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White Chicken Chili gets some cajun flair with andouille sausage, shrimp, and cajun spices for a hearty white chili that will knock your socks off!

white chicken chili with sour cream and cilantro on top in a white bowl

Are you ready to take your white chicken chili to a whole new level? This white chili is packed full of cajun goodness. It starts with some chicken and andouille sausage and then the cajun vegetable trinity are added in. You can’t have a good cajun chili without the trinity. Mix in some cajun style spice mix and some beans, thicken it up, and then finish it off with some shrimp and you’ve got yourself a white chili that is worthy of an award!

If you can’t find andouille sausage where you live, you can use another smoked pork sausage. When buying the shrimp for this recipe, choose shrimp that are on the smaller end, or cut your shrimp into pieces. Be sure that your shrimp is peeled and deveined and remove the tail before using it in this recipe.

  • What is the Holy Trinity in New Orleans cooking?

    The holy trinity of cajun New Orleans cooking is onion, celery, and bell pepper. It provides the base for many different cajun/creole dishes.
  • What spices are in andouille sausages?

    Andouille sausage is a Louisiana cajun style sausage made using pork, garlic, onions, and peppers. It is coarsely grained, stuffed into a casing, and smoked.
  • Heavy Cream & Dairy Free Substitutes:

    We love the creaminess and thickness from heavy cream, but you can substitute with half and half, which is a mixture of half cream and half whole milk.

    If you want to keep this dish dairy free, you can use your preferred plant based milk, however it will not be as thick or creamy as with heavy cream or half and half.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious Cajun inspired recipes:

cajun white chicken chili in stockpot with ladle scooping

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cajun white chicken chili with sour cream and cilantro in a white bowl
White Chicken Chili gets some cajun flair with andouille sausage, shrimp, and cajun spices for a hearty white chili that will knock your socks off!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed
  • 16 oz andouille sausage sliced
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 4 stalks celery diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans 14-1/2 ounces each white beans, drained
  • 1/2 pound small shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Pour olive oil into a large pot over medium high heat. Add in sausage and chicken and cook until browned.
  • Add in onion, celery, bell pepper, and jalapeno and saute 5 minutes until soft.
  • Stir in garlic, cumin, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and flour. Cook 1 minute.
  • Pour in chicken broth and white beans and bring to a simmer. Simmer 10 minutes.
  • Stir in shrimp and heavy cream and cook 2-3 minutes, until shrimp turn pink. Serve hot.


Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1031mg | Potassium: 610mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 25.7mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cajun chili
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Marcellus McKinney
November 26, 2018 8:24 pm

5 stars
I made this today for a chili cook off at work. I came in 1st place.

October 15, 2017 4:59 pm


Ora Hill
September 16, 2020 8:58 am

5 stars
I will try this recipe. Never had shrimp in chili. Thank you. You made it so simple.

March 1, 2019 10:33 am

I love this dish, this is the third time I am making it and mouth is watering already 5 Stars, won’t let me fill in the stars

January 2, 2019 1:19 pm

Could I sub kidney beans instead?

Karen Treybig
November 15, 2018 12:27 pm

5 stars
Made this for my family minus the shrimp and bell pepper. Good recipe. Going onto my soup meal rotation list.

September 15, 2018 6:13 pm

5 stars
my fiancé loves this! I’ve made it for him about 4 times. My only concern is that I follow the recipe completely and it’s very liquidy. maybe I’ll try 3 cups of chicken broth instead of 4 next time

January 11, 2018 7:53 pm

Explain whit enbeans please could you subistute white nwpvy beans. Thanks

December 17, 2017 12:44 pm

4 stars
Can you pour this over rice

December 16, 2017 5:33 pm

I am going to make this for the week and can’t wait to have it for lunch!!!

October 28, 2017 11:44 am

Is it possible to make this without the cream? Will it still be good IYO? Thanks

October 29, 2017 10:11 am

Thanks so much!

January 2, 2018 11:07 pm
Reply to  Jani

5 stars
I stirred in a half a an of refried beans, just a splash of half & half, and a tablespoon of powdered milk the swcond time I made it, & dont miss cream at all!

Pat Ross
October 21, 2017 1:19 pm

This is a fantastic recipe. I omitted the shrimp as I find they give off a fishy taste to leftover. Otherwise, it’s a total winner!

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