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Jan 10

White Chicken Chili

I have been meaning to make this chili ever since I tried it at my parents’ house around Christmas 2009, and over a year later I finally did. I don’t know what took me so long! This is tasty, hearty, has just the right amount of kick and is the perfect way to feel warm, full and satisfied on a cold winter day. It’s also a perfect weekend recipe because there is a little time involved but you shouldn’t let that dissuade you – this is worth it. You can even freeze the leftovers for quick and easy meals down the road!

I was also excited to make this because I got the chance to use my new immersion blender for the first time – thanks Santa/(spoiler alert) Mom & Dad! As much as I love cooking, I really hate doing dishes, and taking apart and washing a blender is just not something I look forward to – problem solved! Blending the 2 cups of bean mixture with my immersion blender took almost no time at all and the clean up was so easy even I didn’t mind doing it! This may just be my new favorite kitchen appliance. Maybe I can be one of those people who makes smoothies for breakfast now…

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White Chicken Chili

Yield: 8 (1 cup) servings


  • 1 tablespoon Canola oil
  • 2 cups yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 (15.8 oz.) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 can diced tomatoes for chili
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add onions and sauté for 10 minutes or until tender and golden. Add chili powder, garlic and cumin and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add oregano and beans and cook for 30 more seconds. Add broth and cook 20 minutes.
  2. Place 2 cups of the bean mixture into a blender (or cup for an immersion blender) and process until smooth. Return pureed mixture to the pot. Add chicken and tomatoes and cook over medium-low for another 30 minutes. Add cilantro, lime juice, salt & pepper. Serve.

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
7 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on

Source: My mom, who adapted it from Cooking Light, November 2006


16 Responses to “White Chicken Chili”

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    katie — April 5, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    my bf is a big fan of your recipes, so i decided to make him this chili. it was a hit! super tasty and very filling. thanks for the recipe!

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    emilybites — April 17, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    Glad to hear! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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    Anonymous — November 3, 2011 @ 1:51 am

    Just made this tonight – husband loved it! Will be making it again, thanks for the recipe.

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    emilybites — November 7, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    Hooray, glad it was a hit!

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    Anonymous — November 14, 2011 @ 1:28 am

    Burnt it 🙁 Didn’t know what heat to cook it over and guessed medium. Bad choice.

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    Anonymous — January 11, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    I made this last night and both my husband and daughter loved it (and of course I did as well)! I just started back to WW and have had my eye on a ton of your recipes. Thank you!!

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    emilybites — January 13, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    Anonymous #1 – Sorry it didn’t work out. I hope you’ll try it again, it’s delicious!

    Anonymous #2 – So glad it was a hit with the whole family!

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    Lisa — September 8, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Delicious! I added spinach at the end and it was a hit!

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    Anonymous — October 9, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    A lot of us are counting calories, fat, carbs and protein, so it would be VERY helpful if you would list those things on ALL of your recipes instead just on some.

    • Anonymous replied: — October 29th, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

      Rude Much? She is doing YOU a favor by giving you a recipe….I would probably suggest you not use her site if it causes you undue hardship.

    • Anonymous replied: — August 21st, 2013 @ 4:54 am

      I think the problem is the carbs here. VERY carb-heavy recipe.

    • Anonymous replied: — October 26th, 2013 @ 4:42 am

      PMS much? Geez.

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    SheilaMix — June 12, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    Any idea on what the calorie count is for this? This is the best White Chicken Chili I have ever had. Taking it camping with us this weekend!

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    Erin — January 3, 2016 @ 3:01 pm

    Do we know how manysmart points this is?

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 4th, 2016 @ 11:59 am

      Hi Erin,
      I’ve been updating my recipes with SmartPoints as quickly as I can! I’m working my way backwards and I’ve finished 2015-2012 and about half of 2011. I’m working on finishing 2011 and 2010 – it’s a lot! If a recipe doesn’t have SPs yet it’s because I haven’t calculated them yet, but I will get to it soon! If you want to make it before then try plugging the ingredients into the WW recipe builder. Thanks so much for your patience, I hope to get here ASAP!

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    Donna J. — November 28, 2016 @ 6:45 pm

    H!, do we know the SPs for this. It looks great and it’s the comfort food time of the year! Thanks

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