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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili in a white bowl topped with avocados surrounded by cilantro and lime slices

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili has a great Tex-Mex flavor with chicken, white beans, and green chiles. We love this pressure cooker white chicken chili with tortillas and avocado.

Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword pressure cooker white chicken chili recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
NPR 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 - 10
Calories 251 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs Celery, diced
  • 4 Chicken Breasts raw, cubed (or 1 rotisserie chicken, deboned and shredded)
  • 4 cloves Garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano (Mexican Oregano, if you have it)
  • 2 tsp Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 (7 oz) can Diced Green Chiles (with juice)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can Diced Tomatoes (with juice)
  • 1 1/2 cups Salsa Verde
  • 3 (14.5 oz) cans White Beans,* drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth** (low sodium)
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice

To Finish

  • 5 (6 inch) White Corn Tortillas, sliced in strips (helps thicken and gives good flavor)
  • 1 cup Sour Cream


  • Diced Jalapeño
  • Extra Sour Cream
  • Avocado
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Cilantro Leaves


  1. Turn pot on to Sauté. When display reads "Hot", add oil.

  2. Add onion and celery and stir. Cook until starting to get translucent.
  3. Add chicken and stir. Cook, stirring occasionally, until white. Don’t cook until completely done. If using pre-cooked chicken, just add it and move forward.

  4. Add the garlic and spices. Stir.

  5. Add the can of chiles, diced tomatoes, salsa verde, and beans. Stir.

  6. Add the chicken broth, cilantro, and lime juice. Stir.
  7. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock into position, setting the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
  8. Press the Cancel/Keep Warm button to turn off the sauté function.
  9. Press the Manual (or Pressure Cook) button, then use the + or - button to choose 10 minutes. High pressure.

  10. When cooking cycle ends, let the pot sit undisturbed to Naturally Release pressure for at least 15 minutes.

  11. Turn the steam release knob to Venting to manually release the remaining steam/pressure, very carefully, and gradually (I use a wooden spoon and tap it slightly open, then closed a few times until I'm sure the soup won't spew out of the vent).

  12. When the pressure is out and the pin in the lid drops, carefully open the lid, facing it away from your face.
  13. Stir, taste, and adjust salt, if desired.

To Finish

  1. Slice up white corn tortillas and add to the chili. Stir and let them soak up the liquid and they will break apart and give the chili a nice masa corn flavor. Then stir in the sour cream.

  2. Serve with your favorite garnishes. I love adding lots of toppings!

Recipe Notes

You can replace one of the cans of beans with black beans for a "Black and White" chili.


**For a thicker chili, reduce the broth to 3 cups.


Calories are based on skinless, boneless chicken breast.

Updated 1/18