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Paleo White Chicken ChiliRecipe – A healthy low carb, low fat, high flavor Paleo Chili that will make your house smell like heaven. (Assuming heaven smells SPICY.)

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Paleo Chili

Last time I checked it’s still January…. How’s your healthy New Years Resolution coming along?

Sorry. Didn’t mean to stick my finger in an open wound. No judgment from me.

We’ve been eating pretty clean around here, but I will tell you, my resolve might be slipping because Valentine cupcakes and chocolate covered goodies are showing up in my dreams at night.

Last night’s dream is a little hazy, but I do remember a table full of petit fours, moody music, and oh yes, I had purple hair. Not sure what that was all about, but the petit fours looked sensational!

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White Chicken Chili Recipe

So back to healthy.

Chili is one of my favorite winter comfort meals and this healthy version of white chicken chili is no exception. Using very little oil, skinless chicken breast, and plenty of veggies, this paleo friendly chili recipe is at the top of my list this month.

My family loves this white chicken chili and they have no idea their eating “health food.” Which of course, makes it doubly satisfying for me!

What Ingredients Are in White Chicken Chili?

Usually, white chili is loaded with heavy cream and cheese.

Mywhite chili recipe is thickened with a touch of creamy coconut milk and arrowroot powder. Arrowroot powder is a wonder thickening agent that is a great substitute for cornstarch, for those on a grain-free diet.

Other ingredients used are:

  • boneless skinless chicken breast
  • diced onion
  • bell pepper, any color will do
  • jalapenos, for spice
  • garlic, everything tastes better with garlic
  • ground cumin
  • coriander
  • chicken broth
  • green chiles, for more spice

See The Recipe Card Below For How To Make Paleo White Chicken Chili. Enjoy!

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Paleo White Chicken Chili

Prep Time: 20 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 33 minutes minutes

Total Time: 53 minutes minutes

A healthy low carb, low fat, high flavor Paleo Chili that will make your house smell like heaven. (Assuming heaven smells SPICY.)

Servings: 5 servings

Ingredients

US Customary - Metric

Instructions

  • Chop the chicken and veggies. Then place a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil, onions, peppers, jalapeño, and garlic.

  • Sauté for 5 minutes, then add the chicken, salt and spices. Sauté another 5-8 minutes, until the chicken is nearly cooked through. Add the broth, green chiles, and coconut milk. Whisk in the arrowroot powder and bring to a boil.

  • Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Then take a potato masher (or ladle) and smash the chicken pieces to shreds. Serve topped with green onions and cilantro.

Notes

Feel free to use cornstarch or masa in place of the arrowroot powder, and add 2 cans (drained) of white beans, if you aren’t on a paleo diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 252kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 2044mg, Potassium: 767mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 830IU, Vitamin C: 60.4mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1.9mg

Course: dinner

Cuisine: American

Author: Sommer Collier

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  6. Belinda Campos Reply

    Is there another substitute for the arrowroot powder?

    • Sommer Reply

      Hi Belinda,

      You can use cornstarch in the place of arrowroot powder, but it is not considered “paleo.”

  7. Desiree Reply

    SO SO good! I swapped a chopped Poblano in place of the jalapeño so my kiddos could eat it!! So much flavor and so easy! Thank you for my new favorite soup recipe!!

  8. Sarah Reply

    I am not a lover of traditional chili so I was skeptical to even try this recipe, but I love it and have made it several times now! Perfect for Whole30 and perfect on a cold winter day.

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  11. PALEO DIET Reply

    I believe paleo diet should be an important staple in every diet plan.It would be great if you could do a more in-depth discussion about the diabetes diet recipes. I had it done a couple months ago, and let’s just say that my diet is now very limited (most meat, and about 8 veges/fruits)! It was a huge blow. I reacted to most of Array 4 foods and have been off them for 1.5 years

  12. masker lumpur naturgo Reply

    Very excited to give this chili a try! Looks so tasty

  13. Kenton Reply

    Wow, this recipe is amazing! During the process of making it, I wasn’t sure if it would have much flavor, but by the end of the cooking process all of the flavors came though, and it is absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Stephanie Reply

    This is delicious! I made it this morning so it would be ready for dinner tonight when I get home late. I had to have a bowl for lunch as soon as it was done cooking. My husband is going to love it! Thanks!

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  16. cavediet net Reply

    Thanks, this sounds great & easy. If we make the Paleo White Chicken Chili, how long would you say it would keep in the fridge?
    Thanks!

    • Sommer Reply

      Hi there! I’d say for about 1 week. Happy Cooking!

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  19. Lina Reply

    Made this last night after pinning it a few days back… Have to stay this was SO much more flavorful than I imagined! I actually used a jar of Salsa Verde from Trader Joe’s in place of the green chilies and I think it was a great substitute. I made a roux with gluten-free flour instead of purchasing the arrowroot to thicken it up and it worked great. I’ll definitely be making this all winter long!

