White Chicken Chili-Best Ever

"My mother gave me this recipe. It makes a great lunch or dinner. Full of flavor and simple to make. I haven't had anything better even in a restaurant. I usually make a double batch and freeze leftovers or share it with my neighbors."
photo by Northwestgal photo by Northwestgal
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photo by Brenda. photo by Brenda.
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • In a large pot, saute onions about 5 minutes in olive oil.
  • Add garlic, chilies, broth and beans. Stir.
  • Add chicken, stir in remaining spices and hot sauce.
  • Heat to a boil and simmer 1 hour before serving.
  • Can be made on the stove or in a crockpot.

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  1. TexasKelly
    We thought this was very good. It did seem more like a soup than a chili though. I sort of cut the recipe in half, but I didn't measure exactly. I used 3 chicken breasts (which were all together over 1 lb), 1 cup onion, whole can of chili's, 2 cans of beans and only 1 can of broth, and it was still very soupy, but the flavor was really good. I did use the cayenne but forgot to add the hot sauce to our individual servings. The amount of cayenne was perfect- we love super spicy food, but I wanted my 1 year old to be able to eat it too. It was not too spicy for him- he really liked it, and took leftovers to daycare today for lunch. This will definately go on my list of do-agains, I would just lessen the broth amount. Thanks for posting the recipe.
  2. twilarj
    This is a great recipe, full of lots of different flavors. One reviewer said it was more like a soup than a chili—- not sure what that means, since there are a zillion kinds of chili, but if in your life, chili has to be thick, add about 3 T cornstarch to 3 T water—- mix in a separate bowl until you get a slurry, and drizzle into the pot. I like to also add extra cheese to the pot—-a couple cups of shredded Monterey Jack or Pepperjack. But as is.... dang it’s good!
  3. zaar mate
    I made this tonight and we loved it! The only change I made was to omit the cayenne and used some Saracha (sp) sauce. We topped ours with broken up tortilla chips and it was delicious. Can't wait to have more for lunch tomorrow :-D Thanks for posting!
  4. NorthwestGal
    This is a great white chicken chili recipe that everyone in the family enjoyed, and it's not always an easy task to please everyone. I went a bit light on the hot sauce (because I have kids who cannot tolerate "heat"), but other than that I stuck to the recipe measurements as written. I will make this again, and it's so delicious that I can't see that I will make any adjustments. Made for Zaar Cookbook tag game.
  5. CaramelPie
    This is really good! I only used 1 tsp. cumin and skipped the hot sauce & cayenne. My family doesn't like spicy hot foods. It was great like that, but I think I'll use only 2 cans of chicken broth next time, as I usually like my chili a little thicker. Thanks for posting.



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