Healthy White Chicken Chili (Easy & Dairy-Free!)

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Hearty and comforting, this healthy white chicken chili is made with chicken, corn, white beans, chopped chiles, and spices. It comes together easily on the stovetop or in the crockpot. I know you’ll love this inexpensive weeknight dinner, potluck entree, or game day meal.

Healthy white chicken chili in a white bowl.

What Makes White Chili “White”?

This chili uses white chicken meat, white cannellini beans and chicken broth. Instead of chili powder and tomatoes, this recipe gets its flavor from cumin and oregano. If you want a truly white chicken chili, you can use white corn instead of yellow corn.

White chicken chili in a bowl, topped with avocado and a tortilla chip.

How to Make This Healthy White Chicken Chili

The best part about this recipe is how quick and easy it is, especially if you’re starting with leftover white chicken. I usually buy a rotisserie chicken if I don’t have any leftovers. 

Once you get past the initial saute of the onions and garlic, just toss in the remaining ingredients and cook until hot and bubbly.

Onions in saute pan.

You can make this easy white chicken chili in a crock pot or on the stovetop.

To make stovetop white chicken chili:

  • Saute the onions and garlic in a large Dutch oven until soft
  • Add pre-cooked diced or shredded chicken
  • Stir in the chiles
  • Add frozen white or yellow corn
  • Bring to a simmer and cook until hot, about 30-35 minutes
Adding corn, chilis, beans and chicken to the pot.

To make crockpot white chicken chili, start by sauteing the onions and garlic in a large Dutch oven until soft. Then add all the ingredients to the slow cooker/crock-pot and set to low for 5 hours.

Making Spicy White Chicken Chili

Unlike most chilis, this recipe is not particularly spicy. If you want your healthy crockpot white chicken chili to be spicier, feel free to add more chiles or even some chili powder for additional heat.

While the original recipe calls for canned chilies, if you have Hatch chilies on hand, definitely use them! I make this healthy white bean chicken chili with Hatch chilies whenever I have them and I use canned chilies when I don’t. 

If you love Hatch chiles or would like more recipes using them, I have a delicious and low-carb Hatch Chile Rellenos Casserole, Hatch Chile Egg Bites and a Hatch Chile and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Closeup of white chicken chili in a bowl.

What to Serve With White Chicken Chili

Healthy white chicken chili is the perfect party, potluck or game day food. There are several delicious accompaniments you can serve with this hearty, flavorful meal. You can even create a chili bar by setting out all the options and letting your guests mix and match to suit their taste preferences and dietary needs.  

Here are some popular options:

Or serve a big green salad as a refreshing side dish to balance the richness of the chili.

White chicken chili in a bowl topped with sour cream, cheese, and green onions.

This dairy free white chicken chili can be made ahead of time for any occasion. Just warm it up on the stovetop or in a slow-cooker. It’s even better the second day!

white chicken chili in bowl.

Healthy White Chicken Chili

White chicken chili is an easy recipe that's perfect for stove-top or crock-pot. Top with cheese (cheddar, jack or even jalapeno jack), chopped green onions, tortilla chips, sour cream and chopped cilantro. (Nutritional information is based on chili alone.)
5 from 64 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine Southwestern
Servings 10
Calories 292 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups cooked chicken white or dark meat chicken, about 2 large chicken breasts, shredded or diced
  • 4-5 cups chicken broth Less broth for a thicker chili, more for a thinner, ore soup-like consistency.
  • 8 ounces green chilies chopped (canned or frozen Hatch)
  • 2-3 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2-3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 cans white beans Great Northern or cannellini, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups frozen corn
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon or lime juice


  • In a large pot, heat oil over a medium heat until shimmering. Add chopped onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté another minute.
  • Add chicken broth, chicken, chiles, beans, corn and spices and seasonings.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer on low until hot, about 30-35 minutes.
  • Add lime or lemon juice and adjust seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if necessary.

Crock Pot Instructions

  • Follow first step above. Add onions and garlic to crock-pot add remaining ingredients and set slow-cooker or crock-pot to low.
  • Heat on low until hot, about 6 hours.


Serving: 1personCalories: 292kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 24gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 936mgPotassium: 812mgFiber: 7gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 42IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 5mg
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  1. 5 stars
    We had this yummy white chicken chili a few times, I like to let everyone know how much we enjoy it, it’s very easy to prepare and it’s a healthy meal. Thank you Cynthia for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this to have over the weekend, but it won’t last till tomorrow! Very flavourful, easy to prepare and healthy. This is going on my regular dinner rotation. Thank you, Cynthia.

  3. I’ve made this delicious recipe numerous times and it never fails to be a hit. It’s so flavourful and hearty but not heavy at all. An absolute favourite I’ll be making many more times.

  4. 5 stars
    With this rain and cold weather, it is chili time. My daughter made me your white chicken chili tonight.
    Omgosh AMAZING
    The flavor is rich and full. The smell warm and comforting.
    This will be made again.

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