Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe

Thick, rich and hearty, this Creamy White Chicken Chili recipe is the ultimate in flavorful comfort food.  Made with whole ingredients that are healthy and satisfying, this easy chili recipe tastes like it simmered all day but is ready in just 30 minutes. The perfect weeknight dinner.

Ready in just 30 minutes with slow simmered flavor, this is the BEST Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe ever. | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a great first week of 2017. I managed to fight a cold the past three weeks and finally lost the battle. If I can be thankful for one thing…it’s that it waited until after my schedule settled down a bit before beating my immune system.

I had that scratchy throat thing going on since BEFORE Christmas and was hoping I’d make it to the new year so I wasn’t stuffy and we made it.  It’s a bummer but if that’s the worst thing going on in my life right now….I’ll take it.

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Now, all I want is comfort food which kind of makes it a bit difficult to lighten up the meals when all you crave is mac and cheese and brownies.  But I’m trying my best to rid myself of those few pounds that managed to creep up on me during the last two months of last year.

So, I made one of my favorite recipes….lightened it up just a tad and, let me just say, it’s better than the original which I never even shared here now that we’re talking about it.  This Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe is simply phenomenal in every sense of the word.  It’s creamy, rich, thick, hearty, spicy, fresh and totally satisfying. And best of all…..it’s not loaded with heavy cream AND it’s totally gluten free.

I’m a huge fan of cream soups like this easy Creamy Chicken Soup that’s a huge hit here on the blog. So, I ventured in that same direction with this Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe to try to keep the calories in check but still making sure it’s a total flavor bomb.

I’ve ordered White Chicken Chili out at restaurants and am almost always disappointed….it’s usually not that creamy and sometimes it’s not even white.  Like it’s brown….so it’s not white…so what the heck is that all about. Just call it Chicken Chili then, am I right?

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Also, I’m not usually a fan of beans…..I totally left them out of my favorite Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chili (which is award winning, by the way…just check out the comments!).  But this time I added one can of beans to the mix just to beef up the heartiness and it wasn’t really chili if I didn’t add beans….it was kind of just a creamy chicken soup with a southwester flair.

So, beans when in and it was a wise decision. I, also, used leftover chicken from the weekend to help make the recipe come together more quickly, you could just pick up a rotisserie chicken if you’re in a time crunch. Easy Peasy!

How do you make Creamy White Chicken Chili?

This easy White Chicken Chili is so simple to make. The secret is really in the cream cheese….and the cheddar….oh, and the half and half.  And the white beans. 🙂 You can make it on the stovetop in less than 30 minutes but it’s also fabulous as a Crockpot White Chicken Chili made in the slow cooker.

To make Stovetop White Chicken Chili:

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onions to the pot and cook until softened, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper, stirring to combine.
  5. Stir in the chicken and cornstarch, cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the lime zest, juice and beans.
  6. Add the chicken stock and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  7. Turn the heat to low and stir in the half and half. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Stir in the cream cheese and cheddar.
  9. Continue to cook the chili for 5-10 minutes longer until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve with chopped cilantro, jalapeño slices, avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips and limes.

To make Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili:

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onions to the pot and cook until softened, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper, stirring to combine.
  5. Stir in the chicken and cornstarch, cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the lime zest, juice and beans.
  6. Add the chicken stock and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker.
  8. Turn the heat to low, cover and cook for 2-3 hours.
  9. Stir in the half and half, cream cheese and cheddar. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove the lid and continue to cook the chili for 5-10 minutes longer until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Serve with chopped cilantro, jalapeño slices, avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips and limes.

Now you’re ready to party! Or just have a family dinner….which in my house is as loud as a party but not quite as fun.

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Can you FREEZE Creamy White Chicken Chili?

White Bean Chicken Chili…aka Creamy White Chicken Chili….is totally freezer friendly.  I like to make a double batch just for this reason. Freezing the white chicken chili for another dinner later in the month is such a lifesaver when things get busy.

To freezer Creamy White Chicken Chili:

  • Transfer the white chicken chili to an airtight container and place in the freezer.
  • Freeze the chili for up to 2 months.
  • To reheat, simply thaw the chili in a large pot on the stovetop covered with a lid over medium heat. Stir the chili, occasionally, to ensure the creaminess doesn’t break and separate.
  • Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy.
  • Do NOT REFREEZE leftovers of the previously frozen chicken chili.

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How do you thicken White Chicken Chili?

Because this White Chicken Chili is actually White Bean Chicken Chili the addition of the beans do help thicken up the soup quite a bit. Also, the recipe calls for cornstarch (or flour works well, too, but is not gluten free) to help thicken the chili base quickly and easily.

Lastly, once you add the cream cheese you’ll start to see your chili taken on a velvety smooth texture and thicken a bit more. Stir in the cheddar and you have a pot of the BEST White Chicken Chili ever made.

AND bonus points here….this Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe is ready in just 30 minutes.  WHAT????  Yes, that’s right, just 30 minutes for a big ole pot of comfort that’s perfect for busy weeknights….game day…..lazy Sunday. You name it. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s fantastic with a pile of these homemade tortilla chips. And maybe some guac.

Want even more easy chili recipes? Try these reader favorites:

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chili | The Suburban Soapbox

If you want a few chicken recipes to get the ball rolling early in the week and then can use the leftovers in this easy Creamy White Chicken Chili, definitely try these family favorites:

Super easy to make at home, Rotisserie Style Chicken recipe is the best you will ever have. | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

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Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe

Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: white chicken chili
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 386 kcal
Author: Kellie

Made with whole ingredients, this Creamy White Chicken Chili recipe is simple to make and ready in 30 minutes.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 15.5 ounce can small white beans or your favorite white bean
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 ounces cream cheese cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup shredded white sharp cheddar

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onions to the pot and cook until softened, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper, stirring to combine.
  5. Stir in the chicken and cornstarch, cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the lime zest, juice and beans.
  6. Add the chicken stock and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  7. Turn the heat to low and stir in the half and half. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Stir in the cream cheese and cheddar.
  9. Continue to cook the chili for 5-10 minutes longer until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve with chopped cilantro, jalapeño slices, avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips and limes.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 355mg15%
Potassium 763mg22%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 690IU14%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 234mg23%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

4 comments on “Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe”

  1. I love white chicken chili! I can’t wait to make this.

  2. Just looking at your pictures, I am craving this!! It looks so creamy & so tasty! I love white chili versions, so I will definitely be giving this a try!

  3. I have a secret love affair with white chicken chili and can’t WAIT to try this recipe! Looks so creamy and delicious, not skimping on any of the good stuff

  4. I do love white chicken chili!  This looks perfect for these cooler nights!!

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