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!

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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 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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750 comments on “5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili”

  1. This was delicious! So easy and so quick! Satisfying without being heavy especially with the avocado. Next time, i want to use a bit of crema mexicana.

  2. This is so on this week! I cannot wait to enjoy this, thank you for sharing!

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  4. I thought this recipe was too good to be true, but I’m making it right now and its just TOO GOOD!

  5. My family loved this recipe! I left out the cumin to make it more kid friendly for my boys. (And myself, who am I kidding!) I can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow!

  6. Thank you so much for this recipe, it was delicious and so easy to make!! I think it needs another can of beans though and I used plain white beans. They were only 99cents vs the Great Northern beans which were 2.99 a can. Still came out super good!

  7. My husband said this was the BEST meal I have ever made!! Thankfully this was also by far one of the easiest dinners too! I bought a rotisserie chicken and shredded it, I also used three cans of white beans. Easy, easy! Thank you so much!!

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  9. Love this recipe. I shredded a rotisserie chicken and added a can of fire roasted hot peppers and it was perfect.

  10. Best white bean Chili ! The cilantro and avocado top it off with the perfect accent taste.

  11. This was so good. I used the Archer Farms salsa verde that is sold at Target; marinated 3 chicken breasts in 1/2 cup of the salsa; and only used four cups of chicken broth. Turned out so well, thank you!

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  13. Wow this was really tasty. I used thighs and sauteed with onion and garlic then followed the recipe. My son hates soup/new things and he ate seconds!

  14. Hi Ali, I just made this a couple days ago, and all my family loved it. Thanks for sharing it!! :)

    Have an excellent weekend!!

  15. Made this for a family birthday dinner and it was a HUGE success! I did start off with a diced large yellow onion, browned in oil. I also threw in some frozen corn, and served with all the toppings and cornbread muffins. (It was especially quick using a roasted Costco chicken.) This was a nice change from traditional chili and the family raved about it! It’s a keeper. Thanks!

  16. I’m on a pretty strict diet getting ready to have bariatric surgery so I have had to cut carbs as well as calories. Chili has been my saving grace because its usually low calorie, often low carb, high fiber, and high protein (so I can have lots of it without using too many calories). Its like, the perfect food. This chili was fantastic and if you follow the recipe exactly and then portion it out by the cup, I got about 7 cups full and each cup only had about 230 calories in it (and just a little more if you add avocado or sour cream). I just thought I’d share for the calorie conscious and my fellow dieters. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes because this one was a hit!

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  18. Made this tonight and it was delicious! So easy and healthy. Used Guy Fieri Salsa Verde. Thanks for a great recipe; this one will be on repeat!

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  22. I love easy recipes using very few ingredients. I’m sure I can double these ones to make them for more people. They sound delicious and I plan to make the White Chicken Chile for our Friday night Pot Luck at our church. I will let you know how it goes over!!

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  26. Thanks for this truly EASY recipe! I used three cans of beans and only half the amount of cumin (to make it more kid friendly). If you want it thick (like a stew), you can almost eliminate the chicken broth. Great recipe for the Super Bowl tonight!

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  29. I made the White Chicken Chili for my family last night, and despite the fact that my 3 yr. old HATES spicy foods, he loved this soup, as did the rest of my family! I was so surprised to see both my kids clear out their bowls… now that’s saying something! :-) The avocado and cilantro added the perfect combination of flavors.
    I raved about it to my mom, and now she’s going to try it too. Thank you so much for sharing, I can’t wait to try the others!!

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  31. I just made this soup in the crock pot and it turned out great! I did 3 raw chicken breasts and added the other 4 ingredients and 1 can of diced green chilis and cooked it on high for 4 1/2 hours and it was so tasty! This recipe is already so easy and the crock pot made it that much easier, thanks so much for this delicious dinner idea!

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  33. This is delicious! The avocados at the store were rock hard, so we topped off the chili with some guacamole. YUMMY. Saved time by using a rotisserie chicken too.

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  35. I’m crazy for chills and this one sounds incredible! I love how easy you’ve made this! It’s so nice to have an arsenal of quick dinners for those nights you just can’t think straight! The salsa verde and those chunks of avocado are calling my name! ;)

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  38. This sounds incredible! I’ve never made white chicken chili pepper but imagine I would like this even more the the tomato based beef chili : ) So glad to have come across this post after seeing it featured on buzzfeed.

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  40. Made this for dinner today, it was SO delicious! I got a spicy salsa verde, and it was awesome! Thanks for sharing, saving this recipe!

  41. I tried this recipe for the first time today and it is AMAZING. It absolutely hits the spot and the flavors are incredible! I love that it was simple and easy for me to make as I am a grad student always on the go! I get really turned off by recipes that require so many ingredients and the fact that this only required 5 was highly appealing! I didn’t include cumin (forgot to, admittedly), but it still tasted great. I also topped mine with cilantro, avocado and sour cream. I got 4 very hefty portions out of it that will make up my lunch for the week! Such a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Ali, this is *the* best white chicken chili recipe! Love the use of salsa verde, makes perfect sense. Best of all, it comes together fast and my family loves it!

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  48. I used ingredients that I had on hand… 4 cups of turkey broth, 2 cups water w/ 2tsp. of chicken boulion,1 lrg. leftover turkey leg quarter-shredded, 2 cups grn. enchilada sauce, 4oz. of canned chopped grn. chilis,cumin,1- 15oz. can of Northern beans and 1 can of while frigoles;drained. For accompnyments:sliced grn. onions, grated pepperjack,chopped cilantro,tortilla chips and dollop of plain sour cream. DE LISH

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