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Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe

Creamy White Chicken Chili is a favorite, back-to-school, fall and winter meal. Easy, delicious and 30-minutes to the table. Satisfying comfort food dinner!

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Quick, Easy & Affordable

If I’m truthful, this creamy white chicken chili recipe is an affordable meal we enjoy all year around. It’s a filling and spicy variation of chicken soup that’s well received on any cool and rainy day.

Break out your *stock pots and warm your family with toe-toasting comfort food. They’re gonna want seconds and even then, you’ll still get to enjoy some leftovers the next day.

White Chicken Chili is an easy recipe that comes together with a few staple pantry ingredients and can even utilize chicken leftovers. It’s naturally gluten free.

I had Southwest Chicken left over from another meal, so no extra cooking. Just chop it and add it in.

creamy white chicken chili in a white ceramic bowl on a concrete countertop with a turquoise cloth napkin to the right of the bowl

You can do that with my juicy, delicious slow cooker chicken breasts or best juicy baked chicken breast if you have leftovers, too. Even a rotisserie chicken will be great in this recipe!

A Delicious “Welcome to Our Home”

When soup is cooking, bread is baking or holiday treats are in the oven, the whole house is awash with “homey” aromas that welcome any guest or family member who walks through the door. Those wonderful smells are the best “welcome to my home” you can offer!

Smiles will abound, and memories will be made, over meals like Creamy White Chicken Chili and our Favorite Sweet Cornbread. If you love this white chicken chili, try my Best Easy Chili recipe, too, for quick and easy warm-ups with delicious flavor.

best easy chili in a white bowl topped with grated cheddar, minced red onion and cilantro

The best news is both White Chicken Chili and Best Easy Chili are EASY to make and tasty enough to serve company at football get-together or a neighborhood bonfire.

You’ll spend time enjoying both recipes with your family and friends, instead of spending tons of time at the stove!

Keep white chicken chili warm in a slow cooker on the counter, so it’s easy for guests to help themselves at any time.

Keep some colorful garnishes nearby along with some cornbread and or Biscuits.

Add a relish tray with fresh veggies and dip and you’ll have the party spread everyone keeps talking about and enjoying.

ingredients for white chicken chili

The Ingredients

This creamy, delicious soup has a warm, spicy kick. Like most soups and stews, it’s even tastier on the second day. Leftovers will be a hit, plus, save you time and money.

The ingredients are common pantry stock. You will probably already have most of them on hand.

To make Creamy White Chicken Chili you’ll need:

  • Pre-cooked chicken, I use pre-cooked Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts or Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts, that I have prepped and frozen. Any chicken leftovers or even rotisserie chicken will work, as well.
  • White Beans, canned (I have successfully used cannelini beans, great northern beans and/or navy beans)
  • Chicken Broth or Stock
  • Chicken Bouillon Powder (I use my homemade, but use your favorite brand.)
  • Jalapeno, minced
  • Onion (white, yellow or red), minced
  • Minced Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Cream Cheese.

creamy white chicken chili in a white ceramic bowl on a concrete countertop with a turquoise cloth napkin to the right of the bowl

How to Make Creamy White Chicken Chili

Getting this hearty, delicious white chicken chili on the table is a quick and simple task.

If you have the pre-cooked chicken in the fridge or freezer, it’s a breeze. (Shredded rotisserie chicken would work well in this recipe, too. )

  1. Simply drain and rinse the canned beans.
  2. Add the beans and all other ingredients, except the cream cheese, to your favorite stock pot.
  3. Heat over medium heat until soup comes to a slow boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the softened cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese has fully melted and been incorporated.
  6. Serve your hearty delicious meal.

Serving White Chicken Chili

You can top your white chicken chi or leave it plain. We love to serve it with a few garnishes.

I like to serve Creamy White Chicken Chili with some freshly grated cheddar cheese or colby jack cheese and hand-torn cilantro leaves.

We also enjoy it with diced avocado, sour cream, minced onion, tortilla strips or chips or sliced jalapenos.

creamy white chicken chili in a white ceramic bowl on a concrete countertop with a turquoise cloth napkin to the right of the bowl

What to Serve with White Chicken Chili

It is absolutely stunning with our Favorite Sweet Cornbread as a side. The savory spice of the soup is perfectly complemented by the sweet, moist cornbread.

You’ll also love it with my Easy 30-Minute Biscuits. Homemade bread fast enough to have for weeknight dinners!

Add a green salad and your meal is complete!

Stay warm and enjoy, my friend!

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Creamy White Chicken Chili

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5 from 15 reviews

  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1012 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A simple and extraordinarily flavorful soup, with a spicy kick. It will warm both body and soul.  Terrific with cornbread or even tortilla chips.


Units Scale

  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 4 (15.5 oz) cans cannelini beans (or great northern beans)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large jalapeno, minced (34 Tablespoons minced)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced (red or white work, as well)
  • 1 Tablespoon homemade chicken bouillon (or your favorite brand, to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened


  1. Drain and rinse the beans.
  2. Add beans and all ingredients, except cream cheese to stock pot.
  3. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the softened cream cheese.  Continue stirring until the cream cheese has completely melted and is incorporated into the broth.
  6. Serve with any of your favorite garnishes.  I love it with grated cheddar and cilantro.  A dollop of sour cream or thinly sliced green onions would be good, too.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Mexican/American

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26 thoughts on “Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe”

  1. I will definitely need to make this again. Everyone loved the creaminess and the bit of spice from the jalapeño. Really balanced and so tasty. Thank you!

  2. This is really easy to follow, loved this creamy white chicken chili recipe! It’s really tasty and very flavorful! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

  3. This hit the spot! Hubby wanted chili but I’m tired of the red kind and wanted something new. Your recipe was perfect! Oodles of flavor and ready quickly!


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