Set it and forget it Instant Pot White Chicken Chili made with dried beans. The result is a flavorful chili with pulled chicken chunks and a flavorful broth that will warm your whole body!

A soup made of white beans and chicken chunks in a white bowl with soup

It’s soup season, YAY! There are a trillion reasons why I love soup so much. From the comforting aspect of it, to it being a great source of nourishment and warmth, soups are generally easy to make and can be quite inexpensive, and the list goes on! I made this White Chicken Chili as a slight variation of my favorite chili.

When it comes to soups I mostly crave the ones that can replace a whole entire meal. As much as I love Butternut Squash Soup, I often find myself hungry soon after I eat it. On the other hand, Beef/ Turkey Chili or even this Black Bean Mushroom Soup are soooo filling and makes my belly happy all the way until my next meal 🙂


A laddle scooping out white beans and shredded chicken from an Instant Pot

That’s when I decided to make a slight variation of my favorite (Chili). This White Chicken Chili recipe is a bit similar to the Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Soup except that I am using dried beans this time.

I found that there was an overload of soup recipes using canned beans out there, and not so much using dried beans so I went for it because I love homemade cooked beans and I just happen to have some in hand 🙂

which type of beans to use for the white chicken chili recipe

Navy, great northern and cannellini beans are used almost interchangeably in a number of soups, stews, purees, ragouts, dips and other bean dishes. For this recipe I used 2 cups of unsoaked navy beans.

Two bowls of White Chicken Chili topped with cilantro leaves and sliced tomatoes

I love the simplicity of this recipe. All you need to do is toss in all the ingredients, set it and forget it! It’s really that simple and the result is nothing but a deliciously fulfilling white chicken chili recipe. The chicken is so moist from the broth and your can pull into shreds. The beans are cooked to perfection and the broth is so flavorful with a fun kick to it!

Chicken and white beans soup in two bowls

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instant pot chili

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

by Silvia Ribas
Set it and forget it Instant Pot White Chicken Chili made with dried beans. The result is a flavorful chili with pulled chicken chunks and a flavorful broth that will warm your whole body!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
NPR: 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings



  • 2 cups navy beans, rinced
  • 7 cups chicken broth + water, half of each
  • 1 1/2 lb chicken filets, cut into strips
  • 1 whole green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tbsp each, smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder
  • 1 tsp each, cumin, kosher salt, ground pepper and chili powder


  • Place all the ingredients in the instant pot and give it a good stir.
  • Close lid and turn vent in lock position. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes. When done allow for 10 minutes of NPR and then release remaining pressure.
  • Serve with your favorite choice of topping

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Keyword: Chili, Instant Pot, Soup
Course: Chili, Soup
Cuisine: American
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Chicken stew topped with cilantro leaves in a round bowl with a spoon

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