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White chicken chili on a table with toppings.
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5 from 30 votes

Best White Chicken Chili

This white chicken chili recipe is a cold-weather favorite! It's a flavorful blend of healthy, comforting ingredient, all simmered together in one pot!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Chili, White Bean Chicken Chili, White Chicken Chili
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 420kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed and finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces green chiles
  • 4 cups shredded chicken see tips above
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans white beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh corn
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • avocado, jalapeno, cilantro, and cheese for garnishing

Instructions

  • Blend one cup of the white beans with one cup of the chicken broth in food processor. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender or even mash the beans with a fork, and then stir them with the broth. Set this aside.
    Blending beans for white chicken chili.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper to the pot. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the garlic and spices and stir for another minute, toasting the spices.
  • Add the chicken broth and pureed bean mixture and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the green chilies, chicken, corn, white beans, and chopped cilantro. Simmer for a couple of minutes, until it's warmed through. Then add the lime juice and give it another stir.
  • Serve the white chicken chili and garnish with avocado, jalapeno, cilantro, and cheese before serving, if you'd like.

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Notes

  • The pureed bean mixture helps to thicken the chili without any additional dairy needed. It creates a wonderful soupy texture. But if you'd like it ultra creamy, you can always add 4oz of cream cheese, sour cream, or even coconut cream to the chili.
  • This chili is flavorful, but not overly spicy. If you'd like a little bit more heat, feel free to add 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  • If you're using a white enameled pot like my favorite Le Creuset, don't forget to use a silicone spatula, so you don't scratch the inside. I'm obsessed with these spatulas, they're really the best.

Nutrition

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 915mg | Potassium: 1171mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 7mg