The Ultimate White Chicken Chili – the BEST of the BEST White Chicken Chilis! SO good and ready to eat in under 20 minutes! Rotisserie chicken, white beans, corn, green chilies, chicken broth, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, half-and-half, pepper jack cheese. Top with some sour cream and extra cheese. Makes a ton. Freeze leftovers for a quick meal later.
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I called this The Ultimate White Chicken Chili because it really is the best of the best White Chicken Chili. It is also a great way to use up any leftover turkey from your holiday meal tomorrow!
We both absolutely LOVED this chili. It has tons of great flavors and only takes a few minutes to make. The key to getting this on the table in under 20 minutes is using a rotisserie chicken. I used a whole rotisserie chicken, you could definitely use all turkey or a combination of cooked chicken and turkey. You are basically just heating everything up in the pot and digging in! All you need is some yummy cornbread and you are set.
This makes a TON! It is perfect for watching all the rivalry games this weekend in college football! I am making a big pot for us to watch the Iron Bowl on Saturday. As I said, this makes a ton. You can freeze any leftovers for a quick meal later.
The Ultimate White Chicken Chili
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1 rotisserie chicken skin removed, meat pulled off bones and chopped
- 2 (15-oz) cans white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (11-oz) can white corn, drained
- 2 (4-oz) cans chopped green chilies, undrained
- 2 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
- In a Dutch oven melt butter and stir in flour. Cook for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and half-and-half. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, until thickened.
- Add remaining ingredients and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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I made this tonight… absolutely delicious… wondering… since it has dairy in it (half and half and cheese).l is it still okay to freeze?
It should be fine to freeze.
I have made this dish many times. It freezes wonderfully.
This recipe is perfect ! Have made it so many times for church functions, parties , & just for us at home ! Making a pot right now for tonight at the request of my small group ! No changes no substitutes, make it exactly how Stephanie says !
The only thing missing is a dollop of sour cream in the middle of your bowl of chili soup topped with some green onions! Yum!
If not using a rotisserie chicken, would you say about 2 cups of cooked chicken breast? Thanks!
I think it would be closer to 5 cups of chicken – there is a lot more chicken on a whole chicken.
One pound of cooked diced chicken is 3 cups.
Definitely gonna try this! If I did it in the slow cooker, what would change? Can I even do it in a slow cooker?
Prepare the soup as directed in step 1. Place the liquid in the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients to the crockpot and cook it until it is warm.
You can even use frozen chicken breasts! Maybe 4-5 good sized ones. Perfect for crockpot!!
Some people are so stupid. Recipe sounds great, dummies need to put on their thinking caps. Do some people think before they post.
I have made this so many times and EVERY time it is wonderful! It’s quick, easy and delicious!!
Made this today for the first time, only thing I did differently was used diced onion instead of powder. It was delicious and I will make it again very soon. Going to double the recipe so I can freeze some. It is wonderful!
I just made this last night. It is the 2nd time I have made it. It is so easy & is so delicious ! It’s a keeper !
I just made this soup. Delicious
I used chopped onion instead of flakes and 2 jars of chopped mushroons. Two teaspoons Crushed garlic Gave it a more homemade feel. Thanks for recipe 😘
Made this recipe on a cold rainy Sunday. Added 2 cans of Goya black beans, 2 cans of Rotel diced tomatoes w/ green chili’s along with the white beans. Didn’t have cumin so I added a half packet of Ortega taco seasoning. This was BY FAR THE VERY BEST CHICKEN CHILI EVER!
Served it with Tostitos scoops and I couldn’t believe the flavor.
I made this tonight. It was my first time trying white chicken chili. It. Is. Fantastic! Will definitely add this to my rotation. Thank you for always giving us recipes using normal things most people already have in their kitchen. So many of your recipes are made in my kitchen weekly!
Oh and forgot to add that we ate this with tortilla chips (my 16 year olds sons suggestion). It was perfect!
This is amazing! I’ve made it many times
Made this last night and it was a hit! SO tasty and easy! Even approved by my recently-turned-picky 6 year old! 🙂
I made this for a chili cook off and won first place Are used green chilies and jalapeños turned out great thanks
Made this yesterday & to my shock it turned out quite yummy! Added a can of Rotel tomatoes. The boys scarfed it up!!
Can this be made in the crockpot?
Made this it was good. Doubled the recipe and has corn bread with it.
This is my go-to white chicken chili always! It’s so easy and tastes the best of any recipe I’ve ever made! Thank you so much for posting!
No green chiles to be found so we roasted 4 Anaheim chiles- peeled the skin off, de-seeded them and diced to go in the Chile. It was a game changer! Love this recipe!
I love this recipe. Have made it several times. I also use real onion, celery,jalapeño and do not use flour. Probably because I forget to put the flour in. But everyone loves it.
Can this be made in the crockpot? If so, what is the cooking time?
Yes – prepare the soup through step 1 and transfer it to the crockpot. Cook it for a few hours until the soup is warm.
I don’t have pepper jack cheese can I use sharp or mozzarella?
Use any cheese you would like
Can you cook it for longer on the stove top?
