Easy Keto Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe

This delicious Keto White Chicken Chili can be made in the Instant Pot in 20 minutes or slow cooker if your prefer. Perfect for a busy weeknight and a favorite for the whole family! Just 5 net carbs per serving which will fit easily on your low carb diet or keto diet.

Creamy Keto White Chicken Chili Recipe Storage

This keto one-pot white chicken creamy chili takes just 10 minutes to prep and only 20 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot and is the perfect bowl of comfort food on any night of the week!

This stores well in the fridge for up to 3 days or freezer for 2 months so you can make a big batch, put in an airtight container.

For meal prep, just store in individual servings for the week ahead or freeze in ziplock bags once cooled and thaw overnight in the fridge for when you don’t have time to cook and need something easy for dinner.

Is White Chicken Chili Keto friendly?

Traditional white chicken chili is usually made with white beans and often thickened with flours so it would be high in carbs and not ideal if you’re on a keto diet. 

Can I just use Rotisserie Chicken Instead?

Yes, if you want to skip cooking the chicken in this recipe, you can certainly do that. Simply shred an already cooked rotisserie chicken and set aside. Just  start the recipe with cooking the onion in oil with the spices and continue following the rest of the instructions. 

What to Serve with Keto Chicken Chili

Serve this keto chicken chili recipe with some low-carb options like cauliflower rice or low-carb vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, green bell pepper or spinach.

Add right to the Instant pot and make it more into a chicken white chili soup. Feel free to customize it and make it your own.

​This is a meal the entire family will enjoy, especially when they can add all their favorite toppings, like avocado, cheese, sour cream, or fresh cilantro! 

Keto Chicken Chili Ingredients

(Full recipe and Exact measurements are at the bottom of the page in the recipe card)

butter (or ghee) (or olive oil for dairy-free)

boneless skinless chicken breasts or feel free to swap with chicken thighs

yellow onion 

ground cumin

ground coriander

dried oregano


cayenne pepper or chili powder (optional)

sea salt

black pepper 

green chilis 

jalapeno pepper

fresh garlic or garlic powder, onion powder

chicken broth or bone broth

heavy cream

cream cheese 

optional to thicken; xanthan gum

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

I get it. Maybe you just haven’t gotten on board with the purchase of an Instant Pot. But honestly, if you like meals that can be enjoyed with fresh or frozen meat in under an hour, the Instant Pot is kitchen equipment worth the investment.

Of course I love my crock pot, but there are just some days you have all the intentions to get it done in the morning and it just doesn’t happen.

Your Instant Pot (pressure cooker) is to the rescue. You can make this white chicken chili in either the slow cooker or Instant Pot

You can also make my delicious short ribs in either if you have my cookbook, Naturally Keto, I gave directions for both. The Instant Pot will save you time and is worth every penny in my opinion!

Low Carb Keto Chili recipe without Beans? 

Is chili a chili if it doesn’t include beans? Why yes, it most certainly is. In fact, there are no beans in a real traditional chili, according to Texans. You will find chunks of beef in a spicy red sauce that contains chiles.

Chili is actually short hand for “chile con carne” which translates to chili peppers with meat. So there you have it. No beans are actually in a true chili.

If you’re looking for a red sauce, beanless chili recipe, instead of this white chicken chili I’m sharing today, no worries, I’ve got you covered.

Try this great recipe of spicy ground beef No Bean Chili with some delicious, keto “corn” bread! The toppings is what makes a delicious chili in my opinion! See below for all our favorite chili toppings!

Can I Swap Chicken Breasts with Chicken Thighs?

Absolutely! If you’re really not a fan of chicken breasts, you can certainly swap them with boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer.

I will tell you though, don’t fear that this recipe with chicken breasts will be dry!! It will not be, especially when using the Instant Pot. You will have awesome, tender chicken that shreds easily for this keto white chicken chili. 

Low carb Chicken Chili toppings

Monterey Jack Cheese– This cheese has a nice sharp flavor and would be perfect shredded over the top of your bowl of white chicken chili, but any Mexican style cheese would work. Pepper jack cheese would also be delicious.

