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*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 1099mg48%
Potassium 1052mg30%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 605IU12%
Vitamin C 45.2mg55%
Calcium 171mg17%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.