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White chicken chili topped with tortilla strips, cilantro and avocado.

White Chicken Chili

This white chicken chili is a creamy blend of chicken, chilies, beans and spices, all simmered together to make a hearty one pot meal. A quick and easy dinner option that always gets rave reviews!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 233kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onions diced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno seeds and ribs removed, then minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 7 ounce can diced green chiles drained
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 15 ounce cans cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese cut into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • assorted toppings such as cilantro, tortilla strips and avocado


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the onion to the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes or until just softened.
  • Add the chicken in a single layer. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  • Stir in the garlic and jalapeno and cook for one minute.
  • Add the green chiles, cumin, coriander, oregano and chicken broth, along with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Bring the soup to a simmer. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the cannellini beans, sour cream and cream cheese. Turn the heat to low and simmer, stirring constantly, until the cheese has melted and soup is creamy.
  • Remove the chili from the heat. Stir in the lime juice. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.
  • Serve immediately with toppings of your choice.



Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 442IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg