White Chicken Chili Recipe (2024)

This delicious White Chicken Chili recipe with tender chicken, hearty beans, and savory broth. Make this cozy meal on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, or in the Instant Pot. Recipe variations to make it creamy or vegetarian!

Looking for more savory chili and soup recipes? My Classic Chili is another favorite I make frequently in addition to this easy chicken chili recipe. Homemade soups like my chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup and my grandmother’s potato soup are delicious, comforting go-to recipes, too!

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Many years ago, I thought about how much my family and I enjoyed White Chicken Chili, so I developed my own recipe – and I believe it’s the BEST! It’s perfect for a cozy weeknight meal and makes a festive game day addition to other tailgating favorites! And when you crave the creamy heartiness of chicken chili that even the kids will enjoy, this is the one to make! My entire family loves this chili, as well as my easy Instant Pot chili and Black Bean Chili, and enjoy them all often.

White Chicken Chili Recipe

This delicious white chicken chili recipe can be made easily by whatever method works best for you. It’s simple to make but also perfect for meal prep as it can be made ahead and frozen too. Make this if you’ve got some leftover chicken breast from dinner the night before – or easily cook with any of the three cooking methods in this recipe. There are also methods to make Creamy White Chicken Chili or Vegetarian White Chili if you wish! It is a favorite chicken recipe for a cozy and satisfying meal!

Table of Contents

  • White Chicken Chili Recipe
  • What We Love About White Chicken Chili
  • How to Make White Chicken Chili
  • Ingredients
  • Toppings to Serve with White Chicken Chili
  • Step-by-Step Instructions – Three Cooking Methods
  • Stovetop White Chicken ChiliRecipe
  • Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe
  • Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe
  • Recipe Tip
  • Recipe Variations
  • Storage Tips
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • More Delicious and Easy Chicken Recipes
  • White Chicken Chili Recipe

What We Love About White Chicken Chili

  • Versatile and Easy To Cook – I’ve shared three easy methods to make it – on the stovetop or Instant Pot and in your slow cooker or crockpot when you need to let it cook slowly during the day.
  • Easy Chicken Recipe – Chicken is an easy meat to make ahead or have leftovers to eat later. This recipe is a delicious way to use leftover chicken, making it such an easy chicken recipe to make ahead or prepare at dinner time.
  • Mild Flavor Enjoyed By Wide Range of People – This chili recipe can be a bit milder than many traditional beef versions, so I’ve found that everyone from children to adults enjoys it. (Even my somewhat picky son loved it even when he was a young boy!) And it’s also great when made a little hotter. Absolutely delicious – I think it’s the best out there.

How to Make White Chicken Chili

I love how versatile this recipe is to make!I’ve included the traditional stovetop instructions in the recipe, but I have also included how to prepare in the slow cooker as well as in the Instant Pot. You’ll also find freezer instructions in the recipe notes, as well as an instructional video.

Here are three ways to make it.

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Ingredients

Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

  • Chicken – Use four skinless, boneless chicken breasts. You can use chicken breast you’ve made ahead, have leftovers, or use a rotisserie chicken in a pinch. Substitute with your favorite cut of chicken.
  • Chicken Stock– I like to use this homemade, but you can use your favorite store brand.
  • Garlic and Onions – one minced garlic clove and one diced onion. These add a lot of flavor, but if you are sensitive to either of these ingredients, you can reduce them or omit them.
  • White Beans – You can use any of your favorite white beans, such as navy beans, Great Northern, or Cannellini beans. Drain the liquids from the can of beans. I prefer to rinse the beans as well before adding to the chili.
  • Diced Green Chilis – Use one can, including all liquids from the chilis, as it adds flavor and spiciness to the recipe.
  • Seasonings – Use dried oregano, cumin, and chili powder. You can use a bit less of the chili powder if you wish to make it less spicy and can use a bit more to add extra heat if you wish.
  • Salt and Pepper – balance the flavors of the chili.
  • Fresh Oregano – Fresh oregano adds a fresh flavor to the chili as well as a bit of color. It is an optional ingredient.

Toppings to Serve with White Chicken Chili

This chili is scrumptious as served right out of the pot, but there are a few condiments that taste great with it. I like to serve the chili with these optional toppings buffet style. Pair the chili and your desired toppings with cornbread, cornbread muffins, or tortillas for a satisfying dish!

  • sliced avocado
  • sour cream
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • sliced jalapeno peppers
  • lime wedges
  • tortilla chips

Step-by-Step Instructions – Three Cooking Methods

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Prep. To make this recipe on the stovetop, add the chicken to a 4-quart Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat.

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Cook. Add chicken stock and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Shred chicken with two forks and then add back to the liquid. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir until well combined. Taste and add more chili powder if more heat is desired. Simmer over low heat for about 5 more minutes.

