Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is one of our favorite pressure cooker recipes! It is a hearty meal that is made in a fraction of the time compared to the traditional version.

This meal is super delicious and very easy to make. Just stir everything together, top with cream cheese and cook for 20 minutes. We love chili around here including our popular classic chili and turkey chili.

Pressure Cooker Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Best Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is the perfect homemade meal for busy weeknights. With the help of the pressure cooker, you end up with a warm bowl of delicious chili in no time. The only thing that you need to prepare is basically chopping the onion, and the rest is just dumping the ingredients and go.

We have made this recipe many times over the years, and recommend using fresh and quality products for the best results. Try using organic meat, and for your beans, go with non-bpa lined cans.

We use fresh chicken breasts, but thighs will work just as fine. However, if you prefer to go with thighs, we recommend using skinless and boneless thighs for this recipe. It will be easier to shred when cooked, with no bones to retrieve. This meals stores very well, and can also be made ahead. Serve it as is, or top it with some sour cream and cilantro for the ultimate finish!

How to Make Instant Pot White Chicken Chili:

  • Start by sauteing the onion in the pressure cooker. However, this step can be skipped.
  • Then, simply combine everything in your Instant Pot and stir together
  • Next, top with cream cheese and set on manual high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes has elapsed, let it naturally depressurize for 10 minutes.
  • Once done, remove chicken on a board, and shred it using two forks.
  • Then put it back, and stir everything together.
  • Enjoy warm!

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Can I make a white chicken chili with frozen chicken?

Yes, you could. For the extra tips on how to cook frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot, check out our previous post here. The most important thing to make sure that the meat is not frozen right together. As long as it is separated but frozen, you can easily cook it in the pressure cooker. Just add an extra 3-4 minutes to the cook time.

Can I prepare white chicken chili ahead?

Sure, can! You can easily prepare the recipe entirely up to the point of cooking, in the pressure cooker inner pot. Then cover and store in the fridge up to 1 day prior to cooking. Next day simply set your pressure cooker for 20 minutes and you will have dinner in a breeze!

Can I make it in the Crockpot?

Making it in the slow cooker is a great alternative. It is equally simple because you just put the ingredient in it and let it cook for a longer period of time. We already have the crockpot version of this meal, and you can check it out here.

How to Serve White Chicken Chili?

This dish is delicious and hearty just as is. We like serving it with some cilantro or tortilla chips on top. Also, you can serve it over baked potatoes. Some other garnish ideas:

  • Sliced avocado
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Croutons

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Bowl

How to freeze it?

  • It freezes really well, so don’t be afraid to make a big batch and save some for later. Before freezing, make sure to let it completely cool down to room temperature. Then, transfer it to a larger freezer bag or container, and freeze up to 3 months.
  • To thaw, transfer it to the refrigerator overnight, and heat it up the next day.
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5 from 4 reviews
Pressure Cooker White Chicken Chili
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins


Pressure Cook:

  • 4 cups  cooked shredded chicken meat 
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 1  yellow onion  (diced)
  • 4 cloves  garlic minced 
  • 2 15oz. cans  white beans  (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 15oz. can  sweet corn  (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 4.5oz. can  diced green chiles 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried thyme 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried parsley 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes  (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  kosher salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper  (or to taste)
  • 4 cups  chicken broth low-sodium 
  • 1  lime zested and juiced 

To be added later:

  • 1/2 cup  sour cream 
  • 8 oz  cream cheese  (softened and cubed)
  • 1 cup  light cream 
  • 3 tablespoons  cornstarch 
  • 1 cup  pepper jack cheese  (shredded)


  •  Freshly chopped cilantro 
  •  Extra cheese 
  •  Sour cream 
  •  Jalapeños 
  •  Corn chips 


  1. Turn on Instant Pot and select Saute, adjust the temperature to High. Once it reads hot, add olive oil and onion, cook stirring for 3 minutes, just until softened.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook for another minute, just until fragrant.
  3. Turn off Saute mode.
  4. Add the shredded chicken meat and the rest of the ingredients from the "Pressure Cook" list.
  5. Close with the lid, lock it and point the valve to seal. Select Pressure Cook and input 20 minutes.
  6. Once the time has passed, do a 10-minute Natural Pressure Release, after which release manually the remaining pressure.
  7. Open the IP, stir and select Saute, on Medium heat.
  8. In a small cup mix cream and cornstarch until combined and add the mixture to the pot. Also, stir in sour cream and cubed cream cheese until melted and fully combined. Adjust for salt and pepper.
  9. Turn of the IP and stir in shredded cheese.
  10. Optional: using an immersion blender, puree a portion of the chili, about 1/2, to thicken it even more.
  11. Serve with your favorite toppings.
Calories: 655 Carbohydrates: 47 Protein: 34 Fat: 38 Saturated Fat: 16 Cholesterol: 122 Sodium: 703 Potassium: 1039 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 7 Vitamin A: 980 Vitamin C: 16.4 Calcium: 330 Iron: 4.5
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Pressure Cooker Instant Pot White Chicken Chili


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Mahy Elamin

So yummy!!! Chicken was very tender! Husband got seconds and we had leftovers! Will definitely be making this again and again!!


Chrissie Baker

Wow White chicken chili is my favourite food its great taste to eat Thank you”Catalina” for posting my favorite food!



This is a what I want to eat today for dinner! I have all the ingredients and am making it tonight in my IP...looks so good!!


Allyson Zea

This chili looks absolutely amazing and the instant pot is my FAVORITE!


Melanie Bauer

Sounds fantastic! Love this specially when we need quick and easy meal, need to put this on our menu!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I'm going to have to try this. This looks incredibly delicious!



My husband really enjoyed this! Thank you


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