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Creamy White Chicken Chili

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x


A delicious, easy and “lighter” take on classic White Chicken Chili. Always a crowd-pleaser, and always so comforting!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, cored and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 34 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 (4-ounce) cans chopped green chiles
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern beans
  • 1/2 cup whole-kernel corn (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 cups warmed milk (I used 2%)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste*
  • optional “tortilla bowls”: flour tortillas**
  • optional garnishes: shredded (or ribbon-ed) Monterrey Jack cheese, sliced avocados, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and jalapeño, and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.  Stir in the flour until it is evenly combined and sauté for 1 more minute, stirring occasionally.
  2. Gradually add in the chicken broth, stirring until combined.  Then stir in the cooked chicken, green chiles, white beans, corn (if using), and cumin. Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and continue simmering for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the warm milk until combined.  Then give the soup a taste, and season generously with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve warm in bowls (adding tortilla “bowls” if you’d like), topped with your desired garnishes.


*I used 1 heaping teaspoon of salt, and about 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.  But salt levels will vary depending on your preference, plus the brand of chicken stock that you use.

**I used large soft flour tortillas to make tortilla “bowls” for my soup.

Recipe slightly updated December 2016.