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: 219 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 644mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 7g fiber), 19g 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

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1Goodfoodlover 254568
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2016

"This is the first time I made chicken Chili and it was delicious! I used 1 can of great northern beans and 2 cans of Bush's white chili beans with mild chili sauce. Then I only added 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Otherwise I didn't change anything. This was a quick and easy recipe and very delicious."

tigortweet 254093
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016

"Very good! I reduced the cayenne to one top since my kids don't do spicy. I also did it in the crock pot, so I reduced the broth to one can and added a cup of frozen corn. Served with rice, cheese, and sour cream so delicious."

Mollydod33 253468
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

"I created an account just to review this recipe. I have made it 3 times now and my family loves it. It is a little spicy but we love spicy. Delicious and will continue making it!"

macguz53 250675
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

"Great chili recipe, lighter then regular chili."

aug2295 248333
Reviewed May. 17, 2016 Edited May. 22, 2016

"We loved this. I thought it had just enough heat. I would reduce the broth a bit next time since I like it a little thicker."

64linda 245850
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"It is a good recipe but I would cut the cayenne to 1/2 tsp. and less if you don't want it to hot.

I also added a can of creamed corn. I used a 1/2 of tsp of cayenne and I felt it was still too hot so I added a tbsp of butter to mellow it out."

lmtha17 242350
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"Great flavor! It is spicy. Next time may do a little less heat. Strongly recommend !"

ssistrunk 241933
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"This is an awesome recipe! Full of flavor and spice. I used it the first time I made white chicken chili and have been using it ever since. I once lost the recipe and searched for it for 2 hours because it's so good. My husband, coworkers and family love it! It's pretty spicy but we like spicy. I use 1 tsp. of garlic powder instead of minced garlic. I also add 1 tsp. of salt but honestly it's good with or without it.

Also, I have not tried it with the cheese or jalepeno."

Jra927 240978
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"This recipe was very easy to make. My husband and I enjoyed the chilli, but we both agreed it was a bit spicy, and he likes spicy food. I will definitely make this again."

Shuggy12 240559
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"Hubby says Good!!"

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