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Family Favorite White Chicken Chili Recipe

This white chicken chili recipe is hearty, creamy and full of your favorite Tex-Mex flavors.  It’s absolutely delicious and I dare you to try and eat just one bowl! 

White Chicken Chili Recipe

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Family Favorite White Chicken Chili Recipe

Welcome back to day two of soup week! Today I’m sharing a family favorite white chicken chili recipe.

It’s one of those special family recipes that is requested every time the weather turns colder and just makes everyone happy. You know what I mean, right? That moment when you take a bite and it just warms your soul?  Yep, that is exactly what this recipe does.

When I tell you this white chicken chili is frequently requested, I’m not kidding! Hubby loves it, kids love it and even my parents request this chili when they visit. And I don’t mind that request at all.  ANY excuse I get to make this easy chicken chili I’m 100% fine with, because this recipe is a snap to make.

Ok… Truth be told, this chicken chili is not exactly a new recipe to the blog, I’m just re-sharing it with new photos and answers to all the questions I get about making it. 

This white chicken chili one of the very first recipes I posted when I started this blog over 9 years ago. (Wow! 9 years?  Time really flies when you’re having fun!)

This chicken chili recipe has been on “the list” to re-photograph for a while. (Yes, I have a fairly long list of recipes that are fantastic, but the original images are so bad that it’s difficult to entice people to try them. Slowly working through those, lol.)

Let’s just say I’ve learned A LOT about photography over the years. 🙂

I’ve made the recipe several times now with the intention to take new photos, but either the lighting wasn’t quite right or we were just too hungry to stop and take pictures, but I did finally manage to get it done!  

What Exactly is White Chicken Chili Anyway?

As you probably know, a typical chili recipe is tomato-based and made with beef, but a white chili often uses white beans and chicken or pork and is seasoned with cumin, green chilis or jalapenos. Some white chilis are broth-based while others are creamy, like this recipe.

Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe

Ingredients in White Chicken Chili:

Want to give this White Chicken Chili Recip a try?  Here are the ingredients to add to your grocery list:

  • 1 Onion
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • 24 oz chicken, raw or precooked
  • 14 oz chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 7 oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 can mexi-corn (regular corn is fine)
  • 3 15 oz (ish) cans great northern beans
  • 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • Sour cream
  • Optional:
  • cayenne or crushed pepper (optional for extra spice)
  • Green onions, avocado, extra sour cream, tortilla strips, cilantro (whatever you like as additional garnish)

How to Make White Chicken Chili

You can find a printable recipe card and how-to video can be found at the bottom of this blog post.

  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot.  Saute onions and spices for 3 to 4 minutes over med-high heat.
  2. Add chicken and continue sauteing until chicken is cooked, another 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add broth, water and cream of chicken soup to pot, stir until the soup is completely mixed in.
  4. Add 2.5 cans of white beans, corn and diced green chili
  5. Puree 1/2 can of white beans in blender or food processor until smooth (you can add a bit of water if needed.)  Add to puree to chili. (This is what thickens the chili, feel free to puree a bit more if a thicker chili is desired.)
  6. Turn up heat and bring to boil.
  7. Reduce heat, add evaporated milk and sour cream.  Simmer for another 20 minutes or so. Chili will thicken as it cooks.
  8. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Is White Chicken Chili Low Carb? 

I sometimes share low carb recipes,  (I cycle off and on low carb eating) but, no, this recipe is not low carb.  (Waay too many beans to be low carb and I dare you to eat just one bowl, lol.)  If you’re looking for healthier or a lower carb version you could try these 3 soup/chili recipes:

How to make White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili Recipe Tips:

While I find this white chicken chili recipe easy, it’s probably because I’ve made it about half a dozen times.  I know all the shortcuts and tricks to make it perfect for me and my crew.

I’ve gotten a few questions and comments over the years about this recipe, these are the most frequent:

Do I Have to Use Evaporated Milk to Make White Chicken Chili

No, you do not have to use Evaporated Milk.  The main reason I use evaporated milk in my white chicken chili recipe is since evaporated milk has half its water removed, it is thicker and creamier than milk AND it is less likely to curdle than milk. 

That being said, you can substitute half n half or milk in this recipe if you’d like.  The flavor might be slightly less rich, you can fix that by adding a spoonful of better than bullion chicken base or maybe a bit more sour cream.)  For best substitution results, use 3/4 cup of whole milk and 1/4 cup of half n half for every cup of evaporated milk needed. 

How Spicy is this White Chicken Chili Recipe?

This chicken chili recipe is on the mild side. I came up with this recipe for my family (and other Mom’s/ Grandmas’s with small children) so this version is toned down on the spicy scale. 

This recipe is absolutely delicious, so don’t let that stop you from making it!

If you like a lot of heat in your Chicken Chili, feel free to turn it up a notch with jalapenos, cayenne or red pepper flakes.

