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White Chicken Chili

Loaded with creamy white beans, tender chicken, and perfectly spiced, this White Chicken Chili recipe is hearty and filling.
Course chili, Soup
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword white chicken chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 292kcal
Author Buy This Cook That


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast cut into 1/2 sized cubes (or 3 cups chopped, cooked chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 cups mild green chiles undrained
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 64 ounces canned white beans any variety, drained and rinsed (equivalent to four normal sized cans or 8 cups)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup cilantro more or less to taste (may also substitute fresh, chopped spinach)


  • In a large pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the onions and garlic and cook for 7 minutes until golden and tender.
  • Stir in the cubed chicken. Add the cumin, chili powder, oregano, white pepper, and HALF of the salt. Cook and stir until browned, about 7 minutes.
  • Add the undrained green chiles. Gradually stir in the chicken broth, scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a low boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove the lid and stir in the drained and rinsed beans, milk, and cilantro. Heat through and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Serve hot with chopped tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, corn chips, and sour cream if desired.


Nutritional information does NOT include toppings.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 1064mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 16.8mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 5.7mg