White Chicken Chili

6 servings


50 minutes

total time


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1 large jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped

2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 5 cloves)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika or chili powder

Pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste (such as Diamond Crystal)

Freshly cracked black pepper

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

2 (4-ounce) cans diced green chiles

2 1/2 to 3 cups cooked shredded chicken (from 1 roast chicken or rotisserie chicken)

1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels

Half a lime, plus lime wedges for serving

Shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, pickled jalapeño slices, diced avocado, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro and crushed tortilla chips, for serving (optional)


In a large Dutch oven or pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring often, until the onions are tender, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, cumin, paprika, cayenne, salt and a few grinds of black pepper, and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.

Add the chicken broth, cannellini beans and diced green chiles with their liquid; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the broth has reduced by about half, 18 to 20 minutes. Off the heat, use a wooden spoon to mash some of the beans against the side of the pot. Continue mashing the beans until the broth is noticeably thicker.

Return the pot to medium, stir in the chicken and corn, and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Juice the lime half over the pot, then taste for seasonings and add more salt, black pepper, and cayenne, if desired.

Serve the chili in bowls topped as you like with a lime wedge, shredded cheese, pickled jalapeños, diced avocado, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, and/or crushed tortilla chips.


Serving Size




Total Fat

18 g

Saturated Fat

5 g

Unsaturated Fat

12 g

Trans Fat

0 g




1071 mg

Total Carbohydrate

45 g

Dietary Fiber

9 g

Total Sugars

3 g


28 g

6 servings


50 minutes

total time
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