5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili

September 6, 2013 by Ali

All you need are few simple ingredients to create this delicious 5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili recipe. **Also, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for my other 5-ingredient soup recipes!**

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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 | 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

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2-4 Servings


  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 (15-oz) cans Great Northern beans, drained
  • 2 cups salsa verde (storebought or homemade)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • optional toppings: diced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, crumbled tortilla chips


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.

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

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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121 thoughts on “5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili

  1. The chicken chile looks so good I’m going to make it for my family tonight! Always looking for ways to incorporate Tomatillos into meals. I grow and can them each year and then spend the rest of the time trying to figure out how to use them in everyday cooking. This recipe is fast simple and looks way delish. Thanks for sharing it.

    - Jill

  2. My husband loves white chicken chili, especially when it cooks alll…day…long. Me, I love the chili but not the time commitment, so I tried this last night and was blown away. This is amazing. Better than any recipe I’ve used before for white chicken chili. And so easy-I marinated chicken breasts in a medium-spicy hot sauce for a couple hours before cooking, then shredded-that was the worst part. This recipe was awesome and SO. Unbelievably. Easy. Even my husband-lover of all things slow-cooked for hours-was impressed by how awesome this recipe is. We topped with cilantro, avocado, sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, but the soup tasted great without any of them. This is definitely going in the recipe rotation.

    - Cait

  3. Those huge chunks of avocado are calling my name :) Looks great!

    - Maria

  4. I made this tonight and it was delicious! I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical because of the simplicity of ingredients. But it turns out, everything goes together so well! I cooked chicken thighs during the day in my timer crockpot, then shredded the chicken when I got home and made the remaining ingredients. The salsa verde recipe worked out perfectly too. Thanks for posting! This one is a keeper. :)

    - Victoria

  5. Can you make the white chili recipe in the crock pot?

    - Jessica

  6. Delicious!

    - Loved it!!!

  7. I threw all the ingredients into the crock pot and cooked on low for 5 hours. I used a bag of northern beans so they were still a bit crunchy but my family prefers crunchy beans! Thanks for the amazing recipe. We added the salsa verde on our own to our bowls,

    - Chloe

  8. I used ingredients that I had on hand… 4 cups of turkey broth, 2 cups water w/ 2tsp. of chicken boulion,1 lrg. leftover turkey leg quarter-shredded, 2 cups grn. enchilada sauce, 4oz. of canned chopped grn. chilis,cumin,1- 15oz. can of Northern beans and 1 can of while frigoles;drained. For accompnyments:sliced grn. onions, grated pepperjack,chopped cilantro,tortilla chips and dollop of plain sour cream. DE LISH

    - Tricia

  9. Ali, this is *the* best white chicken chili recipe! Love the use of salsa verde, makes perfect sense. Best of all, it comes together fast and my family loves it!

    - Donna

  10. I tried this recipe for the first time today and it is AMAZING. It absolutely hits the spot and the flavors are incredible! I love that it was simple and easy for me to make as I am a grad student always on the go! I get really turned off by recipes that require so many ingredients and the fact that this only required 5 was highly appealing! I didn’t include cumin (forgot to, admittedly), but it still tasted great. I also topped mine with cilantro, avocado and sour cream. I got 4 very hefty portions out of it that will make up my lunch for the week! Such a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    - Rachel

  11. Made this for dinner today, it was SO delicious! I got a spicy salsa verde, and it was awesome! Thanks for sharing, saving this recipe!

    - Danielle

  12. This sounds incredible! I’ve never made white chicken chili pepper but imagine I would like this even more the the tomato based beef chili : ) So glad to have come across this post after seeing it featured on buzzfeed.

    - Vicky

  13. I’m crazy for chills and this one sounds incredible! I love how easy you’ve made this! It’s so nice to have an arsenal of quick dinners for those nights you just can’t think straight! The salsa verde and those chunks of avocado are calling my name! ;)

    - Caroline

  14. This is delicious! The avocados at the store were rock hard, so we topped off the chili with some guacamole. YUMMY. Saved time by using a rotisserie chicken too.

    - Nicola

  15. I just made this soup in the crock pot and it turned out great! I did 3 raw chicken breasts and added the other 4 ingredients and 1 can of diced green chilis and cooked it on high for 4 1/2 hours and it was so tasty! This recipe is already so easy and the crock pot made it that much easier, thanks so much for this delicious dinner idea!

    - Kelli

  16. I made the White Chicken Chili for my family last night, and despite the fact that my 3 yr. old HATES spicy foods, he loved this soup, as did the rest of my family! I was so surprised to see both my kids clear out their bowls… now that’s saying something! :-) The avocado and cilantro added the perfect combination of flavors.
    I raved about it to my mom, and now she’s going to try it too. Thank you so much for sharing, I can’t wait to try the others!!

