Skip to Content

Favorite White Chicken Chili

Our family’s Favorite White Chicken Chili is a hearty creamy soup perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of spice from cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, and green chilies. Serve the easy white chicken chili recipe topped with shredded Monterey Jack cheese, sliced green onions, and cilantro and a side of tortilla chips for dipping.

Sometimes I also like to serve this chili chicken with homemade Mexican Cornbread Muffins (I keep a stash in the freezer for the Winter months). But, don’t feel like you have to add a lot of toppings, because this soup is delicious all on its own!

white chicken chili in a green soup bowl

Favorite White Chicken Chili

I’ve been making this delicious soup for many years, and in fact, it was one of the very first recipes that I posted when I started my blog a little over two years ago.

At that time, I started out by sharing tried and true recipes (which I still aim to do) that my family had always enjoyed. This chili has been the star of many football gatherings and winter sleep-overs around our house. 

The recipe originally came from one of our favorite local restaurants, Calhoun’s, and is still the most popular soup on their menu.

Another thing I love about this chili is that it is so EASY to prepare. Often, I’ll toss the ingredients into the Crock Pot in the morning and let it simmer all day for a quick-fix dinner after work.

white chicken chili in a green soup bowl with condiments


  • Cooked chicken — I often use leftover chicken or pick up a rotisserie chicken for convenience
  • White Northern canned beans —are the perfect white bean for chili; white Cannelini beans are too firm are are not a good substitute.
  • Fresh garlic — for flavor
  • Diced canned green chilies
  • Cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper — add heat and spice
  • Chicken broth
  • Monterey Jack cheese — stirred in at the end of cooking to create a creamy broth

display ad for 5-ingredient cookbook

More easy and delicious soup recipes!

white chicken chili in a green soup bowl with a tortilla chip

Let’s cook!

During the cooler months I love making a big pot of soup on the weekends and then pack or freeze the leftovers for lunch during the week. To freeze soups, always be sure to let the soup cool completely and then refrigerate it for a few hours until chilled thoroughly before packaging in resealable bags for the freezer.

I also recently adapted this recipe for the instant pot. The complete instructions are in this post, Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Please share!

Your shares are how this site grows and I appreciate each one. Do you know someone who would enjoy this recipe? I’d love it if you would share it on Facebook or on your favorite Pinterest board!

Yield: 8 servings

Favorite White Chicken Chili

white chicken chili in a green soup bowl

Snowy days call for warm, hearty soup like my Favorite White Chicken Chili seasoned with cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, and green chilies.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 oz. can green chilies, diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 14.5-oz. cans chicken broth
  • 3 cups chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 3 15-oz. cans white Northern beans, drained
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium low heat. Sauté the onion until tender. Add garlic, chilies, and spices. Continue to cook and stir the mixture for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth, chopped chicken, and beans. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat. Slowly stir in the cheese until melted. Serve with your favorite cornbread or tortilla chips.


Original Recipe by Calhoun's

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

8 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 367mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 12gSugar: 2gProtein: 34g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

White Chicken Chili | Life, Love, and Good Food

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Sunday 17th of October 2021

A full teaspoon of cayenne pepper was way too much. I like spicy food, but this was just too spicy to eat. A 1/4 teaspoon would have been plenty heat.


Friday 28th of May 2021

What if I have 32 ounces of Jared white northern beans. Can I use them


Saturday 19th of June 2021

The amount of smoke applied to any meat is highly subjective. Hickory or mesquite are much stronger that apple or cherry. My favorite is a mix of hickory and apple wood chips for ribs. I typically apply smoke for the first 2 for this recipe.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe