5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili

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

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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  7. 5 stars
    I made this the other night! Although I would call it more of a soup then a chili, we loved this simple recipe.. I threw in some paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes, garlic power and oregano and added in 2 tbs cornmeal meal mixed into a paste w/ water with the beans, Thanks for another great recipe!

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  20. 5 stars
    So easy and so good thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. 5 stars
    This tastes like it took a lot of effort but it is sooo easy! It’s delicious and versatile. Yum!

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  27. 4 stars
    +juice of one lime &fresh cilantro-delish!

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  29. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe. I will usually add an extra can of beans to make it go further. The next night I might add another can with more broth and cumin. We will stretch this out over several meals. I have also added spinach to have some veggies in my diet.

  30. 5 stars
    This was great – just didn’t have ripe enough avocados. So easy and very tasty!

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  32. 5 stars
    One of my favorite soup recipes! My husband also loves it too! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

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  35. 5 stars
    Made it with all the ingredients except cumin and I used tamatillo salsa verde. And I paired it with blue corn tortillas. Great presentation :)
    Excellent receipe. Will be in the rotation.
    Kids loved it, too!

  36. 5 stars
    Made this recipe today as a way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken and it was absolutely delicious! We loved it so much that I’m going to add it into our regular meal rotation, especially during the fall and winter months.

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  38. 5 stars
    Made for dinner. Very good!!

  39. This is probably a silly question, but are your Instant Pot directions assuming cooked or raw chicken?

  40. 5 stars
    This was the easiest and most delicious recipe for chicken chili. I added some cooked rice I had left over. I did go all out with some fresh cilantro, cheese, tortilla chips, and chopped avocado but you know what? This recipe would be just fine without embellishments. A winner winner chicken dinner kind of recipe that will be among my favorite recipes that packs a delicious flavor and is soooooo easy! No one will suspect, so s-h-h-h-h-h-h.

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  42. 5 stars
    I made this with leftover carnitas meat instead of chicken and it was AMAZING! The salsa verde is genius. Added some crumbled tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and sour cream to my bowl. Seriously easy which is what I search for!

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  45. 5 stars
    I lost your online recipe after my printer went out and just happened to find your recipe today. I can’t wait to make this soup again. It is OUTSTANDING and so easy. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  48. 5 stars
    This was outstanding and super easy. I was skeptical to make this but I needed something easy to make in the instant pot for family coming to dinner. Everyone raved about it. I added a can of hominy (I love posole) with the beans and used 3 chicken boneless chicken breasts, which I shredded after cooking. We served it with avocados, cilantro, green onions and shredded jack cheese. Divine!

  49. 5 stars
    Simple and delicious. I made it for a casual dinner for friends, served it with diced avocado and it received rave reviews.

  50. 5 stars
    So simple and easy!!! Delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!