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White Chicken Chili Recipe

easy white chicken chili in a bowl topped with lime, sour cream, avocado, and cilantro on a marble surface with a grey towel beside it

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This easy white chicken chili can be made on the stovetop, Instant Pot, or Crockpot. With simple ingredients, it is a creamy, delicious one-pot meal!

Ingredients

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  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced hot or mild green chilis, drained (depending on preference)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs*
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained*
  • 1 cup frozen yellow corn*
  • ½ cup sour cream*
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 avocado, sliced, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • 4 lime wedges (from ½ lime), for garnish
  • Additional sour cream, for garnish

Instructions

Stovetop:

  1. Cook the bacon in a large pot with matching lid over medium-high heat. Once crisp, remove from the pot and set aside, then drain all but one tablespoon of drippings from the pot.
  2. Still working over medium-high heat, add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the green chilis and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant, then add the seasonings and stir to combine.
  4. Pour in the chicken broth and add in the chicken, beans, and corn. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, over medium heat, until the chicken shreds easily with a fork.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it with two forks, then return it to the pot and turn off the heat and stir in the sour cream, lime juice, and bacon.
  6. Garnish each serving with avocado slices, cilantro, sour cream, and a lime wedge and enjoy!

Instant Pot:

  1. Set your Instant Pot to saute mode and cook the bacon in it. Once crisp, remove from the pot and set aside, then drain all but one tablespoon of drippings from the pot.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the green chilis and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant, then add the seasonings and stir to combine. Pour in the chicken broth and add in the chicken, beans, and corn.
  4. Using the manual setting, place the lid on pot, making sure the valve is sealed, then set it to cook for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes is up, let the pot naturally release pressure for at least 10 minutes before turning the valve to “venting” to manually release the remaining pressure.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it with two forks, then return it to the pot and stir in the sour cream, lime juice, and bacon.
  6. Garnish each serving with avocado slices, cilantro, sour cream, and a lime wedge and enjoy!

Slow Cooker:

  1. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once crisp, remove from the pot and set aside, then drain all but one tablespoon of drippings from the pan.
  2. Still working over medium-high heat, add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the green chilis and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant, then add the seasonings and stir to combine, then remove from heat.
  4. Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker, then spread the green chili and onion mixture over top. Pour in the chicken broth and add in the beans and corn.
  5. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours, until the chicken pulls apart easily.
  6. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it with two forks, then return it to the pot and and stir in the sour cream, lime juice, and bacon.
  7. Garnish each serving with avocado slices, cilantro, sour cream, and a lime wedge and enjoy!

Notes

  • If using rotisserie chicken: Use 4 cups of shredded chicken and simmer for 10 minutes on the stove, cook for 5 minutes in the Instant Pot, and the same amount of time in the slow cooker.
  • To make this recipe dairy-free: replace the sour cream with an equal amount of coconut cream from the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk and 1 additional tablespoon of lime juice.
  • To make this recipe Paleo/Whole30: Follow the dairy-free substitution and omit the beans and corn. You can either replace them with 2 1/2 cups of chopped veggies (zucchini, carrots, kale, or sweet potato would be great options), or simply reduce the broth by 1 cup.

Keywords: easy, creamy, crock pot, slow cooker, instant pot, stovetop, paleo, gluten free