White Chicken Chili

If you’re looking for a hearty soup recipe, look no further than this delicious White Chicken Chili Recipe! Loaded with chicken, beans, cheese, and lots of spices, this white chili has become a new favorite!! Best of all, it’s ready in 30 minutes or less!

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YAY!! Things have finally started to cool down a bit here in Houston. We’re not breaking out the boots and coats just yet, but I did have to put on a light sweater the other night as we went outside to watch the kiddos play in the backyard. I know some of you have already been seeing snow for awhile and may be sick of the cold already, but I can’t even express in words the excitement I feel when the weather cools down, because you know that means the Holidays are quickly approaching and soup season is in full force. And today I have a White Chicken Chili recipe perfect for cool weather!

The hubby and I LOVE soups and could argue that there may be nothing better than a nice hearty soup served in a sourdough bread bowl this time of year. πŸ™‚ Well, with it being soup season, I knew I needed to try some new soup recipes and was able to make a new White Bean Chicken Chili this past weekend. The result? Pure awesome-ness! The hubby couldn’t stop eating and said they tasted like my Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas in a soup form. I thought the same thing and was so happy we had found another delicious soup recipe that was SO easy to make!


How to Make White Chicken Chili

I can’t even tell you how EASY this recipe is. One thing I like to do to make it even easier is to use leftover rotisserie chicken, that way I don’t have to cook/shred any chicken myself! Here are are the white chili ingredients:

  • chicken broth
  • Great Northern Beans
  • shredded chicken
  • green chiles
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • oregano
  • pepper
  • sour cream
  • cheese

We always have these beans on hand, especially in the fall. Fresh cilantro and sour cream aren’t necessary, but they are also great additions to this easy white chili recipe. πŸ˜‰ See for yourself how simple this white chicken chili recipe is:

  1. Throw all the ingredients, except sour cream and cheese, into a large pot.
  2. Simmer on medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes, or until it is heated through.
  3. Right before serving, stir in the sour cream and cheese until it’s all melted.

Easy White Chicken Chili Recipe

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

If you weren’t in a hurry, you could even throw everything into the crockpot or slow cooker and cook on low for an hour or two and be set! As I just mentioned… this recipe was so yummy and super easy to throw together.

We know many may be looking for the standard beef chili recipe for you next chili cook off, but try this recipe, bring some corn bread, and I promise you people will not be disappointed. πŸ˜‰

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White Chicken Chili Recipe

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If you're looking for a hearty soup recipe, look no further than this delicious White Chicken Chili Recipe! Loaded with chicken, beans, cheese, and lots of spices, this white chili has become a new favorite!! Best of all, it's ready in 30 minutes or less!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 599 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 4 c chicken broth
  • 4 - 15.5 oz cans Great Northern Beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 c shredded chicken
  • 1 small can diced green chilis
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 2 c shredded cheese Monterrey jack or Mexican blend


  1. In a large pot, add broth, beans, chicken, green chilis, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, and pepper. Simmer on medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes, or until it is heated through.

  2. Right before serving, stir in sour cream and cheese until it is all blended and melted. ENJOY!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty β€œLil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Looks delish! Picked up the ingredients at the store this am and popped it all in the crockpot. Can’t wait for dinner tonight!

      1. I emailed you back, but figured I would post it here too b/c I heart your soup so much ; ) It was amazing, my hubby & I agree it is probably one of the most delicious meals I have made in awhile! And I am totally using this as my entry this year in our friends superbowl chili cook-off…is it weird that I am this excited about a soup? LOL! Thanks for the awesome recipe, this is for sure going into our cold weather weekly menu rotation.

        1. Success!! I love hearing that others enjoy a recipe just as much as we do!! And I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that you win the chili cook off!! πŸ˜€

  2. I made something similar to this just last week, coincidentally, and I have to say that it was delicious. I had never tried white bean-chicken-chili (soup) before, I generally just make red and call it a day, and I had never tried cooking with chillies — I was too scared! — but I tried it and it was really good. I like your version with sour cream and lots of cheese better than that one so I am bookmarking this baby!!! Thanks for all you do. I’m a big fan.

