Dinner/ Recipes

Creamy White Chicken Chili

Have I ever mentioned that Fall is by far my favorite season? Well it is. Growing up in South Florida, we never really had a change of season, but I always loved the idea of starting everything fresh and was that nerdy girl with glasses that loved going back to school every year.

Some things don’t change—I’m very much still nerdy and awkward. But that’s a different story.

Anyways, now that I finally live in a place with a real change of seasons I love Fall even more. Some things I especially love about this time of year include football, pumpkins, cranberries, apple cider and chili.

I love chili.

I posted my mom’s classic chili recipe a few months ago—the one she made all the time when we were growing up and served piping hot over fluffy macaroni noodles with heaps of cheddar cheese on top. If you haven’t tried that recipe, you really should.

Three weeks ago, Almanzo and I stayed with BethT the night before we were heading to Texas for “our weekend vacation” and Beth made an outstanding creamy white chicken chili. I had never had such a thing! It was an utter delight and I immediately asked for the recipe and vowed to make it as soon as we got home.

Two weeks later and I’m finally home and making this chili. The creaminess comes from the addition at the end of both half & half and sour cream, making it pure comfort in a bowl. Yeah…I’m not going to lie—I’m more than a little obsessed with this chili and may or may not have been thinking about it to an almost unhealthy extent since I first tried it. Please make it and then assure me I’m not actually losing my mind.

Okay thanks. And if you live in Texas you probably should go to Central Market and buy these tortilla chips to serve with it. Heaven.

Seriously. I carried these all the way back to Northern California because they are that good.

Here’s the recipe!

White Chicken Chili

Serves 4

Print this recipe!

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed

1 medium onion, small diced

1 T vegetable oil

2 cans cannellini beans

14.5 ounces chicken broth

2 4-ounce cans chopped green chilies

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp cayenne

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup half & half

8 ounce reduced fat sour cream

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the chicken and chopped onion and saute for about six minutes, or until the chicken is seared and the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another three minutes.

Add the beans, spices, chicken broth and green chilies and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for thirty minutes.

Turn off the heat and add the sour cream and half & half. Serve with cheddar cheese and additional sour cream to top.

**note that my chili is not all white because I was feelin’ frisky and dumped in some extra heirloom beans at the last minute.

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  • cathy b. @ brightbakes.com
    September 14, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I definitely share the fall love!! I’m up here in WI and lovin’ the cool nights and brisk days…
    And as since me=soup addict, I’ll definitely be tryin’ this one out for my winter n fall rotation!

  • stacey-healthylife
    September 14, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Other then the half and half and sour cream it’s pretty healthy. 🙂

  • Rachael
    September 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I love creative variations on chili, as it’s pretty much our winter staple. Something about spicy bean goodness, a woodstove and good company that make the stuff all the more delicious.
    I want hatch green chile chips. Badly.

  • Erin
    September 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I’m totally going to have to try this. Fall is my favorite season, too, and while I usually stick to the same old chili recipe, this looks too good not to try.

  • Tina
    September 14, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I am all about fall! Summer used to be my favorite because it was a break, but now I adore fall for the many fun activities, the great food, and the fabulous weather.

    That chili sure looks good. I love chilis with a kick.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    September 14, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Delicious!!! I’d have to find a way to make it vegan, but I am sure it could be done! 🙂

    I made chili tonight too – it was a variation of the kind my mom used to always make. Chili is such a comfort food!

    • Kali
      May 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      I’m thinking white seitan, vegetable stock, and either tofu cheese (I must post that recipe!) for both the half and half and sour cream, or tofu cheese for one and soya yoghurt for the other.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    September 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Fall is by far my favorite season. And my husband will love this chili.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    September 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Mm, this sounds so good!!! I really need to make some chili soon.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    September 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Yet another great use for beans! Keep ’em coming.

  • Susan@MomSwimBikeRun
    September 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I’m so making that and I guess I’ll be headed to Central Market as well! Hey if you say it’s true I’ve got to believe it! 🙂

  • Tabitha (From Single to Married)
    September 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Oh man – this looks amazing!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
    September 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Love fall and love soup during the fall! I want to make this soon!

  • Natalia @asideofsimple
    September 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Fall is by FAR my favorite season. There’s no place like NY when the leaves change. My brothers and sisters and I used to mail down “changed” leaves to our relatives in Florida to show them! We loved it!

  • Marg
    September 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I was at Central Market today, love that place, I’ll need to pick those chips up next time. I did discover chicken sushi there, which I’m really excited to try out tomorrow. (I don’t eat seafood, so finally get to try it!)

  • Therese
    September 14, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Central Market it SO much better than Whole Foods! I miss it SO MUCH now that I live in Kansas. But don’t worry, I actually brought Hatch chile chips home with me when I went to Texas last month. So you’re not crazy. They’re just that good.

