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This White Chicken Chili is the perfect medley of hearty beans and chicken, with just a little bit of heat. It’s super easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes!

Bird's eye view of White Chicken Chili in a  metal ladel above a pot full of white chicken chili.

When it’s time to try a new kind of chili, this recipe measures up! Chicken and cream cheese are the perfect counterpart to beef and tomato based chili. This white chili is the ultimate comfort food—warm, flavorful, and satisfying. There is just a hint of spice but it’s tamed down with rich cream cheese and sweet corn. The broth, cream cheese and chicken make this a hearty and filling dish. This chili is easy to make and everyone loves it.

What toppings go best with white chicken chili?

Popular toppings for this yummy chili include sliced or diced jalapeños, sour cream, avocado, tortilla chips or strips, fresh squeezed lime, and cilantro. This chili also goes great with Easy Skillet Cornbread, Easy Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins, and the Best Homemade Dinner Rolls Ever.

Is this chili spicy?

There is a little warmth in this chili, and most of that can be avoided by not adding cayenne pepper. Additionally, some chili powders are hotter than others, so make sure you can tolerate whichever one you use. The diced green chilies come in mild, medium and hot, so you can adjust the heat coming from those as well.

Can I use other kinds of beans?

A great option for the cannellini beans are great northern beans. If you are craving kidney, pinto or black beans, you can definitely use them, but it will change the color and consistency, so it won’t constitute a white chicken chili.

Slow Cooker Instructions

You don’t need to use the olive oil if you are going to make this in a slow cooker. Add the other ingredients to the slow cooker but omit the cream cheese. Cook on low for about 6-8 hours. Add the cream cheese in about 30 minutes before you are going to eat—long enough for it to melt completely in.

White Chicken Chili topped with cheese jalapeno slices and sourcream all in a white bowl.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warmed through.

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White Chicken Chili topped with cheese jalapeno slices and sourcream all in a white bowl.
This White Chicken Chili is the perfect medley of hearty beans and chicken, with just a little bit of heat. It’s super easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Ingredients

White Chicken Chili

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cubed
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 4 ribs celery diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans white cannellini beans drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) cans green chiles
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro

Suggested Toppings

  • sliced jalapeno
  • diced avocado
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • lime Juice
Instructions
  • Pour olive oil into a large pot over medium high heat. Add in chicken and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in onion, celery, and bell pepper and saute 5 to 7 minutes, until soft.
  • Stir in garlic, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Cook 1 minute.
  • Pour in chicken broth, white beans, corn, and green chilis and bring to a simmer. Simmer 10 minutes.
  • Stir in cream cheese until melted. Stir in cilantro and serve hot, plain, or with desired toppings.
Notes

SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS

You don’t need to use the olive oil if you are going to make this in a slow cooker. Add the other ingredients to the slow cooker but omit the cream cheese. Cook on low for about 6-8 hours. Add the cream cheese in about 30 minutes before you are going to eat—long enough for it to melt completely in.
BEAN OPTIONS
If you can't find cannellini beans, you can also use great northern beans. Kidney, pinto, and black beans will also work but will change the color of the chili. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 588kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 963mg | Potassium: 1654mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Vitamin C: 37.9mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 8mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: White Chicken Chili
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