Gluten Free White Chicken Chili

This gluten free white chicken chili is the perfect comforting meal and could not be easier to make. It is gluten free, dairy free and made with whole ingredients. This dinner is one our whole family loves and is on repeat once the temperature starts to drop. Slow cooker and stovetop instructions included.

Gluten free white chicken chili.

Why You’ll Love This Dish

  • Incredibly easy. This gluten free white chicken chili couldn’t be easier.
  • Minimal effort. All you need to do is dump the ingredients into an instant pot and let it do its thing.
  • Versatile. It can be made in an instant pot, on the stovetop, or in a slow cooker.
  • Comforting. There’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of chili and this is no exception.
  • Hearty. This meal will warm you up and fill you up.
  • Family favorite. This will quickly become a family favorite. It’s truly a recipe that everyone will love.
  • Gluten Free, Dairy Free. It is naturally gluten free and dairy free, making it enjoyable for many different diets and lifestyles.
  • Great meal prep. This gluten free white chicken chili is dare I say, even better day two. It makes the perfect meal prep.
  • Perfect for feeding a crowd. This is best recipe for feeding a crowd.
  • Packed with nutrients. It’s packed with protein, plenty of healthy carbohydrates from the sweet potato, and loaded with veggies.
Ingredients for white chicken chili.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Chicken Breasts. You need 1.5 lb chicken breasts for this gluten free white chicken chili. Use chicken thighs for added flavor. Precooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, about 3 cups shredded is a great time saver.
  • Sweet Potatoes. Peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces. The sweet potatoes add so much flavor and they help make the soup thick, creamy, and hearty.
  • Onion & Garlic. These aromatics add such great flavor in chili. Yellow, sweet or white onion all work.
  • Poblano Pepper. Deseeded and chopped. The poblano pepper adds some great spice and flavor to the chili. If you prefer a milder taste you can leave this out. Diced green chiles can be used for an easier option.
  • Chicken Broth. Adds tons of flavor. I like doing bone broth because it increases the protein content but regular chicken or vegetable broth works too.
  • Coconut yogurt. Yogurt helps make things creamy while keeping it dairy free. Any non dairy yogurt works but if dairy isn’t an issue use plain greek yogurt.
  • Cannellini Beans. Rinsed and drained. Great northern beans or kidney beans can be used in place of the cannelloni beans.
  • Spices. You will use a good amount of cumin, chili powder, cayenne for a good chili flavor.
  • Almond Flour. The almond flour helps to thicken the gluten free white chicken chili. This can be omitted.

How to Make this White Chicken Chili

Beans and veggies in pot.

Add ingredients to instant pot. Place the sweet potato, onion, poblano pepper, garlic, beans, broth, and seasonings to the instant pot.

Chicken and veggies in instand pot

Add the chicken. Place the chicken on last so that it is easier to remove and shred after cooking. Cover with lid and pressure cook at high pressure for 20 minutes. Allow to naturally release.

Shred Chicken. After the 20 minutes and natural release is up, remove chicken and shred it. Throw it in a kitchen aid with a paddle attachment, pull it apart with tongs, or chop it up with a knife. Place the shredded chicken back in the instant pot.

Yogurt in instant pot
Almond flour in chili

Add the coconut yogurt & flour. After the chicken is back in the pot and the chili is fully combined, add in the yogurt. Stir until fully combined. Next, add in almond flour, this will thicken the white chicken chili. Add a little bit at a time. Stir until fully combined.

Gluten free white chicken chili

Serve. Serve the gluten free white chicken chili with fresh parsley and enjoy! I also love adding in some tortilla chips for a little crunch.

Alternative Cooking Methods

If you don’t have an Instant Pot (pressure cooker) don’t worry! This gluten-free white chicken chili can also be made stovetop or in a slow cooker. Instructions below.

Stovetop

  1. Heat a large dutch oven or stockpot over a medium high heat. Add a little bit of oil followed by onion, garlic, seasonings plus salt and pepper. Sauté until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth, poblano pepper, sweet potato, beans, and chicken to the pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30-35 minutes or until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooking through to 165 degrees F, then remove the chicken breasts, shred with a fork, and add back to pot.
  3. Add yogurt to pot and stir to combine. Next add almond flour and stir to combine. Serve and enjoy this stovetop gluten free white chicken chili!

