This Instant Pot chicken chili is one of the easiest meals to make and is the perfect warming meal for a cold night.You can also make it in the slow cooker!
I have made this Instant Pot chicken chili so many times over the last 3 or 4 months. So many times.
It’s so tasty. And so easy. And it freezes well if you need a meal to bring to someone. Or if you just like having meals in the freezer for later. Or if the enormous batch that easily feeds six people is too large for your family and you want to freeze half.
My family eats a lot, so the leftovers really aren’t ridiculous around here when I make this Instant Pot chicken chili.
Although that does seem to depend on the day. I’ve made this recipe and it will be almost all gone. And I’ve made it and had half the chili leftover.
My kids will sometimes eat as if they’ve never seen food before. And other days hardly touch it. Must be something to do with how they’re growing that week I guess.
At any rate, this Instant Pot chicken chili makes enough for my family, even on the “everyone is starving” kind of days. Which means it’s a winner in my books.
It also tastes amazing and is so incredibly easy to make. There’s a reason I’ve been making it incessantly!
How do you make chicken chili in the Instant Pot?
Chicken chili is super easy to make in the Instant Pot. You literally toss all the ingredients in, give it a quick stir, and push the chili button. Or manually set the pressure to high pressure for 18 minutes.
That’s basically it. All you have to do once the cook cycle is complete is shred the chicken and stir in some cream cheese and milk. Dinner really doesn’t get much easier then that.
Can you cook frozen meat in an Instant Pot?
I cook frozen meat in my Instant Pot all the time. Instant Pot shredded chicken takes 8 minutes to cook when it’s fresh, and 12 minutes when it’s frozen. Since the chili takes 18 minutes, your chicken will be done at the end of the cook time, even if you put it in frozen.
I’ve made this chili both ways, with 18 minutes cook time, whether my chicken is fresh or frozen.
How do you make chicken chili in the slow cooker?
I’ve included directions for making this chicken chili in the slow cooker as well, if you want it to be ready for you when you get home. It’s just as easy in the slow cooker. Again, throw everything in and turn it on. That’s really all you need to do for this chicken chili.
It needs to cook for 6-8 hours on low in the slow cooker. You then need another 30 minutes on high after shredding the chicken and adding the milk and cream cheese, to thicken it a bit before serving. The only real difference with the slow cooker is that you need your chicken to be thawed. Cooking frozen chicken in the slow cooker isn’t a great idea for food safety reasons.
How to make perfect Instant Pot chicken chili:
- This Instant Pot chicken chili isn’t spicy. It’s full of flavour, but doesn’t have a lot of heat. The green chilis give it a tiny bit, but not much at all. If you like your chili spicy, you might want to add some cayenne pepper to spice it up a bit.
- This chicken chili freezes very well if you want to make a double batch and freeze half for later. Or if you are only cooking for 2-3 people and don’t need the whole batch for one meal. Let it cool completely and then freeze it flat in a large ziplock freezer bag. Defrost it overnight in the fridge and reheat for a couple of hours on low in the slow cooker, or on low heat on the stove.
- I have an 8 quart Duo Instant Pot, so I can just fit a double batch of this chicken chili in it. If your Instant Pot is smaller you likely can only make a single batch, so keep that in mind if you’re considering making more to freeze. Make sure to only fill the pot to 2/3 full for pressure cooking.
- I’ve had a few questions about the “brown beans in tomato sauce” and what that is. In Canada that’s what the can says, but apparently in the States it’s just “baked beans“. It’s the same thing!
- Here are some more great warming meals for you: 30 Minute Chicken Stew, Slow Cooker Chili, and Chicken Pot Pie Soup
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast (3-4)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 14 ounce (398mL) can brown beans in tomato sauce (also called baked beans)
- 14 ounce (398mL) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 14 ounce (398mL) can diced tomatoes (with liquid)
- 4 ounce (127mL) can chopped green chilis
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup milk
- cilantro, sour cream, avocado, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese
For the Instant Pot:
- Place the chicken, chicken broth, brown beans, black beans, diced tomatoes, green chilis, corn, salt, pepper, onion powder, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and oregano in the pot of the Instant Pot and stir to combine. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and lock it into position. Make sure the vent is in the sealing position.
- Set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 18 minutes (or the chili setting which will automatically be 18 minutes at high pressure). When the cook time is finished, let it naturally release for 10 minutes and then quick release any remaining pressure. Shred the chicken with two forks (either in the Instant Pot, or remove it to a cutting board to shred and then return it to the pot).
- Combine the cream cheese and the milk in a small bowl, whisking until smooth. This is easier if you warm up the milk and the cream cheese in the microwave a bit first. Stir this mixture into the Instant Pot and press the saute button, adjusting it to low. Cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until the chili thickens a bit. Serve with any toppings you like.
For the slow cooker:
- Place the chicken, chicken broth, brown beans, black beans, diced tomatoes, green chilis, corn, salt, pepper, onion powder, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and oregano in the crock of the slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours. Shred the chicken with two forks (either in the slow cooker, or remove it to a cutting board to shred and then return it to the slow cooker).
- Combine the cream cheese and the milk in a small bowl, whisking until smooth. This is easier if you warm up the milk and the cream cheese in the microwave a bit first. Stir this mixture into the slow cooker and cook on high for an additional 30 minutes to thicken it a bit. Serve with any toppings you like.
If you're making this chicken chili in the Instant Pot, you can use fresh or frozen chicken breasts. The cook time will stay the same regardless. If you're making it in the slow cooker, use fresh or thawed chicken breasts for food safety reasons.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389 Total Fat: 11.4g Saturated Fat: 4.7g Cholesterol: 99mg Sodium: 1424mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 8.6g Sugar: 8.7g Protein: 36g