Instant Pot White Chicken Chili recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 (358g) servings

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This Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is creamy and hearty with just the right amount of spice! Loaded with lean chicken, white beans, green chiles and corn it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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  1. How to prep this white chicken chili ahead:
  2. Variations on this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili:
  3. How to make this white chicken chili with frozen chicken breasts:
  4. How to freeze this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili:
  5. Tips for making this White Chicken Chili in the crockpot:
  6. Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe

It’s the month we return to everything crockpot and Instant Pot, and I’m not done yet.

Both of my treasured appliances are making my life so much easier this season, since dinner time is a breeze when I plan ahead….. and when I don’t 😉

This Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is one of those meals that comes together perfectly, even if you haven’t prepped any ingredients.

Literally, the only thing you’re chopping is an onion, and the rest is dump and go. (And let’s be honest, if you really wanted you could skip that onion and add in a sprinkling of onion powder).

The recipe here calls for fresh chicken breasts, but it is one that can be made just as easily with frozen chicken, breasts or thighs.

My only recommendation would be that you use skinless, boneless meat for this recipe as it won’t leave as much fat in the chili and make it greasy. It will also be a breeze to shred with no bones to retrieve.

How to prep this white chicken chili ahead:

You can actually prep the recipe entirely up to the point of cooking, in the Instant Pot inner pot, then cover and store in the fridge up to 1 day before cooking. This makes dinner time a breeze if you have been out in the afternoon!

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Variations on this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili:

  • Spice it up: this recipe is on the milder side of chili, but I have 3 young kids who prefer it that way. If you like a lot of spice, add an extra teaspoon of chili powder or slice up a jalapeno!
  • Lighten it up: choose light cream cheese or opt to skip it.
  • Make it dairy-free: you can skip the cream cheese in this chili recipe, and it will still be delicious! You don’t need to substitute anything in its place.

How to make this white chicken chili with frozen chicken breasts:

For extra tips, see my post on how to cook frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot. In reality, as long as your chicken isn’t frozen right together, you won’t need to add a lot of extra time even if they’re rock solid.

I would add 3-4 minutes additional cook time, just to be safe.

If they are frozen together, you’ll want to try to break them apart first.

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How to freeze this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili:

This chicken chili freezes perfectly, so don’t be afraid to make a big batch and save some for later!

Simply let cool to room temperature then place in a large freezer bag or container. Freeze up to 3 months.

If you’re using a freezer bag, be sure to lay it flat and squeeze the chili out into a flat layer to freeze for easy thawing.

To thaw, set in the refrigerator overnight, or place in a sink full of cool water for 20-30 minutes (super easy to do if you have used a freezer bag!).

Tips for making this White Chicken Chili in the crockpot:

This recipe can easily be made in the crockpot. Simply dump and cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Shred the chicken and stir in the cream cheese as the original recipe calls to do.

Easy peasy!

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

4.80 from 10 votes
This Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is creamy and hearty with just the right amount of spice! Loaded with lean chicken, white beans, green chiles and corn it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser! 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6 (358g) servings
Calories 291cal


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 540 ml canned white kidney beans drained & rinsed (19oz)
  • 341 ml canned corn (12oz), drained
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 127 ml canned green chiles (4.3oz)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature


  • Add chicken breasts to Instant Pot (I use a 6 quart smart wifi Instant Pot).
  • Pour in chicken broth, beans, corn, onion, green chiles, chili powder and salt. Stir.
  • Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook for 10 minutes. It will take 10-15 minutes to start counting down the cook time.
  • Once the cook time is over, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Then open the valve and remove the lid. 
  • With two forks, either shred the chicken right in the Instant Pot or remove to a cutting board to shred. Add chicken back into the chili.
  • Cut cream cheese into very small pieces and add into the chili, Stir until melted and smooth. 
  • Serve with chips, avocado, lime wedges, salsa, cheese, jalapenos — whatever your favorite toppings are!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 291cal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 784mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 11.2mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2.2mg
Keywords instant pot chili, pressure cooker chili

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  1. Bethany says

    My family loves this recipe! I add a little bit of liquid smoke and I double the cream cheese. Which was an accident the first time I made it, now they won’t eat it any other way 😂

  2. Rachel says

    I loved this recipe and so did my family. I added some extra spices as you suggested if your family likes that. It was perfect!! I will definitely be making it again! Thank you so much❤😊

  3. Joanne says

    Question, how does the mixture not stick to the bottom, causing a burn error? Should the chicken go on the trivet provided with the instant pot? Thank you!

  4. Sam Harris says

    This was SO good and easy! I only used 2 chicken breasts, since I have the 3 quart Instant pot, and I didn’t include onion. It also took 20 minutes to naturally release. It was slightly bland so I would definitely add more spices (maybe even double the amount) and add black pepper. After I added more spice it was delicious! I will definitely make this again.

  5. Larissa Rozema says

    This was soooo good! I added a couple additional items that I like: chickpeas and tomatoes. We will for sure be making this recipe again! Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Doris says

    Made tonight for dinner. Added fresh garlic, cumin, and cayenne. Very tasty. Will definitely make again.

  7. Patricia W says

    It is very mild, not spicy at all.. But if you want a nice bowl of chicken soup then this is for you. I enjoyed the flavor but it wasn’t what I have came to love in a bowl of white chicken chili. Needs more spice (maybe some cumin, cayenne pepper) and maybe a jalapeno.

  8. Julie Foster says

    I am still pretty new to the instant pot but the success of this recipe–and the complete deliciousness!!–has given me confidence. I will definitely make this again! And I’ll be checking your website for more good recipes!

    I wasn’t sure about the pressure–low v. high–so I ended up using the chili/beans button on my instant pot and it worked perfectly. Delicious shredded chicken and creamy flavorful sauce.

  9. SCOTT MOUNTS says

    I tried a variation you may want to try. Instead of chili powder I used one of cayenne and one of chipotle followed by just a dash of cumin.

    I also used 1/2 of the cream cheese called for and substituted sour cream. Takes a little longer for sour cream to blend in but felt it worked well.

    Next time going to try either rice as noted above or egg noodles. Just used corn bread this time.

  10. Regina says

    I did not find white navy beans can I substitute for great northern beans or something? And can I cook the chicken first and shred it then put everything in if so how would I need to do that? I’m brand new to instant pot!?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      You can definitely substitute the beans for another! You can cook the chicken first but it’s not necessary. You’d probably want to reduce the cook time if you are starting with cooked chicken.

  11. Patti Walsh says

    I have made white chicken chili before and love it. Usually on the stove. I want to do it in the instant pot. I will have to use dried beans. I cant eat much over a 3 or 4% per serving. 33% would be a trip to the hospital! I did kidney beans in the instant pot and they were perfect.

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