  • Vasu (Oatmeal Mountain)
    September 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Sounds like a perfect recipe for a Saturday spent in front of the TV with friends watching college football!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    September 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing Jenna!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    September 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Oh i loooove white chicken chili! But i must try your moms chili over noodles… i’ve never had it like that!

  • Laura (Starloz)
    September 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I’ve gotta admit, i don’t like fall. not even a little bit. i’d much rather summer all year around!

    This recipe however sounds delicious & im printing it out!

  • Jillian @ Reshape Your Life
    September 14, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    that sounds like a perfect fall dish!! I love chili, but I’ve never heard of white chicken chili. 🙂

  • Chels @ Just Gotta Tri
    September 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I make a very similar recipe. My husband requests it all the time. it’s definitely a household favorite.

  • Krystina
    September 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Now you’ve got me craving a big bowl of warm chili. Delish.

  • Peggy DiPietro
    September 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Central Market rocks!!!! I have only been to Dallas twice, and made sure I visited Central Market each time. Love, Love that place. I have enjoyed your adventures in Texas.

  • KatieTX
    September 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    HEB love! Those are some great chips. I only had them once or twice at other people’s houses..because having them at home is lethal!

  • Jackie
    September 14, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I was just going to search for a recipe for this dish! I have ground chicken breast, do you think that will work?

  • Angharad
    September 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    This looks blooming amazing. cumin, oregano, cayenne, sour cream, half and half…I can see why you fell in love!! Sounds like a perfect thing to make for Autumn. Adding it to my list!

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    September 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Jenna, I’m really thinking about culinary school. If you have a chance, could you e-mail me about your experience at Le Cordon Bleu? Thank you!


  • Camille
    September 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    What an interesting variation on chili!
    I will have to try it (sans chicken) 🙂

  • Kris
    September 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Sounds yummy!

  • kellyO
    September 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Love fall and soup! I’ll be making that chili this weekend. Can you recommend a website that would be good for organizing all the recipes I find online? Thanks and glad you are home…

  • Caitlin
    September 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    You and that spice! I tried those chips last week and felt like my mouth was on fire!!

  • Cara Craves...
    September 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Mmmm…sounds like Fall in a bowl!
    I love chili to bits. I always anticipate my first bowl of chili of the season.

  • Megan @ The Daily Sweat
    September 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    THank you for answering my call for soup. Well I wasn’t really calling…rather wanting to make soup and this looks good so I’ll have to make it. PS I love your photos. : )

  • Maissa
    September 14, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Mmm yum this looks amazing. Must try it. I am also a lover of fall. Best season ever, for everything, including fashion – it’s like spring except without the pastels…

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    September 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I loooove fall! I wish we had a change in seasons…. It’d be nice to see leaves fall off the trees before I start setting up the Christmas tree.

    I love Central Market! It’s by FAR my favorite grocery store ever! Of course, I’ve never even seen a Trader Joe’s…

  • Kendra
    September 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    My mom and I were just talking about making soup and chili for the next few weeks. I think we’ll try this one.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    September 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I make chicken chili in the winter here all the time. Love it! It’s so different, but still hearty. Yours looks divine.

  • Jaime
    September 14, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Jenna, that chili looks AMAZING. I tried your mom’s recipe a few weeks ago (even though it was 90 degrees out) and it was AMAZING as well. YUM!!!

    I ADORE ADORE your bowl- love red and love chickens so that is perfect!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    September 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Love how creative you are. And I love chili too! I just never make it. My hubs claims he doesn’t like beans. How is this possible? I don’t know. But I don’t exactly need a huge vat of chili and beans for me and the 3 year old. I wish I could make it in smaller portions. But there’s no point to all that time and dishes for small batches..ha!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    September 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    this looks delish, i have been trying to figure out better chili recipes besides my standard “throw beans and corn and tomato paste and veggies into a pot” method. this is ten million times better. 🙂

  • Lynn @ The Next Chapter
    September 15, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Oh that chili looks great!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, there’s so many recipes I want to try this Fall. 🙂

  • Heather
    September 15, 2010 at 4:40 am

    sigh. i miss central market. they really have the best stuff there! i’ve never tried creamy chicken chili either (?!?!?!?!?!?!) but i can already assure you you’re not crazy…it looks incredible!

  • eatmovelove
    September 15, 2010 at 4:40 am

    I’ve never really been a chili person. But I have a few good recipes here now that I want to try.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    September 15, 2010 at 5:07 am

    I JUST posted a chili recipe- it’s one of my fall favorites as well! I love the looks of this white chili, I’ll need to try it!