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  22. Katifitchick Reply

    Have you done this in a slow-cooker before? If so, for how long and on what heat setting? Thanks! Looks amazing!!!!

  23. Jennifer @ Paleo On The Go Reply

    Oh dear lord! This was, hands down, the best chili I’ve ever eaten. I made it for a friend who graciously accepts the role of guinea pig when I’m trying out new recipes and we both sat there groaning and moaning throughout the whole meal. I’m sure that anyone who heard us thought there was something kinky going on! This is going to be a regular occurrence at my house as it was simply amazing.

    Thanks so much for this little gem!

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  27. Elizabeth Nyland Reply

    this is a wonderful recipe! Beautiful fkavours and very easy to make. I wanted to mention the arrowroot though. Arrowroot loses its thickening ability when continually heated or boiled so it’s usually added as the last step of a recipe.

    Anyway, lovely recipe again. I doubled it and made a huge batch for my meal delivery service. I’m sure everyone will love it

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  29. Nadia Reply

    Thank you for this amazing recipe. It was the first time I tried to cook with coconut milk and it went out amazing! My boyfriend loved it and I will make it again and again and again. Thank you solo much! <3

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  35. Steph Reply

    I get majority of my recipes online but have never left a comment but this recipe is so amazing I feel I have to. I love this soup! I have made it about once every 2 weeks for the past few months. I love that it has so much flavor. Thank you!

    • Sommer Reply

      Hi Steph, You just made my day! Thanks for coming by to comment. XOXO

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  41. Siobhan Reply

    Excellent!! My husband and I were both very pleased with our hot (temp and spice!) bowl of chili tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

  42. Pamela Reply

    Daughter allergic to coconuts. What do you suggest as alternative?

    • Sommer Reply

      Hey Pamela, It’s tricky to find another ingredient to give it a creamy quality AND keep it paleo. You could try almond milk, but it won’t be as thick.

      • Kate

        Try using one whole avocado, pureed with 2-4 Tbsp of almond milk to get creaminess without coconut milk

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  44. Tina Brown Reply

    I know it’s been awhile since you posted this, but was wondering if it would do well to freeze it? I would love to make a big pot and freeze portions for later use.

    • Tina Brown Reply

      Never mind…I didn’t read all of the comments before commenting myself! :)

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  48. Jeri Reply

    This sounds delicious! Is this something I can freeze? Wondering how the coconut milk would hold up. Thanks!

    • Sommer Reply

      Hi Jeri, I haven’t tried freezing it. We always eat the whole pot. But I’d love to hear how it works out if you freeze it!

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  53. typeogirl Reply

    Just made this for lunch (and for a couple of lunches this week) – could barely wait he 20 minutes to simmer. This is so good! Even my 16 year old, when he sees peppers and onions in anything – will not eat it – said this is super tasty. I did primalize it a bit with a handful of cheddar and a dab of sour cream. This recipe is a keeper!

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  55. Crystal Reply

    WOW! Very flavorful and super easy thank you keep up the good work!

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  58. Hayley Reply

    Can you make this in the crock pot?
    If not, I’m thinking maybe doing the chicken in the crock pot so it is shredded and then adding it to the soup?

    • Nancy Smith Reply

      In your answer to the crock pot, I just threw all the ingredients in, sorry that these people didnt get back to you. I dont understand why they haven’t gotten back to anyone. I just wanted to let you know to go ahead and use the crock pot it will be fine.

      • Larissa

        Hey nancy, no problems with the arrowroot being added with he rest of get ingredients? I’m gonna throw this in the crockpot in the morning. Hoping for the best :)

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  60. Maggie Unzueta @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen Reply

    I have to make diabetic meals for my parents. They are both diabetics. I get more recipe ideas from paleo dishes now because that seems to be the trend. My parents will love this chili!

  61. Sabine Reply

    I just made this tonight. I substituted Great Lakes Gelatin for the arrowroot since I couldn’t find it at my local market. It was delish. Perfect on a cold night.

  62. Nutmeg Nanny Reply

    Very excited to give this chili a try! Looks so tasty

  63. Shaina Reply

    Looks divine!

  64. Amanda Reply

    That looks amazing!

  65. marla Reply

    Love that this is Paleo! Such a healthy meal :)

  66. Heather Reply

    I just made some chicken green chili too! I love your idea of coconut milk as a thickner!

  67. Sunny Reply

    Keep the paleo recipes coming, Sommer! So excited to try this chili!!

  68. Laura (Tutti Dolci) Reply

    White chicken chili is one of my favorites!

