The Easiest Keto White Chicken Chili Recipe

Traditional chili is not part of a low carb diet because it has beans in it. On a low carb diet, you can modify recipes to make keto soup so it is still a delicious comfort food without destroying your diet. Our white chicken chili is a perfect example.

Can You Have Chicken on Keto?

Chicken is a perfect keto food. With zero carbohydrates and so many different ways to cook and enjoy it, it can be a staple item on a keto diet. Just be careful not to eat chicken that has been breaded as that adds carbs.

Is Chili Ok for a Keto Diet?

If you are hoping for traditional keto with lots of beans, you will be disappointed because you can’t have beans on a keto diet. If you are willing to make some adjustments, you can get the general flavors of chili without all the carbs.

Can You Cook Te Keto Chicken Chili in the Crock Pot?

You certainly can put your chili in a crock pot. That can be a handy tool if you have done your meal prep and want to warm up the chili on a busy day. Everyone knows chili is best the second day.

Make the chili one day and the next, just pop it in the crock a couple of hours before supper time and it will slowly reheat while you get things done.

Can You Make Keto Chicken Chili in a Slow Cooker?

If you want to make your white chicken chili in a slow cooker, you might start out with rotisserie chicken instead of growing and cooking your own chicken on the stove top.

The one thing to be very careful of is that cream soups can be fickle in a slow cooker.

Our Delicious Low Carb White Chicken Chili Recipe

Cooking time

  • Prep time: 10 minutes

  • Cook time: 40 minutes

  • Total time: 50 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 stick butter, divided

  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts

  • 2 garlic cloves (or 1 tsp garlic powder)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ¾ cup chicken broth

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 4 oz cream cheese

  • 1 ½ tablespoons onion powder

  • 2 teaspoons cumin

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

  • 1 ½ cups grated Monterey Jack cheese

  • 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chilies


  1. In your favorite skillet, heat one tablespoon of oil and the 2 tablespoons butter on medium heat. Saute garlic in the butter.

  2. While the butter melts, season the chicken with the chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook the chicken on both sides to brown it. Be sure you cook it thoroughly (10-15 minutes total cook time, depending on the thickness of the chicken.)

  3. When finished cooking, put the chicken on a plate to cool. When cool, shred chicken with two forks.

  4. In your favorite large pot, add 6 tablespoons butter, chicken broth, and heavy cream. Cook until it melts together. Add the onion powder, cumin and hot sauce, Bring to a simmer then season with salt and black pepper.

  5. Once everything is melted together and combined nicely, add the shredded chicken, cheese and green chiles.

  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Information

A serving of soup is about 475 calories and 5 net carbs.

Keto White Chicken Chili Variations

  • Cheese: Swap Mexican cheese (or any other cheese) for the Monterey jack for a different taste.

  • Protein: Instead of chicken you can make this with turkey, tofu or even beef in this chili. It is also worth noting that you can substitute chicken thighs for the chicken breasts for a richer flavor.

  • Seasoning: Some different seasonings to try include oregano, cayenne pepper, and cilantro.

  • Veggies: Dice up some bell peppers, jalapeños, cauliflower or another veggie to add some flavor and nutrition to the chili.

Can You Thicken White Chicken Chili?

One way to thicken chili is to use a bit of xanthan gum. You can also toss a little cauliflower rice into the soup. It will absorb some liquid, thus thickening it.