Avocado– I can’t think of anything more delicious than a perfectly ripe avocado that melts in your mouth like butter with each bite of spicy chicken chili. 

Fresh Cilantro– Adding some fresh herbs like cilantro is a must with any chili. If you dislike cilantro, fresh parsley would also work well here. 

Sour Cream– Smooth, and creamy and helps you handle the spice and heat in your chicken chili. 

Jalapeños– For those who are more adventurous in the spice department, feel free to add some sliced jalapeños to your bowl. 

Green Onions– Scallions or green onions would be totally optional but add a nice bite to this easy white chicken chili.

More Keto Soup Recipes

It’s that time of year for cold weather and our favorite way to take the chill away is enjoying some soup recipes!

All of these keto recipes have plenty of flavor and even more incredible the next day as the flavors have had time to mingle! 

​Instant Pot Keto Beef Stew

Easy Cream of Chicken Soup with cabbage

Easy Keto Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Sausage

Keto Italian Wedding Soup

Slow Cooker Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup

Low Carb Chicken Zoodle Soup


Keto Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

This Keto Instant Pot White Chicken Chili has maximum taste with just 10 minutes of prep time. You can dial up the heat to your liking and there is a dairy-free option as well. You don’t have to slave away at the stove all day to get a really comforting homemade keto dinner on the table quickly.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Servings 4

Calories 387kcal

Author Jo Harding


  • 2 tablespoons butter (or ghee) (or olive oil for dairy-free)
  • 24 ounces chicken breasts boneless and skinless (or 670g)
  • 2 ounces yellow onion (or 60g)
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flaked (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 4 ounces green chiles (1 – 4oz can chopped, mild)
  • 1 small jalapeno
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2.5 ounces cream cheese (or 80g) (for dairy-free use ⅔ cup coconut milk to replace heavy cream and cream cheese)
  • optional: ½ teaspoon xanthan gum

Optional Toppings

  • ¾ cup Monterey jack cheese shredded (or Mexican or cheddar cheese) (or 85g)
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • cup sour cream
  • sliced jalapenos
  • lime wedges


Instant Pot Instructions

  • Place the instant pot on sauté mode (medium). Add the butter, ghee or olive oil. Once hot add the chicken breasts and sear for 2 – 3 minutes per side. Turn off sauté. Add the onion, cumin, coriander, oregano, paprika, optional cayenne, salt, pepper, green chiles, jalapeño, garlic, and broth. Stir to combine.

  • Secure the lid on the instant pot and close the pressure valve. Press the “pressure cook” button and set the time to cook for 20 minutes at high pressure. Once the time is up, quick release the pressure.

  • When the pressure has released, remove the lid and chicken breasts. Place chicken on a chopping board and shred the chicken with two forks.

  • Switch the Instant Pot back to sauté mode, medium, and set the timer for 15 minutes allowing the broth to concentrate and reduce. Add the heavy cheese and cream cheese (or coconut milk for dairy-free) for the last 3 minutes, whisking it with a hand balloon whisk until combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add the chicken back in and allow to warm through.

  • Ladle into bowls and serve with desired toppings and cauli rice or veggies.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Add the butter, ghee or oil to a non stick frying pan. Sauté the chicken breasts (2 – 3 minutes per side) on a medium heat.

  • Transfer (along with the pan juices) to a slow cooker. Add the onion, cumin, coriander, oregano, paprika, optional cayenne, salt, pepper, green chiles, jalapeño, garlic, and broth. Stir to combine.

  • Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 3.5 hours.

  • Remove the chicken and place on a chopping board. Shred between two forks. Add the heavy cream and cream cheese (or coconut milk for dairy-free) to the slow cooker, whisking to combine to the juices. Taste and season to your likeness. Add the chicken back to the slow cooker and cook for a further 20 – 30 minutes on low (or 10 minutes on high) until warmed through.

  • Stir well. Ladle into bowls and serve with desired toppings and cauli rice or veggies.


Net Carbs: 5g
This recipe was first published in March 2021.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1520mg | Potassium: 852mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 708IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg