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White Chicken Chili Recipe
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White Chicken Chili Recipe

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Folks will enjoy a change from the traditional when they spoon into this flavorful blend of tender chunks of chicken, white beans and just enough zip. —Taste of Home Cooking School
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, drained, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Chopped jalapeno pepper, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without jalapeno) equals 219 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 644 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 19 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook chicken and onion in oil until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low. With a potato masher, mash one can of beans until smooth. Add to saucepan. Add remaining beans to saucepan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender.
  3. Top each serving with cheese and jalapeno pepper if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as White Chicken Chili in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Fall 2006, p21

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without jalapeno) equals 219 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 644 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 19 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"This is pretty good! I took the advice of another user and added salt-garlic salt to be exact- and let it simmer for an hour so the flavors had a chance to soak into the rotisserie chicken I used. I doubled the recipe and it seemed a bit soupy, but it was good. If you're making it for kids I recommend cutting back on the heat, but I made a special batch for my husband and I and threw in the diced jalape?os and added a little extra cayenne pepper. Nice and spicy!"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"My favorite chili recipe! Freezes well individual portions, too!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"I couldn't find my usual White Chicken Chili recipe so tried this. I did not add the chiles, cut back on the cayenne pepper, and it was still plenty hot! Have located my usual recipe and will probably make it next time; I like the spice combination in it."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"Easy recipe and delicious too! I cut it down with a guesstimate of measurements because it is just 2 of us. I also sprinkled some Wondra in as it was cooking to thicken it up a bit. Next time I will cut chicken into smaller chunks, mine were a bit large., and add a bit more green chiles. i was very pleased with the taste and look."

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"Always everyone's favorite."

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