    - Natasha

  17. Thanks for this truly EASY recipe! I used three cans of beans and only half the amount of cumin (to make it more kid friendly). If you want it thick (like a stew), you can almost eliminate the chicken broth. Great recipe for the Super Bowl tonight!

    - Wendy

  18. I love easy recipes using very few ingredients. I’m sure I can double these ones to make them for more people. They sound delicious and I plan to make the White Chicken Chile for our Friday night Pot Luck at our church. I will let you know how it goes over!!

    - Lorraine Pachal

  19. Made this tonight and it was delicious! So easy and healthy. Used Guy Fieri Salsa Verde. Thanks for a great recipe; this one will be on repeat!

    - Lindsay Butcher

  20. I’m on a pretty strict diet getting ready to have bariatric surgery so I have had to cut carbs as well as calories. Chili has been my saving grace because its usually low calorie, often low carb, high fiber, and high protein (so I can have lots of it without using too many calories). Its like, the perfect food. This chili was fantastic and if you follow the recipe exactly and then portion it out by the cup, I got about 7 cups full and each cup only had about 230 calories in it (and just a little more if you add avocado or sour cream). I just thought I’d share for the calorie conscious and my fellow dieters. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes because this one was a hit!

    - Morticia

  21. Made this for a family birthday dinner and it was a HUGE success! I did start off with a diced large yellow onion, browned in oil. I also threw in some frozen corn, and served with all the toppings and cornbread muffins. (It was especially quick using a roasted Costco chicken.) This was a nice change from traditional chili and the family raved about it! It’s a keeper. Thanks!

    - Maggie G.

  22. Hi Ali, I just made this a couple days ago, and all my family loved it. Thanks for sharing it!! :)

    Have an excellent weekend!!

    - Diana {Raspberry Bloom}

  23. Wow this was really tasty. I used thighs and sauteed with onion and garlic then followed the recipe. My son hates soup/new things and he ate seconds!

    - Tammy E

  24. This was so good. I used the Archer Farms salsa verde that is sold at Target; marinated 3 chicken breasts in 1/2 cup of the salsa; and only used four cups of chicken broth. Turned out so well, thank you!

    - Alison

  25. Best white bean Chili ! The cilantro and avocado top it off with the perfect accent taste.

    - Karen Wedeven

  26. Love this recipe. I shredded a rotisserie chicken and added a can of fire roasted hot peppers and it was perfect.

    - Asha

  27. My husband said this was the BEST meal I have ever made!! Thankfully this was also by far one of the easiest dinners too! I bought a rotisserie chicken and shredded it, I also used three cans of white beans. Easy, easy! Thank you so much!!

    - Kyla

  28. Thank you so much for this recipe, it was delicious and so easy to make!! I think it needs another can of beans though and I used plain white beans. They were only 99cents vs the Great Northern beans which were 2.99 a can. Still came out super good!

    - Karla

  29. My family loved this recipe! I left out the cumin to make it more kid friendly for my boys. (And myself, who am I kidding!) I can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow!

    - Jeni E

  30. I thought this recipe was too good to be true, but I’m making it right now and its just TOO GOOD!

    - Jocelyn

  31. This is so on this week! I cannot wait to enjoy this, thank you for sharing!

    - Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

  32. This was delicious! So easy and so quick! Satisfying without being heavy especially with the avocado. Next time, i want to use a bit of crema mexicana.

    - Heather

  33. WONDERFUL! I boiled several chicken breasts (more than 4 cups)which shredded beautifully. I also used 3 cans of beans, mashing one. Taste was wonderful but not thick enough, therefore, we added a flour/water mixture as a thickener. Turned out FANTASTIC. We loved it. Thank you for the recipe.

    - elizabeth

  34. This is my new go-to soup…it is so yummy! The whole family loves it!

    - GN

  35. This looks delicious! Do you think it would work well in the crockpot?

    - Jessica

  36. I made this a few nights ago and it was AMAZING, came together easily and fed a crowd. I used store bought salsa verde, mixed in other white beans. Two night before, I boiled a whole chicken to get the shredded chicken and broth. I used half the whole chicken and saved the rest for another soup. The salsa verde gave the soup the rich flavor I have found lacking in other recipes I have made. Thank you for this great recipe.

    - ACWhitt

  37. This sounds great! I am thinking about making this this weekend but do you think this would work in the crock pot? I have cooked chicken breast in the crock pot before and the chicken usually just shreds apart.

    - Cherie

  38. Just made this tonight! So good thanks for the recipe!

    - A

  39. Made this tonight…so easy and so delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe!!!! I can see this being a family staple.

