Keto White Chicken Chili


This white chicken chili recipe will warm your soul. Regardless if you follow the keto diet or not, this chicken chili will be a hit!

Creamy keto white chicken chili made with tender chicken thighs, cauliflower rice and a spicy, creamy broth. This beanless white chili recipe is a hearty bowl of keto comfort on a cold Fall or Winter day.

creamy low carb white chili with no beans topped with sour cream

Our easy white chicken chili is the recipe you need when you are craving a bowl of something warm, spicy and creamy and often struggle between choosing this chili recipe and keto taco soup!

You’ll love the way the flavors of the chilis, tomatoes, and spices blend together with the tender pieces of shredded chicken and the creamy, cheese broth in this beanless chili recipe.

Your entire family will love this low carb chili and you will love that it only takes about 30 minutes to cook. This is an easy keto dinner recipe you can make either in the Instant Pot, slow cooker or stove top.

This keto chicken chili is even better when you add on your favorite toppings, like avocado, shredded cheese, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Scoop up with pork rinds for a chili dip.

Make sure you check out our beef chili recipe and our clam chowder.

How to make low carb white chicken chili?

3 methods to cook white chicken chili

As promised our keto recipe includes 3 different methods to get the job done!

Instant Pot Method

large 8 qt instant pot

Pressure cookers are vital when you are in a jam and need to prepare a dinner fast because of how simple, easy and fast they are.  This recipe for white chicken chili is a basic recipe you can make on those nights when time is limited. Plus, there is a good chance you probably already have the ingredients on hand!

25 minutes from start to table

When you get home from work, toss all the ingredients in the Instant Pot and pressure cook for 15 minutes. After the pressure releases, you will have dinner ready in 10 minutes!

My favorite pressure cooker is the Instant Pot. It has multiple functions like sauté, slow cook, steam, pressure cooker and more. By using an Instant Pot, you can speed up the cooking time compared to if you cooked the same meal on the stove top.

Slow Cooker Method

Slow cookers the perfect solution to having dinner ready for you when you get home from work. Dump all the chili ingredients into the crock pot first thing in the morning. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Your keto white chicken chili will be ready for you when you get home.

Stove Top Method

It’s not required that you cook this keto chili in a pressure cooker or crockpot. If you don’t own either, you can cook this chicken chili on the stove top. It will take longer to cook this keto soup but it will taste just as good.

To cook your soup in the stove, add all of the chili ingredients to a stock pot except the cream cheese. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer on the stove for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add in cream cheese. Stir until melted and creamy. Shred chicken as instructed below.

Keto White Chicken Chili Recipe Video

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Keto White Chicken Chili Ingredients

  • 1.5 to 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 oz cream cheese, cut into 6 to 8 pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups (10 oz) cauliflower rice, frozen or fresh
  • toppings for chili- avocado, limes, cheese, cilantro

Keto White Chicken Chili Directions

  • Keto White Chicken Chili
  • Does white chicken chili have carbs?


    Traditional non-keto white chicken chili can average 15 – 20 grams net carbs per cup.  The white beans are the primary driver of the carbohydrates in chicken chili.

    Low carb

    The good news is our low carb keto version of white chicken chili has 1/3 the net carbs of the traditional chili at 6.5 grams per serving!

    Keto dump & go recipe

    Don’t have a lot of time to meal prep or cook dinner?? Me too! No worries, meal prep and dinner just got easier. This white chicken chili recipe is a dump & go freezer meal for the pressure cooker or crockpot!

    Simply add all the chili ingredients to a freezer safe Ziploc bag and store flat in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator over night or cook from frozen.

    Tomatoes on the keto diet

    jar of homemade crushed tomatoes

    Yes, tomatoes have carbs in them.

    And yes, they are allowed on the keto diet – as long as you don’t go overboard with them. One medium tomato has 4 carbs; however, most keto recipes only call for a few tomatoes for the entire recipe. Per serving, tomatoes don’t make a huge impact to your total daily carb limit.

    Tomatoes add so much flavor to keto recipes too! They make Italian and Mexican recipes possible on your low carb diet.

    What is the easiest way to shred chicken for chicken chili?

    spoonful of beanless chicken chili

    The easiest way to shred cooked chicken is to us an electric mixer. Sure you can transfer the chicken to your KitchenAid or shred it with two forks and achieve the same results. But why make a mess by pulling out the chicken and transferring it to a new bowl or cutting board that you will have to wash?

    You can use an electric mixer to shred your chicken right in the same pot (your Instant Pot liner or slow cooker). Mix everything together in your Instant Pot liner. This will not only shred your chicken but create a creamy chili broth.

    White chicken chili storage & reheating instructions

    Store the leftover chili in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

    The chili is freezer safe both before you cook it and after. Place the chili or ingredients in a freezer safe Ziploc bag or container and freeze for later use.

