White Chicken Chili - Tasty Tuesday

October 31, 2017, by Sheila DelCharco

White Chicken Chili

We have been having chili for Halloween for the past 18 years whether it's fall weather or not! Here's a new favorite in our house, a variation on the traditional chili recipe.

I made this recipe THREE TIMES last week: once for life group at my house, once for a family whose mom/wife was recovering from surgery, and once for our Wednesday night potluck at church.

There are several versions of this recipe out there on the www but I have created my own after reading recipes on several different sites. It is a crowd pleaser and can easily be doubled and tripled.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 jalapeño, minced
1 pound chopped chicken (I like to use a rotisserie chicken but you can certainly cook your own)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can of green chilies, chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen, no need to thaw)
2 (15-ounce) cans white beans (such as Great Northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed
3 cups chicken broth, I like to make my own but you can certainly use store-bought
Optional toppings:

Chopped cilantro, chopped green onions, sour cream, grated cheese, diced avocado, corn tortilla chips (the crumbs in the bottom of the bag are perfect!)


In a medium soup pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook until the onion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often.

Add the chicken and green chilis, stirring, then after one minute add the minced garlic and the spices stirring a few times to coat the chicken evenly. 

Immediately add the corn, one can of beans, and chicken broth. 

With a potato masher, mash one can of beans until smooth then add to the pan, stirring until it thickens the broth. 

Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer, about 20 minutes.

Serve with the desired toppings, allowing each person to top theirs how they like it. Oops! I forgot to get a final picture! It was good! Trust me!

Buon appetito!