  69. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily Reply

    I’ve been eating pretty good….. unless I’m at work, there’s always a frieking cake laying around! grrr. I’ve never made white chicken chili but it looks so darn good! Pinned to make next week.

  70. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Reply

    Pass me a spoon!! I adore white chicken chili. Definitely need to make it more!

  71. Gaby Reply

    White Chicken Chili is something that I love so much, I could practically eat it every day!

  72. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker Reply

    This recipe came just in time for one of my husband’s Paleo months ! Pinned!

  73. RavieNomNoms Reply

    That looks great!

  74. Heather Christo Reply

    This looks absolutely awesome!!!

  75. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction Reply

    This chili looks like the perfect way to warm up on these chilly evenings!

  76. Julie @ Table for Two Reply

    This looks so perfect for the weather outside my window!! Mmm

  77. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom Reply

    Love this! this chili looks so good!!

  78. Maria Reply

    Perfect for a cold day!

  79. Kevin @ Closet Cooking Reply

    This is perfect comfort food for these cold days!

  80. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living Reply

    Love the touch of coconut milk in this chicken chili Sommer – I just made white chicken chili for the first time last week and my family loved it!

  81. Jenny Flake Reply

    What a fabulous white chicken chili! Dinner!!

  82. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness Reply

    I love white chicken chili but usually avoid it because of the cream and cheese…I am so in love with your use of coconut milk and arrowroot powder. Arrowroot is something I haven’t tried cooking with, but it has been on my “t0 do” list! Thanks for a bowl of comfort…that won’t harm my waistline!
    P.s….Your little flower bowl? ADORBS!

    • Sommer Reply

      Thanks Taylor! The bowls are from Villeroy & Boch. :)

      • Bre

        do you have nutrition info on this recipe? Thanks!

Paleo White Chicken Chili Recipe - A Spicy Perspective (2024)

FAQs

How can I make my white chicken chili less spicy? ›

Add a generous dollop of sour cream, creme fraiche, or yogurt to scorching hot chili or stews, or even a touch of milk or cream. For best results, though, go with full-fat dairy. For tomato sauces and stews that don't want dairy, try shredding some cheese on top. Photo by Meredith.

How do you thicken white chicken chili? ›

How to Thicken Chili
  1. Simmer down. ...
  2. Stir in some finely ground cornmeal or masa harina. ...
  3. Mix in a scoop of cornstarch, all-purpose flour, or oats. ...
  4. Pile on the vegetables. ...
  5. Try more tomato paste. ...
  6. Mash some beans. ...
  7. Crumble up some corn chips.
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What can I add to chicken to make it less spicy? ›

Add Dairy

Milk and dairy products contain a protein called casein that is able to bind with capsaicin before it reaches our tongue, so it can reach fewer receptors, and lessens the sensation of spice. If your dish is too spicy, try adding heavy cream, yogurt, sour cream or butter to help mellow it out.

How do you make chili more spicy after cooking? ›

Spicier chili: to make chili even spicier, don't remove the ribs or seeds from the jalapeño. You can also add hot sauce, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes or dice up another hot chili pepper. I recommend trying the recipe as stated and letting the flavors sit for a few hours before adding additional spice.

How much cornstarch to thicken white chicken chili? ›

Make a cornstarch slurry: Mix together 1 tablespoon each of cornstarch and cold water, stirring well to remove any lumps. Then, stir the slurry into your chili and let it simmer for another 10 minutes to fully thicken.

How do you thicken white chicken chili without cornstarch? ›

Cornmeal: Add a tablespoon of cornmeal or masa harina while stirring continuously. Mashed Beans: Mash a portion of the beans and stir them into the chili to thicken it. Crushed Tortilla Chips: Crushed tortilla chips can also be added as a thickening agent.

Should chili be thick or soupy? ›

Chili should be thick and hearty enough to be a meal on its own, but sometimes there's just a bit more liquid than you want in the pot. While you can simply keep simmering the chili, that method risks overcooking softer ingredients like the beans, losing all your nice texture to mushy monotony.

How do you neutralize spicy chili? ›

Peanut, almond, or cashew butter are all rich in fat and can help dissolve capsaicin and mitigate some of the heat from chiles. If you're hesitant to add fat, you can also dilute the heat of a curry or stew by adding more water.

How do you reduce pepper in white soup? ›

Sour cream, yogurt, ghee, butter and milk can all neutralize the pepper flavor, depending on the dish. Mix in a small amount of a dairy and see if you taste a difference. Cream or milk helps balance out broth-heavy dishes, as well as a variety of other recipes.

How do you tone down spicy jerk chicken? ›

  1. Orange or pineapple or guava or mango juice.
  2. A nice ripe and diced fresh mango with its juice (or some similar alternative)
  3. Sweet red pepper jam.
  4. may need to add some or increase acidity in the form of apple cider vinegar.
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