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Paleo White Chicken Chili Recipe

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

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Paleo Chili

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 judgment 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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White Chicken Chili Recipe

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.

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!

What Ingredients Are in White Chicken Chili?

Usually, white chili is loaded with heavy cream and cheese.

My white 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.

Other ingredients used are:

  • boneless skinless chicken breast
  • diced onion
  • bell pepper, any color will do
  • jalapenos, for spice
  • garlic, everything tastes better with garlic
  • ground cumin
  • coriander
  • chicken broth
  • green chiles, for more spice

See The Recipe Card Below For How To Make Paleo White Chicken Chili. Enjoy!

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Paleo White Chicken Chili

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 33 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes
A healthy low carb, low fat, high flavor Paleo Chili that will make your house smell like heaven. (Assuming heaven smells SPICY.) 
Servings: 5 servings



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


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.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 252kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 2044mg, Potassium: 767mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 830IU, Vitamin C: 60.4mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1.9mg
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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94 comments on “Paleo White Chicken Chili Recipe”

  1. I made this tonight, absolutely delicious! And a nice zing.

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  7. Is there another substitute for the arrowroot powder?

  8. 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!!

  9. 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.

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  12. 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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

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  17. Thanks, this sounds great & easy. If we make the Paleo White Chicken Chili, how long would you say it would keep in the fridge?

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

  24. 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!

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  28. 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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  30. 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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  36. 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!

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

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

    • 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.

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  45. 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.

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

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

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  59. 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?

    • 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.

      • 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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  61. 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!

  62. 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.

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

  64. That looks amazing!

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

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

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

  68. White chicken chili is one of my favorites!

  69. 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.

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

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

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

  73. This looks absolutely awesome!!!

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

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

  76. Love this! this chili looks so good!!

  77. Perfect for a cold day!

  78. This is perfect comfort food for these cold days!

  79. 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!

  80. What a fabulous white chicken chili! Dinner!!

  81. 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!