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White Bean Chicken Chili Instant Pot

This white bean chicken chili Instant Pot recipe is great year round. Using fresh or shredded rotisserie leftover meat, it’s a hearty healthy one pot meal. If you loved our creamy Instant Pot white chicken chili you’ll love this tomato based choice too.

Instant Pot chicken chili

Instant Pot white bean chicken chili is great if you have some leftovers + a couple canned ingredients. Super cheap to make and even the kids will clean their bowl with this easy Instant Pot recipe. (affiliate links present)

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili with Rotisserie Chicken

Our very first IP recipe was this Instant Pot chili. Now we’re tweaking it to make a variety of choices! If you really just love poultry more than bee we get it. My kids have always kinda’ been the same way. You don’t have to have fresh meat though to make this goodness, it is very versatile.

It is great made in any brand of pot too. I have a few of them because I want to always make sure the timing is the same for them all before sharing. If you’re looking for an easy Crockpot Express recipe go for it. Same goes for the Ninja Foodi. You will just use the lid not attached and pressure cook button.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

It is super versatile because whether you have boneless skinless breasts you want to use or have leftover chicken, it comes out great either way. Heck, if you had pulled pork you needed to use, that would be great too.

Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili

The type of beans are pretty versatile as well, I use what I have on hand. White beans are called for but if you wanted to double up on the kidney then have at it. The difference between the colors is the texture really, and flavor a bit. For a milder version go for Northern beans for sure. You could start from dry but canned beans are way faster.

Ninja Foodi White Chicken Chili

You can amp up the amount of legumes inside too. If I have a second and there is another guest in the house it is an easy way to make more without really changing the timing. No draining required, the liquid in the can is helpful so add as is.


Instant Pot Chicken Chili

As for the meat I always say use what you have on hand. We use leftovers really the most often for this because I hate wasting food. If you do have and want to use fresh you will just need to saute at first for a few minutes with a bit of olive oil. It doesn’t need to be cooked thru, just enough for the pink on the outside be be browned.

It will continue cooking thru to the center when all the other ingredients are added. Under high pressure it doesn’t need long since it should be diced up into bite size pieces. The rest of the ingredients just need to be warmed up so it’s a quick under 30 minutes meal.

  1. Chicken and olive oil (if cooking fresh vs. pre cooked chicken)
  2. Taco seasoning
  3. Chicken stock or broth
  4. Onions are optional but diced fine are a nice add in
  5. Black beans

If making homemade black beans cook on high pressure using this recipe first. Then you can drain them and go for it with these.

Pressure Cooker Black Beans

Easy Leftover Chicken Chili Recipe

If you wanted to make this on the stovetop you could. Since everything is cooked, assuming your meat already is, you just need to warm everything together to enhance all of the flavors.

  1. Kidney beans
  2. White beans are also called great northern beans
  3. Can of green chiles
  4. Rotel – we choose mild but there is a hot version too
  5. Tomato sauce
  6. Shredded cheese and sour cream are great on top too
  7. Chili powder can be added for heat

As you can see, other than 2 items, this is a great pantry item recipe! If you’re looking for a really cheap Instant Pot recipe to stretch your budget, this is a great one.

instant pot chicken chili

We have made Crockpot white chicken chili too but this way is much faster. Here are a few questions you might be asking yourself before getting started.

What kind of meat is in chili?

That is totally up to you! If you find a recipe you like, just add precooked chicken, ground beef, shredded pork, or even sausage to the mix. Like more than one, then do half and half for a hearty version.

What goes with chicken chili?

I think this is a complete meal in itself for sure. With meat and beans together all you’re really missing is a vegetable I guess so you could serve those.

Are kidney beans and chili beans the same thing?

Chili beans that are canned include seasonings where kidney are larger with a tougher skin and plain. You could really use either.

Instant Pot Chicken Chili Dry Beans

If you want chicken chili no beans you can of course do that too. Using dry beans in Instant Pot, no problem! We have instructions for that method too. It takes longer but some prefer super homemade and fresh to canned.

We used a 13 bean mixture for this pressure cooker chili with dry beans recipe here. It offers a lot of variety, texture and flavor with a bunch of different varieties in there. Takes quite a bit more time because you are starting from scratch but so good.

chicken chili recipe

Vegetarian White Bean Chicken Chili

Add what you like and omit what isn’t your favorite. You could load it with vegetables too if you wanted or make it completely vegetarian. It is just a great base to make to your liking. We love this recipe for that very reason. With a really quick cooking time your white chicken chili recipe will be done a lot faster than in a slow cooker.

  • I almost always make this with leftover rotisserie shredded chicken, or our Instant Pot chicken and rice is a close second.
  • Done cooking in about 15 minutes it’s not only fast but healthy and super filling too.

Top with things like avocado slices, green chilies, or we love shredded cheddar cheese!! I mean this is a great one for a buffet table if you have a lot of guests over. Everyone loves a bar of some sort where you can personalize your plate, or bowl. This is a great place to offer dried jalapenos that some people might like to use as a topping.

When submerged and stirred in with everything else they will rehydrate and add a spicy nature to their bowl of YUM.

Instant Pot Three Bean Chili

White Chicken Chili Instant Pot no Cream Cheese

If you wanted it to be a bit creamier you could incorporate some sour cream on top or stir some inside too. We have a bunch of easy Instant Pot chicken recipes to choose from here too;

  1. Our Instant Pot chili verde is beyond amazing using pork instead, but could be altered for poultry too.
  2. Throw it inside tortillas for tacos or on top of white rice. Skip if you want a low carb dinner option of course.
  3. Instant Pot orange chicken is to die for with only a handful of ingredients in it.
  4. Chili mac in an Instant Pot is a favorite amongst my girls. We make it a bit spicy but could be left mild for sure.

Instant Pot Chicken Chili with Frozen Chicken

If you forgot to defrost your meat, pressure cooking frozen chicken in Instant Pot first. You can dice up into small bite size pieces or shred with two forks on a cutting board. Then proceed with the rest of these directions.

instant pot white chicken chili

How long can you leave cooked chili out?

It is recommended that once you’re done cooking it you store it and put it in your fridge within an hour or so. Wait until it is completely cooled. I like to break it up into individual airtight containers so you can reheat easier the next day.

Does chili freeze well?

It does!! As long as you put it into freezer bags or storage containers free from air it can last as long as 6 months. Allow it to defrost before reheating for best results. Microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between times.

Do you let chili cool before freezing?

Whether you want to put it in the fridge or freezer it should always come to room temperature first. This will prevent bacteria from growing inside as rapidly.

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White Bean Chicken Chili Instant Pot

This white bean chicken chili Instant Pot recipe is great year round. Using fresh or shredded rotisserie leftover meat, it's a hearty healthy one pot meal.
Course Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword bean, chicken, chili, instant pot, pressure cooker, white bean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 361kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Season chicken on both sides with taco seasoning.
  • Turn pot to saute and add olive oil. Put in chicken and cook until outsides are browned.
  • Remove meat, add a bit of your broth and deglaze, scraping stuck on bits off bottom of pot. Turn pot off.
  • Pour in all other ingredients leaving breasts on bottom of pot, do not stir contents.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 10 minutes followed by a quick release.
  • Open and shred chicken with 2 forks or chop up on a cutting board and put back into the pot.
  • Serve topped with cheese, sour cream, cilantro etc….


Nutrition Facts
White Bean Chicken Chili Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 1905mg83%
Potassium 1818mg52%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1096IU22%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
White Bean Chicken Chili Instant Pot
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