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White Chicken Chili

Folks will enjoy a change from traditional chili when they dip their spoons into this flavorful blend of tender chicken, white beans and just enough zip. This is our favorite white chicken chili recipe. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 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 chiles
  • 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 shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sliced jalapeno pepper, optional


  • 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, chiles, cumin, oregano and cayenne; bring to a boil.
  • 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.
  • Top each serving with cheese and, if desired, jalapeno pepper.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water if necessary.

White Chicken Chili Tips

How do you make white chicken chili taste even better?

If you’re looking to enhance the chili's flavor, try adding 1 teaspoon of granulated chicken bouillon to give the broth additional richness (if you're feeling adventurous, try making your own homemade broth!). Not only will using cooked rotisserie chicken save time, it will also add a great blend of flavors and saltiness. For added creaminess, add a dollop of sour cream to your bowl.

Can you freeze white chicken chili?

Yes, you can freeze white chicken chili! Chili is a great dish to make ahead and freeze. We recommend storing it in freezer containers. (Learn how to properly store and freeze chili so that it stays fresh and delicious.) When you're ready to use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water if necessary.

What sides go well with white chicken chili?

Make this chili the perfect meal by pairing it with our favorite Mexican cornbread or any of our other cornbread recipes. Or add a refreshing side salad in the mix like our guacamole tossed salad.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 219 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 644mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 7g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


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  • joycerm53
    Mar 8, 2021

    Great recipe!!! I make it as written, freeze in individual 1 cup “cubes” and enjoy for lunch. I sometimes change it up with whatever beans I have on hand. Joyce Moynihan, Taste of Home Community Cook.

  • Gina
    Feb 17, 2021

    This recipe was absolutely delicious ... I used rotisserie chicken instead . I’ve never put cayenne pepper in mine before - it was the extra kick that was needed . I was planning to freeze half ... nope it won’t make it to the freezer .

  • Kelly
    Feb 12, 2021

    1 1/2 tsp of cayenne in this - ruined it - so disappointed- couldn’t taste anything but heat and we love hot food. Had to add more chicken broth, more beans, more chili’s and eat on rice to get the flavor. I’ve made several of these white chili recipes and by far, this was the worst.

  • gremaux
    Feb 3, 2021

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  • mrscessna
    Jan 31, 2021

    Flavorful and easy.

  • Becky
    Dec 2, 2020

    This was how I used leftover turkey from Thanksgiving to give it a try. In a household of 2, I halved the recipe and it was a perfect amount. We both liked it and I will use this again. I forgot the cheese but will try that next time. I also used only a pinch of cayenne because neither of us can tolerate that much spice. Great easy recipe!

  • J.D.
    Dec 2, 2020

    TOH TYSVMFS, we love this recipe --> DELISH! ?????? After taste, we find it to be an easy recipe to follow & execute; along with a pan of corn, cheddar, jalapeños cornbread it's a crowd pleaser for GameDay, warming up on a cold day, using leftover chicken, cooking & gifting with Family & Friends or stocking in the freezer for a rainy or busy day. THANKS AGAIN!!!

  • krysfielder
    Nov 24, 2020

    Excellent! I cut the cayenne pepper in half so it isn't too spicy. I serve it with homemade dinner rolls for a perfect fall or winter comfort meal.

  • Lorri
    Nov 17, 2020

    This is our absolute favorite white chicken chili! While I do improvise on a couple I add a can of corn and a can if creamed corn for sweetness and is amazing. My hubby requests it frequently! Love it!

  • Nicole
    Oct 22, 2020

    Tasty recipe - family devoured it (none left for a second meal)!