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White Chicken Chili

A bowl of white chicken chili topped with tomatoes, cilantro and crispy tortilla strips.

A delicious bowl of white beans, chicken and and roasted green chilies makes a perfect meal.

A spoonful of white chicken chili filled with white beans, chunks of chicken, corn and fresh cilantro.

Creamy White Chicken Chili is just what I needed this weekend! We received our first snow on Friday. Not a lot, but about 2-3 inches.  The snowfall began the last hour of school.  You would think that we lived in an area that has never seen snow before. EVER! Uh…News Flash – We get tons of snow here every year!

I happened to be heading down the hall to check in with a student when I heard yelling. Well, maybe screaming! Whatever it was, it was loud and coming from a classroom. I actually thought something was wrong and I started running towards the classroom.

Then I quickly realized it wasn’t yelling.  It wasn’t screaming. Nope, it was squeals of delight. I peaked into the fourth grade classroom and all the students were up gathered around the windows jumping for joy and doing the happy dance.

There were snow flurries coming down and all learning and instruction in the classroom came to a screeching halt. They were celebrating the first snow of the season!

A white bowl filled with creamy white chicken chili.

I have to admit, I was ready to do the happy dance too! The first snow is always so exciting and magical. Along with the cold temps and the snow comes the desire for comfort foods.

This Creamy White Bean Chicken Chili will warm you all the way through and make you happy to watch the snow coming down while you are all warm and cozy sitting inside!

It’s yummy and filling. And it’s everything I want when it’s cold outside.

Crispy corn tortillas strips are perfect to add to Creamy White Chicken Chili.

This creamy white bean chicken chili can be made with everything from scratch starting with dried beans, roasted chilies and homemade chicken broth. On the weekends I usually have time to cook, but when time is tight you can use a few shortcuts. Either way, this chili is delicious.

Shortcuts for making white chicken chili

  • Use canned beans in place of the dried beans
  • Use tortilla chips in place of the homemade baked tortilla strips
  • Use store bought chicken broth
  • Use canned roasted and chopped chilies

A bowlful of homemade Creamy White Chicken Chili topped with crispy tortilla strips

This Creamy White Chili is perfect when the snow is falling or whatever your weather may be!

5 from 4 votes
A bowl of white chicken chili topped with tomatoes, cilantro and crispy tortilla strips.
White Chicken Chili
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Cooking Beans
2 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

White beans, chicken and roasted chilies make a delicious Creamy Chili.

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Chicken Chili, Creamy White Chicken Chili, White Chicken Chili
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 534 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 8 oz dried navy beans
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 poblano peppers roasted and peeled
  • 1 jalapeno pepper roasted and peeled
  • 6 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-6 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese cut into small pieces
Tortilla Strips
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Chopped avoacdo
  • 1/4 cup Chopped cilantro
  1. Soak beans in hot water for at least 2 hours or soak in cool water overnight. Place in a stock pot with 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook beans  until cooked through. Drain beans and set aside.

Crispy Tortilla Strips
  1. Stack tortillas together on a cutting board. Cut through all tortillas creating thin strips.   

  2. Spray a baking sheet with a cooking spray. Sprinkle tortillas strips on baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until crispy. Check on strips halfway through cooking time and give a stir. 

  1. In a large soup pot, heat olive oil. Add chopped onions and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.  Add minced garlic and continue cooking. 

  2. Stir in chopped roasted chili peppers. 

  3. Add chicken broth, cumin, oregano, and salt. Bring to a boil.

  4. A beans, chicken and corn and cream cheese. Simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat.

  5. Add milk, sour cream. Bring soup back to a simmer.

  6. Serve with chopped tomatoes, avocado, fresh cilantro and crispy tortilla strips.

Recipe Notes

May use two cans of white beans in place of the dried beans.

May use canned roasted chilies in place of the fresh chilies. 

Nutrition Facts
White Chicken Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 534 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 1099mg 46%
Potassium 1052mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 5g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 12.1%
Vitamin C 54.8%
Calcium 17.1%
Iron 22.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 12, 2018 at 6:30 am

    We got snow this weekend too, but then it was followed by rain so no snow left….for now. Either way, it’s cold and windy and this white chicken chili is definitely in order! Love the tortilla strips on top 🙂 Have a wonderful week, Kathy!

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    David @ Spiced
    November 12, 2018 at 6:37 am

    I hear ya, Kathy. We get more than enough snow here, too, but that first snow is always magical. It’s so peaceful and quiet outside when it snows, and I love that! Light a fire in the fireplace, curl up with a tasty bowl of soup and watch the snow fall…sounds awesome to me! (Well, at least for the first snow…) This chili sounds delicious, and I’m loving the addition of green chilis here. Definitely keeping this on the radar for that weekend after Thanksgiving! 🙂

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 12, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Perfect for the first snow of the season Kathy! So cozy and hearty. I’d never pass up a big bowl of this chili!

    • Reply
      November 18, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks, Mary Ann!

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    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    November 12, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Kathy! This looks like the perfect hearty meal to warm me up with this too early snow and lower than usual temps 😉 . Take care.

    • Reply
      November 18, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      It is a perfect warm up meal!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    November 12, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    When I first saw your photo, I thought of ‘Chicken Tortilla Soup.’ Love the addition of the poblano and jalapeno peppers to the soup. You say you have snow? In San Diego it’s been in the low 70s and I’ve been swimming in the pool!

    • Reply
      November 13, 2018 at 5:07 am

      Those temps sound heavenly! We won’t have anything above the 40s for months! Maybe I need to come to San Diego! 🙂

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    Punam's Indian recipe
    November 13, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Winters are starting in India thus am looking for hot and spicy flovour and this the perfect recipe seems delicious and unique to serve.

    • Reply
      November 18, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy!

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    Fred G
    November 14, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Sounds like a good meal for these cold days.

    • Reply
      November 14, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      It’s a perfect warm up meal!

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    November 15, 2018 at 6:38 am

    I have never heard of a white chili before, it looks delicious and I would love to try it! It is the same here with the first snow. Chaos everywhere, even if it’s just a little snow compared to what comes later.

    • Reply
      November 18, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      A white bean chili is very similar to a traditional chili but it doesn’t contain tomatoes.

  • Reply
    November 16, 2018 at 7:56 am

    What a delicious soup Kathy! I know what you mean about the snow! We got our first snow last night! So exciting. This is the perfect soup for snowy days. Thanks for all the great shortcuts!

    • Reply
      November 18, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      The first snowfall is always exciting!

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