White Chicken Chili & Crusty Bread Bowl

One of my all time favorite comfort foods is white chicken chili.

This seriously, is amazing!

With winter upon us, you NEED to make this!

This chili looks mild but it packs some major latent heat!


What I did here is earlier in the day I made some Sourdough bread bowls.  To serve, I scooped out a good bit of the center and filled with the chili.  The stuff I scooped out I saved and used to make rustic croutons the next day.

The bread bowl recipe is here! This White Chicken Chili & Crusty Bread Bowl is one of my favorites!

White Chicken Chili


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  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 med-sized yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 Tbl. vegetable oil (do not use olive oil!)
  • 1 Tbl. minced garlic
  • 1qt. chicken stock – homemade is best but you can use box/can but be sure it’s low sodium
  • 2 cans white northern (cannellini) beans – not drained!
  • 1-2 4-ounce cans chopped green chilies (you can omit if you don’t want the heat)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 2 cups corn (fresh is possible if not, then frozen corn NOT IN BUTTER!)
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 cup sour cream plus additional for serving (low fat is OK)
  • 1/4 cup each Cheddar Cheese, Gouda and Gruyere
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over med- high heat.
  2. Add the chicken & chopped onion and saute for about 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken is seared and the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for another 2-4 minutes.
  4. Add the beans, spices, chicken broth, corn and chilies - bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for thirty minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and add the sour cream and half & half. *if you want a thicker chili use heavy cream*
  7. Ladle into a bowl, added a pinch of all 3 cheeses and a dollop of sour cream.
  8. *note: If you want it spicier, add 11/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes.

10 Responses to “White Chicken Chili & Crusty Bread Bowl”

  • Patricia says:

    I make a white chicken chili with a lot of the same ingredients but in the crock pot. Can this be made in the crock pot. I just found your website and can’t wait to try many, many recipes I see. I am making your corn beef and beer crock pot dish as I write this.

  • Jen says:

    This looks amazing! I haven’t tried it yet. BTW…I made it to the site!

  • Marlo says:

    With the nights turning colder up here in Maine, I wanted to make chili but didn’t want the traditional beef/bean chili. I came across you via Google and fell in love with your site. I made this last weekend and it’s ALL GONE NOW! This is the absolute best chili I have ever had! You get that heat but more importantly, you get flavor and comfort.

    I am totally addicted to your site and now your facebook site!

    Amazing work!

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Marlo!

      First off thank you to Mr. Google 🙂 LOL Yeah this is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. Now that summer is over and we are having cooler evenings, I will be making this very soon!

      So happy that you loved this 🙂

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Heather says:

    This picture is absolutely gorgeous! I love a really good white chicken chili that is thick but hadn’t found any until I tried yours.

    WOW!!! This is perfect! I didn’t change one thing except I have no clue how to make bread bowls so I cheated and bought one at the store. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

    LOVE your site!


    • TKWAdmin says:

      That’s great news Heather, thanks! This is one of my go-to comfort meals. As for the breadbowl, you can cheat or if you’re feeling adventurous one day, try making one on your own. Trust me, there are days when I take liberties from the supermarkets/stores when I just don’t have the time to bake my own bread, etc.

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