I just made this and it’s great! Can’t wait to eat a big bowl! I’m thinking my man friend is going to love it also. First time making a chicken chili. It’s a cool & rainy day in Mississippi so it will be a comfort dish for sure. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
SO glad you enjoyed it, Tammy!
Today and it was a little thick what should I do to thin it out just a little bit
Mine is just a little thin. Is there any way to thicken it a little
Use less liquid or add some cornstarch
Can this be done in the instant pot?
I’m sure that it could. I haven’t made this in the instant pot, so I can not say how long to cook it or if any modifications need to be made. It would also probably take longer in the IP than on the stovetop.
This is a family favorite! We make it all the time. Easy and tastes so good!
My husband is a very picky eater but he loved this recipe! Making it again today!
YAY! SO glad it was a hit, Debbie!
This is a go to recipe year round for us. Although, I tweak it somewhat by replacing the onion and garlic with the real stuff. I also add more chili powder and cheese. My family loves it.
Can I use milk instead of half and half
I haven’t made this with milk, but you can try it.
This recipe is so good! I've been eating off of it all week. I also wanted to add that it is just as good fresh or frozen and reheated. I always heard that you shouldn't freeze things with dairy, but this worked great! A keeper recipe for sure.
This isn't just a good recipe, it is great. First time trying white chicken chili at home and it exceeds anything I've ever had. Didn't alter the recipe at all and it came out perfect. Made a skillet of cornbread to go with it. Just wish we got more chili-eating weather in Florida.
Hi! this recipe is fantastic! I have been making it for a couple of months, and it is now a staple in my household. There is not one person I have cooked it for that hasn’t left it yet. Do you know how many calories would be in a serving? I saw in the comments that you said it makes about 8 to 10 servings, so I was wondering if you had the nutrition facts on it. Thank you.
This recipe is a keeper! Everyone loved it!
I normally don't make chicken chili. I made it too many times in the past and kind of burnt myself out. However, I saw your recipe and thought it would be quick. It wasn't only quick, but delicious. Thanks for posting.
If you use leftover turkey, how many cups or pounds of meat do you add?
About 4 cups
When you say it makes a "lot", can you give me an idea of how much that is? A gallon? I need to make soup for a large crowd and would like to do this one but I'm trying to figure out how many times to multiply the recipe. Thanks so much!
The recipe serves 8 to 10
I made this today. It was awesome. My son-in-law even asked for the recipe. I'll certainly keep this recipe. Perfect for a chilly rainy day like today.
Made this tonight my family loved it. My daughter has celiac disease so I simply used gluten free flour for the roux. It turned out perfect, this recipe is a keeper
Simple ingredients with excellent results will have to triple the recipe next time because it goes quick
Could you make this with ground chicken?
I think that would be fine. Enjoy!
I want to try this for this weekend! Sounds so good! If I wanted to make it and freeze it, would I omit the cheese to freeze and then add it when I am heating it back up to serve?
Either way would be fine. Just your preference. Enjoy!
yes I was wondering the same thing…in a crockpot?
Could you make this in a crockpot?
I made this today. It is cold & icy (strange for Texas) and I wanted to make chili. I'm tired of the same old traditional chili and since I have a niece who is cutting back on beef, I decided to try this recipe. I have never made (or eaten) white chicken chili before. It is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! I will definitely add this to my special dishes to make! Something new for family parties! Made a big pan of cornbread to go with it and couldn't have been better!!! My niece loved it also! Flavor, texture, everything works!!!
I love this Chili , has so many amazing flavors !
It’s great with corn bread with corn, chili’s, and pepper Jack cheese. You can find the recipe for corn bread on Pintrest .
Thank you for such a delicious and pretty nutritious recipe. I love chicken chili but have never made it. So easy!! This is so delicious I’m going to share it with my coworker and her daughter.
I just made this last week and it was delicious! I only used one can of beans (that's all I had), added a little more hot chili powder and used Rotel (medium spicy) instead of just green chilis.
Recipe, not receipt, sorry��
Many people call recipes “receipts”!
Really? A “receipt” is an invoice or proof of payment.
Absolutely delicious, very fast to make and easy. I didn’t have the can of chilies so I put natural jalapeño peppers diced very small and sautéd in butter before with a quarter of a diced onion, it came out great!
Thank you for the receipt.
I can't wait to try this today for the Iron Bowl…WDE!
This turned out amazing!! Used fresh Avocado and Fresh Jalapeños to top it with crisper strips. Thank you!!
Can you freeze this?
I made this today and turned out great-was so YUM! Thank you – will be making again!
I made this today and it was YUM- Thank you!
I made this today with already pulled rotisserie chicken I purchased from Costco. I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of measuring the chicken. It was fantastic. I found a spicy pepper jack cheese that gave it the right kick.
can this be made in a crockpot
I made this last night for my ugly sweater party and everybody raved about it. It is so good, lots of flavor! Everybody loved it!!
Does the shredded cheese go into the chili? Or on top?
It goes in the chili. Enjoy!
White chili is a favorite around here and your version looks very good and hardy.
This is always a great healthy go to quick recipe. I am enjoying your videos 🙂