  • Emily
    September 15, 2010 at 5:12 am

    hi jenna. ive been reading your blog for awhile now and finally decided its time to say hello. reading your blog has become a daily routine of mine which i thoroughly enjoy. i also wanted to tell you that i tried the linguine with shrimp and tomato cream sauce and i absolutely loved it! thanks for becoming a part of my life. 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    September 15, 2010 at 5:13 am

    This sounds great. I’ve never had this type of chili. I also love the change in seasons, but it’s not the same now that I live in VA. The leaves just don’t get the same bright reds and oranges as they do where I’m from: New England. Nothing is prettier than fall there.

  • Di
    September 15, 2010 at 5:27 am

    I love chili! That looks delicious.

    I love love love fall. It’s my favorite season and it’s always so pretty here! (I live in MA)

  • OK Chick
    September 15, 2010 at 5:30 am

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Central Market. I’m so happy you were able to visit. I wish Central Market would come to OKC.

  • Jenny
    September 15, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Oh my gosh, that looks awesome! Will be trying soon 🙂

  • Paula
    September 15, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Ok, I am not usually one to try recipes I see on blogs, but I am totally making this!

  • Sarah
    September 15, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Jenna – love the direction the blog has taken. I’m always in need of recipe ideas from a trusted source 🙂 All of these recipes are simple and call for easily obtainable ingredients. Can’t wait to try this chicken chili next week!

  • Jenny
    September 15, 2010 at 6:42 am

    I love fall! nothing beats the cool weather, colorful leaves, football and apple cider!!

  • Emily
    September 15, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Ahhh I love white chicken chili. My dad specialized in chili when I was a kid and white chicken chili and this pork chili verde were my absolute favorites.

    Yay Fall!

  • BethT
    September 15, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I didn’t know you’d NEVER had white chili…I must have missed that. Mmm, now I want to make it again.

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    September 15, 2010 at 7:32 am

    i love white chicken chili… might have to make that for dinner next week!

  • MMiller
    September 15, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Love your new recipes Jenna! I have never had white chili! This looks easy and very yummy! Even though I am not a big fan of beans, I will make this soon! Still a little too warm in FL for chili!

  • Natalie Boenker
    September 15, 2010 at 8:09 am

    If I’m not a big fan of cannellini beans do you think I could use black beans instead? Thoughts anyone?

    • jenna
      September 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm

      You totally could but then it technically wouldn’t be “white chili” anymore—it would still be very good though!

  • Jessica
    September 15, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Looks good! I have a white chicken chili recipe that calls for sliced jalapeno and chopped cilantro, all topped with monterey jack cheese. I puree some of the beans to give it extra thickness. I know what I’m making this weekend! YUM!

  • claire!!
    September 15, 2010 at 8:23 am

    i had a version of white chicken chili that had a little less of a creamy base (more broth-like) – BUT you make up for it with the “accessories”. when serving the chili, you crumble one layer of tortilla chips in a bowl, then a layer of chili, and then a layer of southwestern ranch dip (you know the stuff that super cheap and definitely not healthy, but admittedly delicious!?!) – and then repeat the layers as you wish. the end result is a DIVINE combo of savory, crunchy, and creamy!!

  • Jessica
    September 15, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I’m glad you discovered the wonders of Central Market. 😀

  • Paj
    September 15, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I’ve never heard of white chili either, but that looks incredible. I bet it would be nice with a dollop of homemade salsa on top for garnish.

  • Caitlin
    September 15, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I’ve never heard of a creamy chili before! I was really particular about chili when I was younger…as in, I would only eat the kind from a can, so I have a lot of catching up to do.

  • MoniMeals
    September 15, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Great recipe! Something about a white chili…oh yes.
    Fall is hands down my favorite too! And it is only getting started!

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim
    September 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

    This looks amazing! I usually make turkey chili and have been wanting to whip up a batch using chicken. This recipe definitely looks worthy 🙂 You have gorgeous eyes by the way – they look so pretty and blue in the second picture!

  • Stacy
    September 15, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I never would have thought to have creamy chili, it looks yummy! 🙂
    It’s ok you are not alone to be nerdy and awkward. I too am a nerd 🙂
    Love to read a good book over going out to the club. I get excited when a new school semester starts, and I am 26! In crowd full of people, I am that weirdo who is super quiet and watching everybody 🙂 I have been following your blog for a year, I love the direction it has taken, and you seem happy. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Katie
    September 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Jenna- this looks really great! I’m a huge huge chili fan too- I missed it this summer. Nothing warms me up in the winter/fall quite like it 🙂

    Question, your expertise needed- how do you think the recipe would turn out if plain Greek yogurt were substituted for the sour cream? Only wondering because I have a bunch of the stuff and might as well use it! Thanks!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef
    September 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    i might have to try this! i’ve never liked white chicken chili but i like the creaminess in this soup.

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  • Charise
    September 16, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I love white chicken chili! And fall!

