White Chicken Chili

Main Dishes · Soups · May 9, 2018

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!

Easy White Chicken Chili

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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 Chicken Chili Soup Recipe 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!

White Chili Recipe

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! 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

If you weren’t in a hurry, you could even throw everything into the crock pot 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. πŸ˜€Β I seriously think you guys will love it.

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White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

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!

Nutrition Facts
White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 599 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 981mg 41%
Potassium 1350mg 39%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 1g
Protein 41g 82%
Vitamin A 10.1%
Vitamin C 18.3%
Calcium 40.4%
Iron 31.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adapted from HERE.

White Chicken Chilli

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    Ohhhhhh – I think that I need to make this for dinner tonight. Looks perfect for this chilly fall weather.
    Gina recently posted..Easy Messy Beach Waves for Tweens ~ Curl SecretMy Profile

      Lil' Luna

      You will LOVE it, Gina!! It is seriously so good and so easy to make. πŸ™‚


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

      Lil' Luna

      Curious how it turned out, Melissa? I hope you guys liked it as much as we did. πŸ™‚


        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.

          Lil' Luna

          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˜€


    Nice soup recipes. Thank you.

      Lil' Luna

      You’re welcome! πŸ˜€


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      You know if it has sour cream and cheese it has to be good, right?! Thanks for stopping by!


    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!!

      Lil' Luna

      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™‚


        Hey do you know how many calories are in like a cup of the chicken chili soup ?

    Amy Huntley

    I have never tried this kind of soup! Adding it to the recipe list for this winter!


    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!


      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™‚


    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!!


    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!!!


    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.
    Yoli recently posted..Yoli Loves Personal Page for 2012 Winter Walk for AIDSMy Profile

      Lil' Luna

      SO glad you liked it Yoli!! And greek yogurt instead of sour cream is a great substitute! πŸ˜€

    Andrew James

    Yes soup season is here and we need recipes like this to keep us going throughout the winter so thanks for sharing

      Lil' Luna

      You’re welcome, Andrew! I hope you guys like this soup as much as we did. It is super yummy!!


    I can’t wait to try this! I think I will add a can of corn to mine.


      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!

        Lil' Luna

        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™‚

      Lil' Luna

      I think I will add Corn to mine next time, too!! πŸ˜€


    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!


    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!
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    Laura Johnston

    I am making this again tonight–second time around! SO good! Thanks for all of the yummy recipes and crafty ideas you post! You’re the best πŸ™‚

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      Lil' Luna

      You’re way too sweet Laura!! We LOVE this recipe too. πŸ™‚


    Great recipe, thank you! Added corn, it was delish!

      Lil' Luna

      Glad you liked it!! Corn would be a great addition… will have to try that next time I make it. πŸ™‚


    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?


      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


    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.


    Any idea on how much this makes? I’m thinking I need to cut it to serve my needs.


      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!

        Lil' Luna

        Oh, I LOVE to hear that, Sarah. It’s one of our favorites too. πŸ™‚


    Do you know how many serving recipe makes?


    Do you drain the beans before putting them in the crockpot?


      The recipe says to drain and rinse the beans


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      What did your 4 year old think of it?!


        Im actually out of town right now so I haven’t seen her. Just testing out different recipes now for when I do see her.

    Kris McDaniel

    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™‚

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!! So happy I could help you save $4. πŸ˜€ Have a Happy New Year!!


    This is the best recipe I’ve found so far. I add onion and 1/4 tsp of chilli powder to give a little taste.


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      Sounds like perfection! Glad it worked out well, and I appreciate you sharing your version here too. THANK YOU!


    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…

      Lil' Luna

      Let me know how this goes… I have a few recipes on here for White Chicken Chili and they are ALL delicious!!


    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.


    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!


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      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˜‰


    Would Ike this thicker like chili instead of soup. Would I use less broth?


    How many serving are in white bean chili?


    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.


    This chicken chili soup is amazing! I found your recipe 2 years ago on Pinterest and it is now a Winter family favorite!

      Lil' Luna

      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!!


    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!!


    This looks delicious! Making it right now! Do you bring to a boil before simmering?

      Lil' Luna

      How did this go?? I hope you figure it out and that it was a hit. πŸ˜‰


    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?


    Does anyone know how many servings this makes and how big of a serving? Can’t wait to try it!

    Becky O

    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!


    My husband and I love this soup and have made it several times!!!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay! Thank you for letting me know and trying this recipe! We love it too!


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      I’m sorry they were hard! Not sure why either. They wouldn’t be super soft, but shouldn’t be too hard. Hope you’ll give it another try!


      I use canned. They have great flavor and theyre never hard πŸ™‚


    dumb question — did you cook the chicken prior to putting everything into the pot?

      Lil' Luna

      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!


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      It’s a good one for sure! Thank you for making it and for letting me know. Thanks also for sharing your tips πŸ™‚


    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?

      Lil' Luna

      I haven’t tried, but it should be ok πŸ™‚ I would just maybe keep it on low for like 3 hours. Let me know how you like it πŸ™‚

    Teresa Tucker

    Does the White Chicken Chili Soup freeze well? Wanted to make this for a freezer party. Thanks!

      Kristyn Merkley

      I personally haven’t tried, but I don’t see why not πŸ™‚ It would be great for a party!


    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.

    Samantha King

    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!

      Samantha King

      Forgot to rate the recipe for submitting my comment! 5 stars!

      Kristyn Merkley

      You are so welcome!! I’m so glad you all liked it! πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    Candi Knorpp

    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!!

    Lisa Taylor

    Wonderful! Thank you!


    Drain chilis or not? Recipe doesn’t indicate.


    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.


    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…

    Julia Fountain

    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?!?

      Kristyn Merkley

      Awesome! I wish I knew! I haven’t tried. I would shred it before adding to the pot πŸ™‚

    Ashley D

    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 !

    Maria Solarz

    How many calories are in this dish?

      Kristyn Merkley

      I am sorry, I don’t have that information. But, there are sites that will convert recipes πŸ™‚

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