    Reheat the chili in the microwave or on the stove top until heated throughout.

    Keto White Chicken Chili: FAQS

    How to thicken white chicken chili?

    You will find keto chicken recipe is very thick already. However, if you need it thicker one could add more heavy cream, cream cheese, or add 1 tsp of arrowroot powder.

    Can I use chicken breast or rotisserie chicken instead of chicken thighs?

    Yes. Most keto recipes that use chicken do better with thighs because of the fat content, however this recipe has so many other contributors of fat (whipping cream, cream cheese) that using chicken breast should be fine.

    How many days can I store white chicken chili in the refrigerator?

    You can store this chili in the fridge for 3 - 5 days. Any longer and this chili should be thrown out.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto White Chicken Chili

    Servings: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 352
    Fat 20.2g
    Protein 30.8g
    Total Carbs 8.4g
    Net Carbs 6.5g

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    1. I am new to the Instant Pot. This recipe sounds delicious, but I need some guidance with your instructions…
      When you say ‘pressure cook on high for 15 mins’, what is the setting i should use on the pot? Slow cook? Stew? And how do you release the pressure?

      1. Hit the Pressure Cook button. It should default to high pressure cooking so you shouldn’t have to mess with that. Then move the timer to 15 minutes and hit start. To release the pressure, either press down the valve or turn the valve to vent. It depends on the model you have.

    2. Hi, this looks delicious! I’m wondering what the time difference for the instapot would be if I use frozen chicken?

        1. This was a great idea and question about being able to add frozen chicken. I did this although the consistency turned out too soupy (bc of the water from from frozen chicken) and so I had to compensate with adding more cauliflower rice to thicken it up. Perhaps next time I would adjust the chicken broth to just 1 cup versus the 1.5 cups in recipe. Taste was still extraordinary; thanks for a great recipe!!

    3. I like your recipe, it sounds so delicious and i will make it today but i want to have this specific recipe on file.
      I want to print the recipe to have it handy. I pressed print and it only underlines print nothing comes on the top to print.
      How do i print?

    4. I am using this as a meal prep. Is it okay to add the cauliflower rice now or should I add it separately to each meal?

    5. This was terrific. I had all of the ingredients on hand. I did use chicken breasts instead because my husband doesn’t like chicken thighs. Turned out great! Thank you!

    6. Delicious! Best chicken chili recipe I’ve had! I substituted two cans of rotelle diced tomatoes with chilies for diced tomatoes and green chilies.

    7. OMG, I just died and went to heaven. BEST Recipe since I started Keto. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your site as well as your youtube videos, you’re definitely a go to for me!! Melinda

    8. I may not fear my Instant Pot ever again! I had a zoom meeting, missed the 15 minute mark, and it still came out fabulous! This was SO good, this will be in my recipe rotation for sure (along with that amazing lasagne)

        1. I just added all the ingredients to slow cooker and saw this comment after. Did I ruin it or will it be ok that I added heavy cream in the beginning?

    9. Can I double this? Would the cook time be the same in an instant pot? I loved it so much I want to make it for a party.

    10. I have made this 3 times but using 2 large chicken breasts instead of thighs, thank you so much for this recipe it is so delicious and easy to make!! We like to crush up spicy chicharrones to add on top so good 🙂 also forgot to pick up cauliflower rice this last time and it still turned out perfect!

    11. This dish came out great! I made the Keto Lasagna soup the night before, and it came out great too! I used my last can of diced tomato when I made the lasagna soup, so I used a can of fire-roasted salsa-style tomatoes. The swap cut the carb count a bit more and gave it a big flavor. This is going into the rotation. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    12. Add mine to the list of 5 star reviews. Made this last night using the slow cooker method in the Instant Pot. Came out wonderfully. Just enough heat from the Chipotle Chili powder and green chilis we used. 1/4 of a lime squeezed into our bowls of amazingness was the PERFECT add-on to this meal. Thank you for continuing to provide us with your recipes (here and on YouTube!)

    13. I’ve made this before and it turned out great! My daughter was begging for it and also wants it for her lunch on the slopes this weekend, so I’m going back to it this evening with some already cooked chicken (grilled, leftovers). Any suggestions on recipe edits? Especially on the pressure cook time?

      1. Glad you liked the recipe! If you are using cooked chicken, try only cooking in the instant pot for 5-8 minutes.

    14. This recipe is wonderful!!!! I’m sitting in my living room, in front of a fire, snow flurries outside, and I’m warm and toasty with a bowl of chicken chili inside. Fabulous flavor. And so easy in the InstantPot. Thank you!! This will be a staple in my house this winter.

    15. Made this last night an it was fantastic! I served it with a little chopped onion, shredded cheese, dollop of sour cream and a few crispy fried strips (cut up a low carb tortilla and fried until crisp). Definitely will make this again!

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