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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!
Servings 6 - 8
Total Time 1 hr


  • 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


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


  • 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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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 489kcal


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