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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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๐Ÿ“‹ Recipe

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!
4.37 from 158 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 deliciousness is killing me! Looks SO darn good- such a good twist on your typical chili recipe!

  2. I love that idea! Thanks for sharing, I will try that the next time I make it. I do have other chili recipes that I use corn in, but I’ve never thought about it with this one, especially white shoepeg corn, I’ll have to look into that.

  3. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I am making it for to ight’s dinner. I decided to add 2 cans of Green Giant White Shoepeg Corn. I used this in a different white chicken chili recipe and we really enjoyed the addition!

  4. Horace! You don’t have a crockpot?? ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, get one. Even though you could still do this on the stove top. If I had to eat one thing everyday, it for sure would be mexican. Love enchiladas too!

  5. Thank you for stopping by and pinning my recipe! Don’t you just love pinterest? It’s my go to for searching things these days.

  6. Connie, thank you so much for pointing this out! I obviously missed an ingredient. It’s fixed now. It calls for 1 tsp, but I usually add a little extra because I really like the flavor of cumin.

  7. In the description, I noticed that cumin was mentioned as one of the ingredients. When I was looking at the ingredients listed, it does not list cumin or how much. This recipe looks great and I am anxious to try it.

  8. I love White Chicken Chili and it is perfect for Fall. Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays. I hope you will join us next week.

  9. This recipe looks wonderful. My family loves chili. Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday. Pinned!

  10. Yum! I love Chicken Chili .. I will be making this recipe. Love the combo of chicken and green is the base for my chicken enchiladas. Looks like a great reason to get a crock pot!

  11. That looks a-ma-zing! My mouth is watering and even though I just had breakfast, I feel hungry again. I will definitely try your recipe this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Sounds delicious!! Chicken Chili is one of my all-time favorites!! Can’t wait to give it a try!! Thanks for sharing your Award~winning recipe!! ๐Ÿ™‚