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How to make a Bowl of White Bean Chicken Chili

This white bean chicken chili is packed with all things nutritious like beans, green chilis, garlic, corn and more to create comfort in a bowl. You'll love it!

How to thicken white chili?

This white chili is thickened with cream cheese. Its mild and lightly sweet taste is perfect to balance out the spices and herbs of this recipe.

What beans go in white chicken chili?

For this white chili, I recommend using great northern beans or cannellini beans. If you want to use both and add navy beans, you’re welcome to!

What bread to serve with white chicken chili?

White chicken chili pairs well with cornbread! I like to make this Spoon Bread recipe to go with this tasty white chili.

What is in white chili seasoning?

White chili seasoning consists of cumin, paprika, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Each spice adds a delicious flavor that works all together in the pot!

Are you looking for a healthy dish that also tastes amazing?

Maybe something that is fulfilling and versatile to accommodate your family’s preferences? Are you overdoing the tomato-based chili and looking for something different? I’ve got the perfect recipe: white bean chicken chili.

This chili has been a family favorite meal for years. It’s full of delicious flavors and I’m so glad I get to share it with you all finally!

What I Love About This White Bean Chicken Chili

It is so versatile! I think that’s the beauty of many soups and chilis. You can add, subtract, and substitute as you wish. For example, I like using cannellini beans for this recipe, but feel free to use northern beans or navy beans! Does your family enjoy more chicken than called for in the recipe? Go ahead, add it in! Want to sneak in some more veggies? Some kale or spinach would be great. Bottom line – make it your own if you’d like!

It is so nutritious. The beans and chicken alone provide lots of protein. Spices and herbs that are added to this chili also have powerful health benefits. It’s a guilt-free meal with lots of added goodness!

It’s easy to make! I’m a fan of chilis because they have a lot of “tossing in and letting it cook” going on.

White Bean Chicken Chili 1

A bowl of this white chili is the perfect thing to get cozy with on a cold, winter night!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Best White Chicken Chili recipe:

Chicken is the main protein and meat in this one-pot meal. The tender chicken will need to be cooked and shredded.

Northern beans or cannellini beans: If you have both, they make a great bean mixture. Traditional chili has more than one type of bean.

Green chilis add an earthy taste to this creamy white chicken chili. With a light addition of flavor, this white bean chili has the right amount of spice.

Corn is a sweet veggie that adds fiber, keeping you full longer. You can use fresh corn or frozen corn if you’d like.

Garlic cloves can fight bacteria and viruses in your body. It adds great flavor to this delicious soup and is one of my favorite healthy ingredients to add to soups!

Onion can reduce the cholesterol in your body.

Chicken broth makes a delicious and flavorful broth base to this delicious white chicken chili recipe.

Cream cheese gives this soup a creamy texture. It’s one of my favorite toppings and is a great replacement for heavy cream.

Lime adds a light and tangy flavor to this white bean chicken chili recipe.

Olive oil is to cook the onion and garlic at the beginning of this recipe.

Spices: Cumin, paprika, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper makes this flavorful white chicken chili absolutely delicious!

Fresh cilantro is one of those fresh herbs that makes a classic chili.

How to Make a White Bean Chicken Chili


How to Make a Bowl of White Bean Chicken Chili

This white bean chicken chili is packed with all things nutritious like beans, green chilis, garlic, corn and more to create comfort in a bowl. You'll love it!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Soup
Allergy: Gluten Free, Nut Free
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 208kcal



  • 2 cups chicken, shredded
  • 2 cans northern beans, or cannellini beans
  • 2 cans green chilis, 4-oz cans
  • cups corn, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tso chili powder
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro


  • Heat a large pot. Add a tbsp of olive oil into the pan and the onion and garlic. Cook until fragrant. (2-4 minutes).
  • Add in your spices- cumin, paprika, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. Cook for about 2 mins then add in the corn.
  • Once the corn is slightly thawed, add the chicken broth, beans, green chilis, and shredded chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cover, add cream cheese and lime juice. Serve with red pepper flakes and cilantro.


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 1232mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 508IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

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