WHITE CHICKEN CHILI RECIPE
I have been making this white chicken chili since my husband and I were married (13 years!). I remember in college, when we had no kids, my husband worked late nights so he was always gone for dinner. Which gave me time to experiment in the kitchen for dinner and browse all the recipes in magazines that I collected. Which is exactly how I found this white chicken chili recipe.
It's super flavorful, creamy, not too spicy but still flavorful and just really good comfort food and a fun twist to traditional chili.
HOW TO MAKE WHITE CHICKEN CHILI IN ONE POT
I love that this chili is cooked in just one pot! Even the chicken cooks in the same pot as the soup simmers in.
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
- White Onion
- Garlic Powder & Salt
- Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
- Canned Great Northern Beans
- Diced Green Chilies
- Cumin, Oregano, Black Pepper
- Sour Cream
- Heavy Cream
HELPFUL TIPS FOR THIS RECIPE
- Can white chicken chili be frozen? Yes it can be frozen. Although, I will mention that I don't like freezing this chicken chili because of the dairy in it. I find that the texture is a bit off and as it thaws it will appear separated. I personally never freeze this but I know others have just fine.
- What is white chicken chili? White chicken chili is a creamier version of classic chili. Instead of being a tomato based, red chili it is a creamy white based chili. Thanks to the sour cream and heavy cream which is what gives this chili it's creamy white look and taste.
- What beans do I use for white chicken chili? Because this is a white chili you want to be sure and use white great northern beans. Navy beans are another white bean that can be used, or you can also use white cannellini beans (which are white kidney beans). Just make sure that you use a white bean.
- How do I make this recipe spicy? Use a can of hot or medium green chilies. Add some cayenne pepper in with the cumin & oregano. Garnish the chili with jalapeno slices and/or shredded Pepper Jack Cheese.
I prefer to use full-fat sour cream in this recipe. And for best results don't try and substitute the heavy cream, it's what makes this chili so creamy and thick.
I have tried this recipe with ground oregano and it's not good! Use the leafy oregano NOT the ground oregano for best taste. I don't know why the oregano tastes so different (ground vs. leafy) but it does.
You do not have to blend up the diced green chilies with the chicken broth before adding it to the chili. It is all personal preference. My kids, and I, don't like the green chili chunks (especially in soup) which is why I choose to blend it up.
TRY THESE OTHER CHILI RECIPES
- taco chili
- taco ranch chicken chili
- white bean turkey chili
- copycat Wendy's chili recipe
- ground beef queso chili
- slow cooker chicken chili
- baked bean & beef chili
- 8 can chicken chili
One Pot White Chicken Chili
- 1 tablespoon olive oil canola or vegetable oil work fine too
- 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 1 yellow or white onion finely diced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 can (15 oz) low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cans (15 oz) great northern beans drained & rinsed
- 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup heavy cream
- In a soup pot or stock pot (one with a lid), over medium high heat, add the oil, chicken chunks, onion, salt, and garlic powder. Cook and stir until the meat is no longer pink and it looks cooked.*No need to pull out a thermometer here as the chicken will continue to cook as it simmers for 30 minutes. Just make sure the chicken is white and that it looks cooked.
- Drain the excess liquid/water from the chicken cooking.
- Add the chicken broth, drained & rinsed beans, green chilies, cumin, oregano, and pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low, cover with a lid and let it simmer for 30 minutes.*I blend up the chicken broth + green chilies in the blender before adding it into the soup pot. We don't like green chili chunks. This is totally optional depending on preference.
- When done simmering, add the sour cream and heavy cream. Stir to mix it all together and to let the sour cream melt into the chili. Heat for a few minutes before serving.
- Serve with tortilla chips and shredded Monterey Jack cheese. You can also garnish with jalapenos for some spice or use Pepper Jack cheese.