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. 



  • 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


  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.