White Chili Recipe: How to Make Chicken Chili

A pot of yummy white chili
A pot of yummy white chili | Source
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White chicken chili served with lightly toasted sour dough bread
White chicken chili served with lightly toasted sour dough bread | Source

White chili is the perfect way to warm up on cold winter nights. This spicy cream-based soup is easy to make and is an amazing alternative for a more traditional, tomato-based chili.

What You Will Need

In order to make white chicken chili, you will need to rustle up a few ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 T corn oil
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15 1/2 oz per can) great northern beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
  • Yields: Serves 6 to 8 people
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Everything you need to make yummy white chili
Everything you need to make yummy white chili | Source
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Step 1: Sauté the chicken, onion, and garlic powder in the corn oil.The chicken is done - it's no longer pink! Step 1 is done!Step 2: Add beans, chicken broth, and spicesStep 4: Add the sour cream and heavy whipping cream and stir it all together.
Step 1: Sauté the chicken, onion, and garlic powder in the corn oil.
Step 1: Sauté the chicken, onion, and garlic powder in the corn oil. | Source
The chicken is done - it's no longer pink! Step 1 is done!
The chicken is done - it's no longer pink! Step 1 is done! | Source
Step 2: Add beans, chicken broth, and spices
Step 2: Add beans, chicken broth, and spices | Source
Step 4: Add the sour cream and heavy whipping cream and stir it all together.
Step 4: Add the sour cream and heavy whipping cream and stir it all together. | Source

How to Make White Chili

Step 1: Cut the chicken breast into small pieces (about one inch wide by two inches long.)

Step 2
: In a large pot, add the chicken, oil, onion, and garlic powder. Sauté until the chicken is done.

Step 3: Add the drained great northern beans, chicken broth, salt, cumin, oregano, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to the pot and stir as you bring it to a boil.

Step 3: Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for a half an hour.

Step 4: Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream and heavy whipping cream.

I almost always serve this as the main course with a lightly toasted sourdough or French bread (anything yummy crusty bread) for dipping. I'm one of those folks who uses bread as an eating utensil and white chili is perfect for this!

This recipe makes 6-8 servings. If you want to save some for leftovers you must pour it into small containers and pop them into the refrigerator or freezer right away.

The Temperature Danger Zone

The temperature danger zone is a range between 41°F and 140°F. You'll want foods out of this zone within two hours. Anything with an activated protein (e.g. cooked beans) is especially at risk for spoilage.

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold!

Quick Tips

This soup is super yummy, but it can spoil very easily if it's in the "temperature danger zone" for too long.

White chili contains dairy, meat, and cooked beans so it can spoil more quickly than other foods.

If you get this stuff in the refrigerator or freezer ASAP, it makes for some really yummy leftovers! Just pop it in the microwave and it tastes as if you've just made it! Yum!

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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

@Amira - I'm so glad you liked it! Isn't it fabulous? My dad's the one who introduced this to me. I make a big batch and then freeze the leftovers in bags. It freezes really well... tastes like it's fresh when I reheat it. Great for one of those 'bone cold' days in like January-March when the sleet just really gets to ya'.


Amira 4 years ago

Just finished making this dish. DELICIOUS!!


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

That sounds great. Thank you for sharing.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Looks awesome. YUM! Great recipe for those cold, winter nights.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I was just looking for a different chicken recipe, and here it is. Thanks.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I have a white chicken chili I will sometimes make during the winter. It's a nice change from the usual tomato-based chili. Nice hub, thanks for sharing your recipe.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I don't know if I could convince my husband to eat this, but it looks amazing to me! Perfect for colder weather.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

Voted UP and Useful. I even added a link in my Blog, A Frugal Chef, for my friends to try it also. Thanks for the recipe.


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HubbyHubberton 4 years ago

I really want to try this - it looks so good and the ingredients sound great. I have never had this type of chili before - Thanks! Voted up


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Hound Cat 4 years ago from Los Angeles area of Southern California USA

This really looks like a different kind of chili. If I can get into a better living arrangement, this recipe looks great for me to make. I am a real chili lover and am always interested in different types. Excellently arranged hub that is clear and easy to understand the directions.

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