White Chicken Chili

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This White Chicken Chili recipe is ultra thick and creamy, with shredded chicken, white beans and corn and just the right amount of spice! Make ahead and freezer friendly, perfect for pantry cooking.

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Table of Contents
  1. How to make Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili:
  2. How to thicken white bean chicken chili:
  3. White Chicken Chili FAQs
  4. White Chicken Chili Recipe

Now that the days are chilly and the evenings are long, I’ve been craving a big comforting bowl of creamy White Chicken Chili.

The fact that this White Chicken Chili recipe is ready in 30 minutes or less with mostly pantry ingredients means that I can actually get it on the table while chasing 3 kids around the house, which is pretty much how things happen these days.

It is healthy, hearty, make ahead and freezer friendly!

That means you can make a double or triple batch, and use it as a base to create fresh, easy meals for the family through the week.

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Make meal planning even easier by prepping a big batch of this Crockpot Shredded Chicken or this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken, and stashing some away in the freezer for quick dinners.

How to make Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili:

You can easily make this Chicken Chili in the crockpot to make it even easier to fit in your day!

I do things a little differently when I make this chicken chili in the slow cooker, simply because if I’m using my slow cooker I don’t want to be babysitting it all day. I throw everything in the pot and let the chicken cook with everything else, then shred it later.

  1. Throw everything in the slow cooker
  2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, until chicken is cooked through and falling apart.
  3. Remove chicken breasts and shred, then stir back into the chili.
  4. Serve!

How to thicken white bean chicken chili:

We thicken this creamy chicken chili with two things: cream cheese and corn starch.

The cream cheese adds a wonderful richness without making this chili heavy. If you don’t have any, that’s fine! I’ll share some other things you can add in the next section.

The corn starch is optional, but we love our chili super thick and creamy, so we like to add it. If you skip the corn starch, it will still be perfectly creamy but not quite as thick.

Another way to thicken white chicken chili if you don’t have cream cheese or corn starch, is to keep some of the white beans aside, and puree them in a blender before adding into the chili. This is a great way to make this chili dairy free!

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White Chicken Chili FAQs

How do I store White Chicken Chili?

Chicken Chili can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Can I freeze Chicken Chili?

Chili is a great freezer meal! It can be frozen up to 3 months before using, so it’s a good idea to make a large batch and save some for another day.

Can I make it in the Crockpot?

Definitely! Throw all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and give it a good stir (yes, all!). Let it cook 3-4 hours on low (the exact cook time depends a little on your slow cooker and how full it is), then remove the chicken to shred.
Add the chicken back in and serve!

Can I make it in the Instant Pot?

Yes! Check out my Instant Pot White Chicken Chili recipe for more details.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Yes! Chicken thighs work great and won’t change the cook time at all. Just be sure they are boneless and skinless.

What if I don’t have Tabasco sauce?

  • No Tabasco sauce? There are lots of ways to add spice. Try adding a pinch of red pepper flakes or a bit of cayenne pepper (start small! A little goes a long way)
  • Can I use my leftover Shredded Chicken?

    Absolutely! Simply skip ahead to step 2.

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    White Chicken Chili

    4.98 from 39 votes
    This White Chicken Chili is ultra thick and creamy, with shredded chicken, white beans and corn and just the right amount of spice! Make ahead and freezer friendly, perfect for pantry cooking.
    Prep Time 5 mins
    Cook Time 25 mins
    Total Time 30 mins
    Cuisine American
    Course Main Course
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 394cal


    • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lb)
    • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
    • 540 ml canned white kidney beans (19oz) drained and rinsed
    • 341 ml canned corn (12oz), drained
    • 127 ml canned green chiles (4.3oz)
    • 1 teaspoon Tabasco Green Sauce
    • 1 teaspoons chili powder
    • ½ teaspoon onion powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature (125 grams)
    • 1 tablespoon corn starch
    • 1 tablespoon water


    • Add chicken breasts and chicken broth to a 3-4 quart dutch oven or soup pot. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce to medium low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until cooked through and tender.
    • Remove chicken breasts from pot and shred with two forks on a large cutting board. Place shredded chicken back in the pot with the chicken broth.
    • Add beans, corn, green chiles, Tabasco sauce, chili powder, onion powder, salt and stir.
    • Cut cream cheese into cubes and stir into the pot. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.
    • Stir to melt the cream cheese. If desired, stir together corn starch and water and add to chili to thicken further.
    • Serve with additional Tabasco sauce, chips, avocado, lime wedges, salsa, cheese, jalapenos — whatever your favorite toppings are!


