Creamy White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili in large Mug Bowl
Creamy white Chicken Chili with Cheese in bowl

Doesn’t this picture of Creamy White Chicken Chili make your mouth water?  I wish you could smell my kitchen right now.  It is very “drool worthy”
Ingredients for White Chicken Chili
I got this white chicken chili recipe out of my Taste of Home Cookbook from 2007.  It is definitely one of my husband’s favorites.  In fact, he told me tonight, “if this recipe doesn’t go viral, there is something wrong with the world”
White Chicken Chili being cookedIMG_8475
The prep for this dish is easy and the ingredient list is nothing overwhelming.
Seasoning being added to White Chicken Chili
It takes about 10 minutes of standing at the stove and then after that, it is all just simmer time and then ready to eat.
Joyful Momma hands holding white chicken Chili Recipe
I mostly only cook things that are quick and easy to whip up with a 2 year old and a 6 month old.
*Look at the magic in these next two pictures!*
Heavy Cream into White Chicken ChiliSour Cream into White Chicken Chili
That is ½ cup heavy cream and 1 cup sour cream.  You can almost guarantee that if I see a recipe that calls for cream and sour cream, I will try it.  With those two things, you can’t go wrong.

I added slow cooker instructions at the bottom of the post

Creamy White Chicken Chili (Taste of Home 2007 pg. 67)

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½ inch pieces.
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
*I like to chop my meats and veggies at nap time and stick them in the fridge just ready to dump in the pot at dinner time.  Really cuts down the dinner time stress*
1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cans ( 15.5 oz each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
2 cans (4 oz each) chopped green chilies
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
*I also measure out all my spices and stick them in a Tupperware on the counter at naptime)
1 cup sour cream
½ cup heavy whipping cream

1. In a large saucepan, sauté chicken, onion and garlic powder in the olive oil until the chicken is no longer pink.  Add the beans, broth, chilies, and seasonings.  Bring to a boil.

2. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.  Don’t cover it if you want that thick chili consistency.  If it is covered, it will be a bit more soupy.  And, your house will smell amazing this way.

3. Remove from heat, stir in cream and sour cream.  Serve immediately.

NOTE: If you liked the Chicken Enchiladas, you will also like this recipe

Happy Eating!

*Here are the instructions for using the slow cooker for this.  Thank you Mel's Kitchen Cafe*

Slow Cooker Option:

In a medium round slow cooker, place 1 pound chicken breasts (fresh or frozen) without cubing them.

Add the chopped onion, garlic powder, beans, green chiles and all of the spices.

Do not add the sour cream or whipping cream yet!

Reduce the chicken broth to 12 ounces (about 1 ½ cups) and pour in over the other ingredients.

Stir the mixture around a bit to incorporate the dry spices.

Cook on low for 5-7 hours (if using frozen chicken you’ll cook on the longer end of that spectrum, fresh chicken will cook in less time).

Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred in bite-size pieces. Stir back into the slow cooker.

In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the sour cream and whipping cream until smooth. Whisk the cream mixture into the crockpot with the other ingredients. Let the soup cook until heated through.



  1. I LOVE white chili, but do you think you could substitute the cream for just milk? Everytime I use cream, the rest of the container ends up spoiling on me before I use it again.

  2. This recipe has become one of my go-to recipes! The three college boys that live with my husband and I even beg for it! Definitely a keeper.

  3. Just making this now and it smells awesome! I love all of your comments about making it easier and less stressful with kids... I have twin 2 year olds so the tips are helpful! 🙂

  4. I made a similar one recently and added some Granny Smith Apples - tasty!

  5. I made this up yesterday for some guests and they loved it! So easy to make. I paired it with some cornbread....yummy!

  6. I love ham and great northern bean soup so this one sounds delish to me. The idea of adding the chopped green chilies sounds good, too.

    Like you, I perk up when a recipe calls for sour cream. Even more so when when it says cream cheese, but that's mostly for dessert-type things.

    Would you be willing to send me an invite to pinterest? Seems I'm on a waiting list or some such thing. If so it's Cheya at

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