White Christmas Chili

Posted on Nov 29, 2016
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White Christmas Chili, easy white chicken chili with cannellini beans, chicken broth and green chilis.  Serve with sour cream and fresh cilantro.

White chicken chili in serving bowl with dollop of sour cream.

I’ll say one thing about Minnesota ~ it’s unbelievably cold in the winter, but the people make the best of it and get outside as much as possible.  I hated the bitter cold when we lived in St.Paul, really hated it, and the snow that NEVER melted.

But we lived on beautiful Summit Avenue (think F. Scott Fitzgerald) and in the winter they had a snow carving festival/contest that was pretty much in our front yard, on the boulevard.  And my house was the “warming” house for our friends and family.  I had two pots of chili on the stove ~ one red and one white ~ and my favorite was the White Christmas Chili.

White chicken chili ingredients photo.

This was around 2000, about 19 years ago.  I made a Skater’s Chili, with beef, and I remember it had cinnamon in it.  And I made a white chicken chili, called White Christmas Chili ~ love the name.  

I have no idea where I got the recipe, it’s jotted down on a piece of scrap paper.  I think I got it out of a magazine in a waiting room ~ not wanting to tear it out, I copied it down.

Overhead of pot of chicken chili.

It is super easy and I love the flavor.  And it makes a ton, perfect for a crowd or the freezer.  Top a bowl with some fresh cilantro and sour cream, oh man, really good.

Ladle of chili over pot.

White Christmas Chili is perfect this time of year and a definite crowd pleaser.  Change things up, try white chili instead of red ~ you’ll love this in your cold weather rotation.  Happy ❄️ Kelly

You might also like classic beef Chili Mac or Turkey Chili.

Chili in serving bowl with sour cream and cilantro.

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Chili in serving bowl with sour cream and cilantro.

White Christmas Chili

Easy white chicken chili, topped with sour cream and cilantro.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Chili, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Author: Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird

Ingredients

  • 8 skinless, boneless, chicken breast halves
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade
  • 4 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed and mashed
  • 2 4½-ounce cans chopped green chilis
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • tsp ground cloves
  • tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Cut chicken into bite-size pieces.
  • Sauté chicken, onion and garlic in hot oil over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes or until chicken is done.
  • Stir in chicken broth and then remaining 10 ingredients.  Bring to a boil and then cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls and top with fresh chopped cilantro and sour cream.

Notes

I think this is adapted from Southern Living, 1998
Keyword: white christmas chili, white chicken chili, chicken chili, white chili
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    5 stars
    I’m dreaming of a bowl of White Christmas Chili,
    because it’s topped with sour cream and cilantro.

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    Love it! One of my favorites…looks delicious!

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    anne schmauss

    December 15, 2016

    5 stars
    I’m going to make this next week for a little dinner party. will let you know how it turns out.
    Anne

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    1. Kelly

      I hope you like it, it’s been Mark’s favorite this season.

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    anne schmauss

    December 21, 2016

    5 stars
    Kelly,
    The white Christmas chili was a big hit last night. Everyone loved it. Very different but still solid comfort food and easy to make (essential for me). Thanks!

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    1. Kelly

      😋😉

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    This is a Southern Living recipe and it’s my fave!! I haven’t been able to find it online. Thank you so much for posting it! I can no longer find the issue it is in and i’ve been trying to make it by memory.

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