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White Chicken Chili

I had been wanting to make a pot of White Chicken Chili for some time. Although it sounded interesting, I wasn’t sure whether either of us would like it. We are both a little picky in our own ways, usually involving a dislike of different foods. The first challenge was figuring out which ingredients we both liked. I also wanted a simple recipe with few ingredients that were readily available in my kitchen. Brownie points if it could utilize leftovers.

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With my regular chili recipe in mind, I worked out the main ingredient swaps. I then added a bit of this and a bit of that, and it turned out fantastic! We both loved it! And it was super easy to make!

Short cut ideas: The second time I made this, I didn’t want to go to town to buy the canned beans, so I cooked a 1# bag of beans in the Instant Pot. I had a large cooked chicken breast in the freezer that I thawed and cut in thin slices. Leftover rotisserie chicken would work great, too. I had homemade chicken broth in the freezer, but using powdered chicken broth mixed in 4 cups of water would work too.

Although I used cream cheese in this chili, other recipes I saw used sour cream and shredded cheese stirred into the chili. The cream cheese gave it the perfect amount of creaminess, without making it a cream soup. I didn’t feel like it needed the twang of the sour cream, nor the extra cheese. The green chilis added a nice flavor, but if you want it hotter, substitute diced jalapenos for the green chilis.

White Chicken Chili

Prep 5 minutes Cook 30 minutes Serves  8 Print recipe


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cans (15.5 oz) Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 – 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilis
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 -3 teaspoons (3 cloves) minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces soften cream cheese
  • Optional: shredded Mexican blend cheese


  1. In a large pot, add the onions and broth. Bring the broth to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the beans, chicken, green chilis, cumin and garlic.
  3. Simmer on medium-low 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in soften cream cheese.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Garnish with shredded cheese if desired.

Serve with crackers, cornbread or make my Johnny Cakes.

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I hope you enjoy this White Chicken Chili as much as we did!



28 thoughts on “White Chicken Chili

      1. Just dug out my recipe. It calls for onion, garlic, jalapeno, green chilis, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, chicken broth, 3 cans of white beans, a can of salsa verde, cooked chicken, and colby-jack cheese. The cheese is stirred into the pot when it comes off the stove. It didn’t call for cream cheese like yours did. Now I want some. Lol.

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  1. It was super easy and tasty. Even my somewhat picky Hubby loved it. The pot of White Bean Chili is made on the stove-top. Only the beans were made in an Instant Pot, because I didn’t have any canned white beans in the pantry, nor any already cooked in the freezer. ๐Ÿ™‚

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