White Chicken Chili! This recipe will wiggle its way onto your weekly menu and stay FOREVER because that’s how amazing (and healthy!) it is.
You have to give this White Chicken Chili a try! It is creamy, a little spicy, filling and filled with nutrition. Make a big pot, serve with rice and it will seem bottomless. The perfect meal for a crowd on a cold evening. If Simple Chili isn’t your think, I bet you will love this skinny white chicken chili.
Making White Chicken Chili
Believe it or not, I’ve been making this recipe for nearly 9 years! (HOW have I not posted about it?!)
I developed it on maternity leave (pre-baby and pre-blog!) when I was 9 months pregnant with Brooke, after tasting some white chicken chili at Cheesecake Factory. Heaven knows how much my pregnant self loves the Cheesecake Factory, so my husband and I were pretty frequent guests. I tried their white chicken chili back in 2009 and it was too creamy and spicy for my very sensitive tastebuds, so I re-created a version at home that stuck. My husband just about died because it was so good and 80% of the time, it replaces taco tuesdays, especially during the colder months of the year.
I usually make this healthy dish when I’m feeding a crowd because it’s easy, fast and everyone loves it! Plus, you can stretch it far when you serve it with brown rice and lots of toppings. It would be the perfect addition any Super Bowl party. (I’d recommend making it on the stove, then keeping it warm in a crockpot while the game is on.) You don’t have to babysit it once it’s made; Just make sure it doesn’t boil once the dairy has been added in. SO simple.
How to make this White Chicken Chili Recipe
I love a simple and fast recipe and this is exactly what that is! You only need about 10 minutes of active work before you have dinner done. Serving with rice is optional, but definitely stretches the meal if you’re trying to feed a big family or stretch a dollar.
- In a large pot, saute onions and garlic in olive oil.
- Add in mushrooms (optional) and cook another 1 minute.
- Sprinkle in flour and stir 2 minutes to cook out the raw flour flavor.
- Whisk in chicken broth. Continue whisking until sauce has come to a boil and has thickened. Reduce heat to low.
- Stir in salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne and cinnamon.
- Add in milk, beans, corn and chicken. Warm through.
- Serve over rice with any desired toppings.
Best toppings for Chili
- grated white cheddar or pepper jack
- crushes tortilla chips (or doritos…yum!)
- diced tomatoes
- fresh or pickled jalapenos
- sour cream
- diced red onion
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Skinny White Chicken Chili
White Chicken Chili! This recipe will wiggle its way onto your weekly menu and stay FOREVER because that's how amazing (and healthy!) it is.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup mushrooms finely chopped (optional)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup low fat milk*
- 2 cans white beans rinsed and drained
- 1 can sweet corn drained
- 2 chicken breasts cooked and shredded**
- Any desired toppings: avocado diced tomato, cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro, lime wedges, tortilla chips
- In large pot, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until softened and translucent, about 7 minutes on medium low heat.
- Stir in mushrooms and cook another minute.
- **Just as a side note, you don't want your pot screaming hot-you want things to cook gently so that they don't get too brown....unless you want brown chicken chili. We want WHITE chicken chili, so I take it easy on the temperature. I mean, either way, it'll still be delicious, but I know you're going to have questions!
- Sprinkle flour over veggies and stir. Cook 2 minutes. Raise temperature to medium-medium high. Slowly stream chicken broth into pot, whisking as you go. Continue stirring until sauce has boiled and thickened. Reduce heat to low.
- Add in spices, milk, beans, corn and chicken.
- At this point, the chili is done! Do not boil it once milk has been added.
- Serve with brown rice (optional) and any desired toppings.
*I use low fat milk to keep this recipe "skinny", but 1/2 cup of half and half (or heavy cream) is also AMAZING!! If you can find the fat free half and half, get that!
**I have started cooking a bunch of chicken in my pressure cooker, just to have something on hand. Rotisserie chicken or previously cooked/roasted chicken works well too! If you have raw chicken, simply throw the whole chicken breasts into the mixture to cook during step 4, before you add the milk. Simmer for about 15 minutes, then remove, shred, and finish the recipe.