Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

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Learn how to cook simple yet flavor-bursting Instant Pot White Chicken Chili (Pressure Cooker White Chicken Chili)! Meaty chicken swimming in a creamy chili of sweet juicy corn bursting with sweet-savory-umami flavors plus a slight spicy kick. A spoonful of exciting flavors & mouthfeel like a party in your mouth – so satisfying, comforting, sooo deliciously good!

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So we’ve been eager to develop & experiment with cooking Instant Pot White Chicken Chili!

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What is White Chicken Chili?

In contrast to Chili (aka Red Chili) or Chili Verde (aka Green Chili), White Chili is made of chicken or turkey, white beans, and green chili peppers. As the name indicates, the chili is white in color, rather than red or green.

Flavorwise – oh boy~ this white chicken chili is packed with such exciting flavors! Full of layers of flavors – sweet-savory-umami-cheesy-creamy plus a tad kick of spiciness. 

Textures – tender flavorful chicken with sweet juicy corn in a creamy textured sauce (but not too heavy) – mouthful of satisfying sensations. yum~

We kept eating the white chili one spoonful after another over some fluffy rice. So tasty. SO good!!

What’s not to love about the white chicken chili? Not enough space in my tummy to eat it all…hehe~ 😉

Simple . Deliciously Flavorful . Comforting

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Time for cooking White Chicken Chili in Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Learn how to cook flavor-bursting Instant Pot White Chicken Chili (Pressure Cooker White Chicken Chili)! Creamy chicken chili bursting with sweet-savory-umami flavors plus a slight spicy kick. Exciting flavors & mouthfeel - so satisfying, so comforting, so deliciously good!
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Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6 - 8
Calories: 489kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients 

  • 5 - 6 (2lbs or 908g) bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 15 oz cans (680g) cannellini beans , rinsed & drained
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 (73g) Jalapeño , chopped
  • 2 (180g) Poblano peppers , chopped
  • 1 (15g) Serrano pepper , chopped (optional)
  • 2 (173g) Anaheim peppers or 1 green bell pepper , chopped (optional)
  • 6 (23g) garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 (196g) onion , sliced
  • 2 teaspoons (6g) cumin seeds , ground
  • 1 teaspoon (2g) coriander seeds , ground
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) regular soy sauce
  • 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock
  • ½ - 1 cup (125g - 250g) frozen, fresh, or canned corns
  • ½ cup (125ml) heavy cream
  • Salt and black pepper

Garnish

  • Lime wedges
  • Cilantro , chopped
  • cup freshly grated cheddar (30g) and pepper Jack cheese (25g)

Instructions

  • Optional Step - Roast Peppers: Set oven to "Broil" function, preheat for 5 minutes. Place baking sheet with peppers on top rack, and broil for 5 - 8 minutes. Allow peppers to cool down, then peel away outer brown skins of Poblano and Anaheim peppers. Cut peppers in half lengthwise, remove stems & membranes from the peppers, then chop them up roughly.
    *Pro Tip: Wear gloves to avoid "Jalapeño" burning hands.
    *Pro Tip: If you want a more spicy dish, keep the pepper seeds; if you prefer a mild chili, simply discard the seeds.
  • Brown Chicken in Instant Pot: Press "Saute" button to "Sauté More" function to heat up Instant Pot. Wait until it says "HOT" on the screen (~8 mins). Add 1 tbsp olive oil (15ml) in Instant Pot, and ensure the whole bottom is coated with olive oil.
    Pat dry the chicken with a paper towel. Season one side of the chicken with kosher salt and black pepper. Place the chicken in Instant Pot (seasoned side face down), then brown for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Season the other side with salt and black pepper, then brown this side for 3 minutes.
  • Saute Onion and Garlic: Set aside the browned chicken. Add sliced onions in Instant Pot and saute for 3 minutes. Add 1 tsp (2g) ground coriander seeds, 2 tsp (6g) ground cumin seeds, and minced garlic in Instant Pot. Saute for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
  • Pressure Cook White Chicken Chili: Add 2 tbsp (30ml) regular soy sauce in Instant Pot. Add in browned chicken and roughly chopped peppers. Layer the drained and rinsed cannellini beans on the very top. Don't mix to avoid the potential "BURN" Error.
    Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. After 10 minutes of Natural Releasing, carefully turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release remaining pressure. Once the Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.
  • Shred Chicken: Set aside the chicken in a large mixing bowl. Shred the chicken slightly into chunks with two forks, and discard the skins & bones.
    *Pro Tip: For better mouthfeel, don't over-shred the chicken into thin strands or small strips.
  • Make White Chili & Season: Bring the chili mixture back to a simmer using the "Saute" function. Mix in ½ - 1 cup (125g - 250g) corn and ½ cup (125ml) heavy cream. Add in roughly ¼ cup (55g) freshly grated cheese. Mix in the shredded chicken. Taste the chili, then adjust the seasoning with more salt.
    *Pro Tip: For reference, we added 2 - 3 large pinches of salt to further enhance & balance the flavors.
  • Serve: Garish the white chicken chili with chopped cilantro, some extra cheese and lime wedges on the side. Serve & enjoy your yummy White Chicken Chili~ 🙂
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Nutrition:

Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 496mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 549IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot chicken chili, instant pot creamy white chicken chili, instant pot white chicken chili, pressure cooker white chicken chili, white chicken chili instant pot
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Step-by-Step Guide: Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Let’s prepare the ingredients for cooking White Chicken Chili in Instant Pot. 🙂

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*Pro Tip: We freshly grounded our cumin and coriander seeds for maximum flavor, but ground cumin and coriander will work fine in a pinch.