    Instead of a rehearsal dinner for our October wedding last year, we did a big chili dinner/bonfire night for everyone who was already in town (family and the wedding party were staying in cabins/lodges on-site for our rustic woodsy outdoor fall wedding!). I made giant batches of my regular chili and a white chicken chili very similar to this – but I just go ahead and use regular cream. I think sour cream sometimes separates out, making the texture not quite as velvety smoooooth.

  • Marie
    September 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Mmm Jenna this stuff is great! I just made it for dinner (a Vegetarian version) and my boyfriend and I devoured it. Thanks for the recipe! Definitely a keeper. http://recipeasandmusings.com/2010/09/17/creamy-white-chikn-chili/ 🙂

  • Donna
    September 20, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I made this last night. The flavor was fabulous but it was REALLY watery. I’m not sure what i did wrong. 🙁 Help!!!

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  • Carrie
    September 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I made it and mine was really watery, too. Were we supposed to add corn starch to thicken it?

    • jenna
      September 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm

      Nope. Are you sure you only added 14 oz (little less than two cups) of chicken broth? I noticed that mine thickened ip greatly after a day in the fridge!

      • Donna
        September 21, 2010 at 5:44 am

        I thought it would thicken up in the fridge too but it’s still watery. I think i’m going to freeze the broth. I just used a slotted spoon, fished out the goodies and topped it with a little broth. It was more soup than chili, that’s for sure. But delicious.

  • Carrie
    September 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    That’s what I used, but who knows? I served it to the family right away over noodles, but most of the sauce sunk to the bottom. It still tasted good!

  • Marisa
    September 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Making this tonight! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Alyssa
    September 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    THIS is the EXACT recipe that I make for my family! And you would TOTALLY believe that it won “Best Chili” at our preschool’s Chili Cook-off last year! SERIOUSLY! We mad 10 gallons of it. That’s a lot of chili. But it is AMAZING! So glad you posted it! And I love your site — just found it and I can’t wait to read more!

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    September 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I love white chili! I have a recipe on my blog, I am going to print this out and compare. It looks SOOOO good and needs to be made again! Thanks!

  • Sarah
    September 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Made this last night and it was a hit with both my husband and I! It was so good and it will definitely be going into our winter meal rotation…yum 🙂

  • MMiller
    September 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I just made this! Very good! I think I will use ground chicken next time, and maybe less beans! (I’m not a big bean fan)! Love the ease and flavor though!

    Thanks Jenna!

  • Terin
    September 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Oh my…made this tonight. LOVED IT. I used Greek yogurt because I didn’t have any sour cream and fat free half and half (unintentional but the boyfriend never reads labels well). Thank you…it was a dreary rainy fall day on the East Coast and this was perrrfect 🙂

  • Leana
    October 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I made this last night and wow, it was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with us. We’ll be making it again and again.

    I also just wanted to say that I really love how you have redesigned your site. Keep the terrific recipes coming!

  • Katie
    October 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Making this at the moment, 2 minutes left and the aromas are taking over the house. Mmmm, can’t wait to add the creamy factor and dig in.

    • Katie
      October 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      3 thumbs up- my mom couldn’t believe there wasn’t loads of cream

  • cyndie
    October 20, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Jenna, is this recipe hot/spicy at all? I was just searching for a Creamy White Chicken Chili and was happy to find one in your recipes. My mom used to make this all the time, and I absolutely loved it. Your recipe looks a tad healthier, although I’m wondering i it still has the spiciness of my Mom’s. I love it hot! 🙂

    • jenna
      October 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

      It’s not really that spicy, but it does have a little bit of heat to it from the cayenne pepper. If you don’t like spicy food, you could just leave it out!

  • Robin
    October 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I have been wanting to make this for over a month and finally had time. Loved it! Thanks again for your delicious recipes. I have impresses many because of you.

  • Jacey
    November 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    This was so delicious! I just made it. I love white chili and this was one of, if not the, best I have tried. Even without the half and half and sour cream it is delicious. I tried it both ways. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jaina
    January 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Made this tonight and it was a HUGE hit! Such simple ingredients yielded fantastic flavor. I was lazy and shredded rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and added toward the end just to heat it through. Also, used my immersion blender to smash up some of the beans…giving it a “creamy” texture so I didn’t need to add as much half and half and sour cream (about half the amount of each).
    Everyone RAVED about this and it will definitely go into my comfort food rotation. This was the perfect dinner for a chilly (or chili-ha!) Washington state night! This was the first of your recipes I have tried and I can’t WAIT to try more. Thank you for posting!

  • Christy
    January 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    We tried this chili for dinner tonight & it was a big hit with everyone! Thanks for such a wonderful recipe. Christy

  • Lauren
    January 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Hey Jenna-drain and rinse beans or no? Making now! Hah Thanks!!

    • jenna
      January 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Yes m’aam! Drain and rinse!

      • Lauren
        January 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm

        Thank you so!! Husband tried it and practically yelled, “Mmmm!!!” We loved it. Used 8 oz organic regular sour cream and no half and half since I didn’t have it-worked perfectly-was so creamy and delicious. Thank you, Jenna!

