White Chicken Chili Recipe: It’s Not Complicated

Written by Liz –

White Chicken Chili

This past Valentine’s Day, we decided to have a chili cook-off. It seemed like a much better idea for this romance holiday on a cold winter night, especially with our particular relationship statuses; “it’s complicated” seems to be most popular in our group’s social media circles.

This White Chicken Chili recipe was my submission. I love it for its creaminess, the spicy cumin taste (I actually added a bit more cumin than in the recipe) and the boost of greens with the Spinach. I also added a little cheese on top, and some folks also topped theirs with raw onions and sour cream. Wine pairing note: this soup goes great with Chardonnay.

White Chicken Chili recipe

I’m not sure if my chili won the cook-off, but it was the first pot to be emptied! It took the chill out of a cold night and it warmed our bellies and our hearts. And it’s not complicated.

White Chicken Chili Recipe

Ingredients for 8 servings:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups mild salsa verde
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup loose-pack frozen corn
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • Baked tortilla chips and light sour cream for serving (optional)


HEAT oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook on each side until golden. Transfer chicken to plate; cover.

ADD onion to same saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent. Add garlic; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in cumin and coriander; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in salsa verde, cannellini beans, pinto beans, water and corn. Cook for about 10 minutes or until hot.

CUT or shred chicken into bite-size pieces and add to saucepan along with any accumulated juices on plate. Stir in evaporated milk and spinach; cook for a few minutes just until heated through and spinach is slightly wilted. Serve topped with crumbled tortilla chips and dollop of sour cream.


More chili recipes:

Pumpkin Chili Mexicana recipe
Pumpkin Chili Mexicana
Chili with Three Beans recipe
Chili with Three Beans

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