    Substitutions and variations:
    • Feel free to saute some vegetables (onion, peppers, etc.) in oil before adding the chicken and broth for extra flavor. We love this Chicken Chili as is, but feel free to experiment!
    • You can swap the chicken breasts for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. You can also brown the chicken before adding the other ingredients if you desire. 
    • This chili is pretty thick and chunky — if you prefer a thinner chili, feel free to add more broth, milk or cream. 
    • If you don’t like a lot of spice, omit the Tabasco or add in just a few drops at a time.

    Nutrition Information

    Serving: 465grams | Calories: 394cal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1236mg | Potassium: 1085mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 379IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 3mg
    Keywords white chicken chili

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    1. Altaf Gilani says

      One of the best and really easy recipe to make white chicken chill. I made this today in lunch and now I am kind of obsessed with this white chicken chilli, I did not have onion powder so I used finely chopped white onions. The white beans made the dish so good, I did cooked white beans first and it was perfectly cooked. I still have some leftovers that I will eat at night in dinner! Very delicious.

    2. alcornwall.ac@gmail.com says

      I made a double batch of this chili. I might cut back on the chicken and increase the veggies though. Also, not spicy at all. I will increase the spices next time. I think this is a good recipe but needs some tweaking.

    3. Walter says

      I’m excited to try this had a white chicken chili once and it was so good. I have a family of 4 both my wife and I work. I love hoping in the kicken and cooking. I’m a avid hunter do you have any wild game recipes?

    4. Rebecca says

      I will be using rotisserie chicken , therefore it will already be cooked . How long do you suggest to cook in crockpot if the chicken is already cooked ? Shall I add all the ingredients minus chicken and put it in the end to just heat up for 20 min ?

      • The Recipe Rebel says

        Hi Rebecca! I haven’t tested this out with rotisserie chicken but other readers have tried it with success. Let me know how it goes!

      • The Recipe Rebel says

        Hi Kim! I haven’t tested this out with rotisserie chicken but other readers have tried it with success. Let me know how it goes!

    5. John Maneth says

      I’ve made the chili with the chicken before, and loved it. I’m going to use ground beef tomorrow, with beef broth, and see how it comes out.
      Thank you very much for the recipe

      • Ashley Fehr says

        Chicken thighs work great! You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs and the cook time would be the same. If you use bone in meat, you will have to cook it a little longer.

        • Marissa says

          I’m obsessed with this white chicken chili recipe right now! So good! I’m considering omitting the chicken and substituting veggie broth for the chicken broth in an attempt to make it a vegetarian option for one of my guests this weekend. Any suggestions?

          • The Recipe Rebel says

            Hi Marissa! Yes, you could easily use any broth you’d like. The finished product will be different due to the substitutions and elimination of the chicken. Hope you enjoy it!

          • Sydney says

            I use the quorn roast instead of chicken! It’s good and healthier than a lot of substitute meats since it has no soy and made from eggs and veggies. It’s still processed so not healthy but healthier! 🙂 also use the no chicken bouillon! Boyfriend eats meat and loves it!

    6. Randi says

      I’m going to make this tonight! I’m out of white beans, so I’ll use black, should taste just as good! Thanks for the recipe!l

    7. Ally says

      Making this as I type! Only 2 cups of liquid, no added water? It seems like too much chicken for 2 cups of broth. Crossing my fingers since this is the only recipe I’ve found that doesn’t leave you with runny soup 🙂

    8. Janie Prieto says

      This is the best and EASIEST white chicken chili. I get so excited for fall and winter seasons for this very reason! Thanks so much for sharing with the world!

    9. danita center says

      Hi, this sounds delicious however I would want to use dry beans and cook in a slow cooker. Would you change anything about the recipe ingredients in order to use dry beans and a slow cooker?

    10. Kelly says

      This is sooo good. I used the slow cooker, it was so easy. Added shredded cheese and air fried tortilla strips on top when finished. Yummy!

    11. Sydnee says

      Hi! Just made this and it’s AMAZING!!
      One question… how much is one serving? Idk if this is a dumb question or not lol but I have no clue.

    12. Natalie says

      This was great! I used black beans instead of white beans and used white rice in place of corn, then just added a little extra broth. Very flexible recipe, everyone loved it and I’ll definitely be making it again!

    13. Barbara says

      This was amazing we will be making this again! I use to have a restaurant and this was good enough to serve everyday.

    14. SandyH says

      I am a Texas girl, and white chili is a bit alien to me… but not anymore! I’ve made this three times now to rave reviews from my native-Texan family. I will never abandon my red chili, but this is a great go-to for something different. Served with jalapeño corn muffins.

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