White Chicken Chili {recipe}

While we still have some cool nights in which to enjoy a nice warm comfort food like chili, I thought I’d better post this! I used to make white chili quite often for my husband but stopped due to the fact that the store bought mix I used contained way to many ingredients that I didn’t care for. After some searching and tweaking I came up with one that my husband won’t stop ranting about and one that doesn’t include a mix, or can, or anything else packaged!

white chicken chili


White Chicken Chili {recipe}
Recipe type: Meat, Poultry, and Seafood
  • 1 Tbsp butter or oil
  • 2 cups cubed chicken (you can use leftover roast chicken as well, but it will ‘shred’)
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 tsp dried minced garlic or garlic powder)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or more depending on how thick/thin you like your chili)
  • 2 Anaheim peppers, chopped and seeds removed
  • 1-3 jalapenos, chopped and seeds removed (depending on ripeness they vary from mild to spicy)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp oregano
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups cooked cannellini beans (or white northern)
  • 12 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • optional: red pepper flakes (for added spice if the jalapenos don’t give it enough kick!) sour cream, and salsa
Method of Preparation
  1. Pour the oil into a hot pan and cook chicken until done. (drain if it gets really greasy)
  2. Add onions and cook over medium until onions become tender. Add the garlic and and peppers, simmer for an additional minute.
  3. Add in the chicken, broth, beans and additional seasonings, simmering for at least 20 minutes. Taste and add red pepper flakes if needed.
  4. Stir in about 8 ounces of the shredded cheese, simmer for another 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
  5. Top with the rest of the cheese, sour cream, or salsa and serve.
  6. This recipe is easily doubled and can be made in the crockpot and left to simmer all day as well. (though leave out the cheese until the last 15 minutes of cooking)

white chicken chili

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. I’m pretty sure all our chilly nights are a thing of winter past now, but this sounds so good I might make it anyways!

  2. My mom just made this yesterday for Sunday dinner. It is a favorite of mine!

  3. oh, YUMMY!!! I am gonna have to try this for taking to the ballpark!! Yes, it’s hot, but when the kids are exhausted from playing ball, this is total comfort food!!!

  4. Wow, that looks delicious! I don’t mix meat and dairy, so I’ll probably have to add extra spices instead of the cheese, but it sounds like it will be amazing. Definitely going to bookmark this.

    donielle Reply:

    @Debbie, Totally doable as dairy free! I’d just simmer it down till it’s the right consistency for you. (The cheese makes it a bit creamier but without it’ll just be ‘runnier’)

    Debbie Reply:

    @donielle, thanks for the tip!

    Dawn Norman Reply:

    @Debbie, I can’t have dairy right now either so when I make white chicken chili I throw some of the beans in the food processor until they’re mashed up and put them in the soup to thicken it up. Works like a charm! My family adds the cheese to their individual bowls on serving. Sounds so yummy that I wish I had some now!

    Vanderbilt Wife Reply:

    Thanks for the great idea! I can’t eat cheese because my nursing son can’t tolerate it, so I will be going with that plan!

  5. I like it! A native Californian, I love a good chili, but here in France, pinto beans and black beans are hard to find–but not white beans. I may have to give this a try. Sounds yummy and healthy. Also, it’s a great candidate for a thermal cooker.

  6. I love white chicken chili, it’s the best !!!!

  7. This was SO good! My family loved it!

    donielle Reply:

    @Becky @ Our Peaceful Home, So glad you enjoyed it!! It’s one of our favorites around here too!

  8. Jennifer S. says:

    Donielle, I Made this tonight. It was quite good. But i just wanted to let you know your directions are a little off. It says to add the beans twice and never says what to do with the chilies. Even tho I am a novice cook, I just reasoned when things were supposed to happen and it turned out alright.
    But maybe you can fix it for the future. :) Just FYI

  9. Hey Donielle, I just wanted to let you know that I posted a collection of my favorite soups on our blog today and I linked this recipe! http://www.cheekybumsblog.com/2012/10/20-autumn-soup-recipes/
    Thanks for all the work you do on your blog – absolutely love it! Keep up the amazing work! Blessings! – kelsi

    donielle Reply:

    @Kelsi @ Cheeky Bums Blog, Thanks! Stumbled your post. :-)


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