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Creamy White Chicken Chili

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Creamy white chicken chili is a perfect cold weather meal. Make it for game day or any day to warm up from the inside out.

close bowl of creamy white chicken chili with sour cream and jalapenos

       An easy and delicious pot of creamy white chicken chili is the perfect way to warm up. It is flavorful and comforting all at once and quick to make too. It is requested often at Mimi’s house and she’s always happy to oblige.

      When the weather gets chilly, I love to warm up with a bowl of soup.  My husband however is soup adverse.

      I find he is much less likely to complain if the soup is hearty. Of course being crazy delicious doesn’t hurt either.

pot of chicken chili before sour cream is added

       Luckily this fits the bill on both accounts. He may still take umbrage to the fact I called it chili though.

       To him chili is red. He also prefers it to be made with ground venison and an assortment of beans, not that he’s opinionated or anything. 😉

        The good thing is you don’t normally have to name dinner when you serve it, so he doesn’t have a chance to question the semantics.

pot of creamy white chicken chili

        Instead he ate a bowl and then another. He even commented on how good it was a few times along the way.

       I’m not surprised, as he likes it every time in spite of himself. He must forget between batches to protect himself from having to admit he likes either a soup or white chili!

       Whatever it takes to keep him happy! I’ve always loved it, so I’m happy to continue making it no matter what.

bowl of creamy white chicken chili with spoon

        I asked MiMi for the recipe after having it at her house a few times. My little sister loves it too.

       My brothers who have very similar soup for dinner and what makes chili beliefs as my husband also love it. They just can’t help themselves.

        The fact that it is so simple to make only makes it that much better. But even if it were more complicated, I’d still have to make it. It’s too good to stop!

        You can definitely enjoy it just as it is. You can also dress it up with your favorite toppings.

       We love it with a dollop of sour cream and some pickled jalapenos.  It’s also great with shredded cheese, corn chips or cornbread.

bowl of creamy white chicken chili ready to eat

      How do you feel about soup for dinner? And can chili be white?

     Either way, do yourself a favor and make a pot of this goodness. It’ll help fill your tummy while you ponder these deep questions.

More great filling soup recipes:

Turn your leftover pulled pork into something completely different! Pulled pork enchilada soup has the flavor of enchiladas in a hearty and easy package. 

Creamy chicken pot pie soup has all of that delicious pot pie flavor in soup form. It is easy, delicious and will warm you to your core!

Cheese soup is the ultimate in comfort food.  It is super creamy and really delicious. My version is loaded with pasta, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots.

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Yield: 8 Servings

Creamy White Chicken Chili

bowl of creamy white chili with white beans and chunks of chicken

Creamy white chicken chili is a perfect cold weather meal. Make it for game day or any day to warm up from the inside out.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 4 ounce cans chopped green chiles
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans great northern beans (or your favorite white bean)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 cup half and half

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken breast into small cubes. Peel and dice onion.
  2. In a soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Saute until chicken is cooked through and onions are translucent.
  3. Add beans, chicken broth, chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne to pot. Bring to a boil and then drop to heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and half and half.
  5. Serve with desired toppings.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 559mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 22g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Creamy white chicken chili is a perfect cold weather meal. Make it for game day or any day to warm up from the inside out.
Creamy white chicken chili is a perfect cold weather meal. Make it for game day or any day to warm up from the inside out.

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mommar6

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

I like this so much I made it for dinner on my birthday. It doesn’t disappoint. I love all of the soups for lunch and dinner!! I find if you make cornbread or a homemade French bread the hearty eaters like it better.

Carlee

Sunday 8th of November 2020

I would happily take this for my birthday dinner too. I need to get it on our menu soon!

Debbie

Saturday 19th of January 2019

Hi Carlee, I hold my hands up, I've never tried white chilli. I 've always thought of chilli as red. I just don't understand people who don't 'do' soup. It's what winters were created for (isn't it?). This could be the year I try my first white chilli!

xx

Carlee

Monday 21st of January 2019

White chili is sooooooo delicious! It is very different than the red, but so cozy and yummy! I hope you enjoy it!

Miz Helen

Tuesday 8th of January 2019

Your Creamy White Chicken Chili looks fantastic! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Miz Helen

Carlee

Monday 21st of January 2019

Thank you!

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Tuesday 8th of January 2019

Yummy! Chili is perfect for winter! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

Carlee

Monday 21st of January 2019

I think so too, it really warms you up! Thank you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

Oh my yum!!! This sounds so fantastic. I had to take a peak at the post on my lunch break earlier today because this was screaming my name so loud, I simply couldn't wait until I got home to see your recipe:)

Carlee

Friday 4th of January 2019

It will help you warm up for sure! It is one of my favorites <3