White Chicken Chili {A Pretty Life}

White Chicken Chili

Happy Friday my friends.

I’m so glad it’s the weekend, as I’m really looking forward to some fun (we’re heading out to Banff for some snowshoeing and time at the Banff Hot Springs…can’t wait!)!  But as for right now I’m not doing much of anything besides sulking because I had the pleasure of having a root canal yesterday.  Not fun my friends…not fun at all.  And my face was frozen for over 6 hours.  6 hours!  Kind of just a little bit humiliating to be the source of all kinds of quiet giggles in my house.  Hahaha…it is kind of funny.  Anyway, back to normal today…thank goodness for Tylenol and husbands who make and bring home dinners.  xoxo

So back to the recipe.  Have you ever had white chili?  Is it even really fair to call a white sauce a chili?  I don’t know…the only chilis I’ve ever had are the ones with the traditional red sauce…but the idea of a white chili intrigued me.  So I thought I’d make a white chicken chili.  And wow, is it delicious!

White Chicken Chili {A Pretty Life}

This White Chicken Chili is hearty, full of beans and has a nice kick of spice.  SO good.

Want to know something else that’s great about this dish?  You can have it ready in 1 hour.  Yep.  On your table and in your mouth in about 1 hour.  And to keep things even more simple, grab a rotisserie chicken from your grocery store for this recipe.  Makes putting this dinner together even easier!  How much do we love and need dinners like that?  😉


Yields 6-8

White Chicken Chili

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 cans white beans (I used white kidney beans)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 - 8 ounce can chopped green chiles
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Chili Toppings:
  • lime wedges
  • fresh cilantro
  • shredded white cheese (like cheddar or Monterey Jack)
  • tortilla chips


  1. In a skillet cook the onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat, until soft.
  2. Then add in the cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt & pepper and can of chilis. Stir, and cook for about 2 minutes to release all the flavours.
  3. Stir in the chicken broth and simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Add the shredded chicken and corn, and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until most of the chicken broth has reduced.
  5. Stir in the sour cream and heavy cream, simmer for a few more minutes.
  6. Serve right away with lime wedges, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro and tortilla chips!

Recipe inspired by Add a Pinch

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Serve this chili with lime wedges, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro and tortilla chips…your family will love it!

White Chicken Chili {A Pretty Life}

So after enjoying this dish, I do declare this does indeed qualify as a chili!

Have a delicious day!  Oh and Happy Valentines Day to you!  I hope you have a love-ly day.

Here are more tasty chili recipes in my Friday Recipe Club:

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  • Reply Tammi @ My Organized Chaos February 14, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    I’ve never made a chicken chili before, must try!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      It’s so good! A nice change from our much loved beef chili!

  • Reply Jody February 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Wow that looks good! I have never had a white or chicken chili before.

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Thank you Jody! We really enjoyed it!

  • Reply Stacie February 14, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    I’ve never made a White chili before! I love chicken though and we eat it often. Pinning this recipe to try!

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 14, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      I had never made one before either, but am I ever glad I did this time! It’s definitely a repeater recipe!

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  • Reply Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens February 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    This looks amazing. I have never made a white chicken chili before and this is JUST the recipe for me to try!!!!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 16, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Thank you Kristen! We really really enjoyed it!

  • Reply Diana @CulinaryBibliophile February 14, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Just stumbled on your blog while googling “white chicken chili recipe” (my husband put in a special request and I didn’t have the first clue as to a good recipe.) I’m glad I did – can’t wait to do some more poking around!

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 16, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      I’m so happy you found me! I hope you enjoy my blog!

  • Reply SoberJulie February 15, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    I have never tried white chilli, heck I hadn’t heard of it until you mentioned it! Man this looks super simple and delicious, you know I”m pinning it and will let you know how it works out when I make it.

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Thanks Julie! We had never tried it before either, and we were so surprised at how much we loved it! SO good!

  • Reply Angie@Echoes of Laughter February 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    This looks amazing and I have never tried white chili before either! Have a great time in Banff and hope you are feeling better soon! Angie xo

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Thanks Angie! I’m looking forward to a less ‘exciting’ week, lol!

  • Reply Shauna February 18, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    I’ve seen something like this before, but I’ve never made it. Must try, perhaps this weekend!

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      It’s really delicious, and a nice change from our norm around here!

  • Reply Meredith February 18, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    White chicken chili is one of our family favourites! We adore it — but I have never tried adding corn. Brilliant! I’ll be sure to try your recipe next. 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      I hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply Laurie@ Vin'yet Etc. February 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Do all of your recipes always look so AMAZING!? Wow, I can’t wait to try this, I’ve never even heard of white chilli before. Yummo!

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Hahaha thank you Laurie! We’d never had it before, but it’s definitely a keeper!

  • Reply sarah jackson February 19, 2014 at 4:47 AM

    this looks great and simple !

  • Reply Krista @ the happy housie February 19, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    This looks delicious Jo-Anna- I am pinning it and will definitely try it for dinner really soon! Thanks for the recipe:)

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    We really enjoyed this version of chili. I forgot the corn, but had some fried mushrooms to add. This recipe is a keeper.

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