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White Chicken Chili

This White Chicken Chili has all the flavor of comfort food while being lower in fat than your average creamy chili. Enjoy a bowl for dinner tonight!!

White soup bowl filled with white chicken chili.

I’m pretty sure I would eat chili all winter long if my family would let me.

I love the smell of chili cooking. The warmth of a bowl and the flavors. It’s true comfort food in my book. Much like this chicken pot pie soup!

Am I totally out of my mind? Can anyone relate?

Today’s version is a white chicken chili. It’s low fat and delicious! Perfect if you want a cup of comfort food, but are looking for something a little bit on the lighter side (without tasting that way).

White soup crock with white chicken chili and parsley.

White Chicken Chili Recipe

I promise you this chili tastes rich and flavorful even without as much butter and oil as some of its counterparts.

There are two tablespoons of olive oil in this recipe, along with fat free milk. These ingredients, plus the juices from the chicken itself create a chili that’s just as creamy and full of flavor as if it were made with heavy cream.

To make my healthy chicken chili, you’ll need:

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Nonfat Milk
  • Onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Canned Sweet Corn 
  • Cannelini or Great Northern Beans 
  • Canned Green Chilis
  • Chicken Broth
  • Spices: paprika, cumin, chili powder 
  • Lime 
  • Optional garnishes and toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream or greek yogurt, parsley, hot sauce 

Another thing I love about this chili? It all comes together in just ONE POT!

How to Make White Chicken Chili

STEP 1. Heat oil in your dutch oven or large soup pot over medium- high heat. Add diced chicken breast and cook until browned on all sides (about 5 minutes).

STEP 2. Add onion, green chilies, chicken broth, cumin, chili powder, paprika, beans, corn, and garlic powder. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

STEP 3. Add milk and lime juice. Turn heat to medium and cook until milk is incorporated and chili is hot (about 10 minutes).

That’s it! Super easy and always delicious.

Toppings

When you’re ready to serve your chili, I recommend sprinkling it  with a just a touch of Monterrey jack cheese, and a dollop of plain greek yogurt our sour cream.

Adding a sprig of parsley for color is nice, too (we eat with our eyes first)! It would also be great with a dollop of guacamole on top.

Recipe Note: If you’re not concerned about the fat content, feel free to substitute whole milk or low fat milk for the skim milk. I find the fat free milk gives it the texture I prefer but it’ll be good either way. 

ENJOY your chili experience.

Like a little more heat in your chili? Feel free to add a bit of extra chili powder OR serve with your favorite hot sauce on the side. Everyone in my household loves this chili just as is–but maybe not as much as me!

It’s full of flavor and a bit spicy without packing in too much heat. The chicken gets super tender and soaks in all the flavor from the hatch green chilis and spices.

One more tip. This dinner can totally be made in the crock pot too!

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How to Make Chicken Chili in the Crockpot

Add everything into your slow cooker, except the milk and lime juice. Heat on low for 6 hours. Before serving, add nonfat milk and lime juice and allow to heat (about 20 minutes). Serve and enjoy!!

Leftovers taste even better the next day!

This recipe makes enough for six big bowls of chili, but feel free to double the recipe if you like having lots of leftovers. It’ll keep well covered in the fridge for several days and makes a great freezer meal, too!

A cup of warm chicken chili for lunch makes me a happy woman!

I love this chili with a side of crusty homemade bread or tortilla chips. It’s totally satisfying without weighing you down and it’s a meal my whole family can agree on. 

Whether I serve this for dinner or heat up the leftovers as a fast lunch, chicken chili is a hit with everyone at the table.

White chicken Chili topped with parsley in a white bowl and silver spoon.

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Yield: 6 servings

White Chicken Chili

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

This White Chicken Chili has all the flavor of comfort food while being lower in fat than your average creamy chili. Enjoy a bowl for dinner tonight!!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut bite sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can (4oz) green chilies
  • 32oz chicken broth
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 can (15oz each) great Northern or Cannellini beans (don't drain)
  • 1 can (15oz) sweet corn (don't drain)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterery jack cheese, plain greek yogurt, parsley, optional for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven (soup pot), heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add diced chicken breast and cook until browned on all sides (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add onion, green chilies, chicken broth, cumin, chili powder, paprika, beans, corn, and garlic powder. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add milk and lime juice. Turn heat to medium and cook until milk is incorporated and chili is hot (about 10 minutes).
  4. Serve immediately. Add shredded cheese, greek yogurt and parsley for a garnish if desired.

Notes

  • Recipe can also be made in the slow cooker! Add all ingredients except the milk and lime juice to your crockpot. Heat on low for 6 hours.
  • Before serving add milk and lime juice and heat for an additional 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 859mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 38g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Recipe originally published January 13, 2015

This is an easy kid friendly meal that’s perfect for a cold winter day–or any time of year. You really can’t go wrong with this low fat white chicken chili! 

Aimee

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Comments & Reviews

  1. I love the ingredients for the White Chicken Chili except for the chili seasoning.  What can I use as a substitute? Thanks!

  2. You totally described me when drinking coffe, too! I love the smell, taste, and just relaxing on the couch with it. This chili gives me the same joy! Look so delicious, Aimee. Pinned!

  3. I am with you Aimee, I can have chili every day. I hate when the summers come because its to hot to have chili. This looks delicious! I think I need to make this tonight!! Thank you! 🙂 Have a great week!!

  4. My husband keeps telling me that we need to make chili soon. Since today is a snow day, it sounds like a perfect dinner!

  5. I actually prefer this chili over regular chili most days. Although on cold winter days, I will take just about any kind of hot comfort food soup! Love these pics, girl!!!

  6. OK, your chili belongs on anyones Super Bowl menu. This recipe came over on my Bloglovin feed and I’d love it if you would share it at my Tuesday link party, Tickle My Tastebuds.

    Cheers,

    Lori

  7. White chicken chili is my favorite kind of chili. Actually I don’t even really like ordinary chili. Ssh…don’t tell! But this was on my blog plan to make soon. Love the pretty pictures. Looks comforting and delish!

  8. You gotta have chili when it’s this cold out. I like the idea of using the slow cooker best. I’m LAZY!

  9. Chili is a must in the winter, and I love switching up the traditional with a white chicken version like you have here. Love the crunchies on top too!

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