Creamy White Chili

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.


7 servings

Updated: Dec. 31, 2023
Years ago, as a time-starved college student, I got this wonderful recipe from my sister-in-law. She had made a big batch and served it to a crowd one night. It was a hit—and easy and quick. In all my years of cooking, I’ve never had another dish get so many compliments. —Laura Brewer, Lafayette, Indiana


  • 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 chiles
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Optional: Tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, and sliced seeded jalapeno pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the chicken, onion and garlic powder in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add the beans, broth, chiles and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and heavy cream. If desired, top with tortilla chips, cheese and jalapenos.

Creamy White Chili Tips

How do you make white chili thicker?

Prefer your chili recipes a little thicker? Reserve 1 cup of the beans and mash in a bowl, and then stir into the chili. Four ounces of cubed cream cheese added in the last 10 minutes of cooking will also thicken the chili slightly.

What goes well with white chicken chili?

Cornbread and chili go hand-in-hand. Try this Colorful Cornbread Salad for a fresh, crisp twist on a classic favorite.

Where does white chili come from?

There isn't a simple answer to that! But while there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on where white chili originated, we can all agree that it’s positively delicious.

Research contributed by Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager

Nutrition Facts

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