This easy white chicken chili recipe is quick and delicious. It's so creamy and flavorful that everyone will want seconds! Top it with your favorites including tortilla strips, avocado, lime, scallions, and cilantro.

Creamy White Chicken Chili

This easy white chicken chili recipe is creamy, hearty, comforting, and the perfect thing to serve at family gatherings or on game day. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy white chicken chili recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Salt & Lavender


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large chicken breasts cut into small bite-size pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 (4 fluid ounce) cans mild chopped green chilis with juices
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 (14 fluid ounce) cans white beans drained
  • 4.4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Toppings (optional, to taste):

  • Lime juice
  • Avocado chopped
  • Cilantro chopped
  • Tex-Mex cheese blend
  • Tortilla strips


  1. Sauté the onion in a large pot for 5-7 minutes over medium-high heat (ok if onion lightly browned).

  2. Add the chicken pieces and cook, stirring often, until they're no longer pink on the outside.

  3. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.

  4. Add the remaining ingredients except for the cream cheese. Increase the heat and bring the chili to a boil. Reduce the heat so it's simmering, and cook for 10 minutes.

  5. Add in the cream cheese and let it melt (help it along by breaking it up with your spoon). Cook for another 8-10 minutes or so until the cream cheese has nicely incorporated into the sauce and it's warmed through.

  6. Season chili with salt & pepper as needed. Serve it up and and top as desired.

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