    - Julie

  40. This looks great can’t wait to try!

    - Lacey

  41. New follower of your blog here … and so glad of it, because this was a FANTASTIC and super-easy recipe. Boyfriend liked it and co-worker was jealous of it :)

    - Sadye

  42. Yum! This is on my meal plan for the next week or so. Do you think it’d work just as well on low in the crock pot all day, starting with uncooked chicken?

    - Lauren @ Peaks and Passports

  43. Oh my! We LOVED this recipe… my husband can’t stop talking about it. We browned some onions, jalepeno and garlic in butter first. Then added ground chicken and cooked it up. Added the rest of the ingredients… oh, heaven! Thank you for this wonderful recipe. It’ll be a repeat in our household for years to come.

    - Chrissy

  44. This soup is so flavorful and delicious! I love how easy and affordable this meal is. I used canned chicken to save on time and it was still amazing!

    - Cristy

  45. Do you think you could make this in a crock pot using raw chicken? And just let it sit all day and cook, and then shred it when it’s done?

    - Jenn

  46. even quicker and easier… throw chicken breasts uncooked in the crock pot with all of the liquid and beans and cook on high for 4-5 hrs. yum!

    - mindy

  47. My mouth is watering right now! Can’t wait to make this tomorrow night!

    - Frankie J.

  48. I make this recipe with ground chicken! Also, I mash 1 can of beans to make the base creamy . We eat this about every 10 days! Easy, healthy and delicious!

    - Michele

  49. Made this tonight! Amazing and so easy. Thanks!

    - Lindsay

  50. I made this for dinner last night and you weren’t kidding when you said EASY. Who knew so much flavor could come from 5 ingredients?? Great recipe!

    Oh and PS: I’ve been binge watching Friday Night Lights since Saturday. A couple of co-workers have been talking it up to me for awhile, but your blog post pushed me over the edge. So. Good. I can’t get enough!!

    - Meg Jones | The Spatularette

  51. I looooove salsa verde and I have been craving white chicken chili so much lately!! This looks like it’s totally bursting with flavor. And I’m all over the “easy” factor too :) Great recipe Ali!!!

    - Aggie

  52. I can’t believe how easy this is to make! It’s a bit cold out here in SF – definitely need to get cozy with a huge pot of this!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  53. Looks great. I too would like to know if you drain the beans first

    - Lynnda millward

  54. Thank you so much for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it :)
    question: do you drain the beans before you add them?

    - Rüt_G

  55. This looks delish! Love avocado in soup!

    - Meredith in sock monkey slippers

  56. Thanks for the suggestions on additives to my old white chili recipe and we love avocados, any salsa, chips and green onions. mmmmmyummmm!!!

    - Deanie

  57. So easy and so tasty!

    - Kevin @ Closet Cooking

  58. You can bet your pants that this recipe will grace my table over the course of the next few months. I love chili in the cooler months, and the fact that this is so quick to throw together will be very appealing as a quick weeknight meal. Thanks for sharing!

    - Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

  59. oh man. this makes me so excited. i love white chili, but it’s one of those recipes that i think is complicated so i never make it. this seems doable! thanks. ;)

    - bet

  60. 5 ingredients. Okay seriously gurl. Want. Now.

    - Paula - bell'alimento

  61. Everyone needs a shortcut version of their favorite recipe. This looks great. I just need my husband to look past the white beans.

    - Emily @ Life on Food

  62. the perfect recipe for these upcoming colder months. though to be honest I think I could eat eat this year round!

    - Angie | Big Bears Wife

  63. Hi Ali. This looks so yummy and easy. What brand of salsa verde do you typically buy? I’ve had some pretty terrible ones and would hate to use something like them as a flavor base. Thanks!

    - Bryn

    • I used the Archer Farms salsa verde that is sold at Target (per the suggestion from my sister-in-law). She was right, and it’s really good in this chili : ) Enjoy!!

      - Alison

  64. God, I love salsa verde. It gives everything a tart kick in the pants! Thanks for sharing.

    - Rachel

  65. I love how quick and easy this is, Ali. This would be perfect for a last minute football get-together.

    - Cookin Canuck

  66. Totally brilliant idea! I used salsa verde in the pasta dish I made earlier this week and it was the star! I love this!

    - cassie

  67. This chili looks so delicious, Ali! Such a great weeknight dinner, and love the salsa verde addition!

    - Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

  68. I love white chicken chili, salsa verde makes the dish!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  69. I love a white chili! Make it veggie and its even better!

    - Arthur in the Garden!

  70. Salsa verde! Why have I never thought of that!? Thanks for the salsa recipe, too- this one is definitely headed straight for the repertoire!

    - Ruthy @ Omeletta

  71. Super-delicious-looking soup, Ali! I’m definitely going to have to try this! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  72. 5 ingredients never looked so good!! This is awesome, Ali!

    - Tieghan

  73. ohhhhh, i LOVE this!

    - carrian

  74. Love the avocado in there!

    - Maria