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.

  13. Amanda — October 4, 2016 @ 9:09 am (#)

    Thank you for this recipe!  My family has loved it from the very first time we tried it and it has been a staple in our meal plan for a little while.  Love the flavors and ease of preparing!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 7th, 2016 @ 8:27 pm

      You’re very welcome, Amanda — we’re so glad you and your family enjoy it! :)

  14. Teri — October 5, 2016 @ 2:13 pm (#)

    Throw some crushed corn chips to thicken to a stoup! Yummy!

  15. Lacey — October 12, 2016 @ 9:45 am (#)

    Hey, I was wondering what brand of Salsa Verde you like you use when you don’t make your own? We’re stocking up the freezer for our November baby right now, and this is one of the “new” recipes I’m trying, to mix things up. There are always SO MANY brands to choose from at the store. Thank you!

    P.S. I make your 5-ingredient soup with the chicken, quinoa, and pesto all the time, and even my picky toddler loves it. So I know this will be delicious too.

    • Ali — October 12th, 2016 @ 3:42 pm

      I really love Herdez’s salsa verde, but just about any will do. :) And congrats on the upcoming arrival of your little one! This soup is awesome for freezing — I make at least once a month to freeze for easy lunches. (So glad you liked the pesto soup too!)

  16. kathy — November 9, 2016 @ 3:49 pm (#)

    salsa verde! great idea!

  17. Emily H. — November 12, 2016 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    Instead of the chicken broth, can you use bone broth? I’ve noticed they taste slightly different and wasn’t sure if it would affect the taste and if I would have to do anything to compensate for it. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 10:19 pm

      Hi Emily! We havne’t made this with bone broth, so we’re not sure what that would taste like, but you’re welcome to experiment. If you do, let us know how it turns out!

  18. Michelle — November 28, 2016 @ 4:53 pm (#)

    I made this in my crockpot today using left over turkey from Thanksgiving. It turned out great. I only wish it were a little thicker, like a typical red chili. The flavor is amazing though.


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