By popular request, my award winning chili has now been converted so that you can make it in the pressure cooker! Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili is creamy, spicy and the best chili in town!
I can't tell you how how thankful I am to see the notes pouring in even to this day for a chili I first made several years ago on a whim. It was one of those days where I took a look at what was in my cabinet and came up with a "kitchen sink" kind of meal, that has turned out to be the best kind of meal at all. It's had a few slight adjustments over the years to take into account all of the feedback from all of you who have made it. And today it's getting another kind of adjustment, by popular request, a way to make it in the electric pressure cooker. So today, finally, I share Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili!
How to make chili in the Instant Pot:
- use the sauté function to cook any ground meats, like the ground chicken in this chili
- Add broths, seasonings, water, tomatoes, etc.
- Leave out any dairy or thickeners for later, like the the cream cheese in this recipe
- Seal and cook under pressure for about 8-12 minutes to allow flavors to meld like they've been cooking all day
Is making chili in the Instant Pot really faster than cooking on the stove?
I know many of you will have this question, and it's a comment I get on a lot of recipes. Allow me to explain.
Yes, if you want to make this on the stovetop, then go for it! It's totally possible. However, I like the Instant Pot for a few reasons. Think about the fact that once you toss everything in, you can walk away and go do something else for awhile. That 10 minutes of time under pressure? That's like 45 minutes on the stove, where you'd need to at least keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn't boil over, the flame doesn't go out (if using gas) or that something doesn't go wrong. And yes, you do have to wait around 15 minutes for the pot to come to pressure, but again, that's walk away time where you don't need to be hands on, and I'm all about reducing hands on time for recipes because we all have a lot of other stuff to do.
Some notes about this buffalo chicken chili:
- Yes, you can use chicken breasts if you prefer. Cooking time should be increased to 12 minutes on high pressure and then chicken can be shredded.
- Use less buffalo sauce for less spicy, more for more spicy. Obvious, but you'd be surprised how many comments I get about this being either too spicy or too bland.
- Cream cheese gets added at the end and melted into the chili. Make sure it's room temperature and then just keep stirring. I get this question a lot about the lumps or specks of cream cheese, and you just need to keep stirring. Using a whisk helps.
- Most of all, enjoy and make it your own!! Just be sure to come back and let me know if you win your local chili cook-off!
Equipment needed to make Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili:
- an Instant Pot - 6 quart or larger
- a meat chopper to cook the ground chicken
- a whisk to get the cream cheese smooth
- optional: a separate silicone ring for your Instant Pot in case you also use it for sweet treats (don't want those to taste like buffalo sauce!)
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 15 oz canned white navy beans drained and rinsed
- 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- ¼ cup buffalo wing sauce add more later if needed
- 1 package ranch dressing mix
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon celery salt
- ½ teaspoon dried cilantro
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 oz cream cheese room temp and cut into small pieces
- Heat Instant Pot on sauté and add ground chicken
- Cook while breaking apart with spatula until browned and fully cooked (a teaspoon of oil can be added if needed)
- Turn off Instant Pot and add beans, tomatoes, broth, sauce and seasonings
- Cover, set to seal and high pressure for 10 minutes
- Allow 5 minute natural pressure release when done and then quick release remaining
- Add cream cheese and stir or whisk until smooth