White Chicken Chili

This easy white chicken chili is loaded with beans, chicken and green chiles, all in the most delicious creamy broth. A dinner option that’s perfect for a cold day!

White Chicken Chili in a bowl.

There’s nothing better than a bowl of hearty soup on a cold day. This white chicken chili is loaded with flavor and texture, and it’s ready in just 30 minutes! Serve this white chili with a variety of toppings or a side of cornbread for a meal the whole family is sure to love.

White Chicken Chili being scooped with a ladle.

This chili starts with garlic, onions and chicken breast. You’ll want to cut the chicken into small bite sized pieces, about 1/2 inch in size. After the chicken and aromatics cook down, chicken broth, white beans and green chiles are added to the mix, along with some spices.

I use the smaller great northern beans in this soup, but you can also use white kidney beans (also known as cannellini beans) if you prefer. This recipe uses canned green chiles because of the convenience factor, I use mild chiles but if you prefer some heat, you can use medium or hot chiles, or even a can of diced jalapenos!

White Chicken Chili in a white bowl.

The final ingredient for this chili is sour cream, which gets whisked into the broth at the very end of the cooking time. The sour cream adds richness and really brings all the flavors together, it’s the perfect counterpart to the spices and chiles.

I like to top my white chicken chili with tortilla strips and cilantro, but other great options are shredded cheese, more sour cream, bacon, roasted corn, chopped tomatoes or even avocado. This chili can be made up to one day before you plan to serve it, and it freezes beautifully. If you’d like to freeze your chili, simply hold the sour cream and freeze the cooked chicken, bean and broth mixture in a resealable bag. Thaw the soup, bring to a simmer, then whisk in the sour cream right before serving.

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
This easy white chicken chili is loaded with beans, chicken and green chiles, all in the most delicious creamy broth. A dinner option that's perfect for a cold day!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 4- ounce can green chiles drained
  • 2 15- ounce cans white beans such as great northern beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Assorted toppings such as cheese tortilla strips, chopped cilantro and avocado.


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until translucent.
  2. Add the chicken to the pot along with the cumin, coriander, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth, green chiles and beans to the pot; bring to a simmer.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the sour cream.
  6. Serve immediately with toppings of your choice.
Nutrition Facts
White Chicken Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 1762mg73%
Potassium 782mg22%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 435IU9%
Vitamin C 32.5mg39%
Calcium 113mg11%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.


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Sara Welch

With 3 kids aged 6 and under, meals can feel like feeding time at the zoo! I’m Sara, a foodie turned mom. I traded in elaborate dinners for simple, yet delicious dishes to please the palates of my growing girls, and I blog about my recipe creations over at Dinner at the Zoo.

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  1. 5 stars
    My wife and daughter absolutely love this. Have to make double batches to keep it on hand. What are the implications of freezing it after the sour cream has been added?

    1. That is awesome to hear! I am glad they love it! I like to use the freezer bags and lay them completely flat in the freezer. When warming them up I like to defreeze them in the fridge or put the frozen bag in a pot of boiling water. Hope that helps! XOXO

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