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Serve. Garnish and serve chili.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

  1. Prep. Add the chicken, chicken stock, garlic, onion,chilis, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cook. Cook for 8 hours on low. Shred chicken with two forks and stir in white beans and fresh oregano, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. Serve. Once the chili is done, garnish and serve.
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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe

  1. Prep. Add the chicken, chicken stock, garlic, onions, beans, chilis, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper to your Instant Pot and secure the lid with the vent closed.
  2. Cook. Set your Instant Pot to High pressure for 20 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then, using a pot holder, carefully use the quick release. Remove the lid from the Instant Pot and shred the chicken using two forks. Stir to combine all of the ingredients.
  3. Serve. Once the chili is done, garnish and serve.
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Recipe Tip

Ways to thicken this chili:

  • Gently mash one-third of the can of white beans in the chili mixture.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of all-purpose flour to a small amount of milk or half-and-half, mix well, and add to chili in the last 30 to 40 minutes of cooking time.

Recipe Variations

Creamy White Chicken Chili – For a creamier version of this delicious chili, add 4 ounces of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of sour cream – and then gently fold in about 1/2 cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese before serving. Yum!

Vegetarian White Chili – Substitute an additional can of white beans or a can of chickpeas for the chicken and use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

Storage Tips

To refrigerate:

  • Once the chili is cooled, place in airtight containers or wrap tightly and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days.
  • When ready to eat, place in a stockpot and reheat on the stove until heated throughout. You can also reheat in the microwave for 45-second intervals at 80% power, stirring after each interval until it’s completely heated throughout. Serve and enjoy!

To freeze:

  • Once the chili is completely cooled, ladle into an airtight, freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • When ready to eat, remove from the freezer and place in the refrigerator to defrost the night before planning to serve. Then you can either place in your slow cooker on Low to allow the chili to slowly warm throughout the day to serve for supper that evening, or you can pour the chili into a large stockpot for reheating on the stovetop until heated throughout. You can also reheat in the microwave for 45-second intervals at 80% power, stirring after each interval until it’s heated throughout. Serve and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze white chicken chili?

Yes! It freezes and reheats well and is great for make-ahead meals and meal prepping.

What beans go in white chicken chili?

White beans like Navy beans, Great Northern, and Cannellini beans are delicious in this chili.

More Delicious and Easy Chicken Recipes

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Best Baked Chicken Breast

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Salad with Grapes

Here’s my White Chicken Chili recipe. I think you’ll love it!

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White Chicken Chili Recipe

Robyn Stone

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This delicious White Chicken Chili recipe with tender chicken, hearty beans, and savory broth. Make this cozy meal on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, or in the Instant Pot. Recipe variations to make it creamy or vegetarian!

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained
  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chiles, with liquids
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

Instructions

Stovetop White Chicken Chili Recipe

  • Add chicken to a 4-quart, heavy bottomed Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat. Add chicken stock and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Shred chicken with two forks and then add back to the liquid.

  • Add garlic and onion to stockpot, white beans, green chilis, dried oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and chopped fresh oregano. Stir until well-combined. Taste for flavor and adjust to your preference.

  • Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

  • Add chicken, chicken stock, garlic, onion, chilis, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper to a 6-quart slow cooker. Cook for 8 hours on low. Shred chicken with two forks and stir in white beans and fresh oregano and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve.

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe

  • Add the chicken, chicken stock, garlic, onions, beans, chilis, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper to your Instant Pot and secure the lid with the vent closed.

  • Set you Instant Pot to High pressure for 20 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then, using a pot holder, carefully use the quick release. Remove the lid from the Instant Pot and shred the chicken using two forks. Stir to combine all of the ingredients and serve.

Notes

RECIPE VARIATIONS

Creamy White Chicken Chili – For a creamier version of this delicious chili, add 4 ounces of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of sour cream – and then gently fold in about 1/2 cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese before serving. Yum!

Vegetarian White Chili – Substitute an additional can of white beans or a can of chickpeas for the chicken and use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

STORAGE TIPS

Refrigerator Instructions:

  • Once the chili is cooled, place in airtight containers or wrap tightly and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days.
  • When ready to eat, place in a stockpot and reheat on the stove until heated throughout. You can also reheat in the microwave for 45 second intervals at 80% power, stirring after each interval until it’s completely heated throughout. Serve and enjoy!