  • molly l.
    February 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

    been swooning over this for months but finally got around to making it yesterday… even though it hasn’t gotten below about 60 degrees in socal, it was still just so right for dinner. best.chili.EVER. thanks!

  • Tiffany
    February 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Just made this for dinner. Like some other commenters I’d had it bookmarked for months but just hadn’t gotten around to making it. Anyways, I made it tonight. Best decision ever! 🙂

  • Julie
    February 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    this is one of the best dinners i think i’ve ever made- and the boyfriend agrees! you never let me down (as long as i follow the recipe 🙂 – thanks!

  • Dominique
    March 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for ages and finally got around to making it this weekend. It’s amazing! I wish I hadn’t waited so long. The BF really liked it too. His response was “Mmm!” when he had his first spoonful. I’ve been eating this for a couple days of now (lunch and dinner) with a couple thick slices of calabrese bread–so good! This is going to be a staple recipe when the BF and I move in this fall.

  • Jennifer
    April 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

    This may be a silly question, but did you cover the pot when you simmered the chili for 30 minutes?

    • jenna
      April 7, 2011 at 9:33 am


  • sarah
    June 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    just made this. it’s divine to say the least.
    going into the list of regular recipes around here! so easy but so yummy.
    ooh and your mom’s sweet and spicy baked beans too! those too are great.

  • marie
    August 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I just made this for the second time in a month even though I live in the deep south and it is hot as Hades here. When it’s this divine, who cares if chili is “supposed” to be a fall/winter food? Thank you, thank you, thank you so very much for sharing this recipe.

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    I put this in the crockpot yesterday before work. What a excellent dinner to come home to. Looking forward to my leftover lunch!

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    do you think this would freeze well?

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  • Kelsi @kelsiB13
    October 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Omgsshhh. this looks great. And I loooove those chips. I have to limit how much I’ll let myself buy them! I just sent a bag to my bf in Indiana for a little taste of TX. so so good. 🙂

  • Lindsay
    October 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I substituted one can of black beans for a white bean, and chili powder for cayenne, and added one cup of corn.
    Thanks for the recipe! It has become a go to recipe for me.

  • Brittany from CountingMyCupcakes
    October 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    This chili is simmering right now! Can’t wait for it to finish so I can dig in.

  • Vanessa
    October 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Made this tonight for dinner. It was surprisingly filling and very tasty. I think if I make it again I’ll use a little less chicken broth bc I like it a little less soupy. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • meal plan
    October 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    […] which I am sure will be there when I return I have been looking forward to trying out this White Chicken Chili since I saw it on Jenna’s blog. It is quick, looks delicious and perfect for these chilly […]

  • vegetarian chili | Leading The Good Life
    October 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    […] White Chili This weekend I made a vegetarian version of Jenna's creamy white chicken chili. Instead of the chicken I added a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas. I also used vegetable broth […]

  • Kathleen
    October 27, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Ahh Jenna, I make your recipes all the time, and I finally got around to making this one tonight. This is probably my favorite things I’ve made off your site! It was so, so good. The perfect fall dinner 🙂

  • White(?) Chicken Chili «
    October 27, 2011 at 7:52 am

    […] of soup, last night I made Jenna’s highly praised Creamy White Chicken Chili.  While it was really delicious and hearty, it was neither creamy nor white.  I had no sour cream […]

  • Meal Plan Monday « Lauren Loves Good Food
    November 7, 2011 at 8:05 am

    […] Creamy White Chicken Bean Chili + “Cowgirl […]

  • tuesday things. | How Sweet It Is
    November 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    […] overtaken by whatever recipes I’m sharing that week. Some of my favorites include this white chicken chili (made approximately twice a month), Sarah’s thai veggie burgers (from her book) that I make a […]

  • nicole
    November 9, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I want to try this but I’m on a diet. Do you think it would be ok w/fat free 1/2 & 1/2 and fat free sour cream?

  • Spice up your meals! « My Daily Roadtrip
    November 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    […] Creamy White Chicken Chili – my favorite soup recipe as of late […]

  • chicken paprika with homemade dumplings — Eat, Live, Run
    November 16, 2011 at 2:49 am

    […] defrosting in the fridge a few days ago and half a container of sour cream left over from my last chili making adventure, and instantly chicken paprika popped into my head! What a perfect meal to make on […]

  • Thanksgiving | runstoeat
    November 23, 2011 at 6:09 am

    […] far as real cooking goes, I’ve made Jenna’s white chicken chili twice since the last Packer game (last Monday). […]

  • what i’m loving now, winter edition — Eat, Live, Run
    December 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    […] to feed four). Oops. A very typical dinner rotation in my house looks like this: chickpea tacos. white chicken chili. chicken and dumplings. […]

  • Extra Fancy | Stylish, Stealthy & Healthy.
    December 5, 2011 at 3:00 am

    […] ELR’s Creamy White Chicken Chili […]

  • kristin point
    December 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    wow I finally got around to making this recipe and it is DELISH! omg i wish i wasnt stuffed so i could have another bowl!