  3. Yummy!! I’m definitely going to make this soon. I’m in Arkansas right now where the highs have been in the 50’s and the leaves are changing….so beautiful. I’ll be making the trek back to warm Houston tomorrow. I wish I could bring this cool weather with me…sigh. Thanks for the recipe!!

    1. It’s not cold here but it’s definitely so much cooler in Houston. Have a safe trip back and let me know how the recipe goes. πŸ™‚

  4. I’m assuming you could substitute plain Greek yogurt for sour cream, right?

    Looks so easy and yummy, I’m going to try it out this weekend here in Austin!

    1. I sure hope so because that’s what I have in the frig! I picked up the rest of the ingredients today, so I can’t wait to report back to how my fiancee and I liked it! πŸ™‚

  5. Made this last night and the whole fam loved it including son and hubby who are extremely picky! Now if only Houston would stay this cool for awhile!!

  6. I made this tonight for me and the kids and they loved it! i even added fresh tomatoes for a little zing! Thank you so much for this!!!

  7. Ok, I made just made this soup this morning! Who makes soup at 10am? I do! LOL! I did use 1c. of greek yogurt for the 1c. of sour cream and it worked out great (I did add an extra 2 cups of Mexican Blend cheese to thicken it up a bit to my liking). Overall, great soup recipe to have on hand for the Fall/Winter.

    1. For anyone that has had this soup before… How do you think mixing corn and tomatoes in would be? And topping with avocado? I normally just use the easy McCormick seasoning packet but want to venture out… This sounds de-lish!

      1. Hi Alexa. To be honest, I’m not sure about the tomatoes, but I think corn would be a great addition as well as the avocados. If you do end up trying the tomatoes, let me know how it goes!! Super curious. πŸ™‚

  8. Getting ready to make this AGAIN for our pre trick or treating soup buffet tonight. Would love to try this in the crockpot…should I cook the chicken first or put it in uncooked (since it would cook about 7 hours…)?

    Thanks so much!

  9. How did I not realize that you are in Houston? So am I! I love finding other bloggers in the area.

    Great recipe…we tried a similar recipe last week for the first time and my family loved it.

    I just pinned your chicken tortilla soup and baked potato soup and can’t wait to try those!

  10. So I made this tonight for dinner and everything smelled and tasted so good right up until I added the cheese and sour cream. I added the sour cream and cheese right after removing the pot from heat. Pretty sure my sour cream broke and turned the soup into a grainy texture. Any suggestions on how to get that smooth creamy texture?

    1. After removing from heat, take 1-2 tablespoons of the soup from the pot, add TO the sour cream and mix. Then add the sour cream (now mixed with the small amount of soup) to the pot of soup

  11. This was amazing. We ate the whole pot in 2 days and then my husband asked me could I make more. Very easy and I substituted lowfat sour cream.

    1. It makes about 6 generous servings but it’s great to freeze. I add chopped onion to mine. Family says it’s their favorite meal! Making it tonight!

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  13. This was so good. I left out the chilis and only had parmesan and cheddar cheese on hand but it came out perfect. Now for the real test…..my 4 year old.

  14. Just wanted to pop in and say THANK YOU for this recipe – made it with some leftover rotisserie chicken and it is truly awesome! Soooo easy to make, and yummy. It rivals the Soup Man across the street from my office, who makes excellent white chicken chili, so thank you for helping me save $4 a cup! πŸ™‚

  15. I converted this to a Crockpot recipe. Instead of canned beans I used about 1 cup dried beans (from Winco bulk), soaked overnight. I would probably add about 1/2 cup more beans next time actually. I used 2 large chicken breasts instead of the shredded chicken and shredded it right before serving. I added about half a large onion, some chili powder, and a bay leaf (remove before serving) for more flavor. All the other ingredients were the same. Cooked it on low for about 8 hours. To add the sour cream, I stirred in a bit of the broth from the chili until it was liquidy so it would blend better, and added the cheese normally. Delicious!

  16. I’ve been looking for a chicken chili recipe for a long time I’m truly excited to try this one.. I hope I found it! I will be making this for dinner tomorrow…

  17. Adding the corn sounds like chicken corn chowder…a fave of the Campbells Chunky Soup for me. I am definitely going to make this…but not in the crockpot.

