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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!

Paleo White Chicken Chili

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 33 minutes


  • 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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73 Responses to “Paleo White Chicken Chili”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted January 24, 2014 at 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 Flakeposted January 24, 2014 at 7:17 am

    What a fabulous white chicken chili! Dinner!!


  3. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 24, 2014 at 7:20 am

    This is perfect comfort food for these cold days!


  4. Mariaposted January 24, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Perfect for a cold day!


  5. Alice // Hip Foodie Momposted January 24, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Love this! this chili looks so good!!


  6. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted January 24, 2014 at 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 Twoposted January 24, 2014 at 8:22 am

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


  8. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted January 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

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


  9. Heather Christoposted January 24, 2014 at 9:53 am

    This looks absolutely awesome!!!


  10. RavieNomNomsposted January 24, 2014 at 10:16 am

    That looks great!


  11. Layla @ Brunch Time Bakerposted January 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

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


  12. Gabyposted January 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

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


  13. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted January 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

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


  14. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamilyposted January 24, 2014 at 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)posted January 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    White chicken chili is one of my favorites!


  16. Sunnyposted January 24, 2014 at 7:18 pm

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


  17. Heatherposted January 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

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


  18. marlaposted January 26, 2014 at 11:10 am

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


  19. Amandaposted January 27, 2014 at 7:06 am

    That looks amazing!


  20. Shainaposted January 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Looks divine!


  21. Nutmeg Nannyposted February 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm

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


  22. Sabineposted February 9, 2014 at 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 Kitchenposted February 17, 2014 at 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!


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  25. Hayleyposted February 24, 2014 at 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 :)

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  28. Crystalposted May 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm

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


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  30. typeogirlposted June 28, 2014 at 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!


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  35. Jeriposted September 20, 2014 at 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!


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  39. Tina Brownposted September 29, 2014 at 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! :)


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  41. Pamelaposted October 8, 2014 at 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.


  42. Siobhanposted October 23, 2014 at 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!


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  46. Nancy Smithposted November 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm

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


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  49. Stephposted January 20, 2015 at 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


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  55. Nadiaposted March 2, 2015 at 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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  57. Elizabeth Nylandposted April 26, 2015 at 11:05 am

    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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  61. Jennifer @ Paleo On The Goposted June 25, 2015 at 11:47 am

    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!


  62. Katifitchickposted September 15, 2015 at 10:53 am

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


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  65. Linaposted November 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    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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