chicken chili for the first time today and it came out amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and for inspiring me to try to cook. You’re truly an inspiration and have given me the confidence to try both western in Indian cooking through your help. Thank you once again and I look forward to trying more recipes♥️

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