CREAMY WHITE CHICKEN CHILI made with CREAM CHEESE is the ultimate comfort food! Made in minutes and feeds up to 16 people! Freeze some for a delicious meal later. THE BEST WHITE CHICKEN CHILI EVER!

Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe with Cream Cheese

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy white chicken chili, white chicken chili
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 591
Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie
Creamy White Chicken Chili with cream cheese is the ultimate comfort food! It's the best White Chicken Chili recipe out there. This Cream Cheese Chicken Chili is loaded with everything good and so comforting on a cool night. We top ours off with avocado, jalapenos, sour cream, and more. BEST White Chili recipe ever!
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  • 2 onions diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds COOKED chicken cubed (or 2 lbs cooked shredded rotisserie chicken)
  • 32 ounces low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cans great northern white beans 15.5 ounce cans, fully drained and rinsed
  • 3 cans diced green chiles 4 ounce cans, drained
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 8 ounces low fat cream cheese cubed
  • 1 cup heavy cream

optional toppings

  • Tortilla chips or strips
  • sliced jalapeƱos
  • chopped cilantro
  • shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • sour cream
  • sliced avocado
  • lime juice


  • In a 6 qt dutch oven or stock pot, saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil and lime juice over medium high heat. Cook until the onions are fragrant and translucent.
  • Add in the cooked chicken, chicken broth, beans, chiles, and seasoning. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer uncovered for 30-45 minutes, or until it's the thickness you desire. Stir occasionally. I let mine simmer for a full hour to let all the flavors blend fully and to get a nice thickness. It would have been ready to go after 30 minutes, so just do what you like best! *** (See below for Slow Cooker Instructions)
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the cubed cream cheese. Stir constantly until the cream cheese melts and incorporates completely. Stir in the heavy cream.
  • Top with as many or as few optional toppings as you desire. I used them all! The more the merrier.
  • Enjoy!



*** You can also make this in a slow cooker! Complete step 1 above and then add all the ingredients to a large slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 2-4. Once hot and thickened to your liking, continue with step 3.


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 700mg | Potassium: 1419mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 8.2mg