Easy White Chicken Chili

Overhead shot of small bowl of white chicken chili.

This Easy White Chicken Chili can be made in under 30-minutes. Spicy and smoky it’s made with chicken, white beans, jalapenos, mild green chilis and plenty of monterey jack cheese. It’s a delicious, creamy white chicken chili that perfect for cozy nights at home.

 Easy White Chicken Chili can be made in under 30-minutes. Spicy and smoky it's made with chicken, white beans, jalapenos, mild green chilis and plenty of monterey jack cheese. #chili #chickenchili #whitechickenchili #easydinner #chilirecipe

Easy White Chicken Chili is a favorite of mine.

I’m a huge fan of chili for the mere fact that you can cook up a big batch and then have it for lunch throughout the week. Chili is quick to throw together and, in my opinion, it’s always better the second day!

As I do with many of my chili recipes, I like to throw in a splash of beer for good measure (plus, it doesn’t hurt that I get to finish off the can). I do the same thing for this Buffalo Chicken Chili.

For this batch of chicken chili, I used the remnants from this roasted chicken. A small chicken makes just enough for my husband and I to have dinner one night, and then fix a pot of chili the next.

You could also grab a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store, or, just boil a couple of chicken breasts until they’re cooked, and then shred with a fork.

Pot of chili.

Is White Chicken Chili Spicy?

  • This chili has got a bit of a kick with the addition of jalapenos. If you prefer things a bit milder, go ahead and omit the jalapenos and just use two cans of green chile peppers instead.

What Spices Go In White Chicken Chili?

  • Add in your usual chili seasonings of cumin (my favorite spice!), oregano and cayenne, and then let it all simmer for about 15 minutes.

Then comes the best part, stir in 1 cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese until it’s melted and incorporated throughout the chili – Yum! It makes for an extra creamy chili and helps meld all of those great flavors together. Plus, cheese adds protein right? So, it’s basically REALLY healthy for you 😉

Three bowls of white chicken chili with toppings.

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Overhead shot of small bowl of white chicken chili.

Easy White Chicken Chili

Course: Soup/Chili
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken chili, chili, white chicken chili
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 218 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings

This Easy White Chicken Chili can be made in under 30-minutes. Spicy and smoky it's made with chicken, white beans, jalapenos, mild green chilis and plenty of monterey jack cheese. It's a delicious, creamy white chicken chili that perfect for cozy nights at home. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 4-ounce can diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chile peppers
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 3 15-ounce cans great northern beans drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup light beer
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • Avocado for garnish
  • Sour cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, and cook until softened, 4-5 minutes. 

  2. Mix in the garlic, jalapenos, chiles, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. 

  3. Add the chicken, beans, broth and beer and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Remove the mixture from heat. Stir in the cheese until melted.

  5. Serve topped with chopped cilantro, sour cream and avocado. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy White Chicken Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 701mg 29%
Potassium 177mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 11.4%
Vitamin C 10.8%
Calcium 30.2%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

Wine Pairings with White Chicken Chili:

The first thing I normally reach for to pair with chili is a beer. But, if you’re looking for a wine pairing with your chili, I’d suggest a non-oaked, light bodied white. Try a dry Riesling or Pinot Gris.

Three bowls of white chicken chili with toppings.

Looking for a traditional chili recipe? Be sure to try my Spicy Beef & Beer Chili.

My Spicy Beef & Beer Chili is a hearty one-pot chili that’s rich and spicy and perfect for chilly nights.

16 comments

  1. Annie

    This looks like a great recipe! It’s been awhile since I’ve made a white chili of any kind. BTW, I would give anything for it to be warmer than the 40F in Minnesota right now…

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Annie – Hopefully it warms up for you soon!!! I’m originally from the upstate NY area and DO NOT miss the cold!!!

      Reply

  2. Sara

    Looks great, my family loves a good chili recipe!

    Reply

  3. Kirsten

    What a great recipe! It’s finally turned cold here in NYC so I am researching the heck out of Chili recipes and this is one of the most unusual I’ve found. Can’t wait to try it.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Kristen – This chili is perfect for “chilly” weather! 😉

      Reply

  4. Brianna

    How would you suggest to cook in a crock pot?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Brianna:

      I would start with uncooked chicken breasts, instead of the pre-cooked shredded chicken. Add all ingredients (except for cheese) to a crock pot, and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir. If the chicken hasn’t already shredded with the stirring, go ahead and use two forks to shred the meat. Stir in the cheese until melted, and serve.

      I hope this helps!

      Reply

  5. Kristina

    Thoughts on adding corn?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Kristina – Corn would be AMAZING in this! I would add 1 cup of frozen corn right before the simmering process. Fresh corn and canned corn would work as well. Hope this helps! I’d love to hear back on how it turns out!

      Reply

  6. Emma

    Any ideas on sides for this dish? I am serving this tomorrow for some guests and would like another side or two to even out the meal, but am stumped on what else to make. Thanks!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Emma – I would serve up some cornbread and maybe this salad on the side.

      Reply

  7. PS2u2

    3 (what#?)ounce cans great northern beans??

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi – It should be 3-15 ounce cans. Sorry for the confusion!

      Reply

  8. Alexis

    White chili is one of my favorites and the recipe I use is almost identicle but includes lime juice and doesn’t include beer.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Love the addition of lime juice Alexis!

      Reply

  9. Punam Paul

    Sounds and looks incredibly good! Am always looking for new recipes to make easily. Will definitely be try it.

    Reply

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