Freezer Instructions:

  • Prepare recipe as instructed and then ladle it into an airtight container. I use deli containers or large Mason jars so that it doesn’t take up as much room in my refrigerator or freezer. Freeze.
  • Remove from freezer and place in the refrigerator to defrost the night before planning to serve. Then, either place in your slow cooker on low to allow the chili to slowly warm throughout the day for serving for supper or pour into a large stockpot for reheating. Additionally, you can reheat in the microwave at 45 second intervals at about 80% power, stirring after each interval until heated throughout.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 150mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Robyn xo

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Updated to include various cooking and freezing methods and recipe variations. Originally published 2012.

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FAQs

What is the trick to a good chili? ›

Rumi Spice's top tips for making chili:
  1. Brown the Meat.
  2. Don't Forget Vegetables.
  3. Elevate with Extra Flavor.
  4. Only Add Flavorful Liquids.
  5. Opt for Dried Beans.
  6. Season Early and Often.
  7. Add Some Acidity at the End.
  8. Top It Off.

How do you thicken white chicken chili without cornstarch? ›

Usually, 1 to 2 tablespoons of cornmeal are all you will need to get a nice, thick texture. Let the chili simmer for an additional 10 minutes or so, stirring frequently until you've reached your desired thickness.

How can I make my white chicken chili less spicy? ›

Add a generous dollop of sour cream, creme fraiche, or yogurt to scorching hot chili or stews, or even a touch of milk or cream. For best results, though, go with full-fat dairy. For tomato sauces and stews that don't want dairy, try shredding some cheese on top. Photo by Meredith.

What not to put in chili? ›

Beans and non-vegetable fillers such as rice and pasta are not allowed." If that sounds a bit uptight, the ICS's Homestyle Chili competition defines chili as: "any kind of meat, or combination of meats, and/or vegetables cooked with beans, chili peppers, various spices, and other ingredients.

What is the most important spice in chili? ›

Most Common Chili Spices. Cumin, Chile Powders, and Paprika are the most common spices in chili followed by garlic, onion, coriander, Mexican oregano, and bay leaves. These ingredients can be combined to create a savory and well-balanced pot of top notch comfort food.

What can I add to white chicken chili to thicken it? ›

Add 4 oz. of cream cheese (cut into chunks) to the chili and stir until it has melted in. Stir in ½ cup sour cream. To thicken the chili further, smash some of the beans against the side of the pot. The chili will thicken even more as it begins to cool.

What can I use to thicken up white chicken chili? ›

The good news is there are lots of easy ways to thicken up your chili with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry— flour, cornmeal, pureed beans, cornstarch, or even crushed tortilla chips will help do the job, along with some good old extra simmering time.

What can I use to thicken my white chicken chili? ›

All-purpose flour and cornstarch are useful for thickening chili, as well as sauces, soups, and stews. However, you'll want to avoid adding these ingredients directly to your recipe, as this will result in clumps. Instead, create a slurry and add it slowly to help the thickener fully incorporate.

Does tomato paste make chili thicker? ›

Not only will tomato paste add a tangy flavor to the dish, but it will also act as a thickening agent. For this purpose, you can use homemade or store-bought tomato paste. Add 1 can of the paste to your pot of chili, stir the mixture, and let it cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes.

Should chili be thick or soupy? ›

Chili should be thick and hearty enough to be a meal on its own, but sometimes there's just a bit more liquid than you want in the pot. While you can simply keep simmering the chili, that method risks overcooking softer ingredients like the beans, losing all your nice texture to mushy monotony.

What liquid to add to chili? ›

Chili cooks low and slow, so you need enough liquid to tenderize the meat and keep everything from drying out. That liquid should also add flavor to the chili, so use chicken, beef, or vegetable stock, or beer.

Should you add sugar to chili? ›

The chili tastes completely different without the brown sugar so if you like a subtle sweetness in your chili then you've just got to go for it! Trust me, it will not make your chili taste like candy. It's all about balance between spicy, smoky, and sweet.

Does adding potato reduce spice? ›

Bulk up the Recipe to Dilute the Spice

Protein can help thin out the spicy ingredients as long as they haven't been preseasoned with the same heat-building ingredients. Starches like potatoes, rice, pasta, and bread work to soak up and diffuse spiciness without adding distinct flavors that may alter the recipe.

Should you simmer chili covered or uncovered? ›

Chili can be cooked uncovered or covered, but both are preferable. Chili cooked uncovered will thicken and reduce in liquid, making it a more hearty dish. When covering your chili, you will keep the heat in and prevent it from boiling over.

How does Martha Stewart make chili? ›

Add chili powder, cocoa, and tomato paste; cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Add tomatoes, broth, and cooked beef. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until thickened slightly, 25 to 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; serve with sour cream and chives.

What gives chili its kick? ›

Canned tomatoes with green chiles, chili powder, ground black pepper and cayenne all add varying amounts of heat to the chili. If you want to really turn things up, use hot chili powder and the full amount of cayenne pepper. Also, make sure your spices are fresh.

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