Delicious Gluten-Free White Chicken Chili Recipe

Looking for a hearty and comforting meal that will keep you satisfied on chilly evenings? Look no further than this gluten-free white chicken chili recipe.

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I know the importance of choosing healthy ingredients that are also delicious. This recipe checks all the boxes – it’s packed with protein from boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fiber-rich great northern beans, and plenty of vegetables like green pepper, celery, and onion. Plus, it’s naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, making it a great option for those with dietary restrictions.

But don’t let the healthy ingredients fool you – this chili is bursting with flavor. Spices like chili powder, oregano, and garlic cloves give it a kick, while green chili peppers and salsa add just the right amount of heat. And if you’re looking for something extra creamy and delicious, try adding a splash of coconut milk to really take things up a notch.

Whether you’re cooking up a pot for meal prep or serving up a crowd at your next gathering (virtually or in-person!), this gluten-free white chicken chili recipe is sure to become a staple in your recipe arsenal. So grab your favorite cooking pot and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free White Chicken Chili
Gluten Free White Chicken Chili

Picture this: it’s a cold winter night, you’re feeling tired and hungry, but you have no idea what to cook. You want something comforting and satisfying, but you also want it to be healthy and gluten-free. This is where this delicious Gluten-Free White Chicken Chili Recipe comes in handy.

What makes this recipe so special? First of all, it’s incredibly easy to make. With only a few simple ingredients, you can have a warm and hearty meal ready in less than an hour. You can even use an instant pot or a crockpot to make it even easier!

Secondly, this chili is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, making it an excellent option for those with dietary restrictions or preferences. Instead of using heavy cream or cheese, we use coconut milk to create a creamy and delicious texture.

But let’s talk about taste. This White Chicken Chili is bursting with flavor! We use green chili peppers, salsa, oregano, chili powder, garlic cloves, and olive oil to create a spicy and savory base. Then we add juicy chicken thighs, great northern beans, green pepper, celery, onion, salt, and white beans to create a dish that’s both filling and nutritious.

And if that wasn’t enough, this chili recipe is also extremely versatile! You can easily substitute some ingredients or add your favorite toppings to make it your own. Want it spicier? Add more chili powder or hot sauce. Prefer meatless options? Swap the chicken for tofu or lentils. The possibilities are endless!

In summary, you’ll love this recipe because it’s easy to make, gluten-free and dairy-free, bursting with flavor, nutritious and versatile. Give it a try tonight and see why it’s quickly becoming one of the best gluten-free chicken chili recipes out there!

Ingredient List

 Let's spice up this winter with a bowl of Gluten-Free White Chicken Chili
Let’s spice up this winter with a bowl of Gluten-Free White Chicken Chili

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious Gluten Free White Chicken Chili Recipe-

  • Olive Oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – 1 pound, cut into small pieces
  • Onion – 1 medium, chopped
  • Celery – 2 stalks, sliced
  • Green Bell Pepper – 1 medium, chopped
  • Garlic Cloves – 3 minced
  • Green Chilly Peppers – 1 can, drained and chopped
  • Great Northern Beans – 2 cans, rinsed and drained
  • Salsa – 1 cup
  • Chili Powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Dried Oregano – 2 teaspoons
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon

Please ensure all ingredients are gluten-free if you have dietary restrictions. Be mindful when choosing your salsa as store bought salsa can sometimes contain dairy or gluten. If you’re unsure which brand to pick up, it’s best to read the ingredient list or opt for making homemade salsa.

The Recipe How-To

 Say goodbye to traditional chili with our dairy-free and organic version
Say goodbye to traditional chili with our dairy-free and organic version

Now, the most eagerly awaited part: the actual recipe instructions. Get ready to create a delicious and healthy gluten-free white chicken chili that will leave you satisfied and energized.


Here are the ingredients you will need for this fantastic dish:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup green pepper (chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery (finely diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 4 oz. can green chili peppers (diced)
  • 1 can great northern beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 jar salsa (16 oz.)
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

Cooking Instructions

Now here’s how to make your gluten-free white chicken chili:

  1. Start by heating 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the boneless, skinless chicken thighs and cook for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned on all sides.

  3. Once browned, remove the chicken from the pot and set it aside on a plate.

  4. In the same pot, add another tablespoon of oil.

  5. Add onion, green pepper, celery and garlic to the pot and sauté for about 6 minutes or until they’re tender.

  6. Return the chicken to the pan with all of its juices.

  7. Add green chili peppers, great northern beans, salsa, oregano, chili powder and salt to the pot and stir well.

  8. Reduce heat to low-medium and allow everything to simmer for ~15 minutes while stirring occasionally

  9. Serve hot!

You can garnish each serving with shredded cheese, lime, avocado or sour cream if you want. Otherwise, it is excellent as it is. So simple and delicious!

Substitutions and Variations

 This creamy and hearty dish will warm up your soul
This creamy and hearty dish will warm up your soul

Cooking is all about experimenting, improvising, and having fun in your kitchen. So, if you’re feeling experimental with this Gluten-Free White Chicken Chili recipe or if you’re dealing with some ingredient limitations, here are a few substitutions and variations that you might find useful:

1. Salsa substitute: You can use canned diced tomatoes instead of salsa or else make your own fresh tomato salsa by mixing diced tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, onion, and lime juice.

2. Protein substitute: If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, skip the chicken thighs and try adding some extra whole white beans or cooked quinoa for added protein.

3. Heat variation: If you prefer spicier chili, add an extra jalapeno pepper or sprinkle some cayenne pepper into the pot. And if you’re on the milder side when it comes to heat in your food, just omit the chili powder completely.

4. Dairy-free substitution: Make your chili dairy-free by substituting coconut milk or cashew cream for traditional dairy products like cheese, sour cream or cream cheese.

5. Veggie variations: Don’t be afraid to experiment with adding different vegetables such as sweet potato or butternut squash into the mix.

Making these substitutions and variations simply means that this fantastic recipe can adapt to fit right into your preferences while maintaining its deliciousness. The secret is to keep on trying new things and seeing what works best for you with each culinary creation.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for meal prepping, leftovers taste even better!
Perfect for meal prepping, leftovers taste even better!

Now that you have whipped up a bowl of hot and hearty gluten-free white chicken chili, it’s time to dig in! This healthy white chicken chili recipe can be served with a variety of toppings and sides for endless customization.

Start by garnishing your bowl with some toppings such as fresh cilantro, diced avocado or jalapeño peppers for an extra kick of flavor. You can also top it off with a sprinkle of shredded cheese if you are not avoiding dairy.

When it comes to pairing, this gluten-free white chicken chili is delicious on its own but can be accompanied by a range of sides including gluten-free bread or tortilla chips. If you want to keep it healthy, try serving it with brown rice or quinoa.

If you’re looking to pair this dish with something refreshing, consider serving it with a side salad or some fresh vegetables like sliced bell pepper or cucumber. A cold glass of unsweetened iced tea or sparkling water would also complement the chili nicely.

This satisfying and creamy delicious free white chicken chili is perfect for any occasion. Whether you are meal prepping for the week or hosting a dinner party, it’s sure to impress any crowd. So go ahead and enjoy this scrumptious meal whenever and however you like!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Dairy-free doesn't mean tasteless, this chili is packed with flavor
Dairy-free doesn’t mean tasteless, this chili is packed with flavor

When it comes to meal prepping or planning ahead, this Gluten-Free White Chicken Chili is a total game-changer. You can easily make this recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To make-ahead, prepare the chili as directed, let it cool completely, and transfer it to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator or freezer.

Reheating is quick and easy, and can be done in two ways: via microwave or stove top. When using a microwave, transfer the desired portion to a microwave-safe bowl or container and cook for 2-3 minutes until piping hot. If you prefer to reheat on the stove top, heat the chili over medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through.

When it comes to storing leftovers, make sure they are placed in an airtight container and refrigerated within 2 hours of cooking. Reheating leftovers once they have been stored requires extra care; always ensure that the chili is heated to at least 165°F before consumption to prevent food-borne illness.

For additional flavor and creaminess, you can also try adding a splash of coconut milk or sour cream before reheating. This will give your white chicken chili a creamy delicious texture that is too irresistible not to try.

Plan ahead with confidence knowing that your meal will stay fresh and flavorful whether stored in the fridge or freezer. With this recipe’s flexibility in storage and reheating capabilities, you’ll never have to worry about what’s for dinner again!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A healthier twist on a classic comfort food
A healthier twist on a classic comfort food

Cooking gluten-free and dairy-free recipes can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re new to this lifestyle. In this section, I will share with you some tips and tricks that will make your white chicken chili recipe turn out perfect every time.

1. Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs: Chicken thighs are the perfect cut of meat for this recipe because they are tender, juicy, and more flavorful than other parts of the chicken. Plus, they are easier to shred and won’t dry out as easily as chicken breasts.

2. Don’t overcook the beans: Overcooked beans can become mushy and ruin the texture of your chili. To avoid this, cook your beans until they are just tender, but still hold their shape.

