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A bowl of creamy white chicken chili on a napkin with a spoon alongside.

White Chicken Chili

A rich, creamy white chili packed with tender pieces of chicken and white beans.
Course Soups and Stews
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 363kcal


  • 1 rotisserie chicken skin and bones removed
  • ½ cup butter divided
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 tsp Tabasco
  • 1 ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 16 oz canned white beans great northern or cannellini, drained
  • 8 oz canned chopped mild green chilies drained
  • 1 ½ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream


  • Remove all the skin and bones from the rotisserie chicken and discard. Shred or chop the meat and set aside.
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the onion in 2 tblsp of butter until softened. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  • In the same pot, melt remaining 6 tblsp of butter over moderately low heat and whisk in the flour.
  • Cook, whisking constantly, for about three minutes.
  • Stir in the onion.
  • Gradually add the broth then the half and half, whisking the whole time.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes, or until thickened. (It will be nicely and obviously thick.)
  • Stir in Tabasco, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Add beans, chilies, chicken, cheese and milk.
  • Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
  • Add sour cream.
  • May be served immediately but is best served the next day.
  • Serve with the usual chili garnishes--cilantro, cheese, jalapenos, etc.


To Make Ahead: Allow the chili to cool and store it covered in the refrigerator overnight. It's really even better the second day!
To Serve With This Recipe: Offer a choice of toppings such as sliced avocado, chopped green onion, fresh cilantro, extra cheese, and jalapenos. And either crackers, tortillas, or cornbread are great accompaniments.
Make it Your Own: Add a little something extra like a can of drained, whole kernel corn, or a few chopped fresh jalapeno peppers. You could also tweak it with a bit of smoked paprika or cayenne.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 873mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 2mg