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You won’t be able to resist this White Chicken Chili ~ Tender chunks of chicken, creamy white beans, cheesy broth, and just the right amount of heat. It’s the easiest chili recipe you’ll ever make! Breakout that crock pot!
bowl of white chicken chili garnished with cilantro, spoon dipping in.
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White Chicken Chili

Seriously, this white chicken chili is the easiest chili recipe ever!! And it tastes ah-mazing. I know, that word is overused, but I had to say it, it’s chili heaven right here!
ingredients for crockpot white chicken chili, salsa, chicken white beans, green chilis, milk, chicken broth, cilantro
If you’ve been reading my blog for anytime at all, you know I really do enjoy being in the kitchen. I enjoy the whole process of a meal coming together. I don’t mind slicing and dicing and stirring and creating.
I actually have a couple chili recipes that call for that: This Healthy Turkey chili is ultra fresh. And, since having an instant pot, I love this Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash, because it cuts down on cleaning.
However, we all need a dump and run kind of a recipe now and then.
Sometimes more often than that! I’m crazy for my crock pot. I even use it in the summer. As much as I don’t mind preparing meals that take a little longer, with four children running around, it can be challenging at times.
crockpot/instant pot filled with white chicken chili ingredients and segmented-white beans, salsa, green chilies, chicken and cheeese

This is an awesome easy chili recipe passed on to me from “Mom Dyk”. Mom Dyk is my husbands 2nd mom so to speak.

When he moved here from the other side of the state and became friends with her son Scott, she took him in too. He doesn’t have any family in the area, so he ate Sunday dinners there, and holidays, etc. 

slow cooker/instant pot with white chicken chili ingredients in it before cooked

Once we met, she let me into the circle too. 🙂 I love this recipe because you really just put it all together and let it go in the crock pot.

I now call this “award winning” because it recently won a chili cook-off! I really couldn’t believe it!

If I was trying to win, I would have done some super special chili with a secret ingredient, but it was a fundraiser for church. Not that I didn’t want to win,  I just never expected it with this easy of a recipe!

2 bowls of white chicken chili garnished with swirls of sour cream and cilantro served with chips and salsa

Everyone got to eat lots of chili, and then pay to vote for their favorite. I was shocked! That tells you how good this recipe is!! I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.

The only prep for this recipe is cooking the chicken before hand. I like to poach chicken, it keeps it really tender. But, you can go super cheater style (like I do sometimes) and just grab a rotisserie chicken and cut it up.

spoonful of white chicken chili hovering over a bowl of chili, cheese dripping off the spoon

Pro Tip~

  • Whether you cook your own chicken or purchase a rotisserie one, prep it the night before so you can dump and go in the morning.

Toppings for White Chicken Chili ~

  • sour cream or plain yogurt
  • cilantro
  • sliced jalapeno
  • diced avocado
  • salsa
  • crumbled chips
white bowl filled with white chicken chili, garnished with swirls of sour cream and cilantro

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white bowl filled with white chicken chili, garnished with swirls of sour cream and cilantro

White Chicken Chili

Tender chunks of chicken, creamy white beans, cheesy broth, and just the right amount of heat. It’s the easiest chili recipe you’ll ever make! Breakout that crock pot!
4.38 from 160 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-mex
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 468kcal


  • 2 lbs chicken cooked and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 48 oz jar of great northern beans (do not drain)
  • 1 16 oz jar of salsa mild, medium, or hot
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 4 oz can of diced mild green chili’s
  • 1 lb of cheese shredded–use your favorite kind(s)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1//2 cup sour cream for serving
  • 1/2 cup cilantro for serving


  • Place all ingredients except sour cream and cilantro, in a slow cooker*. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Garnish with sour cream and cilantro.


*I always use a crockpot/slow cooker for this recipe. The pictures reflects an Instant Pot. At the time I photographed this recipe, my crockpot had broken, so I used my Instant Pot on the ‘slow cooker’ function. If you decide to do the same thing, make sure the slow cooker function on the Instant Pot is set to ‘high’ or ‘more’, and you cook it 6-8 hours. The slow cooker function on the Instant Pot does not compare to a traditional slow cooker. The ‘high’ is more like a ‘low’ on a crockpot.


Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 743mg | Potassium: 755mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 753IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 384mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. This recipe is SO versatile! It’s definitely written as a white chili, so the beans are white, but honestly, you can swap beans out and still have a great tasting meal! I’m so glad it turned out. It’s truly a family favorite over here.

  2. Fantastic and so easy!
    I made a turkey this weekend and am using the meat for meal prep. I’m wondering if I could put this together and freeze without cooking first? And then into the crock when we’re ready…I do that with regular chili, but I wasn’t sure how it’ll turn out with the milk in this…have you ever done that?

  3. 5 stars
    Very good!
    Although, I made a minor mistake.
    And I used a different kind of beans, because that’s what I had enough of.
    Also, I cooked it on the stove top because it was already dinner time when I started looking for a white chili recipe.
    My family really liked it!
    Soon, I will make it again and follow the recipe as written.

  4. 5 stars
    This is my go-to chicken chili recipe. I’ve probably made it a dozen times now, and I always get rave reviews. Ridiculously easy recipe and hands-down my family favorite.

  5. This was so good. I only had tomatillo salsa so I used that. Added the cheese when serving. Also used black and white beans. Will definitely make this again!

  6. I so enjoyed looking at your recipes!
    Yummy! I also love my crock pot. Easy & convenient especially during baseball season. I’m definitely making the chicken Tinga & white chicken chili!

    Thank you,

  7. 5 stars
    I was skeptical bc it’s too easy. I’ve recommended it to everyone. It’s amazing and a dump and go. I added the cheese as a topping instead of in the soup. It’s great.

  8. I’m so sorry you were disappointed in this recipe. I know what a let down it is to invest in a recipe and then not care for it. It typically gets rave reviews, so I’m not sure what went wrong. If you try it again, maybe just double all the spices, or simply adjust to your liking. If you used fresh cooked chicken, that can be bland if it wasn’t salted well (meat loves salt). Rotisserie generally has a lot of salt in it. The type of beans can come more or less flavorful too. Thanks for trying it and sharing your feedback.

  9. Congratulations on your new baby! Yes, I have frozen this before and it works fine–however, here’s the change I make: Leave the cheese out and just add once it’s warm and you can stir it in to melt it. Sometimes the cheese can sink and sit at the bottom. It does call for a good amount of cheese and it adds a lot of flavor, so I don’t recommend leaving it out. Some people like to just top it with cheese, but still like it stirred in. It makes a nice creamy cheesy broth. 🙂 Another thing to note is that sometimes milk or cream can separate when heated. That hasn’t happened to me in this recipe, but if you come across that, give it a good stir and it’s just fine.

  10. Hey,

    I am prepping some meals before baby comes and would love to make this. Wondering if you have tried freezing it before?