White Chicken Chili

The work day is more fun when there’s chili involved.


Yesterday my office organized a chili cook-off — perhaps not the best plan for a 75-degree spring day, but nevertheless. There was taco chili, vegetarian chili, green chili stew, five pepper chili, and chicken chipotle chili.  There were at least three types of cornbread and brownies for dessert.

I contributed a white chicken chili. The cumin and cilantro give this chili a nice deep flavor, and the cornmeal brings it to just the right consistency. Unfortunately, it placed second just behind the taco chili, but I still think it’s a winner!



  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, Minced
  • 2 cans chopped green chillies
  • 2 cans Cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 8 cups chicken brother
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste
  • white pepper to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp cornmeal
  • grated Monterrey Jack cheese
  • cilantro for garnish


  • Place chicken in casserole dish with about 1 cup chicken broth. Cook for 15-20 minutes at 375°.
  • In a dutch oven (or large stock pot) over medium-high heat, saute onions and garlic for 2 minutes. Add chopped green chilies and beans. Pour in chicken broth. Add sliced jalapenos. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin. Place lid on pot and reduce heat to low.
  • Cook for 30 minutes. Add cooked and chopped chicken. Cook for additional 15 minutes.
  • Mix milk with cornmeal and add to chili. Cook for another 10 minutes to thicken. Add cayenne pepper and paprika. Add some Monterey Jack cheese to the pot and stir to melt.
  • Serve with cilantro and more cheese. (You may also try sour cream, pico de gallo, or guacamole.)

(adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

2 thoughts on “White Chicken Chili

  1. I can say I really enjoyed your White Chicken Chili. It got my vote and I can not wait to make it at home!
    Thank you for bringing it!

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