Slow Cooker

  1. In a slow cooker, add diced onion, minced garlic, poblano pepper, white beans, sweet potato, chili seasonings, salt, pepper; stir then place un-cooked chicken breasts on top and cover with 3 cups chicken broth. 
  2. Cook on low for about 4-5 hours, or high for 2-3 hours, until chicken has reached internal temperature of 165ºF. Remove chicken breasts from slow cooker and shred; place shredded chicken back into slow cooker.
  3. Add yogurt and almond flour, stir to combine. Serve and enjoy this slow cooker gluten free white chicken chili!

Expert Tips

  • For extra tender, fall apart chicken allow the instant pot to natural release for 15 minutes before quick releasing. If you are in a rush you can quick release right away.
  • I personally love using fresh poblano pepper but as a time saver you can use diced green chiles.
  • For the best texture use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I make this on the stovetop? Yes! This gluten free white chicken chili recipe recipe can be made on the stovetop, in a slow cooker, or in an instant pot.
  • Can I add rotisserie chicken? Absolutely. Using rotisserie chicken is a great time saver. You want about 3 cups of shredded chicken.
  • Does White Chicken Chili contain gluten? While some are thickened with flour and contain gluten, this is one is naturally gluten free.
  • What is the best way to thicken it? Using almond flour to thicken it keeps things gluten free.
  • What is the best way to serve it? Some things you can serve your chili with are fresh parsley or cilantro, avocado, tortilla chips, diced red onion, sour cream or full fat yogurt (if not dairy free).
  • What is the best way to store it? Wait for the chili to fully cool then store in an airtight container for 5 days. Freeze in a freezer safe container or storage bag and eat within 3 months.
  • Does it freeze well? Yes, it can be frozen in large freezer bags and kept for up to 3 months.
  • What is the best way to reheat gluten free white chicken chili? Reheat chili in a skillet or pot on the stovetop over a medium heat. Stir continuously so that it is warmed through. Microwaving is also an option.

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5 from 16 votes

Gluten Free White Chicken Chili

This Gluten Free White Chicken Chili is the perfect comforting meal an it could not be easier to make. All you need to do is dump all of the ingredients into an instant pot and you will have a meal in 45 minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Equipment

  • instant pot

Ingredients

  • 1-1.5 lb chicken breasts
  • 2 sweet potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 (15 oz) cans cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 poblano peppers deseeded and diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chicken bone broth
  • 1 (5-6 oz) container coconut yogurt full fat
  • 1/4 cup almond flour

Instructions

  • Add garlic, onion, sweet potato, poblano pepper, beans, and seasonings to instant pot. Place chicken breasts on top on veggies and pour in chicken broth.
  • Cover with lid, making sure the release knob is closed, and set pressure cook high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Once the 20 minutes is up, do a natural release for 15 minutes then do a quick release. Remove the chicken and shred it using tongs or the paddle attachment of a kitchenaid.
  • Add the shredded chicken back into the pot. Stir in 1/2 cup greek yogurt and 1/4 cup almond flour. Stir until fully combined.
  • Serve with fresh parsley or cilantro. Option to add diced avocado, diced red onions, and tortilla chips.

Video

Notes

  • See blog post for instructions for stovetop and slow cooker.
  • Feel free to swap chicken breasts with chicken thighs.
  • Swap coconut yogurt with any other dairy free yogurt or full fat greek yogurt. 
  • To save time you can skip the natural release and do a quick release. 
  • Store in an airtight container for 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. 

Join the Conversation

  1. Christine S says:

    5 stars
    The BEST white chicken chili recipe!! The sweet potatoes are a great addition. I was skeptical about the coconut yogurt, but trust me, trust the process!

    1. I’m so happy you loved it!! I’m biased but would have to agree its the best white chicken chili(; Glad you trusted me on the coconut yogurt – you can’t even taste the coconut!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for a ski weekend and will probably never make another chili ever again. Everyone was so upset when it was gone and already discussing making it again. We used butter beans and they were perfect!!!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I’m glad it was a crowd pleaser for ski weekend(:

  3. 5 stars
    This is one of the best soups I have ever made! AND the fact that it can be made gluten free/dairy free is a bonus. I made it with plain Greek yogurt instead of dairy free and it turned out great! Love that it’s a good source of protein too!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! It is one of my all time favorite soups and I’m glad you enjoyed it as well!!

