White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili is an excellent alternative to traditional chili.  My hometown does an annual chili cook-off every summer at the park area of the local zoo.  The competitors are local businesses, restaurants, charities etc; basically anybody who wants to sign up and make a bunch of chili. Everybody signs up at the door and is handed a vote card and a spoon and then proceeds to try a couple dozen types of chili and then votes for their favorite before they leave.

A couple years ago somebody decided to make a white chicken chili for the competition and it was fantastic.  While the rest of the chili was good and there are a lot of variations, this one was completely different.  I think this was the first time I’d ever even heard of a “white chili”.  I want to say it won the competition that year.

The next time I made chili I set out to find a way to make a white chili so I did some internet searching and came across a recipe somewhere.  I have now been making this and tweaking it for a few years.

For this recipe the chicken is already cooked.

This is a great slow cooker recipe for a cold winter day.

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Creamy white chili with a variety of beans
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 882 kcal


  • Cast iron dutch oven or crockpot
  • Strainer



  • Open all cans of beans and place in a strainer
  • Rinse beans with cold water
  • Add pre-cooked chicken, beans, green chiles and whipping cream to dutch oven or crockpot
  • Season to taste with cumin and chili powder
  • Cook for 2 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally
  • 20 minutes before serving stir in sour cream



Calories: 882kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 35gFat: 71gSaturated Fat: 41gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 293mgSodium: 558mgPotassium: 1011mgFiber: 9gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 3133IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 273mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Comfort Food
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