3. Choose the right canned tomatoes: When using canned tomatoes in your white chicken chili recipe, choose those without added salt or seasonings. This way, you have more control over the flavor of your chili.

4. Use fresh ingredients: Fresh ingredients always taste better and are healthier than canned or processed ones. Chop up fresh onions, peppers, cilantro and garlic for a flavourful chilli.

5. Seasoning: Chili powder plays an important role in any chili recipe, however going heavy handed with it might spoil the dish. Adding garlic cumin gives a unique flavor to the dish without making it too overwhelmed with chili powder.

6. Let it simmer for longer: Chili is always better when its flavors have had time to meld together properly so don’t rush it! Slow cooking it in crockpot or instant pot will help you achieve its creamy delicious consistency.

7. add coconut milk: Coconut milk is an excellent substitute for cream or cheese as it adds richness and creaminess without adding dairy to the dish.

Follow these tips for a great bowl of gluten-free White Chicken Chili that comes together easily whether you’re making it on your stovetop, in your crockpot or Instant pot.


As a nutritionist and food blogger, I understand that when it comes to trying out new recipes, there may be some questions or concerns you might have. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about this gluten-free white chicken chili recipe that I’d love to address. Let’s get started!

Is Mccormick white chicken chili mix gluten-free?

Out of the ingredient list, 2 contain gluten while 6 others could potentially contain gluten.

How do you thicken white chicken chili without cornstarch?

When it comes to achieving a desirable thick consistency for your chili, a moderate amount of cornmeal, about 1 to 2 tablespoons, should suffice. Allow the chili to cook for an extra 10 minutes while stirring it intermittently until the ideal consistency is attained.

What is a thickening agent for white chicken chili?

When it comes to making your chili heartier and fuller, there are plenty of uncomplicated methods to achieve that. It can be as easy as incorporating items that are often stocked in your cupboards like flour, cornmeal, pureed beans, cornstarch, or crushed tortilla chips. A little patience with longer simmering times can also thicken up your chili to your preference.

Why is my white chicken chili watery?

When making chili, one might feel that adding an ample amount of chicken or beef stock would enhance the flavor. However, it may lead to a watery texture which can dampen the taste. To overcome this issue, one can add more vegetables, meat, and beans to achieve the desired texture. Alternatively, one can allow the chili to cook longer to thicken and intensify the flavors.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free white chicken chili recipe is a must-try for anyone who wants to enjoy a bowl of hearty chili without worrying about any dietary restrictions. It is loaded with healthy ingredients such as green peppers, celery, great northern beans, and boneless skinless chicken thighs, making it a nutritious and filling meal. Plus, it’s super easy to make in the crockpot or instant pot and can be easily customized to your preferences.

By using dairy-free milk like coconut milk and salsa instead of cream, this recipe is ideal for lactose-intolerant folks. The addition of oregano, chili powder, garlic cloves, and green chili peppers gives this dish a flavorful twist that you’re sure to love.

So, grab the ingredients and start cooking up a batch of this delicious and healthy gluten-free white chicken chili recipe today. And don’t forget to share it with your loved ones who are also looking for a tasty and dietary-restriction friendly dish!

Gluten Free White Chicken Chili

Gluten Free White Chicken Chili Recipe

This spicy, hearty and satisfying dish is one of my Cousin Linda's favorites, and even family members who don't have Wheat Gluten allergies LOVE this dish. I once made it three times over a 4-day period because it kept disappearing. If spicy foods bother you, adjust the amounts of salsa, green chili peppers and Jalapeno peppers to taste. Freezes very well.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Gluten-free
Calories 737.5 kcal


  • 6 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 (7 ounce) can medium salsa (ethnic foods aisle in grocery store)
  • 1 (7 ounce) can diced green chili peppers
  • 1 (7 ounce) can sliced jalapeno peppers
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 4 medium tomatillos, cored and diced
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans great northern beans, with liquid
  • shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


  • In food processor, chop onion, garlic, celery, green pepper, jalapeños (can chop all together).
  • Heat large skillet over medium heat, add oil, and contents of food processor and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken to pan and cook through.
  • Add 1 1/2 cans beans with liquid, and food process remaining beans and add to pot.
  • Stir well and add remaining ingredients.
  • When pot comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

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Serving: 425gCalories: 737.5kcalCarbohydrates: 71.1gProtein: 48.9gFat: 30.8gSaturated Fat: 7.7gCholesterol: 118.4mgSodium: 488.8mgFiber: 23gSugar: 9g
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