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


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


  • 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


  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.


*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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  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!!!!!!!!!!!!!