Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili

Story by Alyssa
Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili
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If you’re like me and a few million other people out there, you’ve been staring at a shiny new Instant Pot sitting on your kitchen counter just wondering what kind of wonderful things you can make in that amazing (and slightly intimidating) contraption.

So, what can you make in an Instant Pot?

Well, the simple answer is just about anything. Not super helpful? Okay, let’s start here- with this super easy and hearty white chicken chili. I’ve been getting myself acquainted with the Instant Pot by experimenting with more “one pot” meals. I want to master one area before I move to another (I’m thinking braised meats are next) and have been having so much fun learning how to adapt some of my favorite recipes. A few weeks back we shared our recipe for Instant Pot ragu with you (holy smokes, so good!), and this recipe, while being completely different, is every bit as delicious.

White beans, the warm spices of cumin and chili powder, onion, garlic, and green chilies come together with chicken broth and chicken breast for a dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights and will be gobbled up in minutes by even the pickiest kids. Trust me. My kids are no fans of onions, or chilies for that matter, but when cooked together with broth and beans they become completely enamored with the flavor combo and don’t even notice them.

I love setting out a big platter of fun toppings like avocado, cilantro, shredded cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream, and thinly sliced jalapeño and letting everyone customize their own bowl just how they like it. I also find that when everyone has a hand in creating their own dish, they take that much more ownership over their meal and tend to eat MORE of it. Big win. (Since when did my life become just about begging little people not to starve themselves?) Any meal that everyone in my family enjoys quickly gets put into heavy rotation around here, because I am not about making more than one meal to please kids and adults (ain’t nobody got time for that).

Why use an Instant Pot over just a regular pot on the stove?

While you certainly could use a standard Dutch oven to whip this recipe up, using the Instant Pot results in extra tender chicken that is thoroughly infused with the added spices and aromatics. The clean up is a breeze, too. Whether you’re an Instant Pot pro, or still a novice like me, give this white chicken chili a try and watch it quickly disappear. And whatever you do, put that new Instant Pot to use one fantastic and easy recipe at a time.

Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili

Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili

Serves 6


1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 14 oz cans Great Northern Beans
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1.5 lbs
3 cups chicken stock
1 14 oz can mild green enchilada sauce
1 14 oz can yellow corn
1 4 oz can green chilies
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 sprigs of thyme
1 red bell pepper, diced
juice from one lime
1 jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional)
sour cream (optional)
avocado (optional)
tortilla strips (optional)
cotija cheese (optional)
cilantro (optional)


  1. Set Instant Pot to saute mode. Heat olive oil and add in onions. Saute until translucent and add in garlic. Allow to cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  2. Once onions and garlic are soft add in all remaining chili ingredients except bell peppers and lime juice and set Instant Pot to stew/bean. When the setting is finished use the quick release valve to release pressure. After the pressure is released, carefully open the lid of the Instant Pot.
  3. For a thicker soup remove ½ of the bean mixture, blend until smooth and add back to the Instant Pot.
  4. Remove chicken breasts from the chili and shred with two forks. Add the shredded chicken breast back to the Instant Pot along with bell peppers and lime juice. Set Insta Pot to saute mode, uncovered, and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve warm along with a variety of topping.