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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili With Cream Cheese

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  • Author: Bity
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


White Chicken Chili is a hearty, satisfying soup dish infused with bold flavors and textures that make it perfect for bowls.



1 small diced yellow onion

1 tbsp olive oil

2 finely minced garlic cloves

2 (14.5 oz-415g) cans of low sodium chicken broth

1 (7oz-200g) can dice green chilies

1 ½ tsp cumin

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp ground coriander

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

1 (8oz-225g) pack of Neufchatel cheese*

1 ¼ cup fresh or frozen corn

2 (15oz-425g) cans of cannellini beans

2 ½ cups shredded chicken**

Lime or lemon juice

2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving

Garnish ideas: tortilla chips, avocado, Monterrey jack cheese (all optional)


STEP 1: Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and onion and sauté for 4 minutes until the onion is tender and transparent. Add the minced garlic and continue to sauté for an additional minute.

STEP 2: Add the chicken broth, green chilies, cumin, paprika, oregano, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, and stir. Bring to a boil.

STEP 3: Once boiling, cover with a lid and lower the heat to allow the soup to simmer for 15 minutes.

STEP 4: Drain and rinse one can of beans and add to a food processor along with ¼ cup broth from the soup. Purée until smooth and set aside.

STEP 5: Drain and rinse the other can of beans.

STEP 6: Add the whole beans, pureed beans, Neufchatel cheese, and corn to the soup and stir until well combined. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

STEP 7: Lastly, stir in the chicken and cilantro and splash with some lemon or lime juice.

STEP 8: Serve warm and garnish with cilantro leaves, avocado slices, tortilla chips, or Monterrey jack cheese. Enjoy.


*If you’re unable to find Neufchatel cheese, try some light cream cheese instead or check some cream cheese options below “What kind of cream cheese for chicken chili?”.

**Use precooked chicken or cooked chicken, rotisserie, or leftover chicken if you happen to have some.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: MAIN COURSE
  • Method: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 383
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 525mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 33g
  • Cholesterol: 77mg

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