Creamy White Chili Recipe
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Creamy White Chili Recipe

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I got this wonderful chili recipe from my sister-in-law, who made a big batch and served a crowd one night. It was a hit. Plus, it's easy and quick, which is helpful since I'm a college student. In all my years of 4-H cooking, I've never had another dish get so many compliments. —Laura Brewer, Lafayette, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Tortilla chips, optional
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional
  • Sliced seeded jalapeno pepper, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 334 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 1045mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 7g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the chicken, onion and garlic powder in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add the beans, broth, chilies and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and cream. If desired, top with tortilla chips, cheese and jalapenos. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Creamy White Chili in Taste of Home February/March 2001, p25

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268068
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2017

"This is great on a chilly, overcast day. My brother asked for this recipe."

Steve User ID: 9181572 267523
Reviewed May. 31, 2017

"@Christine Cannellini beans ARE great northern beans. duh"

Christine User ID: 3067098 265779
Reviewed May. 9, 2017 Edited May. 12, 2017

"This was very easy and very good! I'm not sure that it yields 7 servings if served as a main course (likely closer to 4). Certainly, pre-cooked chicken (or turkey) could be used for even further ease, making it a great recipe for leftovers. I used cannellini beans and part of me thought they weren't hearty enough. I almost wanted to replace the beans with potato...but then I guess it wouldn't be chili! Either way, I will certainly make it again!"

Chandra User ID: 9145869 264799
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2017

"I was looking for a chili with a white sauce because the tomato sauce gives me heartburn. So does the white but not as bad, when I found this and made it for the first time. Now my family can't get enough of it!! It's not difficult to make at all! And heartburn, yeah probably. BUT WHO CARES THIS STUFF IS THE BOMB!! Thanks for the recipe, it's a hit and a change from the regular hamburger and red sauce. It's my new chili go to!!"

cabincat User ID: 759911 261234
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2017

"Delicious !! I loved it because it skips the tomatoes which I'm tired of lately every quick dish is buried in tomato sauce.

Had to improvise, only had 1 can of chilies, added a tsp of chipotle to make up for it.
1 half breast wasn't a pound 2 was a little over. The extra bit of meat was a bonus.
Don't always have heavy cream on hand, had to leave it out but used a bit of whole milk.
Served it with crispy garlic Texas Toast.
This is worth expanding for a crowd. It's a nice change from red chili that seems to be the rage."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 261069
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2017

"An extraordinary recipe. We all loved this chili! One of the better white chili recipes I've tried."

KathiBentzel User ID: 3760129 260397
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2017

"Make this! You'll be happy you did."

Victoria User ID: 9041235 259789
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2017

"I created an account simply to post this review. That's how good this chili is! I made it as described, and it was seriously amazing! I personally wouldn't change a thing. I plan on making it again this weekend for out of town family that'll be staying with us. Don't hesitate to make this!"

traceycharles User ID: 8219487 259642
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2017

"This was just OK. It wasn't bad but I thought it was missing something (corn? cilantro? not sure what). I gave it 4 stars because of the ease of the recipe. Not sure how this recipe wins cook-off's though..."

Cathy User ID: 9027569 259491
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2017

"I used canned chicken - even faster and easier. A new family favorite!"

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