5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili

All you need are few simple ingredients to create this delicious 5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili recipe. You can make it quickly on the stove, or let it simmer all day in your slow cooker.

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili -- make it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop in minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

Last year, I posted one of my all time favorite White Chicken Chili recipes on the blog.  But while I love it, there’s also a little shortcut white bean chicken chili recipe that I make even more often when I’m short on time.  It is super easy and only calls for 5 ingredients.  So I thought I would share it with you today and give it an extra creative name — 5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili.

In addition to only calling for a handful (get it, a handful) of ingredients, this easy white chicken chili recipe also can be made and on the table in just 15 minutes.  Definitely a perfect busy weeknight meal, and it also makes great leftovers and can be frozen for later.  So if you love it, consider making a double or triple batch and you will have multiple dinners prepared and ready to go in minutes.

Ok, are you ready for the secret ingredient?

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili -- make it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop in minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili -- make it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop in minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili | gimmesomeoven.com #soup

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili | gimmesomeoven.com #soup

It’s salsa verde!!!

This delicious salsa singlehandedly provides pretty much all of the seasoning you need for white chicken chili!  It’s flavorful, has a bit of heat, and a bit of tang, and pairs perfectly with delicious chicken broth, shredded chicken, and white beans.  I do like to add a little ground cumin to the mixture just to round things out.  But when I discovered the salsa trick a few years ago, I was amazed.  Such a great shortcut!

Also, when I’m in a hurry, I tend to buy pre-made salsa verde for this.  But if you want to make homemade tomatillo salsa verde, I have a delicious recipe on the blog that I recommend.  It’s so simple to make at home, and so good!

If you want to get fancy and add a few toppings to this soup, I love throwing in some diced avocado, fresh cilantro, green onions, and occasionally some sour cream or shredded cheese.  But it’s also delicious as-is with just five ingredients.

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili | gimmesomeoven.com #soup

Hope you enjoy!

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili

This delicious and easy white chicken chili recipe can be made with just 5 ingredients in 15 minutes!


  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken (*or see slow cooker method below, which uses uncooked chicken breasts)
  • 2 (15-oz) cans Great Northern beans, drained
  • 2 cups salsa verde (store-bought or homemade http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/tomatillo-salsa-verde/)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • optional toppings: diced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, crumbled tortilla chips


Stovetop Method: Add chicken broth, shredded chicken, beans, salsa and cumin to a medium saucepan, and stir to combine.  Heat over medium-high heat until boiling, then cover and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for at least 5 minutes.

Serve warm with desired toppings.

Slow Cooker Method: Add chicken broth, 2 (uncooked) *boneless skinless chicken breasts, beans, salsa and cumin to a slow cooker, and stir to combine.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork.  Shred the chicken.

Serve warm with desired toppings.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili | gimmesomeoven.com #soup

Be sure to check out my other 5-ingredient soup recipes too!

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  1. Jessica — May 31, 2016 @ 11:52 pm (#)

    Just made it for lunch tomorrow. Smells great! I hsed 1tsp chili powder and 2tsp cumin and some frozen onions that i had on hand. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 13th, 2016 @ 9:21 am

      Thanks for sharing Jessica — we hope you enjoyed it!

  2. Kaity — July 13, 2016 @ 9:08 am (#)

    I’m a grad student and appreciate any dinners that can be thrown in a pot and done for me. I made just a few adjustments to the ingredients based on my supplies – instead of 6 c chicken broth, I used 3 1/2 of chicken stock (just what I happened to have in the fridge already) and added a beer ;) Can’t wait to impress my roommates!! Thanks Ali!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 13th, 2016 @ 3:15 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us Kaity — we’re so glad you enjoyed this (and we think the beer is an excellent addition — good thinking)! :D

  3. Dana — July 16, 2016 @ 6:14 pm (#)

    Do you have a recipe for Gusada? Not sure if my spelling is correct! I love burritos with Gusada meat, beans, and potatoes! I hope you can help me find one. I love your recipes and can’t wait to try them out!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 17th, 2016 @ 9:35 pm

      Hi Dana! Unfortunately we do not have a recipe for Gusada, though it sounds amazing! We might have to investigate…

  4. Gretchen — July 18, 2016 @ 5:46 pm (#)

    Made this tonight. All I can say is YUM!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 18th, 2016 @ 9:57 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it Gretchen!

  5. Maya — July 21, 2016 @ 12:21 pm (#)

    What is the nutrition for this recipie?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 21st, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

      Hi Maya! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  6. Melissa Nicholas — August 21, 2016 @ 10:12 am (#)

    I’m a teacher, and a parent made this chili for me and several other teachers for teacher appreciation week. Not only did she supply us with the chili, but she gave each of us a container of sour cream, a bag of tortilla chips, two avocados, shredded cheese and graham crackers for dessert. She had been a teacher, and I guess knew how much teachers would appreciate not having to figure out what’s for dinner when they got home. Anyway, the chili was so delicious, that I requested the recipe, which led me to your great site.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 21st, 2016 @ 4:25 pm

      Hey Melissa! Thanks for sharing this with us (how sweet of that parent)! And we’re so glad you enjoyed the chili! :)

  7. Carmen — September 5, 2016 @ 2:34 pm (#)

    I’m trying this recipe today in my crockpot, I have one question… Does the chicken need to be thawed first??  Thanks

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 5th, 2016 @ 3:03 pm

      Hi Carmen! Yes, it definitely needs to be thawed first. We hope you enjoy!

  8. Jeffrey — September 9, 2016 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    Just found your site. Very nice! I LOVE how easy it is to navigate, to jump to the recipe, print what I want. Not to mention the recipes themselves! Well done! Great web design!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 9th, 2016 @ 8:48 pm

      Thanks, Jeffrey — we appreciate your feedback! :)

  9. Esmeralda — September 10, 2016 @ 11:48 pm (#)

    I made this tonight and I wish I made it sooooo much sooner. My husband and I loved it. He loved it so much, he ate 3 bowls. Super easy and super quick to make. Definitely on my comfort food list.

    I did run out of time so I made it extra easy by using rotisserie chicken from the store and Bobby Salazar’s chile verde salsa. One of the 2 salsas I will actually buy at the store.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 13th, 2016 @ 9:48 am

      We’re so happy you and your husband loved it, Esmeralda! :)

  10. Deb C — September 16, 2016 @ 8:15 am (#)

    Can you use chicken thighs instead? Happen to have some in fridge!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 16th, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

      Hi Deb! We haven’t tried this with chicken thighs, so we can’t say for sure. However, we think it should likely work — definitely let us know how it turns out if you give it a try!

  11. Maryjane — September 17, 2016 @ 7:05 pm (#)

    Hi! Love your site. Question – do you think this would freeze well, if I made it in the slow cooker? Thinking about making it for a co-worker who is going through some medical issues.


  12. Tiffany — September 21, 2016 @ 8:45 pm (#)

    How long does this keep in the fridge? I made it tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I would love to eat it over the week at least.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 25th, 2016 @ 3:32 pm

      We’re so glad you liked it, Tiffany! This should keep in the fridge for about five days or so.


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