White Chicken Chili

Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins
Add'l 10 mins
Total 50 mins

If you’re looking for a big bowl of comfort food, you’re going to love this easy White Chicken Chili recipe. So easy to make using rotisserie chicken, you can have dinner on the table in less than an hour!

If you love easy chili recipes like this one, be sure to also check out my recipe for Slow Cooker Bean Chili With Easy Cornbread Muffins.

Easy White Chicken Chili Recipe

This Chili Recipe Is One Of My Favorite Comfort Foods

Almost all of my favorite comfort foods come in bowls. Soups, Cereal and Ice Cream. This soup was exactly that, a big giant bowl of comfort. I had spent all day answering emails, cleaning, doing laundry, making conference calls and grocery shopping.

By the time the day was over, all I wanted to do was eat and watch reruns of Girls on HBO (ps the new season starts in just a couple weeks – YAY). I had made plans to make Stuffed Flank Steak with Grits, but I just wasn’t up for that much work! I wanted something delicious, easy and fast.

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This Easy Chili Uses Shredded Rotisserie Chicken

Sometimes, as much as I try to be, I am not up for an all day soup making affair. On a chilly Sunday afternoon, I am all for having a big pot of soup simmering on the stove all afternoon. But on a rainy Wednesday night, I just need dinner on the table fast enough that I don’t eat chips and dip for dinner instead. Just tellin’ ya how it is. 😉

By using a rotisserie chicken, this chili comes together quickly! It took me right around 40 minutes from start to finish. Not bad for a chili!

What To Serve With This Chili

I served it with my all time favorite Buttery Beer Bread. The combination was so good, that Jorge and I both went back for seconds! If you are looking for a warm bowl of comfort food that is pretty healthy, this one’s for you.

Yield: 4 Servings

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili Recipe

If you're looking for a big bowl of comfort food, you're going to love this easy White Chicken Chili recipe. It's so easy to make using rotisserie chicken!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 8 oz can green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups cooked & shredded chicken (about 4 breasts)
  • 2 (14 oz) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • green onions, chopped
  • mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • sour cream


In a small bowl, whisk together cornmeal and milk. Set aside.

In a dutch oven (or a heavy bottomed pot), melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and jalapeno, cooking until soft - about 5 minutes.

Stir in garlic and green chilies and cook for 30 more seconds. Add spices (chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, kosher salt) and cook for 1 minute.

Add chicken stock, shredded chicken and cannellini beans. Bring to a low boil. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.

Stir in the cornmeal and milk mixture. Continue simmering for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes to thicken before serving.

Divide among 4 bowls and top with green onions, mozzarella cheese and a dollop of sour cream! Enjoy!


inspired by Pinch Of Yum4

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 831mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 40g

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26 Responses
  1. Mobasir hassan

    It is really nice that you shared the serving tips as well. I did made this yesterday and must say it is really a comfort food as you said. My son loved everything. Thank you for that. Looking forward for more recipes in future.

  2. Natasha

    I have tried quite a few chicken chili recipes over the years, but this was by far my favorite. Thanks so much!!! Hubs loved it too. Also, didn’t have cornmeal, so I soaked a corn tortilla in milk and puréed. Tastes great.

    1. Natasha Sandoval

      4.5 years later and this is still my go-to chicken chili recipe. Whenever I bring it to events, everyone raves about it. 

  3. Joyce

    This is the only chicken chili I like. In fact I LOVED it, and so did my family (3 children, my husband and myself) I did leave out the corn meal and milk because I like my chili more soupy. And the beer bread was amazing! I have to add this meal to my rotation.

  4. Linda W.

    I make lots of small freezable meals for my mother as part of her Christmas present (that lasts all year). I give her a “coupon” with a list of what I could make for her – and white chicken chili is one of the recipes. When she said she’d be willing to try a small container, I went a’Googling – and came upon your blog. Oh yes. This works for me. And I hope for Mom!

    I’m making this white chicken chili with some moderations for her, as she doesn’t like anything spicy (I’m eliminating the jalapenos altogether and only using a heaping Tbsp. of the green chiles, but I added about a half cup of chopped red bell pepper for color). It smells great! Just added the corn meal and milk mixture, and I think this will be right up my alley – thanks!

  5. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    I find regular chili to be a verrry occasional treat, since I can’t handle that much tomato all at the same time. But white chili looks awesome! Much lighter and less acidic tomato. Awesome job!

  6. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    Ha! I feel ya on the chips and dip for dinner. Anything I can scarf down while standing in my kitchen while flipping through a magazine usually turns into an accidental dinner, much to my husband’s dismay. But this chili looks divine and so quick! I can’t wait to make this!!!

  7. angela @ another bite please

    I don’t think I can ever get enough of white chicken chili photos and recipes… I just love this kind of chili

  8. Jess Gonzalez | Feast With Me

    Hey no hating on the chips and dip dinner! Heehee it’s one of my main ones at college unfortunately. But I love the idea of this chili! So warm and comforting, and quick is a serious plus 😀 yum!

  9. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    White chicken chili is the best! I will take a big bowl along with like 5 slices of that bread!

  10. Megan

    This sounds really good. Is the point of the cornmeal to thicken it a bit? I’ve never seen cornmeal in a soup or chili recipe and I’m concerned it would come out grainy. Can someone shed some light on this?

    1. Jessica

      Yes, the cornmeal is used to thicken it. Yes, cornmeal can make it grainy if you just dumped it into the soup, but by soaking the cornmeal in milk during the cooking, it will keep it from being grainy.

      Hope you enjoy the soup!

  11. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Love warm comforting dishes in the winter! I haven’t had white chicken chili in ages, must add to the menu 🙂

  12. Blog is the New Black

    White chicken chili is probably my FAVORITE of all the chilis… even though I love them all! 😉

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