Creamy White Chili with Cream Cheese


This rich, yet healthy, white chicken chili recipe comes together in a flash thanks to quick-cooking chicken thighs and canned white beans. Mashing some of the beans acts as a fast thickener when your soups don't have a long time to simmer. Cream cheese adds the final bit of richness and a hint of sweet tang.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
8 cups


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans no-salt-added great northern beans, rinsed, divided

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 ½ cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium)

  • ¾ cup chopped celery (2 medium stalks)

  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped (2 tablespoons)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups unsalted chicken stock

  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles

  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese

  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Mash 1 cup beans in a small bowl with a whisk or potato masher.

  2. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over high heat. Add chicken; cook, turning occasionally, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add onion, celery, garlic, cumin and salt. Cook until the onion is translucent and tender, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add the remaining whole beans, the mashed beans, stock and chiles. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cream cheese until melted. Serve topped with cilantro.

    creamy white chili in a bowl

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
12g Fat
29g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/3 cups
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 9g 34%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Vitamin A 511IU 10%
Vitamin C 50mg 56%
Folate 50mcg 12%
Sodium 329mg 14%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 64mg 15%
Potassium 662mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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