Stir Up White Chicken Chili This Fall

Homemade white chili chicken with beans, lime and corn close-up on the table

It seems like there are as many ways to make chili as there are people on this Earth. So, if you’ve gotten into a chili rut, don’t despair. White chicken chili is a delicious dish that is perfect for fall but also works great in other seasons. In addition, you can pair it with fresh cornbread and lots of fun toppings. This fall, stir up some white chicken chili and enjoy a meal in a bowl.

Gather These Ingredients

With this white chicken chili, you get big flavor in every bowl. You’ll need a lot of ingredients, but don’t worry — the prep time is short. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of finely minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of cumin
  • 2 ½ cups of shredded leftover or rotisserie chicken
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 ¼ cup of fresh or frozen corn
  • ½ teaspoon of ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
  • An 8-ounce package of Neufchatel cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • Tortilla chips or strips, jack cheese, sliced avocado, or sour cream for toppings

In addition to these ingredients, you’ll need a few more things. In fact, you can save time by grabbing two cans (14.5-ounces) of chicken broth and a seven-ounce can of chilis. Of course, don’t forget two 15-ounce cans of cannellini beans.

Putting It All Together

Making your white chicken chili is simple. First, heat the olive oil in a deep pot to medium-high and sauté the onions for about four minutes. Then, add the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds or so.

Next, add all of your spices, the chicken broth, and the can of chilis. You’ll bring this mixture to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer it for about 15 minutes.

While the pot is simmering, drain your cannellini beans in a colander, and measure out one cup to blend in a food processor. Add a quarter of a cup of broth to make the blended beans smooth. Then, the other beans you’ll leave whole for the chili.

Now, add the Neufchatel cheese, beans, and corn to the pot and simmer for another 5-10 minutes. After that, stir in the chicken, lime juice, and cilantro.

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The Final Touches

Your white chicken chili is delicious all on its own, but toppings definitely enhance it. In fact, you can sprinkle shredded jack cheese, extra cilantro, or tortilla strips. In addition, many people love to add some sliced avocado or sour cream to their bowls. Add whatever toppings you like and enjoy how this chili will warm you up inside and out.

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