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.
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.
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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
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.
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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
Add chicken thighs, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, green chiles, heavy cream and seasonings to the liner of the Instant Pot. Stir to combine.
- Chicken thighs
- Chicken broth
- Diced tomatoes
- Green Chiles
- Heavy Cream
- Chili powder
- Dried parsley
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Dried oregano
- Black pepper
Spread cubed cream cheese around the chicken chili broth mixture. Secure the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to seal. Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure manually by turning the valve to vent.
- Cream cheese
Shred chicken using an electric mixer or two forks.
Add cauliflower rice
Add cauliflower rice. Let set for 2 minutes until cauliflower rice is heated through.
- Cauliflower rice
Slow cooker instructions
Add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, diced chiles and seasonings to the liner of a slow cooker. Mix to combine. Add in chicken thighs and cream cheese. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours. Twenty minutes before you want to eat, add in cauliflower rice.
- Avocado (optional)
- Limes (optional)
- Cheese (optional)
- Cilantro (optional)
When is the heavy whipping cream put in?
It gets added to the first step. I have updated the recipe to reflect that.
Making this tonight! Did you microwave the frozen cauliflower before adding it to the instant pot?
You don’t have to. It will thaw out pretty quickly in the pot of warm chili.
What is a serving size?
I haven’t paid attention to the exact amount in each portion. But it fills a small bowl.
Delicious! I used 1 lb of Italian chicken sausage & 1 lb shredded chicken breast. Definitely a keeper!?
The chicken sausage sounds delicious in this soup! Thanks for the suggestion.
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?
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.
Great recipe, I make it about once a week! Are the macros per serving or for the whole recipe?
The macros are per serving.
Hi, this looks delicious! I’m wondering what the time difference for the instapot would be if I use frozen chicken?
I would add another 5 minutes on if the chicken is frozen.
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!!
Made this tonight, so delicious and easy. Definitely a keeper. Thank you!
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?
We are working out the kinks with the print button. It should be working soon.
Print button is still is not working. Made this last night and everyone loved it!!
If I want to add a can of beans to the recipe, at what point would I add them in?
If you are going to add canned beans, I would add them right before you pressure cook the chili.
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?
You can portion it out now. That’s fine!
Best Keto white chicken chili ever. Better than regular. Definately going to be on our menu alot.
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!
Delicious! Best chicken chili recipe I’ve had! I substituted two cans of rotelle diced tomatoes with chilies for diced tomatoes and green chilies.
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
I dont have a pressure cooker, what other way can I cook it?
You can cook over the stovetop or even in the slow cooker. I have slow cooker instructions in the instructions.
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)
made this recipe yesterday and it is delicious!!
For the slow cooker version when do you add the heavy whipping cream?
You can mix it in at the end.
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?
It should be fine. It’s not that much heavy cream.
I tried the instapot and it is yummy.
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.
Yes, you can double this! Cooking time should be the same. If anything just add a minute or two more
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!
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!
Just made this tonight. So good! And I’m meal prepping, so I’m filling the freezer.
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!)
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?
Glad you liked the recipe! If you are using cooked chicken, try only cooking in the instant pot for 5-8 minutes.