Southwest Creamy White Chicken Chili (stovetop & slow cooker method) is a cozy, satisfying, healthy meal of pure comfort. This meal is full of flavor, has just the right amount of heat, and is ready in less than 30 minutes!
HOW DO I MAKE SOUTHWEST CREAMY WHITE CHICKEN CHILI?
For the quick 20-25 minute version, you’ll start with a rotisserie chicken (or baked, broiled, grilled, or boiled chicken).
Pour the chicken broth, pepper, cumin, chili powder, dried minced onions, ranch seasoning, and cubed cream cheese into a large Dutch oven or braiser pan. (I used my favorite 5 quarts Le Creuset braiser pan with lid, but you can use any large pot with a lid.) Heat it on low until cream cheese melts. Whisk the mixture so it becomes creamy. Add the cooked, shredded or cubed, chicken, drained black beans, drained cooked corn, salsa, and heavy cream. Bring to a low boil then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes with the lid on. (scroll down for full, printable recipe)
Taste and add salt if needed.
Serve hot with a side of cornbread. I particularly like Hoecakes and Chile Cheese Bacon Corn Bread with it.
HOW DO I MAKE THIS RECIPE IN THE SLOW COOKER?
There’s really no need to make this in the slow cooker if your chicken is already cooked. However, here are directions for uncooked chicken in the Crock-pot.
- First, for easier cleanup, I recommend lining your slow cooker with a liner. Be sure to get the size that fits your Crock-pot.
- Place your uncooked chicken breasts (or thighs) on the bottom of the slow cooker. The FDA does not recommend putting frozen chicken in slow cookers to cook because of the length of time it takes to cook through.
- Next, add to the slow cooker the chicken broth, cooked and drained corn, drained black beans, salsa, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, minced dried onion, ranch seasoning, heavy cream, and cream cheese on top. (If you’re using store-bought Ranch seasoning, you may want to wait and add the salt, if needed, after it’s cooked and you have taste tested.)
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 hours.
- Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred or cube it. Stir the cream cheese until it’s smooth if it has not melted fully into the mixture. Add the chicken back into the slow cooker, stir, and serve.
CAN I MAKE IT IN AN INSTANT POT?
- Yes! Place the chicken breasts, 2 cups of chicken broth into the instant pot. Set on high pressure for 20 minutes.
- After natural depressurizing, remove chicken breasts and cube or shred. Transfer back into the instant pot and add the remaining ingredients ending with the cream cheese on top.
- Set on manual high pressure for another 20 minutes.
- Once the steam is released or the instant pot has depressurized, open it, and stir everything together. Serve.
HOW DO I SERVE SOUTHWEST CREAMY WHITE CHICKEN CHILI
Of course, it’s good without any toppings or you can dress it up!
- A handful of Frito corn chips or tortilla chips on top is good.
- As well, a dollop of sour cream and chopped cilantro adds great flavor.
- Avocado slices would be lovely on top!
- I’m a big fan of sliced green onions. They add a nice color, flavor, and crunch to a lot of dishes.
- Grated cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, Monterrey cheese, or just about any cheese would be good on this soup.
- Finally, I feel like crumbled bacon is good on everything too!
TIPS, TRICKS, SUGGESTIONS
- I recommend using Philadephia cream cheese. I’ve found it melts more smoothly than off-brands. I don’t recommend using low-fat or fat-free cream cheese.
- To incorporate the cream cheese into the chicken broth, I suggest adding room-temperature cream cheese to the broth before you add the chicken or the vegetables. Whisk it until it melts and is creamy. If you are cooking the chicken in the broth, simply remove it, shred or cube the chicken. Then, add the cream cheese into the broth, whisk until it melts. Finally, add the chicken and the remaining ingredients.
- You can easily double or triple this recipe to feed a crowd.
- Add 12 additional ounces of cream cheese and it’s a wonderful dip!
- You can substitute Northern beans or your favorite bean for the black beans. As well, you can omit altogether.
- I just love the steam bags of frozen corn, but you can use any frozen corn, cooked fresh corn, or drained canned corn. As well, you can use a can of creamed corn.
- I’m a white-meat chicken person, but you can use thighs or legs or whatever chicken part you like or have on hand.
- I used chunky, mild Casa Mammita salsa.
- Ranch seasoning in this recipe is the dry seasoning, not the salad dressing. You can use store-bought or make it with my Homemade Ranch Recipe which has no salt in it.
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Southwest Creamy White Chicken Chili
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- 2 large chicken breasts cooked and chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 15-ounce cans black beans rinsed and drained
- 10 ounces corn cooked and drained
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon dried minced onions or onion powder
- 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix not dressing
- 1 cup chunky salsa
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream not whipped
- 4 ounces cream cheese Philadephia brand, at room temperature, cubed
- ½ teaspoon salt optional or adjust to taste
- Pour the chicken broth, pepper, cumin, chili powder, dried minced onions, ranch seasoning, and cubed cream cheese into a large Dutch oven or braiser pan. (I used my favorite 5 quarts Le Creuset braiser pan with lid, but you can use any large pot with a lid.)
- Heat ingredients on low until cream cheese melts. Whisk the mixture so it becomes creamy.
- Add the cooked chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, and heavy cream. Stir to combine. Bring to a low boil then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes with the lid on.
- Taste and add salt if needed.
- Serve immediately.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days. Reheat leftovers in the microwave or stovetop.
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Chuck young says
I made this recipe substituting no salt added chicken broth, white navy beans for black beans and sour cream for the heavy whipping cream. It is excellent. I highly recommend this recipe. The chicken and no salt chicken broth kept it kidney friendly for me as I have CKD (chronic kidney disease) along with draining and thoroughly rinsing the beans.
Thank yo, I love it.
I’ve made this recipe 2 wkends in a row. The first time my husband and I ate almost the whole pot to ourselves in the first sitting. Had family coming in town the following wkend so I decided to make it again and boy was it a hit. No leftovers…even better 😁 Sooooo easy to make and so tasty!!! I cheat and use a rotisserie chicken and I also add a cup of rotel.
I made this tonight for dinner. It was great! Definitely a keeper!
This is the best chicken chili recipe I’ve ever made. My husband is a huge fan of chicken chili, but I’ve tried so many recipes and hadn’t found one I wanted to make again until now. We used a mix of black beans and great northern(bc it’s what we had), seasoned and grilled the chicken & I thickened the soup up just a bit to serve over rice. So good! Thanks for sharing:)
Karen Bowlby says
It awesome chili. The best i have ever ate. So flavorful very easy and quick to make
Karen Bowlby says
The Best Chicken Chili i have ever ate
Adam Morgan says
Solid recipe that leaves to incorporate your own feel & tastes!
Will this freeze?
yes it freezes well
This was amazing! I changed it slightly because I was missing a few ingredients but it was super easy and absolutely delicious. Definitely a keeper. Thank you so much for sharing.
Loved this recipe! I measured heaping 1/2 teaspoons of seasoning and it was great! I served it at a young adults gathering and they all loved it!
Recetas Mallorquinas says
I love your blog! It’s amazzing!! congrats!!!
Janet Bradley says
Not a fan of Black beans, and suggestions for a replacement. Could I just leave them out?
jump up to TIPS, TRICKS, SUGGESTIONS where I talk about subs
I am with you. I would use pinto or great northern beans. Truthfully Pinto beans are more nutritious than black beans anyway. Great northern are milder tasting than the pinto and many chicken chili uses them.