    I added a tbsp of smoked paprika bc i have it and it adds great flavor and it did not dissapoint! wow i’m definately going to be making this often thanks for posting the recipe!

  • My Favorite Winter Meals « Lauren Loves Good Food
    December 6, 2011 at 8:00 am

    […] this recipe for Creamy White Chicken Chili, except that I nix the […]

  • Katy M
    December 9, 2011 at 3:37 am

    I want to make this in my slow cooker, any ideas on how the recipe should be altered for that? More stock maybe? And not add the creamy ingredients until the end?

  • Halloween Creamy Chicken Chili | good happy fit
    December 18, 2011 at 10:26 am

    […] dug through some of my bookmarked recipes, and borrowed this one from Eat, Live, Run, making changes according to what I had on […]

  • Kristin
    January 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I LOVE your white chicken chili!! It is SO GOOD!!!

  • mrsblocko
    January 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    man you were right. this chili is awesome. I raved about it on my blog here. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Wine & Butter › Food We’ve Been Loving
    January 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

    […] White Chicken Chili. Couldn’t love any more and have had 3 times this week. However, watch the herb quantities. You are probably aware, but cayenne pepper is not something to be freestyled as I, and subsequently my book club, learned last night. Hot, hot – HOT! Sorry guys! […]

  • Wine & Butter › White Chicken Chili
    February 7, 2012 at 4:28 am

    […] White Chicken Chili – adapted ever so slightly from here  This soup is very flexible You can add more vegetables if you want, or leave out the celery if […]

  • Michelle
    March 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I made this and it was fabulous! I reduced the beans and added diced sweet potato, also I substituted nonfat condensed milk for the half and half and nonfat greek yogurt for the sour cream. It’s now my new favorite chili! Thanks!

  • Oatmeal Scone Recipe — Eat, Live, Run
    March 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    […] one crumbled into a warm bowl of white chicken chili or topped with a poached egg and Canadian bacon for a spin on a classic! Pin […]

  • Mary
    March 26, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I finally made this…great recipe! I added roasted red and green peppers – just for a little color, really, because it’s just so….white! After 6 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico (now in Southern California), I ate A LOT of Green Chile Stew – and this reminds me of it, actually – but GCS isn’t creamy…the creaminess of this…YAY!

  • Penny
    April 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Jenna

    I am really interested to make this white chilli recipe, but I live in Dubai, where I don’t think I can get chopped green chills in a tin, what would you recommend?

    Thai chillis, fresh and jarred jalapeños, fresh green chills – are all readily available? And we like it hot?

    Kind regards


    PS. have just stumbled across your site and already bookmarked 10 recipes to make. BF will be over the moon!

  • The Long-Delayed Seventh Bowl: White Bean Chicken Chili for the Sole « Chicken Soup for the Sole
    May 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    […] and feeds a family of three with one leftover bowl for dad’s lunch (Inspired by this recipe, but with 50% more […]

  • A PR Attempt « Melissa Runs
    July 2, 2012 at 6:04 am

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    September 1, 2012 at 6:16 am

    […] white chicken chili […]

  • Fall Food | Stuck In The North
    September 3, 2012 at 11:56 pm

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  • Monique Kenney
    September 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

    OMG, Jenna!

    This chili is incredible. While I kinda of botched it by using my imersion blender while being impatient at the little “white thingys” from the sour cream – which pulverized the beans (I really need to look before I leap!)…

    This was incredible. You have it right when you say you start thinking about this comfort food to an unhealthy extent, after consuming it.

    Foodies at the office have only had a small slurp (“It’s MINE, give it BACK!”) and they are already clamoring for more.

    The Hatch chips are only in season for a short time – so I think the Dorito Cool Ranch might be the stand in.

    From one northern Californian (transplant) to another…


    Austin, TX

  • Fall Lovin’ | Heather's Dish
    September 20, 2012 at 4:01 am

    […] – I’m both a chili snob and still accepting of other chilis.  Here are my favorite chicken, beef, and vegetable chili […]

  • Football Season
    October 3, 2012 at 5:04 am

    […] Or try a favorite by Eat Live Run, Creamy White Chicken Chili […]

  • Friday Favorites « Buns on the Run
    October 5, 2012 at 8:12 am

    […] tried Amy’s burritos? 8. Kinda wanna go back to the store and get the ingredients to make Jenna’s White Chicken Chili. 9. Also happy to report, yesterday I made dinner (first time in too long) and ate well. Fashioned […]

