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.

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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 -- make it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop in minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

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!

Tomatillo Salsa Verde | gimmesomeoven.com

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

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  1. FoodFu App — June 9, 2015 @ 9:45 am (#)

    The chili and salsa verde recipe are fantastic! It’s CSA season so we threw in a ton of greens (chard, spinach, kale) so it wouldn’t go to waste. Can’t wait to eat it again for lunch today. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Hayley — June 9, 2015 @ 8:22 pm (#)

      Thank you, we’re so glad you liked them! : )

  2. Kimmie — June 11, 2015 @ 11:27 am (#)

    I made this a few nights ago and the flovor was wonderfull. I think its more of a soup than a chili because it doesn’t have the thicker texture that I associate with chili. If I make this again I will cut down on the chicken broth.

    • Hayley — June 12, 2015 @ 5:27 pm (#)

      We’re glad you liked it, Kimmie!

  3. Megan — June 12, 2015 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    I just finished a bowl of this and had to come straight here to comment…this was seriously SO delicious. I know I’m years late so I hope this still gets to you, but I ate until I was stuffed and then went back for more! The only change besides halving the recipe  (husband is deployed overseas so I’m only cooking for one) is that I used a lemon pepper rotisserie chicken which only added to the flavor. I put a dollop of sour cream, 1/4 avocado and a pinch of cheddar cheese. Seriously excellent. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 13, 2015 @ 10:37 am (#)

      That’s wonderful, Megan, that makes us so happy! : )

  4. christina — June 16, 2015 @ 5:54 pm (#)

    I recommend Greek yogurt as an optional topping. It was so good!  It is like a soup but I put more beans (I like a lot of beans) and put it over rice and that made it seem more like chili to me. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17, 2015 @ 8:56 am (#)

      Thank you, Christina, we’re so glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Laurel — June 21, 2015 @ 8:59 pm (#)

    Just made this tonight and it is delicious!  I was worried that the flavor would be lacking but the salsa verde gives it the right kick.  my add-ins were avocado, a dollop of greek yogurt and a sprinkling of grated cheddar.  I made this in the crockpot (too hot for the stove right now) and only tweaked one part: adding the beans in the last 30 min of cooking instead of at the beginning. 

    Looking forward to trying some of your other recipes!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 25, 2015 @ 9:49 pm (#)

      Thank you, Laurel! We’re glad you enjoyed it, and we love your take on it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Rachel — June 23, 2015 @ 8:08 pm (#)

    I agree…definitely more of a soup than a chili, but very yummy. I added zucchini and spinach, still topped with avocado and cheese and loved it! I’ve made it for two gluten intolerant friends with great success.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 28, 2015 @ 8:59 pm (#)

      Thanks, Rachel, we’re glad you liked it!

  7. HOANG — July 6, 2015 @ 12:54 am (#)

    I just made this soup/chili tonight and it was so good I almost cried in the kitchen. Kudos to you for this recipe. I’m reading through the comments now to see the variety of toppings that everyone has been putting into this pot but seriously, this recipe made me really really happy tonight. The flavor is just so amazing and it was super easy to make too. Thank you so much!! You made my day :)

    P/s: What’s the font that you used for the website and the comments section? I’m loving it. It’s so cute!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 6, 2015 @ 10:11 am (#)

      That’s such a high compliment, thank you! We’re so happy to hear that you loved it so much!


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