Mexican White Chili With Chicken

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is one of my favorite dishes! the original recipe calls for cooked chicken breasts, but I just purchase a store-bought cooked chicken and take the meat off of it, use as much chicken as desired. You can adjust the chili powder and cumin to taste, and use really whatever beans you desire, I like canellini beans also.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a skillet cook the onion and garlic in 2-3 tablespoons butter until softened (about 4 minutes).
  2. To make the roux: in a heavy-bottomed pot melt 6 tablespoons butter over medium heat and whisk in the flour, cook whisking for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the onion/garlic mixture and carefully whisk in the half and half cream, whisking constantly; bring to a simmer, whisking until the mixture has thickened; simmer for 5 minutes (you must whisk constantly while adding in the cream or you will have lumps!).
  4. Stir in Tabasco, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper; mix to combine.
  5. Add in beans, chilies, corn, chopped cooked chicken and Monterey Jack cheese; cook the mixture over medium-low heat (about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream.
  7. Transfer to serving bowls dollup with sour cream and drizzle with salsa if desired.


Most Helpful

I always find your recipes to be very good kittencal. This one is no exception. My husband loves white bean chili. I've have been using the same recipe for about 5 years. While looking thru new recipes I saw yours and thought I'd give it a try. It's great. I like the half & half and the addition of the corn. I had to add some Italian spice and a bit more cumin (just love that earthy cumin taste and smell). I snuck a small cup and it's really good. I know my husband will love the smell as he walks thru the door and the taste when he takes the first sip. thanks!

~ara April 20, 2010

EXCELLENT! I used Louisiana Hot Sauce and leftover Thanksgiving Turkey. It was delish! Keeping this one handy!

tiger7lady December 09, 2009

Oh, heaven, I must be in heaven. This white chili is devine. I've made "White Chili" several times but this has to be the very best yet. I wish I could give it 10 stars!! Kittencal you never fail to impress me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

True Texas February 29, 2008

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