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Instant Pot Killer White Chili


  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes (plus 10 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings (makes about 5 quarts) 1x

Description

This Instant Pot killer white chili is full of tender pieces of chicken, along with dried navy beans, onions, garlic, cumin, oregano, cream cheese and a special ingredient that gives it tons of flavor–salsa verde. It’s an excellent, intensely flavored white chili that’s great for a party.


Ingredients

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  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp Better than Bouillon Chicken Base
  • 1 pound soaked dried navy beans (see note)
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts (a combination works well)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 (8 oz) brick of cream cheese
  • 2 (15 oz) cans corn, drained
  • 1 (16 oz) jar salsa verde (I used mild Herdez brand)
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel (I used mild)
  • Cornstarch

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions:

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When display says HOT add in the butter and let it melt. Add in the celery and onion and saute for about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, white pepper. 
  2. Pour in the water and scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. Add in the chicken base. Turn off Instant Pot.
  3. Add in the navy beans, chicken and salt. 
  4. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the SOUP button to 12 minutes. When time is up let the pot sit for 10 minute and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  5. Remove the chicken and place it on a cutting board. Shred or chop the chicken and stir it back into the pot. 
  6. Stir in the cream cheese, corn, salsa and Rotel. Once cream cheese is melted and incorporated you can choose to thicken with cornstarch if you’d like. Stir about 2-3 Tbsp of cornstarch together with 3 Tbsp of cold water until smooth. Stir the mixture into the Instant Pot. Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. Once chili has thickened turn off Instant Pot.
  7. Taste test and adjust seasonings to taste. Ladle into bowls and enjoy topped with Fritos or tortilla chips. 

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. Add onion, celery, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, white pepper, water, chicken base, navy beans, chicken and salt to slow cooker
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours, or until beans are soft. (Every slow cooker cooks differently)
  3. Remove the chicken and place it on a cutting board. Shred or chop the chicken and stir it back into the crockpot. 
  4. Stir in the cream cheese, corn, salsa and Rotel. Once cream cheese is melted and incorporated you can choose to thicken with cornstarch if you’d like. Stir about 2-3 Tbsp of cornstarch together with 3 Tbsp of cold water until smooth. Stir the mixture into the slow cooker. Cook without the lid on high for about 20 minutes.
  5. Taste test and adjust seasonings to taste. Ladle into bowls and enjoy topped with Fritos or tortilla chips. 

Notes

Soak the beans overnight in plenty of water and 2 tsp of salt, then rinse and drain them before adding into the Instant Pot. If you forget to soak overnight you can do a “quick soak.” Quick soak method: Add the beans and 8 cups water into the Instant Pot. Bring to a boil on the saute setting. Once the water starts to boil put on the lid. Turn Instant Pot to pressure cook setting and pressure cook for 2 minutes on high pressure. Open the valve very slowly or if it can only go full-blast in short spurts.  If foam begins to exit the valve stop spurting and wait 30 seconds before you begin releasing pressure (this will give the foam time fall back down into the cooking liquid). Drain and rinse the beans under cold running water.

This makes a full pot of chili! If you’d like you can halve the recipes. Cut all ingredients in half and keep the same cooking time. 

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker