White Chicken Chili

This white chicken chili is a savory dish perfect to eat on a cool day. It combines shredded chicken, white beans, cheese, and seasonings for that little extra bite. You’ll love how easy this chili goes together.

Whether you’re a fan of mild or spicy chili, this recipe can be adjusted to your taste preferences. You can add more or less chili powder, and cayenne pepper, or substitute a different chile pepper to make it as mild or as spicy as you like. With a few simple steps, you can have a delicious and comforting bowl of white chicken chili in no time.

White chicken chili

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients to make white chicken chili

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Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

A hearty chili full of chicken, white beans, chili peppers, and corn
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Servings: 6
Calories: 276kcal


  • dutch oven


  • 3 cups diced or shredded chicken (approx. 1 1/2 lb of chicken breasts)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 32 oz container chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper (more to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 7 oz mild diced green chiles
  • 3 15 oz cans cannellini beans, divided
  • 1 cup corn (I prefer fresh corn, but frozen will work)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (more for garnish)

Toppings (optional)

  • tortilla chips
  • sour cream
  • jalapenos
  • lime wedges
  • cilantro
  • shredded cheese
  • avocado


  • Mince garlic, dice an onion, finely chop the cilantro, and cut the cream cheese into small cubes.
  • Drain and rinse the cannellini beans. Puree 1 1/2 cups of beans and 1/2 cup of chicken broth using a food processor or blender.
  • Heat olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat.
  • Saute onions for 3 minutes. Then add garlic and saute for an additional minute.
  • Add the chicken broth, cumin, oregano, chili powder, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the cream cheese and stir until it fully melts.
  • Add the corn, green chiles, white beans, bean puree, and chicken. Bring to a simmer and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cilantro and serve.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 707IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
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