Fast White Chicken Chili

White chicken chili, a lighter and zestier cousin of the traditional chili, is a delightful dish that blends tender chicken, creamy beans, and aromatic spices. Its simplicity and robust flavors make it an ideal choice for a comforting meal that’s both easy to prepare and satisfying. Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or a seasoned cook, this recipe promises to deliver a delectable experience with every spoonful.

Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size

  • Serves 4-6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional for garnish)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional for garnish)
  • Grated cheese, such as Monterey Jack or Cheddar (optional for garnish)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
  3. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink on the outside.
  4. Stir in the cannellini beans, green chilies, chicken broth, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and paprika. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasoning with additional salt, pepper, or spices as needed.
  7. Serve hot. Optionally, garnish with sour cream, chopped cilantro, and grated cheese.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories330 kcal
Protein28 g
Carbohydrates35 g
Fat9 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Cholesterol55 mg
Sodium610 mg
Fiber8 g
Sugar2 g

Enjoy this delightful bowl of white chicken chili that’s as nourishing as it is flavorsome, perfect for a cozy night in or a hearty family dinner!