White Chicken Chili

This White Chicken Chili is super flavorful with filling white beans and tender chicken in a delicious broth.  

I assume that almost everybody has at least a few favorite recipes they grew up eating. For me, it was my mother's White Chicken Chili. No matter what time of year it was, a bowl of this stew-like soup always made me feel comforted and happy. Like so many family recipes, the ingredient list for this delicious chili has never been written down. At my insistence a few years ago, my mom rattled off a list to me of what she put in it and ever since, using a little this, a little of that, and a lot of love, I've been creating my own version of this heart warming stew.

Even now when we're on the phone with each other from across the country and I ask my mom what she and my dad are having for dinner, more times than not she'll tell me she pulled a batch of this delectable stew out of the freezer to warm up for dinner. It's that easy, and it's that good.

When I'm cooking for my own family, I like to think back to the foods that I loved as a kid and try and recreate them in my kitchen. This is my version of White Chicken Chili that's super easy to make and very healthy. It also freezes beautifully for those nights that you're just too tired to cook. I'm sure that just a few mom's I know can relate to that, right?

I love making soups because it's a great way to get kids to eat when they're feeling resistant, and also soups don't require a ton of active cooking time so you can put them on the stove and get to doing other things. If you're looking for more soups to try out give Chicken Tortilla SoupSlow Cooker Chicken ChiliBeef Stew in the Crock PotChicken Soup & Rice a whirl.

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White Chicken Chili (Makes 6-8 Servings)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 30 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts, bone-in, skinless (about 2 large breasts)
  • 1 quart 32 ounces low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 - 15 ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen shoe peg white corn
  • 1 jar diced green chilies (they are mild.)
  • 1 small lime juiced (about 2 tbsp)


1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook onions for 4 to 5 minutes or until translucent.

2. Add garlic and cook an additional minute.

3. Add the whole chicken breasts, stock and salt to the saucepan, cover, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

4. Cook for 18-20 minutes, remove chicken to a plate and allow to cool.

5. While the chicken is cooling, add the remaining ingredients to the pot.

6. Remove the chicken from the bone, chop into bite-size pieces, and add to the pot.

7. Serve.

To Freeze: Allow to cool, place in appropriate tupperware or ziploc bag, label and freeze up to 4 months. Defrost in a pot over low-medium heat.


Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips, Cheddar Cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Melissa

    This is one my new favs! My 2 yo & husband are in love with this one, just the perfect, fast dinner!

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  • Shauna

    I loved this dish but it was a bit too spicy for my little one (19 mos). I could not find organic green chilis so we used rotel. Would that have caused a problem. I thought it was the green chilis that gave the rotel it's spiciness.

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    • Sue L.

      Yes, the heat is in the RoTel. Can't say exactly why but had that experience when I made Mexican lasagna.

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  • Jill

    I loved the flavor but would love to have something a little thicker and creamier - this was more like a soup than a chili. I tried adding corn starch but it didn't thicken it much..great dinner still!

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  • Outdoormama

    could this be done in a crockpot?

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  • Tiffany

    Made this chili tonight and my whole family loved it, even my 2 year old daughter and 5 yr old son who is a very picky eater. It is more like a soup consistency but i already guessed that since the base is chicken broth so i wasnt expecting a thick chili like most tomato based ones are. I thought this chili had an absolutely delicious favor, and was not spicy at all with the mild green chilis added. I will definely be making it again! I might add more white beans next time but it was good as is.

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  • Jamie

    I made this tonight for my family. It was a big hit!! I will be making it again:)
    Thank you for your great recipes and ideas!

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  • Gianna

    You changed your shirt

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  • ginalee1972

    This was super easy to make. I used chicken wo bones bc we had no organic choices. So next time i will reduce the cook time for those. My son and I feel as if there is something missing from this. Might be the lack of flavor we lost not using bone in meat! I added cholula hot sauce and aour cream to mine. It was delicious!! Will make this again soon.

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  • Ash

    Could this be made in a crockpot? Maybe cook on low for 6 hours then shred the chicken? I would love to make this recipe, but I work a full day! It looks so healthy and yummy!

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    • Catherine McCord

      Yes! I think that would work out just fine.

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  • Wendy York

    This is yummy! Adding it as one of our staples!! I am 2 for 2! Loving the fruit and seed bars too!!

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  • Molly

    I wish this could be made into a DIY gift in a jar. I know many who would love it.

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  • Stefanie

    Yum. But this is a soup, not a chili. I had to add flour to thicken it as my kids don't eat soup. Good alternative to tomato-based though.

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  • Kara

    This chili recipe is excellent! It is so easy to prepare and very delicious.
    The combination of all the ingredients is quite perfect.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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    • McCord

      Thank you for your sweet comments!

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