Instant Pot white chicken chili is a hearty gluten free meal with lean protein and veggies, but no nightshades! Make the recipe in a pressure cooker or on your stovetop!
Cheers to you- we made it to week 2 of nightshade free recipes month!
BTW, it’s never too late to jump in and catch up on what you’ve missed. Just start with our intro to nightshade free recipes, and then hop over to what are nightshades for the deets. One final stop… grab our meal plan of nightshade free anti inflammatory recipes. WHEW- you’re caught up.
QUESTION: When the weather turns chilly, do you reach for the chili? Because it’s practically a statewide requirement where I live. Besides, depending on the ingredients, a good bowl of chili can do a lot more than just warm you up. It can fuel the body with protein, fiber, antioxidants, and so on.
Now, if you’re thinking that chili has tomatoes and peppers, and those are nightshade veggies, you are correct,
But.. THIS is nightshade free chili, so NO peppers or tomatoes are required, but it’s delicious even without them!
Instant Pot white chicken chili
Oh, and did I mention that it’s SUPER easy to make, too? You have TWO options!
Pressure cooking = big, quick win, OR stove top = super simple, and fewer dishes to wash. It’s a win either way!
Another bonus of this recipe is how economical it is to make! Super budget friendly. 🙂
So, how DO you make nightshade free chili?
Well, first of all, this is a white chili, which has a completely different flavor profile than a tomato based chili recipe like this slow cooker beef chili.
The base for this recipe is a creamy white sauce, similar to a French bechamel sauce. The difference is that we aren’t using flour to thicken it. Coconut milk and some simmering handle thickening the liquids.
Simply put, it’s almost like a creamy thick soup base more than anything. As a result, it doesn’t need the spicy heat, and that means, no peppers are necessary. It’s just that delicious on its own.
Although, there is one super special, nightshade free ingredient that helps to mimic the smoky flavor of chili peppers; liquid smoke!
- Chicken– You have a couple of options for the protein. Either use fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, or for a quicker option, buy and shred rotisserie chicken.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are a lot of seasonings and sometimes even preservatives (nitrates) in store-bought rotisserie chicken. So, you’ll want to be sure to get one that is gluten-free and nightshade free, if necessary.
If you ARE going to use the rotisserie chicken, shred it, toss with liquid smoke, then add it with the broth after sautéing the vegetables.
- Veggies– There are just a few basic veggies in this chili, and honestly, they are easy to swap for almost anything you prefer. I use celery, onion, garlic, carrots, and corn. If you want to, you could even add some white or black beans.
Because I know that many people have trouble tolerating corn, that’s an optional ingredient you won’t find in the ingredient list of the recipe card. It’s mentioned in the notes section, though.
- Liquid smoke– Here it is, the magic ingredient that mimics the smoky flavor of chili peppers. Y’all, it really does make a huge difference! Without the smokiness, you might think you’re just enjoying a cup of creamy chicken vegetable soup. Which is pretty close to what it is.
NOTE: If you plan to use rotisserie chicken, you may want to use ½ teaspoon less liquid smoke. This is because there are usually some pretty vibrant seasonings in store-bought rotisserie chicken.
Too much liquid smoke may overpower those other spices. A little goes a long way! You can always add more later if you feel like it needs it.
Video: How to make Instant Pot Chicken Chili
Rather than walking you through all of the steps here, check out this video. You’ll see exactly how to make Instant Pot white chicken chili. Oh, and instructions for making it on the stove top are in the recipe card as well.
1. Season, sear, and partially cook the chicken.
The reason we’re partially cooking the chicken is so that we can shred it to toss with liquid smoke. That allows time for the chicken to absorb that smoky flavor before it goes into the pressure cooker.
2. Saute the vegetables.
If you’re using corn, it’s already cooked, so just wait and add it to the pot when you add the broth.
3. Return the shredded chicken to the pot with stock and seasonings.
4. Give it a stir, then it’s time to pressure cook again!
This is when all of the flavors will marry together in the Instant Pot for white chicken chili harmony! Haha.
5. Add non dairy milk / cream, and simmer.
6. Ladle into bowls, add optional garnishes and serve!
Now, don’t even try to convince me that nightshade free chili doesn’t look and delicious. I’ve seen it with my own eyes and tasted it.
Stay in the sunshine and out of the nightshade, my friends.
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