Main Dish | September 28, 2018

Creamy White Chicken Chili

This creamy white chicken chili recipe has won countless chili cook-offs! Literally, so many I can’t count! It’s packed with flavor, so easy to make and such a family favorite. I’m convinced you guys will fall hard for this creamy white chili recipe.
two bowls of white chicken chill recipe with cilantro as garnish

Methods for making this creamy white chicken chili

You can make this chili three different ways!! Whatever is most convienent for you do it!!

1. slow cooker: 

dump most ingredients-raw chicken too- into your crock-pot! (every thing except the sour cream and heavy cream) in the slow cooker and walk away for 6-8 hours. When it’s done shred the chicken and in heavy cream + sour cream!

2. stove top:

Cube chicken, chop onion and garlic. Sauce until chicken is cooked through. Add all ingredients except the heavy cream and sour cream into large stock pot and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. just to let the flavor marry together. Just before serving stir in the creams.


Let me show you how easy it is to make creamy white chicken chili in the instant pot!
white beans in large bowl, small bowl with onions and garlic, another small bowl with green chili's

How to make creamy white chicken chili in the instant pot

Step 1:

Cook your chicken! Add 2-3 chicken breast into your instant pot and cook on poultry setting. 25 minutes, high pressure. Quick release and then shred! (If your chicken is frozen, add a couple more minutes and let it natural release)

PRO TIP!! Use a hand held mixer to quickly shred your chicken in the instant pot bowl!

chicken being shredded by a hand mixer

Step 2:

Remove the shredded chicken and turn your instant pot to sauté mode. In a little oil saute your onion and garlic for just a couple of minutes.

onions and garlic in instant pot sautéing in oil

Step 3:

Toss all ingredients, except the cream and sour cream, into the instant pot and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. You can quick release!

all ingredients, chicken, broth, beans, green chili's in instant pot

Step 4:

When you’re done cooking your chili, right before serving it, add your sour cream and heavy cream. You do not want to bring your chili to a boil after you have added your cream. It will cause it to become grainy.

chili cooked in instant pot and adding cream, sour cream as final step

Stir it all in and devour!!

single close up bowl of white chicken chili with cilantro as garnish

Some tips that I found to be successful in making this Creamy White Chicken Chili:

1. Use oregano leaves NOT ground oregano, it makes a difference in the taste.

2. Buy the “mild” green chilies if cooking for children. Unless you and your kids like the heat then grab the medium or hot can! The fire roasted green chilis also have a bit of heat and add great flavor!

two bowls of white chicken chili on serving board, black spoons
 Mmmm… so cozy. Goes just right with some bread.. we recommend Easy French Bread .

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5 from 6 votes
single close up bowl of white chicken chili with cilantro as garnish
Creamy White Chicken Chili
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Delcious, creamy chicken and white bean chili. 

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy white chili, white chicken chili
Servings: 10
Calories: 175 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 3 large boneless/skinless chicken breats cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 15.5 oz cans great northern white beans rinsed and drained
  • 14.5 oz chicken broth
  • 8 oz diced green chilies
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • a few twists of pepper grinder or 1/2 tsp
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
Pressure Cooker Instructions
  1. Add 2-3 chicken breast to instant pot with 1 cup water or broth. Cook on poultry setting. Drain, shred chicken. Add beans, onion, garlic, broth, green chilis, spices and cook on high for 10 minutes. 

  2. Quick release, add sour cream and heavy cream. Stir together and serve. 

Slow cooker Instructions
  1. Add chicken, beans, spices, garlic, onion and broth in slow cooker. Allow to cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. When done remove chicken, and shred. Add chicken back in and also add heavy cream and sour cream. Stir together and serve immediately. 

Stove-top instructions
  1. Cut chicken in to small bite sized chicken. In a large sauce pan saute chicken, onion, and garlic until chicken has a few brown sides and no pink.

  2. Add beans, broth, chilies, and seasonings.
  3. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer about 20 mins uncovered.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and cream.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Do not allow chili to come to a boil after you have added the cream and sour cream. Keep on low heat.

Use oregano leaves, not ground oregano.

If serving for kids use mild green chili's. 

Nutrition Facts
Creamy White Chicken Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 488mg21%
Potassium 387mg11%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is one of my husbands FAVORITE recipes from this site, when I make this creamy, delicious chili there is none that goes to waste. We eat it for dinner and take the rest for lunch the next day. It makes great leftovers!

  2. This is different than the recipe that used to be here. The other had Johhny’s Garlic spread and seasoning in it. Why the change? That one was my go to recipe.😢

    1. 5 stars
      No, other than Johnny’s garlic spread the recipe is the same. It’s not sold in stores anymore and is expensive to buy online so I just updated to garlic salt, a much more affordable and obtainable spice for our readers :) if you have some just sub it for the garlic salt.

    1. The chicken can vary depending on your pressure cooker- but you can just push “poultry/chicken” button or if its frozen add a few more minutes. I’d say thaw- 22 minutes, frozen 25-26 minutes :)