This 30-Minute White Chicken Chili recipe is so easy to make and it will quickly become a family favorite! It’s full of white beans, chicken, green chiles, corn, spices, and cheese!

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Quick & Easy White Bean Chicken Chili

Last week I added this White Chicken Chili recipe to my menu plan, but when I went to make it I couldn’t find it on my website. I can’t believe I haven’t posted this recipe yet for all of you folks! This White Bean Chicken Chili is one of my favorite weeknight dinner recipes because it’s SO easy to make and everyone in the family loves it! I also love that it can easily be adapted for the Crockpot (more on that below).

A bowl of creamy White Chicken Chili

What are the ingredients of white chicken chili?

All the ingredients you need to make this creamy White Chicken Chili recipe are:

  • butter
  • onion
  • garlic
  • chicken broth
  • white beans
  • shredded chicken
  • green chiles
  • corn
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream

See?! Nothing fancy, and I bet you already have most, if not all, of the ingredients in your kitchen right now!

White Chicken Chili in a bowl for an individual serving

How to Make White Chicken Chili?

Are you ready for one of the easiest recipes for White Chicken Chili out there?

  1. First, in a large pot, sauté the onions and garlic in a little bit of butter.
  2. Next, add all of the other chili ingredients and bring the mixture up to a low boil.
  3. Then, reduce the heat to simmer the chicken chili for about 10 minutes.
  4. Finally, stir in the shredded cheese and sour cream until everything is good and melted, then serve!

A stack of Cheesy Green Chile Cornbread on a plate

This White Chicken Chili and my Cheesy Green Chile Cornbread recipe were meant for each other!

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili:

You can easily adapt this recipe for the slow cooker! Here’s how:

  1. Sauté the onions and garlic in butter, just like in the recipe below.
  2. Transfer the onions and garlic to your slow cooker insert, and then add all of the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker except for the shredded cheese and sour cream.
  3. Cook on LOW to 4-6 hours or HIGH for 2-3 hours.
  4. Right before serving stir in the shredded cheese and sour cream. Serve.

A bowl of white chicken chili with toppings on the side

Cook’s Note – White Chicken Chili Recipe:

  • This recipe calls for 2 cups of shredded chicken. I like using rotisserie chicken or my slow cooker shredded chicken recipe.
  • When I make this for my family I use 2 cans of mild green chiles and 1 can of hot green chiles. You can use whichever heat level you desire (if it were just me eating this soup, I’d use all hot!).

White Bean Chicken Chili in a bowl

Cook’s Tools and Ingredients – White Bean Chicken Chili:

A skillet       A wooden spoon    A large pot    A cheese grater with a container underneath    A can of beans    Cumin spice container    Oregano Spice container    A can of diced green chiles

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A bowl of White Chicken Chili with the pot of soup in the background
4.70 from 13 votes

White Bean Chicken Chili

Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
6 people
This 30-Minute White Chicken Chili recipe is so easy to make and it will quickly become a family favorite! It’s full of white beans, chicken, green chiles, corn, spices, and cheese!




  • In a large pot over medium-high heat melt the butter. Add the onions and sauté until the onions are translucent and beginning to brown around the edges, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir constantly until the garlic is fragrant about 30-60 seconds.
    Step 2 - How to Make Chicken Chili
  • Increase the heat to high and stir in the broth, beans, chicken, green chiles, corn, cumin, and oregano. Once the mixture comes to a low boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
    Step 2 - How to Make Chicken Chili
  • Stir in the cheese and sour cream until they melt into the soup.
  • Serve with sliced jalapeños, diced avocados, shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips, and/or chopped fresh cilantro (all optional).
    Creamy White Chicken Chili in a bowl


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6.6g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 769mg | Fiber: 13.6g | Sugar: 3.6g | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 3.2mg

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  1. White chicken chili is my favorite kind of chili! I love the addition of jalapenos and avocado on the top!!

    1. It’s my favorite, too!

  2. Jennifer Farley says:

    The flavors in this chili are just perfection!

    1. So glad you liked it! 🙂

  3. Jillian, this recipe is an A+. The soup is so comforting and delicious! The jalapenos give it the perfect kick.

    1. Val, I am SO glad you like the recipe. It means a lot coming from you because you’re such a great cook! 🙂

  4. For some reason, I have never made White Chicken Chili! Today will be the day as it is rainy and cool. Your photos are amazing!

    1. Awww, thank you! 🙂 And enjoy!

  5. Mary Bostow says:

    Wow, I want to eat it every day! I’m sure this is very tasty. This is a great recipe for me.

  6. Chili is the ultimate comfort food and this chicken version looks delicious. So much flavour packed in to it.

  7. Linda Nortje says:

    This is such a delicious, comforting chicken chili and so quick to make too !

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  8. The flavours sound so good together! I love such recipes, they are perfect for a mid-week dinner.

  9. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry says:

    White chicken chili is one of our favourite family meals, yours looks absolutely delicious! I love that it only takes 30 minutes too.

    1. It’s one of my favorites, too! And the fact that it only takes 30 minutes makes it a winner!

  10. Made this for dinner tonight and all of my kids LOVED it and asked me to make it again!

    1. Woot, woot! I’m so glad you guys loved it! 🙂 I’m making this for dinner tomorrow night because my kids love it, too!

  11. Made this last night for my family, with a few adjustments. I added some smoked chipotle powder that I get at a local farmers market, and we added sliced green onions into our bowls as well, and served it with flour tortillas! It was amazing! Thank you so much Jillian!

    1. Yum, your adjustments sound amazing! So glad this recipe came in handy for you!

  12. What a great chili! First one that DH loved.
    Will definitely make many time again.
    I didn’t have canned chili so used 1 jalapeño and 1 poblano.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.