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White Chicken Chili

This White Chicken Chili is hearty, full of beans and has a nice kick of spice. Serve with lime wedges, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro and tortilla chips. Ready in less than 1 hour.

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy dinner idea this White Chicken is delicious! It’s a nice change and a great addition to your dinner rotation.

a top down image of a yellow bowl filled with white chicken chili. the bowl sits next to a small bowl of slices of avocado

  • QUICK – This white chicken chili can be on your table in 1 hour or less!
  • HEALTHY – Full of healthy chicken, beans and corn.
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY – This chili will quickly become a family favourite!
a top down image of two yellow bowls filled with white chicken chili, and a bowl of corn chips. the bowls sit on a blue napkin on a wooden table.

White Chili?

Yes! What exactly is white chili? Well, it’s chili with a white sauce…it has no tomatoes in it which gives traditional chili it’s deep rich colour. Instead, this white chicken chili has a creamy and flavourful white sauce. It’s SO delicious.

a top down image of a yellow bowl filled with white chicken chili. the bowl sits on a blue napkin on a wooden table

Recipe Shortcut

A great thing about this chili is that you can have it on your dinner table in 1 hour, from start to finish! And if you want to make things even more simple, grab a rotisserie chicken from your grocery store for this recipe.

a top down image of a yellow bowl filled with white chicken chili. next to the bowl sits a small bowl of avocado

White Chicken Chili Menu Idea

Serve bowls of this white chicken chili with fresh lime wedges (squeeze the fresh lime juice into your bowl of chili), top with a little shredded cheese, fresh cilantro, slices of avocado and tortilla chips…your family will love it! It’s also delicious served over a bed of steamed rice.

a top down image of two yellow bowls filled with white chicken chili, and a bowl of corn chips. the bowls sit on a blue napkin on a wooden table.

White Chicken Chili Tips & Tricks

  • Chicken: You can use any cut of chicken for this recipe, just make sure to shred it before adding to the chili. My favourite is ready-made, store bought shredded rotisserie chicken, it’s quick and delicious!
  • White Beans: This recipe uses white kidney beans (cannellini beans).
  • Cream: You can use half & half cream or 3% milk.
  • Serve with: Tortilla or corn chips. Steamed rice and slices of avocado are also delicious.
  • What should the texture of this chili be like? This white chicken chili should not be like a soup, it should be a creamy, chili. If it’s too soupy, continue to simmer until the excess moisture boils off.
  • Leftovers: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: This chili will freeze really well! Store in airtight containers in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw, then simmer on the stove until warm.

I hope you enjoy this white chicken chili recipe as much as we do!

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White Chicken Chili

This White Chicken Chili is hearty, full of beans and has a nice kick of spice. Serve with lime wedges, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro and tortilla chips. Ready in less than 1 hour.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Stovetop

Ingredients

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Chili:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 (8 ounce) can chopped green chilies
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 2 (19 ounce) cans white kidney beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup cream

Chili Toppings:

  • lime wedges
  • fresh cilantro
  • shredded white cheese (like cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese)
  • tortilla or corn chips

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or skillet, warm up 1 tbsp of olive oil over low/medium heat, then saute the onion and garlic until soft.
  2. Stir in the cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir, and cook for about 2 minutes to release all the flavours.
  3. Stir in the chicken broth and the can of chilies, then simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Add the shredded chicken, beans and corn, and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until most of the chicken broth has reduced.
  5. Stir in the sour cream and cream, simmer for a few more minutes, until the chili is of a nice creamy texture.
  6. Serve right away with lime wedges, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro and tortilla chips!

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Please note that this recipe was originally posted February 2014. I have since up dated it with new images and recipe tips. Same great recipe, just more information for you!

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13 Comments

  1. Just stumbled on your blog while googling “white chicken chili recipe” (my husband put in a special request and I didn’t have the first clue as to a good recipe.) I’m glad I did – can’t wait to do some more poking around!

  2. We really enjoyed this version of chili. I forgot the corn, but had some fried mushrooms to add. This recipe is a keeper.

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