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*Regular Soy Sauce: This is not a traditional ingredient in a White Chicken Chili. However, we love adding soy sauce because it boosts the flavor complexity by adding another layer of umami flavor to the final dish.

*Unsalted Chicken Stock: Different brands or even different boxes of the same brand of salted chicken stock can differ in levels of sodium, so we prefer to develop recipes using unsalted chicken stock for more control & consistency on the dish’s flavor profile.

*Freshly Grated Cheese: For this recipe, we used freshly grated Aged Cheddar Cheese and Pepper Jack Cheese.

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Optional Step – Roast Peppers


*Pro Tip: This step is optional, but roasting the peppers will bring out their full flavors & aroma, thus increasing the flavor complexity of the overall dish.

First, set your oven to “Broil” function, then preheat for 5 minutes.

Then, place the baking sheet with peppers on the top rack, and broil for 5 – 8 minutes.

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Allow the peppers to cool down, then peel away the outer brown skins of the Poblano and Anaheim peppers.

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*Pro Tip: To avoid “Jalapeño” burning hands, wear gloves!

Cut peppers in half lengthwise, remove the stems & membranes from the peppers, then chop them up roughly.

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*Pro Tip: You can keep the seeds if you want the dish to be more spicy, or discard the seeds if you prefer a more mild version.

2

Brown Chicken in Instant Pot


First, press “Saute” button to “Sauté More” function to heat up the Instant Pot. It will switch to “ON” on the screen.

Wait until it says “HOT” on the screen (takes roughly 8 minutes).

*Pro Tip: Make sure Instant Pot is as hot as it can be in order to induce a Maillard reaction.

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Add 1 tbsp olive oil (15ml) in the Instant Pot’s inner pot, and ensure the whole bottom is coated with olive oil.

Pat dry the chicken thighs with a paper towel. Season one side of the chicken thighs with kosher salt and black pepper. Place the chicken thighs in Instant Pot (seasoned side face down), then brown for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Season the other side with salt and black pepper, then brown this side for 3 minutes.

*Note: We are overcrowding the chicken in Instant Pot, but it will work fine for this recipe. 🙂

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3

Saute Onion and Garlic


Set aside the browned chicken thighs. Then, add the sliced onions in Instant Pot and saute for 3 minutes.

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Add 1 tsp (2g) ground coriander seeds, 2 tsp (6g) ground cumin seeds, and minced garlic in Instant Pot. Saute for another 30 seconds until fragrant.

4

Deglaze Instant Pot


Pour 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.

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5

Pressure Cook White Chicken Chili


Add 2 tbsp (30ml) regular soy sauce in Instant Pot.

Add browned chicken thighs and roughly chopped peppers in Instant Pot.

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Layer the drained and rinsed cannellini beans on the very top. Don’t mix to avoid the potential “BURN” Error.

Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.

  • Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release

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*Note: It will take roughly 15 minutes for the Instant Pot to get up to pressure to begin the pressure cooking cycle.

After 10 minutes of Natural Releasing, carefully turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release the remaining pressure.

Once the Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

6

Shred Chicken


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First, set aside the chicken in a large mixing bowl.

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Then, shred the chicken thighs slightly into chunks with two forks, and discard the skins & bones.

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*Pro Tip: For better mouthfeel, don’t over-shred the chicken into thin strands or small strips of chicken.

7

Make White Chili & Season


Bring the chili mixture back to a simmer with Instant Pot’s “Saute” function.

Mix ½ – 1 cup (125g – 250g) corn and ½ cup (125ml) heavy cream into the chili mixture in Instant Pot.

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Add roughly ¼ cup (55g) freshly grated cheese into the white chili.

*Pro Tip: We used freshly grated Aged Cheddar Cheese and Pepper Jack Cheese.

Now, mix the shredded chicken into the white chili in the Instant Pot.

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Taste the white chicken chili, then adjust the seasoning with more salt.

*Pro Tip: You will need more salt for this white chicken chili recipe. For reference, we added 2 – 3 large pinches of salt to further enhance & balance the flavors.

8

Serve Instant Pot White Chicken Chili


Finally, garish the yummy white chicken chili with chopped cilantro and lime wedges on the side. Then, top it with some extra cheese.

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Your yummy Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is now ready to serve. Enjoy~ 🙂


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Barbara Bates

This is the first time I have made, or even tasted a white chili. I started, and will stick with, the very best recipe ever. I didn’t think I would like a “white” chili. I am a convert!!! I love this recipe, and am making it very often. Good job to Amy and Jacky!!! Thank you!!!5 stars

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Cadence

Superb and simple! Made this with turkey drumsticks and a variety of dried peppers since that’s what we had on hand.5 stars

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Susan Barker

This is simply and utterly and perfectly delicious. I would give it ten stars ⭐️ if I could. Yum.5 stars

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Barbara Bates

This is delicious!!! Making again tomorrow.5 stars

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Bob Henry

White chicken chili, super easy to make; and delicious

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debbie

Oh my goodness! This chili is AMAZING! Another winner from your website.5 stars

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Chuck Sellers

Excellent. Just the right amount of ‘zing’.5 stars

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Kevin Story

I have frozen boneless/skinless chicken thighs, how would you recommend proceeding?

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Peter

Made this for the family last night, and it was great! Wife and kids loved it. Great flavour. It was worth the effort of going to 2 supermarkets to get the beans. Aussies are going crazy buying up tinned everything due to corvid-19. Thank you so much! This is about the 5th of your recipes i have made and all are winners.5 stars

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Georgia

Please tell me this can be made with chicken breasts or tenderloins. I absolutely cannot stand chicken thighs!

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