  4. 5 stars
    My husband and I loved this recipe! This is a keeper! I substituted a seeded jalapeño and 1 can of HOT Hatch chilies for the Poblano peppers and used just one can of white beans and it was perfect for us! We added avocado and cilantro to the top. Delicious! Thank you Kelsey for great one pot meal recipes!! I’m excited to try more!

    1. I’m so glad you and your husband loved this recipe!! I’m excited for you to try more(:

  5. 5 stars
    I have made quite a few of Kelsey’s recipes, and all of them have turned out amazing! Not only are they easy to follow, but they’re absolutely delicious! She does such an incredible job of tailoring her recipes to be health-conscious (while also staying so tasty). This white chicken chili is to die for— an absolute favorite of mine! No notes!!!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I’m so happy that you’ve liked all the recipes you’ve tried – especially this white chicken chili. It’s a favorite of mine as well and I agree with you, NO NOTES.

  6. Paul Mueller says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! It was amazing and I wouldn’t change a thing. My household loves chili and this was unlike any others I have made. I can’t wait to make it again, as well as trying some of the other (many) recipes. Thank you again!!

    1. Thank you for your comment! I’m happy that your household enjoyed it!! I’m excited for you to try some other recipes(:

  7. 5 stars
    Some of the best tasting chicken chili out there. Love this as a tomato-free option as someone who doesn’t love tomatoes. Plus the creaminess of the beans is something special – yum!

    1. I’m so happy you loved it as much as I do!! I’m biased but I agree that it’s something special(:

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe! I’ve already made it twice and I love how quick it is to pull together in the instant pot. The 15 minute release makes all the difference, the chicken was so tender and you could shred it so easily. I added in extra veggies like corn and zucchini. This will be a staple in my house!

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you love this recipes as much as I do!! The addition of corn and zucchini sounds amazing(:

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe was delicious. There was definitely a depth of flavor! I am picky about soup too.

    1. I’m so happy you liked it!!

  10. 5 stars
    I don’t know why it only has 4.5 stars. It is definitely 5+ stars. DELICIOUS! My husband doesn’t like beans or sweet potatoes and he absolutely LOVED this chili! So flavorful! I can’t wait for leftovers today!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!! I’m so happy to hear that your husband and you loved it!

  11. Maggie Richard says:

    5 stars
    This is such a good meal! We made it for our camping trip and it was perfect, and packed with protein. Definitely going into the “favorites” part of my recipe book!

    1. Hi Maggie, Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I’m so happy you liked it. It’s under my “favorites” as well(:

  12. 5 stars
    This is going to be my new go to white chicken chile recipe!!! It tastes amazing & knowing how healthy it is, there is no reason to make anything else like it. It is perfect for cozy nights 🙂

    1. Thank you!! I’m biased but truly think it’s the best white chicken chili(:

  13. Shavon birdsall says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been following her for and I finally got the confidence to make one of her recipes and it was awesome. I used the crockpot instructions and rotel mild and I couldn’t stop eating it.

    1. Thank you so much for following along with me! I’m so glad you were able to finally make one of my recipes and that you loved it as much as I do! It sounds delicious with the rotel mild!

  14. 5 stars
    This is on my weekly rotation on winter! Such a cozy and nourishing chili recipe. I have made so many white chicken chilis that are just so heavy but this recipe is creamy and still light! We love it!!

    1. I’m so happy to hear this is on your weekly rotation in the winter! It’s on ours as well(:

  15. 5 stars
    We made this chicken chili in the slow cooker and it was absolutely delicious! Added a few more peppers and corn as well! It was so flavorful and I’m looking forward to making this part of my rotation!

    1. So happy to hear you loved the slow cooker version! Adding more peppers and corn sounds delicious(:

  16. 5 stars
    Best white bean chilli I’ve tried to date!!!!

    1. The best compliment ever!! Thank you(:

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