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White Christmas Chili

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 this White Christmas Chili.


White chicken chili ingredients photo.

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • onion and garlic
  • chicken broth, preferably homemade
  • canned cannellini beans
  • canned chopped green chiles
  • dried spices — oregano, cumin, chili powder, ground cloves, cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper

This was around 2000, about 20 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 chicken 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.  Kelly🍴🐦

Chili in serving bowl with sour cream and cilantro.

Like chili?  Two more favorite’s of mine:

  • Classic beef chili served chili mac style, now that’s chili!
  • Turkey chili a bit on the healthier side with ground turkey and chunky veggies with a good dose of spiciness!

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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: Main Course, Potluck
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Author: Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird


  • 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


  • 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.

Recipe 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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