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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.
Course Main Course, Potluck
Cuisine American
Keyword white christmas chili, white chicken chili, chicken chili, white chili
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.


I think this is adapted from Southern Living, 1998