Instant Pot White Chicken Chili [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 11 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

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.

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:

Check out the recipe video tutorial attached above. But the general steps are as follows:

  • 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. Adding the cornstarch slurry and sour cream as well.
  • Enjoy warm!

Can I make 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 cooking 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. The 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

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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Pressure Cooker White Chicken Chili

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.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
NPR: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 655kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


Pressure Cook:

  • 2 raw chicken breasts (or 4 cups leftover rotisserie chicken)
  • 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)
  • 3 cups chicken broth low-sodium
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened and cubed)

To be added later:

  • 1 cup light cream
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese (shredded)


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


  • 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.
  • Add minced garlic and cook for another minute, just until fragrant.
  • Turn off Saute mode.
  • Add the chicken breasts (or shredded rotisserie chicken meat) and the rest of the ingredients from the "Pressure Cook" list, placing the cream cheese on top.
  • Close with the lid, lock it and point the valve to seal. Select Pressure Cook and input 20 minutes.
  • Once the time has passed, do a 10-minute Natural Pressure Release, after which release manually the remaining pressure.
  • Open the IP, stir and select Saute, on Medium heat.
  • If you used chicken breasts, remove them, place on a cutting board, shred and return to the soup.
  • In a small cup mix cream and cornstarch until combined and add the mixture to the pot. Also, stir in sour cream until melted and fully combined. Adjust for salt and pepper.
  • Turn of the IP and stir in shredded cheese.
  • Optional: using an immersion blender, puree a portion of the chili, about 1/2, to thicken it even more.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.



Calories: 655kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 703mg | Potassium: 1039mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 980IU | Vitamin C: 16.4mg | Calcium: 330mg | Iron: 4.5mg
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This is a new family favorite. I’ve cooked a recipe like this in the slow cooker before, but no more. I love the ease & quickness of the instant pot. I double the recipe, so I can freeze leftovers. It’s just as good after frozen. ❤️❤️



This was very delicious! My family and I love chili, but often feel it’s too heavy during the warmer months. This was a delicious and lighter substitute as a summer dinner. I have some very particular children, and it even got their approval! Will definitely save as a more frequent meal to incorporate in our rotation.



super tasty! can you please advise what size a serving is ? 1 cup? 2 cups?



Very tasty! For those of us who are dieting - can you advise what the serving size? The nutritional information does not say. 1 cup ? 2 cups? thanks!


Thanks, Krystle. I go with 6 servings per pot, which is about 1 cup per serving.


Vanessa wozney

Hi i wonder if there’s any suggestion to replace pepper jack cheese to other white cheese for this soup? My love doesn’t like jack pepper :( let me know Thankyou


Hi Vanessa, yes you can replace it with your favorite type of cheeses.


Whitney Bunn

I just cooked this for the first time and what may be my last words, I want to use to maybe save someone else... please know the cooking time is not actually only 20 minutes! Yes the instant pot is set for 20 min, but we all know it takes longer than that to actually finish cooking. And then to naturally release for an additional 10? I wasn't prepared and now have a hungry pack of wolf children growling! Yikes! I should have read the whole thing first! 🤣 Excited to try it if I can hold them off and survive another 10 minutes!


I am sorry, the cooking time actually means how long it takes to cook the recipe, there is Prep time separately. Sorry that your family had to wait.


Tracy Heatherly

I only had 1 can of white beans and decided to add a can of diced potatoes to it and man was it even better!! One of our favorite recipes!


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