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Creamy White Chicken Chili with Great Northern Beans

This white chicken chili is a hearty comforting crowd-pleaser!
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Creamy White Chicken Chili, Great Northern Beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 498 kcal
Author Holly Sander


For The Chicken:

  • 1½-2 pounds chopped chicken breast (about 3 breasts)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For The Soup:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt & pepper
  • 30 ounces Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed (2 cans)
  • 11 ounces canned white/sweet small kernel corn, or whatever kind you like (I used Steam Crisp Green Giant Super Sweet Yellow and White Whole Kernel Corn)
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, rinsed and rough chopped (Plus, more for garnish.)
  • 1/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (Plus, more for garnish.)
  • Chopped green onions and sour cream for garnish if desired.


  1. Cut up the chicken breasts into 1½-2 inch pieces.  Season it with salt, pepper, cumin and garlic powder and saute in a large pot with 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 6 minutes over medium high heat. Stir once or twice to cook the chicken on multiple sides. Then remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.  (Or you can swap this out for precooked rotisserie chicken).

  2. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the same pot over medium heat.  Add the onion and minced garlic and cook for about 4 minutes.

  3. Next, stir in the cumin, oregano, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, then cook for 1 more minute.

  4. Add the beans, corn and chicken stock and bring to a simmer.  Cook for 10 minutes uncovered so flavors marry and the soup thickens.

  5. Now add the cream cheese and whisk until the cheese is fully dissolved.

  6. Return the cooked chicken to the soup and stir and simmer for 10 more minutes uncovered.

  7. Now stir in the shredded Monterey Jack Cheese and chopped cilantro.

  8. Serve warm, and garnish with Monterey Jack cheese, chopped cilantro, chopped green onions and sour cream if desired.