If I Make my Own White Beans for this Chili Recipe, How Many Cups of Beans Do I Need?

I will occasionally cook a bag of dried beans for this recipe and freeze the leftover beans in 1 cup servings for later use.  If you cook your beans from scratch, 6 cups of beans is the amount I usually set aside for this recipe. 

Keep in mind you might need more salt and other spices if using home-cooked beans in this recipe, it just depends on how you originally seasoned the beans.

My White Chicken Chili Turned Out Too Watery, How Do I Fix It?

If your chili is too watery, you can thicken it up easily in two ways:

1, Use a fork and mash up more of the beans in the pot and then cook it for a few more minutes until chili is thicker.

2. Add a few tablespoons of cornstarch to a few tablespoons of water.  Stir till the cornstarch is completely mixed in.  Add the cornstarch mixture to the chili and bring it back to a simmer for a few minutes.  Reduce heat and cook chili for a few more minutes until thicker.

Help, My Chili is Too Thick!!!

You will find this chili will thicken quite a bit after it has cooled. To thin it out, transfer the chili back to a pot, then over medium heat, add a more chicken broth a quarter cup at a time, till the desired consistency is reached.

Can I Use Pre-cooked Chicken in this Recipe?

YES!!!  Since I discovered my grocery store sells rotisserie chicken already pulled from the bone, that’s almost all I buy now. (The exception being when the store has bulk chicken breasts or thighs on sale. I can never pass up boneless chicken thighs on sale!)

If you choose to use pre-cooked chicken, you will still add the chicken to the pot after sauteing the onions and spices, just don’t saute the chicken any longer than it takes to make sure the chicken is thoroughly coated with the spices.

How to make White Chicken Chili

Can I Make this White Chili Recipe a Crockpot?

Yes, this White Chicken Chili can also be made in a crockpot. 

  • Add the onions, green chiles, chicken, spiceschilies, water and broth to the crock pot.
  • Cook on low 5 to 6 hours.
  • Add beans, corn and evaporated milk to the crockpot and cook an additional 30ish minutes. At the end of the cooking time, stir in the sour cream and heat another few minutes. 
  • Serve with your favorite Toppings

Can I Freeze this White Chicken Chili Recipe  

Yes, you can definitely freeze this White Chicken Chili.  There are 2 ways to freeze it.

  1.  Let chili cool significantly, package it up in 1 to 2 servings into a freezer bag, taking care to remove all the air from the bag.  Then when ready to eat, just microwave it on medium power until defrosted. Transfer to a bowl and continue to heat until warmed through.
  2. The 2nd way, (recommended) is to prepare the recipe up to step 7 (stop before adding milk sour cream) and remove the portion you wish to freeze and set aside.  With the remaining chili in the pot, reduce the amount of sour cream and milk-based on how much chili you removed (say you set aside half, reduce sour cream and milk by half) and finish cooking for tonight’s meal.  Allow the removed portion to cool and place in a freezer bag, taking care to remove all the air, and freeze.  When ready to use, put the frozen bag in the fridge in the morning to defrost.  Then when ready to cook, place chili mixture in a soup pot, and heat to a simmer over medium heat.  Add the milk and sour cream and simmer about 20 minutes.  If at this point, you find the chili too thick for your liking, you can thin it out a bit with a bit of chicken broth.

Last but not least, definitely spice up this chili recipe to whatever the spice level your taste buds want!

Make it mild, make it spicy, but most of all….just make it!

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Easy White Chicken Chili Recipe

Family Favorite White Chicken Chili Recipe

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Description

This white chicken chili recipe is thick, creamy and full of your favorite Tex-Mex flavors.  It’s absolutely delicious and I dare you to eat just one bowl!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. garlic powder
  • 1.5 Tsp cumin
  • 1 Tsp oregano
  • 1/4 Tsp cayenne or crushed pepper (optional for extra spice)
  • 2 large chicken breasts cut into cubes (24 ish oz)
  • 1 14 oz can chicken broth (or 1 3/4 cup)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup water (or more if needed)
  • 1 7 oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 14 oz can mexi-corn (regular corn is fine)
  • 3 14 oz cans great northern beans; drained and rinsed
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot.  Saute onions and spices for 3 to 4 minutes over med high heat.
  2. Add chicken and continue sauteing until chicken is cooked, another 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add broth, water and cream of chicken soup to pot, stir until the soup is completely mixed in.
  4. Add 2.5 cans of white beans, corn and diced green chili
  5. Puree 1/2 can of white beans in blender or food processor until smooth (you can add a bit of water if needed.)  Add to puree to chili. (This is what thickens the chili, feel free to puree a bit more if a thicker chili is desired.)
  6. Turn up heat and bring to boil.
  7. Reduce heat, add evaporated milk and sour cream.  Simmer for another 20 minutes or so.  Chili will thicken as it cooks.
  8. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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