Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

I have searched all over for a GREAT white chili recipe, I finally found one. This is SUPER easy and pretty quick. As with all chili, increase or decrease the spices to suit you. I add extra cumin and cilantro because I love them both so much.


  1. Cube the chicken breast halves. Heat the olive oil and saute chicken until golden.
  2. Add the onions and garlic, saute until tender.
  3. Add the spices and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add beans, broth and chilies.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat and stir in cheese. Stir until melted and well blended.
  7. Season to taste. Serve with sour cream, crackers and/or bread.
Most Helpful

I made this according to the recipe except that I used leftover rotisserie chicken meat and my own homemade chicken broth. This stuff is beyond yummy! The cilantro and the garlic are wonderful, add to that the fact that there is no chili powder, I think, allows the cumin to really shine. I'm adding the pepper jack cheese to the serving bowl, instead of to the whole pot, although I think this could stand on it's own as is. I really enjoyed this,thanks for the recipe, and for showing me that you can have good chili without chili powder!

Nougat July 13, 2011

Very simple, quick and flavourfull. I might suggest to add a bit of lime juice upon serving to give a little zip to it. I used aged cheddard cheese and scaled down the recipe to 4 portions. Everything came out very well! If you need to thicken the chili you can take out about 1/3 cups of the beans before serving, mash them and then put them back in. I would also add the cilantro (or culantro by the way if you can find it) right before serving so the taste is kept whole.

gourmetronik February 08, 2007

Well it's a bit cold today, so I decided to make a nice warm pot of Chili. I have never had a white chili before, so I can not compare this recipe to others. I used left over rotisserie chicken, low fat colby/jack cheese blend and omitted the cilantro as I didn't have any. This chili was excellent, it had all the taste of a traditional red chili but with out all the heaviness of a tomato base. I will definitely be making this again, but I will make it a bit spicier next time, maybe more cayenne or omit the green chili and use a hotter chili.

Comfortably Numb December 08, 2006