  • Sesame Soba Noodles
    October 19, 2012 at 3:15 am

    […] would probably be my mom’s linguine and clams, boneless buffalo wings from Chili’s, white chicken chili and shrimp […]

  • Roast Chicken
    October 22, 2012 at 5:06 am

    […] Creamy White Chicken Chili by Eat Live Run.  You could add the diced roasted chicken at the end instead of cooking it at the beginning. […]

  • jen
    October 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Made this tonight and loved it. Made a few adjustments for our tastes:
    –added spices and 3T flour to chicken and onion before adding stock (we like it thick)
    –left out the half and half (again – thick)
    –added 1 c corn kernals
    –used thighs instead of breasts
    –used small white beans and mashed one can before adding (for thickness and to hide some beans from my bean averse hubby)

    This one’s going into my favorites binder. Thanks Jenna!

  • rose
    October 26, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Hi Jenna,
    Looking to make this tonight for dinner, finally, looks soo good… Can’t have dairy though, wondering about substituting the cream for unsweetened almond milk? Or coconut milk? Or better off just leaving it out. If you get a chance to respond, thank you!

  • rachel
    October 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Just made this and it was awesome! I tried to pretend it is Fall here in California even though I had all the windows open and was sweating bricks over the oven today :).

    Have you tried this variation on white bean/poultry chili? It’s seriously amazing, and the cinnamon in it makes it so interesting!



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    October 30, 2012 at 6:38 am

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  • Friday Food Round-Up! | Tenaciously Yours,
    November 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    […] Tuesday: Creamy White Chicken Chili […]

  • Hive Five for Friday | This Life Is Sparkling
    November 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    […] myself and my other sister and her bf over for dinner last night, and it was so good! She made Jenna’s creamy white chicken chili for all the omnivores, and made a special batch just for myself sans meat. Best sister right there […]

  • Kellie
    November 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I made this last week and my husband LOVED it. This is now a staple in our house. Thank you thank you.

  • White Chicken Chili | HOOKEDONTASTE
    November 29, 2012 at 6:25 am

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    November 30, 2012 at 6:43 am

    […] the best for last…know how I said we cooked every night this week. Well, I made Jenna’s Creamy White Chicken Chili and it was so freaking delish! I’ve been wanting to make this for months, and I am so glad I […]

  • …a weekly menu | Christine Creates…
    December 9, 2012 at 8:06 am

    […] Monday: Creamy While Chicken Chili […]

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    January 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    […] Sunday – White Chicken Chili […]

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    January 14, 2013 at 10:44 am

    […] slightly adapted from Eat, Live, Run […]

  • What’s for Dinner? |
    January 20, 2013 at 10:37 am

    […] Tuesday: Creamy White Chicken Chili with Salad […]

  • Weekend by iPhone |
    January 21, 2013 at 6:41 am

    […] 2. Leftovers for lunch. My favorite white chicken chili. […]

  • Soup Week: White Chicken Chili | Tenaciously Yours,
    January 25, 2013 at 5:01 am

    […] A favorite dinner in our house is Jenna’s White Chicken Chili. […]

  • Five for Friday | This Life Is Sparkling
    January 25, 2013 at 8:05 am

    […] night and I’m thinking I need to have the leftovers for lunch today. I made Jenna’s white bean chili (minus the chicken) and Courtney’s cheesy bread. Seriously so good. I kept going back for […]

  • Friday Things |
    February 1, 2013 at 6:01 am

    […] I made Jordan my favorite white chicken chili last night. I met a friend for dinner, so I didn’t get a chance to eat it, but there are […]

  • Super Bowl Chili Bar |
    February 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

    […] can find the recipes for the White Chicken Chili here (this was definitely the crowd favorite) and the Skyline Chili here.  I was not a big fan of […]

  • Meal Planning: January 4 – 13 « Bubbly Meadow
    February 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    […] January 8: Salsa Burritos (Saving Dinner?) Wednesday January 9: Leftovers Thursday January 10: Creamy White Chicken Chili (Eat, Live, Run) Friday January 11: Spaghetti Squares (Kraft Canada magazine from a few years ago) […]

  • What I Ate Wednesday: Craving Comfort Foods |
    February 20, 2013 at 3:02 am

    […] during my lunch break, I wouldn’t have very much time to eat later in the day. I had leftover White Chicken Chili, with tortilla chips for dipping. I’ve mentioned this chili on the blog before — […]

  • Monday Menu and Mindfulness | Babies and Toddler News
    February 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    […] Wednesday – White Chicken Chili […]

  • Amy Q
    March 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    WOW. Found your blog just this weekend, and this was DELICIOUS. I made it with a chicken that I put in the crockpot this morning- just deboned the meat, chopped it up and threw it in when I threw in the garlic. I think it may be even better that way! Very moist. Hoped we’d have more for leftovers for tomorrow’s big snow storm but we liked it too much- even the kids 🙂 Thanks!

