5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili

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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

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.

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Hope you enjoy!


5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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



  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken*
  • 2 (15 ounces) cans Great Northern beans, drained
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) salsa verde (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • optional toppings: diced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, crumbled tortilla chips


  1. Stovetop Method: Add chicken stock, shredded chicken, beans, salsa and cumin to a large stockpot, 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. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed.  Serve warm with desired toppings.
  2. Slow Cooker Method: Add chicken stock, chicken, salsa and cumin to a slow cooker, and stir to combine.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.  Add the beans during the last half hour of cooking. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve warm with desired toppings.
  3. Instant Pot Method: Add chicken stock, chicken, salsa and cumin to an Instant Pot pressure cooker, and stir to combine.  Close lid securely and set vent to “Sealing”.  Press “Manual”, then press “Pressure” until the light on “High Pressure” lights up, then adjust the +/- buttons until time reads 8 minutes.  Cook.  Once the soup has cooked, very carefully turn the vent to “Venting” for quick release, and wait until all of the steam has released and the valve has dropped.  Remove the lid, and stir in the beans. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve warm with desired toppings.


*4 cups shredded chicken is equivalent to approximately 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts.  Feel free to use the raw chicken breasts in the slow cooker method, then shred them once the soup (and chicken) is fully cooked.

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  1. Love the avocado in there!

  2. 5 ingredients never looked so good!! This is awesome, Ali!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. 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!

    • 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!!

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

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

  14. 5 ingredients. Okay seriously gurl. Want. Now.

  15. 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. ;)

  16. 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!

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

  18. This looks delish! Love avocado in soup!

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

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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!!!

  23. 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!!

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

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  28. 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!

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

  30. 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!

  31. 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?

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

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  35. 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?

  36. 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 :)

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

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

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

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

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

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

  47. 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.

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