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Creamy White Chicken Chili

This rustic chicken dish has a hint of spice and the perfect texture to be a low-carb comfort food for those chilly autumn nights.

white chicken chili with cilantro and lime

If you're in search of a comforting and delicious dish to warm your soul, look no further. This white chicken chili recipe is an absolute winner. Packed with savory flavors, it has a creamy texture and a touch of heat, making it the perfect choice for chilly evenings or any time you crave a bowl of comforting goodness. Let's dive right into the details of this delightful recipe.

Creamy White Chicken Chili


  • 2 tbsp avocado oil

  • 1 small yellow onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1/2 cup green chiles, diced

  • 2 to 3 serrano or jalapeno peppers (adjust for your spice preference)

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 8oz cream cheese

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or use a Mexican blend)

  • 2 1/2 cups shredded chicken (can use a rotisserie chicken)

Suggested toppings/additions:

  • limes

  • avocado

  • sour cream

  • sliced jalapeno

  • cilantro


1. Sauté the Aromatics: Heat 2 tablespoons of avocado oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the diced yellow onion and sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until the onion becomes soft and translucent.

2. Infuse with Flavor: Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. The aroma in your kitchen will be tantalizing.

3. Simmer the Base: Pour in the chicken broth, heavy cream, diced green chiles, serrano or jalapeno peppers, cumin, oregano, chili powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer for about 40 minutes. You'll notice the soup reducing and thickening, creating a rich, flavorful base.

4. Creamy Magic: Lower the heat to low and stir in the cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. Continue stirring until the cheese melts completely, and your chicken chili takes on a lusciously creamy texture.

5. Incorporate Shredded Chicken: Add the shredded rotisserie chicken to the pot and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

6. Serve and Customize: Ladle the creamy white chicken chili into bowls and serve it with your desired toppings. Whether you choose to garnish with lime wedges, sliced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, a few slices of jalapeno, or fresh cilantro, these additions will take your white chicken chili to the next level.

This white chicken chili is more than just a meal; it's a hearty bowl of comfort that's perfect for family dinners or gatherings with friends. With its creamy texture, bold flavors, and customizable toppings, it's bound to become a favorite in your household. So roll up your sleeves, give it a try, and savor the warmth and satisfaction of this delightful recipe. Enjoy!

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