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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  1. Just made it for lunch tomorrow. Smells great! I hsed 1tsp chili powder and 2tsp cumin and some frozen onions that i had on hand. 

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  8. I’m a grad student and appreciate any dinners that can be thrown in a pot and done for me. I made just a few adjustments to the ingredients based on my supplies – instead of 6 c chicken broth, I used 3 1/2 of chicken stock (just what I happened to have in the fridge already) and added a beer ;) Can’t wait to impress my roommates!! Thanks Ali!

    • Thanks for sharing with us Kaity — we’re so glad you enjoyed this (and we think the beer is an excellent addition — good thinking)! :D

  9. Do you have a recipe for Gusada? Not sure if my spelling is correct! I love burritos with Gusada meat, beans, and potatoes! I hope you can help me find one. I love your recipes and can’t wait to try them out!

    • Hi Dana! Unfortunately we do not have a recipe for Gusada, though it sounds amazing! We might have to investigate…

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  11. Made this tonight. All I can say is YUM!!

  12. What is the nutrition for this recipie?

    • Hi Maya! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

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  15. I’m a teacher, and a parent made this chili for me and several other teachers for teacher appreciation week. Not only did she supply us with the chili, but she gave each of us a container of sour cream, a bag of tortilla chips, two avocados, shredded cheese and graham crackers for dessert. She had been a teacher, and I guess knew how much teachers would appreciate not having to figure out what’s for dinner when they got home. Anyway, the chili was so delicious, that I requested the recipe, which led me to your great site.

    • Hey Melissa! Thanks for sharing this with us (how sweet of that parent)! And we’re so glad you enjoyed the chili! :)

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  20. I’m trying this recipe today in my crockpot, I have one question… Does the chicken need to be thawed first??  Thanks

  21. Just found your site. Very nice! I LOVE how easy it is to navigate, to jump to the recipe, print what I want. Not to mention the recipes themselves! Well done! Great web design!

  22. I made this tonight and I wish I made it sooooo much sooner. My husband and I loved it. He loved it so much, he ate 3 bowls. Super easy and super quick to make. Definitely on my comfort food list.

    I did run out of time so I made it extra easy by using rotisserie chicken from the store and Bobby Salazar’s chile verde salsa. One of the 2 salsas I will actually buy at the store.

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  24. Can you use chicken thighs instead? Happen to have some in fridge!

    • Hi Deb! We haven’t tried this with chicken thighs, so we can’t say for sure. However, we think it should likely work — definitely let us know how it turns out if you give it a try!

  25. Hi! Love your site. Question – do you think this would freeze well, if I made it in the slow cooker? Thinking about making it for a co-worker who is going through some medical issues.


  26. How long does this keep in the fridge? I made it tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I would love to eat it over the week at least.

    • We’re so glad you liked it, Tiffany! This should keep in the fridge for about five days or so.

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  30. Thank you for this recipe!  My family has loved it from the very first time we tried it and it has been a staple in our meal plan for a little while.  Love the flavors and ease of preparing!

    • You’re very welcome, Amanda — we’re so glad you and your family enjoy it! :)

  31. Throw some crushed corn chips to thicken to a stoup! Yummy!

  32. Hey, I was wondering what brand of Salsa Verde you like you use when you don’t make your own? We’re stocking up the freezer for our November baby right now, and this is one of the “new” recipes I’m trying, to mix things up. There are always SO MANY brands to choose from at the store. Thank you!

    P.S. I make your 5-ingredient soup with the chicken, quinoa, and pesto all the time, and even my picky toddler loves it. So I know this will be delicious too.

    • I really love Herdez’s salsa verde, but just about any will do. :) And congrats on the upcoming arrival of your little one! This soup is awesome for freezing — I make at least once a month to freeze for easy lunches. (So glad you liked the pesto soup too!)

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  36. salsa verde! great idea!

  37. Instead of the chicken broth, can you use bone broth? I’ve noticed they taste slightly different and wasn’t sure if it would affect the taste and if I would have to do anything to compensate for it. Thanks!

    • Hi Emily! We havne’t made this with bone broth, so we’re not sure what that would taste like, but you’re welcome to experiment. If you do, let us know how it turns out!

  38. I made this in my crockpot today using left over turkey from Thanksgiving. It turned out great. I only wish it were a little thicker, like a typical red chili. The flavor is amazing though.

  39. How do you double white chicken chili?

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  41. I made this tonight and it came out extremely salty. Almost inedible. Any tips?

    • Oh no, we’re so sorry to hear that! That’s really strange, as we’ve never had that experience before. You might want to try a chicken stock with less sodium next time, which should help!

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  43. How many servings does this make? 

    • Hi Melanie — this makes 2-4 servings (it’s written at the top of the recipe). We hope you enjoy! :)

  44. I have a Christmas Progressive Dinner Party coming up this weekend for 50 people. I’m literally multiplying this recipe by 6. I have 2 large soup bowls so I will be doing 3 times each recipe in each pot. Do you for see any issues or added cook time for this? Also, do you think I should put the cilantro and green onions in the whole time, or later?

    • How fun! :) We don’t foresee any issues with the cook time, and we would recommend putting the cilantro and green onions on top of each soup serving, just before it’s time to eat. We hope you and your guests enjoy!

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  46. Our neighbors brought over some of your chicken chili, and WOW, was that good! I added even more salsa verde, as that’s one of my favorite tastes. We were referred here to get your recipe, and I just had to leave the comment that we will be building this often in the future! Thanks for sharing with the world this easy-to-make cold-weather warmer-upper. -Pop-

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  49. Just made this! I roasted a chicken last night so I could continue the meal today.  I also made your salsa Verdi receipe, which made exactly the two cups I needed.  The salsa was amazing….I regrettably took the seeds out of my jalapeños before I roasted them for the salsa so it was missing that kick I was looking for so I added a lil cayenne to make up for it. Needless to say this chili is a keeper!  Thank you!