Creamy White Bean Chicken Chili

Creamy White Bean Chicken Chili

This creamy White Bean Chicken Chili recipe is the perfect blend of cheesy, sweet and spicy. Shred leftover chicken for a quick bowl of comfort.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 614kcal
Author Marjory Pilley


  • 4 cups cooked chicken we used leftover Rotisserie chicken
  • 30 ounces cannellini beans 2 cans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 ounces cream cheese cut into chunks
  • 29 ounces vegetable broth, low salt 2 cans
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed or minced pressed or minced
  • 4 ounces diced green chilies 1 can, un-drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups corn kernels fresh or frozen
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup Colby Jack Cheese shredded
  • Optional toppings: fresh chopped cilantro and sliced green onion


  • Shred or cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
  • Place half the beans, chunks of cream cheese and 1/4 cup of chicken broth in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  • Add onions and saute for about 5 minutes or until softened.
  • Add garlic and cook for about a minute more.
  • Add remaining chicken broth, remaining unprocessed beans, chicken, chilies and the next 7 ingredients to the pot. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add pureed bean and cream cheese mixture to pot, stir to combine and simmer for about 10 minutes more.
  • Stir in lime juice.
  • Top with cheese, cilantro and green onions before serving.


Leave out corn and use low-fat cheese (less than 6 grams fat per ounce of cheese) to keep recipe South Beach Diet Phase 1 compliant.


Calories: 614kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 2126mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1275IU | Vitamin C: 7.7mg | Calcium: 307mg | Iron: 6.3mg