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White Chicken Chili

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

The perfect creamy White Chicken Chili that can be loaded with all your favorite toppings. It can also be made on the stove top or in your crockpot.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 10


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 diced red onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pounds uncooked chicken breast
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 4 cans great northern beans 15.5 oz. cans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans diced green chiles
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Optional Toppings

  • tortilla chips
  • cilantro, chopped
  • red onion, diced
  • sharp cheddar, shredded
  • avocado, sliced
  • lime wedges for squeezing on top


  • In a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, add onion, garlic and olive oil. Saute until your onion is translucent.
  • Add in your chicken breast, chicken broth, beans (drained and rinsed), green chilies, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. No need to stir.
  • Close the lid to your Instant Pot. Set the pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High or Manual for 20 minutes.
  • After your 20 minutes is up, you'll set a timer for an additional 10 minutes. Let your Instant Pot naturally release pressure during these 10 minutes. You will then release the rest of the pressure by using your Quick Release by turning the pressure valve to the venting position. Make sure to use a towel when releasing. The steam is very hot and can easily burn you!
  • Once the pressure is released completely (it will stop hissing out the top), carefully open the lid. Remove the chicken and shred with two forks.
  • Return the chicken to the Instant Pot along with the cream cheese (cutting it into smaller pieces helps it melt quickly), heavy cream and fresh cilantro.
  • Press the saute button and let the chili simmer to melt the cream cheese completely. Once your cream cheese is melted, the white chicken chili is ready to serve!
  • Serve with your favorite toppings like tortilla chips, avocado slices, diced cilantro, minced red onion and a squeeze of lime.