  18. Delicious! One thing I changed though was adding and additional 1/2tsp cumin and I used 2 tsp oregano as I thought it needed more of those flavors, and it was great! Husband loved it too, and it was very filling! The leftovers went quickly, will be making this again!

  19. This was really fabulous. I only had about 1/3 cup of sour cream on hand (hate when that happens) so I took a tip from other posters and also added 1/2 package of cream cheese. I also did not use the whole 2-cup bag of cheese that the recipe calls for, although I’m sure it would have been even better if I had. This was a real keeper, my husband raved about it!

    1. I’m so glad to hear it!! And I’m glad you were able to substitute some of the ingredients. My hubby loooooves cheese, so he makes sure I put the whole 2 cups in, even if it’s not as healthy. πŸ˜‰

  20. Such a delicious and easy soup! I did add a little onion and only had two cans of beans on hand, but it was hearty and perfect for a cool, fall night. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. I LOVE to hear that, Alexis!! Reminds me that I should make it this week. It’s one of our favorites too. πŸ™‚ I hope you can find more recipes you enjoy here!!

  21. Hello! I am wanting to make this for the in laws who arrive tomorrow night! One poster commented that their sour cream didn’t melt in nicely, have you ever found that or is there a trick in adding it in? Just don’t have to time to test batch this and want to avoid any failures;) Thank you in advance!!

  22. This looks delicious, can’t wait to make it. Just wondering how many servings makes? Family of 3, just seems like would be alot for us. Could I just half the recipe if needed?

  23. I made this for supper tonight and my husband and I absolutely LOVED it! Hubby just ran a bowl over to his Mom. He loved it so much, he wanted her to try it.
    Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe. Will definitely cook it again!

  24. Made this tonight and everything was good except the beans were so hard! I can’t figure out why? I let them cook in the crockpot for hours thinking they’d soften up but they never did.

    1. Yes, since it’s shredded…you’ll want to cook up some chicken and shred it or you can always buy a rotisserie chicken. Whatever is easiest for you! Hope that helps!! Hope you like it!

  25. This is my favorite soup. My picky sons too. I buy an all white meat rotisserie chicken and pull its meat off then store it in baggies for things like this that need chicken. Not only does it make it faster but the chicken already has a nice flavor. Instead of oregano i add italian seasoning. I didn’t have any oregano the first time so i had to improvise. We liked it that way so i haven’t changed it. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

  26. I am hoping to make this in a crockpot tomorrow. Would this work do you know?
    If so, how long do you think I should let it cook?

  27. I made this for our church chili cook off. It came in first place and was the only pot that was empty! People kept asking for more. This is delicious.

  28. Made this today and we all thought it was delicious! Only had 2 cans of beans but it would have been better with 4! Even my 18 month old gobbled it up! I did my chicken in then isntant pot and then used the broth from that as 1 cup of broth for the soup. Thanks for a great receipe!

  29. I love white Chicken Chili! Just before serving I also put a large spoonful of Pico de Gallo that I buy from Qdoba in each bowl!!

  30. My friend made this and had me over for lunch. It was delicious. Thank you for this recipe. I plan on making this for my family.

  31. Great recipe, big hit with hubbie and 4 kids. Crockpot cooking saves my life!
    I did add minced onion, minced as I don’t like onion texture but like its flavor…

  32. I absolutely love this recipe and recently got an instant pot. Do you know what the cook time difference would be and should i cook the chicken whole in the instant pot and shred it at the end or shred before adding into pot?!?

  33. Made it last night for Super Bowl We LOVED it! Created recipe as written. Next time I would leave out mozzarella and maybe sprinkle on top for serving (not mix in) GREAT flavor!!! Can’t wait for leftovers for lunch! Thank you !

  34. I was wondering if I could cook the chicken in this recipe in the slower cooker on low for 6hrs and then shred the chicken?

  35. Still missing the whipping cream but it’s a great recipe. I just have a deep love for the older version haha. So do my thighs!

  36. This is the same recipe that my sister uses. It is one of my favorites and I always bring this recipe to the annual chili dinner my family attends. The only downside is I never have any left to bring home.

    1. I was thinking the same thing! This is the most requested recipe in my house. I have made the recipe so many times that I think I remembered the differences. I’m making it now so we will see how it turns out.

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