This white chicken chili is an veggie dense version of traditional chili. It’s paleo, whole30, and can easily be made to be nightshade-free and AIP-friendly.

white chicken chili in bowl with avocado, red onion and lime

What is White Chicken Chili?

We all know and love traditional beef & tomato-based chili, but have you ever had white chicken chili before? When I was first introduced to it, it was described to me as the hearty and delicious cousin to traditional chili, and I can definitely say that I agree. White chicken chili is traditionally made with chicken, white beans, milder green chiles, cheese, corn, and toppings. While that version is delicious, it packs in things like legumes, nightshades, dairy and corn, which just doesn’t work for some of us.

This white chicken chili is made to be equally delicious, hearty and creamy as the traditional one, all while being nourishing and healthy! It is made free of gluten, dairy, legumes and corn, and can be easily made nightshade free as well. It is paleo, whole30, and easily adaptable to AIP, and so flavorful and delicious!

The Ingredients for this Paleo & AIP White Chicken Chili

  • Shredded Chicken: You can use either breast, thigh, or both.
  • Avocado Oil: You can also sub other oils like olive or coconut, if preferred.
  • Onion & Garlic
  • Celery & Zucchini
  • Cauliflower Rice: You can buy it pre-riced, or rice it easily in a food processor.
  • Chicken Broth
  • Coconut Milk: You can sub other dairy-free milks if you prefer, though it will not be as creamy.
  • Lime: You can sub lime juice if needed.
  • Salt & Black Pepper: Omit pepper for AIP.
  • Dried Cilantro & Cumin: Omit cumin for AIP.
  • Green Onion, Avocado, Red Onion & Cilantro: To garnish & top it all off!

How to Make AIP White Chicken Chili

  • Cook Vegetables: Using a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 4-5 minutes or until lightly translucent. Add the celery, zucchini, and cauliflower and saute for another 5 minutes until softened.
  • Combine & Cook: Add the broth, coconut milk, shredded chicken, and seasonings and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and reduce to a medium simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the chili is reduced and flavorful.
  • Garnish & Serve: Serve topped with cilantro, green onion, red onion, avocado, and fresh lime wedges.

white chicken chili in bowl

Can you make this recipe ahead of time and freeze it?

Yes! I would simply leave the toppings off, freeze flat, defrost in the fridge and reheat in a pot.

Can you make this recipe coconut free?

The coconut adds a creaminess to the chili, but you can also use other dairy-free milk alternatives.

white chicken chili in bowl

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White Chicken Chili (AIP, Paleo, Whole30)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

This white chicken chili is an veggie dense version of traditional chili. It’s paleo, whole30, and can easily be made to be nightshade-free and AIP-friendly.


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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup cauliflower rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 lb shredded chicken
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1 tsp cumin (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tsp dried cilantro

For topping

  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • Diced avocado
  • Diced red onion

 


Instructions

  1. Using a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 4-5 minutes or until lightly translucent. Add the celery, zucchini, and cauliflower and saute for another 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Add the broth, coconut milk, shredded chicken, and seasonings and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and reduce to a medium simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the chili is reduced and flavorful.
  4. Serve topped with cilantro, green onion, red onion, avocado, and fresh lime wedges.

Notes

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 349
  • Fat: 22.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.6g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Protein: 29.3g