White Chicken Chili Recipe

White Chicken Chili is one of those cool weather recipes that I can’t get enough of it seems.

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While the Mister and I have always loved the flavors of White Chicken Chili, it wasn’t always one that Little Buddy enjoyed. So, I’d only make it when I had something else planned for him to eat or he was visiting friends or some other excuse. Finally, the other night, I had a serious hankering for a big, piping hot bowl of my white chicken chili that I just couldn’t shake.

I could just taste the spicy flavors mingled with the delicious chicken and I knew I had all of the ingredients to make it in the house.



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As I served big bowls of my white chicken chili for supper, Little Buddy wasn’t too sure he wanted it as much as I did for supper. Finally, he took a bite and said, “Wow, this really is good.”

That’s when I want to run and shout from the rooftops, “He likes it! He really likes it!”

Remember that commercial?

I always say that I’m going to find it on YouTube so that my son can watch it. I know he’ll completely identify with the poor boy who finally takes a taste of something that he just knows he’ll hate only to find out he actually likes it.

That’s the story of my life!


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So, if Little Buddy likes it, you know it has got to be good.

Make it soon and fill your White Chicken Chili craving. You won’t be sorry!


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Here’s my recipe. I think you’ll love it!

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White Chicken Chili Recipe
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White Chicken Chili makes a delicious meal full of spicy chili flavor, white beans and chicken. You'll love this easy White Chicken Chili recipe.
Serves: 6-8
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, with liquids from beans
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilis, with liquids from chilis
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  1. Add chicken to a 4-quart, heavy bottomed Dutch oven or stockpot. Add chicken stock and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Shred chicken with two forks and then add back to the liquid.
  2. Add garlic and onion to stockpot, white beans, green chilis, dried oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and chopped fresh oregano. Stir until well-combined. Taste for flavor and adjust to your preference.
  3. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.


Even though my White Chicken Chili is fairly quick and easy to make, even on the busiest of weeknights. I understand that many times we need to make a few dishes ahead of time for serving later. This recipe works beautifully for that! Here’s how:


Freezer Instructions:

Prepare recipe as instructed and then ladle it into an airtight container. I use deli containers or large Mason jars so that it doesn’t take up as much room in my refrigerator or  freezer. Freeze.

Remove from freezer and place in the refrigerator to defrost the night before planning to serve. Then, either place in your slow cooker on low  to allow the chili to slowly warm throughout the day for serving for supper or pour into a large stockpot for reheating. Additionally, you can reheat in the microwave at 45 second intervals at about 80% power, stirring after each interval until heated throughout.


Robyn xo


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  1. 63

    Shari says

    Well, ended up another can of beans and more cilantro, then added one each of shredded zucchini and yellow squash, cooked for a bit. Not sure if it is still chili with vegies, but it was darn good. Topped with pepper jack (could be any Mexican cheese) and served with crispy tortilla chips. Family went cray…yum!

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      Kim Honeycutt says

      I tried this, adding 1 can of corn and liked it pretty good. The next day, I decided to add another can of beans (mashing them up) to make it a little thicker along with some Texas Pete because we like a bit more heat. Loved it!! Will make it again!! Pinning to my board…Tried It & Liked It.

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    June says

    I looked for this recipe a few days ago but for some reason I couldn’t locate. I needed to ask my friend Faye Smith one more question about her white chicken chilli but she had died about 19 days ago. I found your recipe tonight and it exactly what I was looking for. Thanks

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    Dave says

    I’m a newly retired teacher/football coach playing the role of homemaker for the first time in my life, so I’ve been searching for easy dishes with great flavor. I just finished making this white chicken chile- my reaction is WOW! That is some of the best food I’ve ever tasted! I forgot to pick up cumin yesterday, and it’s 18 degrees with high winds and blowing snow here, so I just doubled the chile powder — delicious!!!

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    I have made this chicken chili recipe at least 4 times and my family loves it. Thanks for sharing. PS, my husband doesn’t usually like chicken chili.

  5. 74

    noelle says

    Made this tonight and my husband and five year old loved it. Only thing I’d add is another can of beans drained. Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Andrea says

    I just finished making the white chicken chili, and WOW Robyn, it is so delicious. My sister, her husband and their four year old daughter are all at home taking antibiotics for sinus infections, so I will take some chili over so that they can enjoy as well. Thanks so much.

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    angie scheppmann says

    I love this recipe. My family loves when I make it and love this over regular chilli. Thank you for sharing.

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    Dale Howell says

    I make white chili all the time and when I do I also add pepper jack cheese after everything else is already hot. Then I add a large dallup of sour cream to my bowl right before I eat it.


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