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  • Craving Structure, Creating Consistency |
    September 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

    […] the house from top to bottom, stocked up on groceries, went to the gym, and made my favorite white chicken chili for dinner (I just turned on the AC and pretended that it wasn’t almost 100 degrees […]

  • A reading and cooking type of month | More Than Easy Mac
    September 19, 2013 at 4:24 am

    […] It’s a white chicken chili from Eat, Live, Run.  […]

  • Football Sunday Recipe Challenge | The Domestic Blonde
    September 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    […] Creamy white chicken chili  […]

  • Aimee from AL
    October 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I have been eyeing this recipe for months and finally made it yesterday for the Auburn/A&M game (sorry to Mr. EatLiveRun, sort of- War Eagle in our home) and people went BANANAS over it! Thanks for posting, just sorry I haven’t made it sooner!

  • My Top Meal Prep Tips | In The Mixing Bowl
    October 23, 2013 at 5:32 am

    […] I really like cooking soup on Sunday because it makes the best and easiest leftovers.  My favorites are cashew chili, minestrone, and white chicken chili. […]

  • Mary
    December 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Just made this and loved it! I didn’t use the sour cream as the half&half seemed to do the trick. Thanks for the recipe-it’s one I’ll use again and again!

  • A PR Attempt | So These Are My Thirties
    January 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    […] White Chicken Turkey Chili […]

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    January 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    […] dinner was a one-pot wonder: Jenna’s Creamy White Chicken Chili. I substituted ground turkey & omitted the beans (since I had neither chicken nor cannellini on […]

  • Weekly Meal Plan 1.19.14 | The Splattered Apron | The Splattered Apron
    January 19, 2014 at 5:01 am

    […] rounds and roasted broccoli Wednesday: Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze and green beans Thursday: White Chicken Chili Friday: Tomato-Basil Baked Gnocchi Saturday: Babysitting for friends, so we’ll probably get take […]

  • Healthy & Hearty White Chicken Chili | Andrea's Lens
    January 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    […] it’s so convenient to have leftovers during the week. One of my absolute favorite soups is White Chicken Chili   that I’ve adapted from an awesome blog (Eat, Live, Run). I’ve made this three times […]

  • You Always Need a Lemon | Your Kind of Salad
    January 27, 2014 at 9:52 am

    […] self to a carton or 5. Green chiles and cannellini beans; I bought these to make (spoiler alert) Eat Live Run’s White Chicken Chili. I HATE red chili; but this creamy, spicy, chicken “chili” is […]

  • Last Bite | Your Kind of Salad
    February 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

    […] Super moist and tender, it’s literally the perfect chicken. The perfect chicken turned into Eat Live Run’s White Chicken Chili. I loathe red chili; but something about this creamy, slightly spicy soup is so darn fantastic; I can […]

  • What We’ve Been Eating Lately
    September 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    […] White Chicken Chili […]

  • Weekend Thoughts
    September 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    […] dinnertime around these parts and I’m starving. I have a hankering for this or these. Cue […]

  • Erica
    October 1, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Love this recipe so, so much! I made it for lunch recently and my (future) mother-in-law requested that I make it again (bonus points for me!). Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  • Friday Favorites – “It’s October 3rd” Edition | Getting It
    October 3, 2014 at 9:32 am

    […] White chicken chili – I first discovered this recipe a long time ago and recently brought it back into the repertoire. It’s so comforting and delicious and perfect for fall weather. […]

  • Heather @ My Overflowing Cup
    October 20, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I love this chili so much that I not only make it often, but I posted about it on my blog today. http://myoverflowingcup.com/the-best-white-chicken-chili/ Thanks so much!

  • #lovinlately | Run Skirts and Pearls
    October 22, 2014 at 7:26 am

    […] White chicken chili recipe care of Eat Live Run. The winds have shifted and the cooler temperatures are starting to roll in […]

  • Sunday Food Prep | Dietitian on the Move
    October 26, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    […] picture + some goat cheese and sliced pears for lunches this week.  Dinners will include this White Chicken Chili (made tonight) and these Spicy Peanut Noodles without the ground […]

  • Friday Food Round-Up! | Tenaciously Yours,
    October 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    […] Monday – Creamy White Chicken Chili […]

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    November 27, 2014 at 3:05 am

    […] White Chicken Chili Recipe – Eat, Live, Run – Sep 14, 2010 · i had a version of white chicken chili that had a little less of a creamy base (more broth-like) – BUT you make up for it with the “accessories”…. […]

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    January 12, 2015 at 7:24 am

    […] are more vulnerable. Some of my favorite healthy winter comfort foods are lemon chicken orzo soup, creamy white chicken chili (if you’re extra health conscious, you can substitute the sour cream for Greek yogurt — […]

  • Han
    January 27, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Finally got around to trying this tonight. I like it! I’ve never have a white chili before.

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