5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili

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This 5-ingredient white chicken chili recipe is super quick and easy to make, full of great flavor, and always a crowd fave!

After sharing a new recipe for easy (red) chicken chili, I thought I would circle back today to share one of my all-time favorite recipes for easy white chicken chili.

Even better — my favorite easy white chicken chili recipe that is made with just FIVE easy ingredients. ♡

This recipe is as easy as it gets.  Simply stir all of the ingredients together, bring the soup to a simmer, ladle it up while it’s nice and hot, then sprinkle on your favorite toppings and enjoy!  I’ve probably made this recipe at least a hundred times over the years, and can vouch that it is always a crowd fave.  And it also freezes and reheats well if you would like to freeze the leftovers or make and save a big batch for easy meal prep.

I’m telling you — this recipe is always a winner.  Let’s make a batch!

5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili Ingredients:

To make this white chicken chili recipe, you will need the following five ingredients (plus optional toppings):

  • Chicken: Any kind of diced or shredded chicken!  I typically shred a rotisserie, or I often use leftover chicken that I keep in the freezer from my Instant Pot Shredded Chicken or Baked Chicken Breasts recipe.
  • Salsa verde: Either homemade or store-bought.
  • Beans: Two cans of your choice of beans.  (I typically use white beans, but pinto, garbanzo or black beans would be delicious too.)
  • Chicken stock: Or veggie stock, whichever you prefer.
  • Cumin: Plus a few teaspoons of ground cumin, to round out the flavors.
  • Toppings: I also usually top my white chicken chili with some diced avocado and chopped fresh cilantro.  But a crumble of tortilla chips, diced red or green onions, sour cream, shredded cheese, and/or extra jalapeños would also be delicious additions!

How To Make This Soup:

To make this 5-ingredient white chicken chili recipe, simply…

  1. Combine ingredients.  Stir together chicken stock, shredded chicken, beans, salsa and cumin in large stockpot.
  2. Bring to a simmer.  Cook on high heat until the soup reaches a simmer.  Then reduce heat to medium-low to maintain the simmer.
  3. Serve.  Serve immediately, garnished with your favorite toppings.

Possible Variations:

There are so many ways that you could get creative with this soup recipe!  For example, feel free to…

  • Add extra veggies.  If you would like to add some extra veggies to this soup, diced poblano peppers, onions and/or potatoes (feel free to use frozen hashbrown potatoes as a shortcut) are some of my other favorite additions.
  • Make it in the Crock-Pot or Instant Pot.  This soup really just needs to be stirred together and warmed.  So feel free to let it simmer on low in the Crock-Pot or use the sauté button on your Instant Pot, if you would prefer to use one of those appliances.

More Favorite Chili Recipes:

Here are a few more of my go-to chili recipes, if you would like to give them a try!

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5 Ingredient White Chicken Chili Recipe

5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili

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

Description

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


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Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3 to 4 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans beans of your choice, rinsed and drained (I used Great Northern beans)
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) salsa verde (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • optional toppings: diced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, chopped red or green onions, sour cream, crumbled tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients.  Stir together chicken stock, shredded chicken, beans, salsa and cumin in large stockpot.
  2. Bring to a simmer.  Cook on high heat until the soup reaches a simmer.  Then reduce heat to medium-low to maintain the simmer.
  3. Serve.  Serve immediately, garnished with your favorite toppings.

Notes

*Chicken: 4 cups shredded chicken is equivalent to approximately 2 medium-sized boneless skinless chicken breasts.  I often shred a rotisserie chicken for this recipe, or use leftover chicken from my Baked Chicken Breasts or Instant Pot Shredded Chicken recipes.

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783 comments on “5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili”

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  3. 4 stars
    Just what I was looking for; easy, tasty and quick. I used Costco’s canned cooked chicken and it was just great. Had to cut back on the ingredients because I only had one can of chicken but it was just fine in doing that.

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  7. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I would probably add one more can of beans but great as is, thanks.

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  10. Awesome! I made this vegan with beyond meat seasoned chicken strips. I also added some corn and thickened with rice flour. It turned out delicious! A quick and easy lunch

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  12. 5 stars
    Delicious and so easy! I used a roasted chicken!

  13. I love this easy, yummy white chicken chili. I add cumin, more mild green chilis and light sour cream or fat free greek yogurt to make it creamy (just heat it up before you add at end).

  14. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I’ve made it multiple times for my family, boyfriend, and friends. So simple and so delicious. The only thing I add is some sautéed onion and garlic.

  15. I just made this I used a store brought rotisserie added onion and garlic off the hook it’s a must have recipe. Thank you so much.

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  17. Loved it something different and also made 3 cheese quelliaillas with it. Will make it again especially for the winter season. Thank you for the recipe.

  18. Hi there! I was just wondering how spicy this dish is…i’ll be feeding a 6-year-old and a one-year-old, and i’m wondering if 2 cups of salsa verde might make this a little too much for them. Would it be possible to leave it out? Or is there anything I can substitute with if it’s necessary for texture? I’m so excited to try this!!

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  20. 4 stars
    It had great flavor and even though I saw the picture.. I guess I was expecting a more chili like texture. I’m not real a big fan of a lot of broth in my soup so next time I’ll use less broth & a can or two more of beans. It is a great 15 min meal!

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  23. 5 stars
    Wow! I just made this and I’m very impressed. It’s delicious! I like anything that is easy to make by buying a few simple ingredients.
    I used chicken thighs, bc they are cheap and flavorful, and made it in my crockpot. After about four hours I removed the thighs, discarded the skin and bones and shredded the meat, then returned the meat back to the pot and added the beans to cook a bit.
    Fantastic!

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  34. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! It’s my go to for weeknight dinner and for when I have last minute guests! So quick and delicious.

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  40. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe!! Thank you for sharing!!

  41. 5 stars
    Simply delicious! This is brilliant! Extremely simple weeknight dinner! We cooked chicken in a large saucepan, chunked it (our preference), and threw everything else in; one skillet meal! We used a very low sodium chicken broth and low sodium beans for an overall lower sodium version, and the salsa verde truly made the meal! We topped ours with avocado, which was also a fantastic addition!

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  43. 5 stars
    My husband and I love it! We have also made it for family and friends and it has been a hit. The only change we make is that if were using Medium Salsa Verde we cut back a little on the cumin, but that’s our preference.

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  49. 5 stars
    Would you happen to have the nutritional information for this recipe? It’s absolutely delicious!!

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