Paleo White Chicken Chili

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

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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 judgement 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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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.

Usually white chicken chili is loaded with heavy cream and cheese. My white chicken 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.

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!


Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 33 minutes

Paleo White Chicken Chili


  • 1.5 - 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, seeded and chopped
  • 1 -2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 - 7 ounce cans green chiles
  • 3 tablespoons thick canned coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • Chopped green onions and cilantro for garnish


  1. Chop the chicken and veggies. Then place a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil, onions, peppers, jalapeño, and garlic.
  2. Saute for 5 minutes, then add the chicken, salt and spices. Saute 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.
  3. 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.

Note: 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.

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63 Responses to “Paleo White Chicken Chili”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 24, 2014 @ 6:21 am

    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 — January 26th, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

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


      • Bre — September 6th, 2014 @ 7:47 am

        do you have nutrition info on this recipe? Thanks!

  2. #
    Jenny Flake — January 24, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    What a fabulous white chicken chili! Dinner!!


  3. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — January 24, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    This is perfect comfort food for these cold days!


  4. #
    Maria — January 24, 2014 @ 7:36 am

    Perfect for a cold day!


  5. #
    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — January 24, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    Love this! this chili looks so good!!


  6. #
    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — January 24, 2014 @ 8:19 am

    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!


  7. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 24, 2014 @ 8:22 am

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


  8. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 24, 2014 @ 9:29 am

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


  9. #
    Heather Christo — January 24, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    This looks absolutely awesome!!!


  10. #
    RavieNomNoms — January 24, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    That looks great!


  11. #
    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — January 24, 2014 @ 10:35 am

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


  12. #
    Gaby — January 24, 2014 @ 11:03 am

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


  13. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 24, 2014 @ 11:51 am

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


  14. #
    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily — January 24, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    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.


  15. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 24, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

    White chicken chili is one of my favorites!


  16. #
    Sunny — January 24, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

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


  17. #
    Heather — January 25, 2014 @ 10:47 am

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


  18. #
    marla — January 26, 2014 @ 11:10 am

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


  19. #
    Amanda — January 27, 2014 @ 7:06 am

    That looks amazing!


  20. #
    Shaina — January 29, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

    Looks divine!


  21. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — February 4, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

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


  22. #
    Sabine — February 9, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    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.


  23. #
    Maggie Unzueta @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen — February 17, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    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!


  24. #
    Hayley — February 24, 2014 @ 9:40 pm

    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 — November 12th, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

      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 — November 21st, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

        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 :)

  25. #
    Crystal — May 8, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

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


  26. #
    typeogirl — June 28, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    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!


  27. #
    Jeri — September 20, 2014 @ 6:27 am

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


    • Sommer — September 21st, 2014 @ 7:45 am

      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!


  28. #
    Tina Brown — September 29, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    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 — September 29th, 2014 @ 9:32 am

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


  29. #
    Pamela — October 8, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

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


    • Sommer — November 13th, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

      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.


  30. #
    Siobhan — October 23, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

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


  31. #
    Nancy Smith — November 11, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

    Can you use this recipe in a crock pot instead of a regular pot. If so, would you change anything?


  32. #
    Steph — January 20, 2015 @ 10:34 pm

    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 — January 22nd, 2015 @ 8:43 am

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


  33. #
    Nadia — March 2, 2015 @ 3:18 pm

    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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