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

5 / 5 (13 Reviews)
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  • 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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90 comments on “Paleo White Chicken Chili

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  3. Belinda Camposposted April 27, 2018 at 9:04 am Reply

    Is there another substitute for the arrowroot powder?

    • Sommerposted May 8, 2018 at 11:38 am Reply

      Hi Belinda,

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

  4. Desireeposted March 12, 2018 at 12:20 am 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!!

    Rating: 5
  5. Sarahposted February 4, 2018 at 12:26 pm 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.

    Rating: 5
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  8. PALEO DIETposted January 8, 2017 at 3:50 am 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

  9. masker lumpur naturgoposted January 7, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply

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

  10. Kentonposted January 3, 2017 at 7:08 am 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.

    Rating: 5
  11. Stephanieposted October 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm 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!

    Rating: 5
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  13. cavediet netposted July 6, 2016 at 12:06 am 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?

    • Sommerposted July 10, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply

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

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  16. Linaposted November 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm 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!

    Rating: 5
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  19. Katifitchickposted September 15, 2015 at 10:53 am Reply

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

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

    Rating: 5
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  24. Elizabeth Nylandposted April 26, 2015 at 11:05 am 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

    Rating: 5
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  26. Nadiaposted March 2, 2015 at 3:18 pm 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

    Rating: 5
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