This comforting and delicious white chicken chili is easy to make thanks to rotisserie chicken. You can have a bowl of yummy white chicken chili on the dinner table in no time!
During the fall and winter months, we are always looking for easy and comforting dinner recipes, how about you?
Chili is always a staple at our house and this Easy White Chicken Chili is the best because it is SO easy and the flavors are SO good. The chili is made in one pot, making clean up a breeze too! It is the perfect meal for a busy weeknight dinner.
The Secret to Easy Chicken Chili
This chili is beyond easy because there is a secret ingredient, store-bought rotisserie chicken. YES! It is ok to cheat a little, you have my permission:)
Pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store and shred it for this chili recipe. If you happen to have leftover chicken, you can shred it or chop it up for this chili too. I love it when leftovers turn into a delicious meal!
You can also use leftover turkey, we always make this chili after Thanksgiving and Christmas because it puts the leftover holiday turkey to good use! Plus, everyone loves this healthy and hearty chili after the big holiday meal.
Traditional chili is made with kidney beans, or red beans, tomatoes, and ground beef or sausage, but white chicken chili is different.
For white chicken chili you use white beans, shredded chicken, and chicken broth. You can use navy beans, Great Northern beans, or cannellini beans. All of these white beans work well in this white bean chili recipe and can be found at any grocery store.
I use canned beans to keep the recipe super simple! If you want to soak and cook your own beans, you certainly can.
Slow Cooker Option
I like to make this white chicken chili on the stovetop because it can be made in about 30 minutes. It is a great quick and easy weeknight meal.
If you want to make crockpot white chicken chili, you can put all of the ingredients in the crockpot and turn it on low for 3 to 4 hours.
The toppings are arguably the best part of a bowl of chili. I love setting out a bunch of toppings so everyone can customize their bowl. It’s so fun and so delicious. Here are some ideas:
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
- Jalapeno slices
- Lime wedges
Chili and cornbread are a match made in heaven and our Easy Cornbread recipe is the BEST! You can also serve these dishes on the side:
How to Store & Freeze
Let the chili cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat on the stove top or in the microwave.
You can also freeze this chili which is SO nice. I love making a double batch so we can put some in the freezer for dinner emergencies.
Let the chili cool and place in a freezer container. Label, date, and freeze for up to three months. Defrost and reheat on the stove top or in the microwave.
More Chili Recipes
- White Chickpea Chili
- Dad’s Spicy Chili
- Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
- Hearty Vegetarian Chili
- Vegetarian Quinoa Chili
- Slow Cooker Beef Chili
How to Make White Chicken Chili
Check out the video below and watch how to make this easy white chicken chili. See for yourself just how easy this easy white chicken chili is. It easily adapts to what you have on hand and your specific tastes.
Easy White Chicken Chili
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 30 ounces white beans, rinsed and drained
- 4 ounces diced green chiles
- 3 to 4 cups chicken broth (depending on how thick you want your chili)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (or shredded cooked chicken)
- ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Optional toppings: avocado slices, shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro
- In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Cook the onion until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the garlic and jalapeno and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Add the white beans, green chiles, chicken broth, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, oregano, chicken, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Stir and let simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
- Ladle chili into bowls and serve with desired toppings.
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