Creamy Keto White Chicken Chili Recipe

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The Best Ever Creamy Keto White Chicken Chili Recipe – delicious hearty creamy white chicken chili packed with flavor, not carbs!

While this white chicken chili is low carb, it has a ton of flavor – and is not as heavy as many keto dishes – so it is a popular dish with the whole family, not just low carb eaters.

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Rotisserie Chicken White Chicken Chili

To save time, you can skip cooking the chicken in this white chicken chili – and just use rotisserie chicken!

Follow the steps below to save time by using a rotisserie chicken in this keto white chicken chili recipe:

Prepare soup as described below – except chicken.

In the first step, only sautee onions, while picking chicken and pulling from the carcass, and shred into 1″ chunks, set aside in a bowl.

Continue to cook soup as outlined, adding cooked pulled rotisserie chicken in with stock.

This easy creamy chicken chili is bursting with flavor – and while it is a favorite for my husband and I (who are trying to get back into keto), my kids loved it, too!

This soup is naturally low carb – without weird ingredients non-keto dieters probably don’t have on hand – so no worries on finding all sorts of stuff, this soup takes simple, whole foods.

Also, check out my web story about this delicious white chicken chili here.

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How To Make White Chicken Chili

To make this white chicken chili, you’ll need:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts: The main protein source for the dish, adding flavor and texture to the chili.
  • Onion: Provides a sweet and savory flavor to the dish.
  • Olive oil: Used for sautéing the onions and garlic and adds a smooth, slightly fruity flavor.
  • Garlic: Adds a pungent and slightly sweet flavor to the dish.
  • Chicken broth: Provides a flavorful base for the chili.
  • Chopped green chiles: Adds a mild heat and smoky flavor to the dish.
  • Bell pepper: Provides a sweet and slightly crunchy texture to the chili.
  • Jalapeño: Adds heat to the chili, but can be skipped if preferred.
  • Ground cumin: Adds an earthy and slightly smoky flavor to the dish.
  • Adobo seasoning: A blend of herbs and spices that adds depth and complexity to the dish.
  • Mild sriracha seasoning: Optional seasoning that adds a tangy and slightly spicy flavor to the dish.
  • Cayenne pepper: Adds heat and spiciness to the chili.
  • Sour cream: Adds a creamy and tangy flavor to the chili.
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese: Provides a mild and creamy flavor to the dish and adds a gooey texture when melted.
  • Large pot or dutch oven
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting boards
white chicken chili in a bowl with chunks of chicken, chopped bell peppers, and shredded jack cheese on top

Tips and Tricks To Perfect White Chicken Chili

Thick or thin. This white chicken chili is somewhat between a soup and a stew – it is thinner than some chilis, but thicker than a soup. I personally prefer the soup as-is with the thickness coming from cheese, but my husband likes it a little thicker. If you’d like to thicken your chicken chili, follow my ideas below:

Make a keto roux. Thickening soups can be tricky on keto, since flour, the most common soup thickener, is a strict no-no. For this recipe, we’re going to add xantham gum as a thickener if desired, by making a xantham gum roux.

  • Using two teaspoons of xantham gum (divided), with 1/2 cup butter, you’ll make a gluten free roux to thicken this keto soup.
  • Get a nonstick pan or pot ready on the stove and turn heat to medium high.
  • Add butter to pan and let start to melt.
  • Add ONE teaspoon of xanthan gum, whisk vigorously to combine.
  • Add the other teaspoon of xanthan gum, and keep whisking until roux is browned.
  • Watch carefully, as roux browns quickly – do not let roux burn or overcook.
  • Whisk in to chili about 5 minutes before it is done cooking, before adding the cheese.
  • Roux will look a little thin when done – but don’t worry, it will continue to thicken when added to the chili!

How to reheat. To reheat, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat throughly in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. If chili reduces too much, add up to 1 cup chicken stock. If chili is too thin, add up to 1/2 cup sour cream.

FAQs

How long can I store this recipe?

This white chicken chili can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days when stored in an airtight container. I prefer to use BPA free, dishwasher safe, stacking containers – you can find my favorite here. Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers or plastic bags.

What is white chicken chili?

White chicken chili is a soup or stew that is made with chicken, white beans, and a variety of other ingredients such as vegetables, herbs, and spices. It is called “white” because it does not contain the traditional tomato base found in red chili.

Can I use a different type of protein other than chicken?

Yes, you can use turkey, pork, or even tofu as a vegetarian option. However, keep in mind that the flavor and texture of the dish may be different.

Can I make this in a slow cooker?

Yes, white chicken chili can be easily adapted to a slow cooker. Simply combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

How spicy is white chicken chili?

The level of spiciness in white chicken chili can vary depending on the recipe and the amount of chili powder or other spices used. However, it is generally milder than traditional red chili.

What can I serve with white chicken chili?

White chicken chili can be served with a variety of toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, or cilantro. It also pairs well with cornbread, tortilla chips, or a side salad.

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What to Serve With White Chicken Chili

Whether you’re keto, or eating carbs, I’m sharing my favorite side dishes to serve alongside this creamy white chicken chili!

If you’re sticking to a keto diet, opt for keto-approved breads, jalpeno poppers, veggie sides, or a keto roll.

If you’re not watching your carbs (this chicken chili is great because it is delicious for people watching carbs, as well as everyone else), I love to serve with a rich, delicious sour cream cornbread.

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Creamy Keto White Chicken Chili Recipe

Creamy Keto White Chicken Chili Recipe – delicious hearty creamy white chicken chili packed with flavor, not carbs!
Course soups
Cuisine keto
Keyword #chili, chicken chili recipe, easy chicken chili, keto soup, main dish, soup, white chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 257kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cans 14 ounces each chicken broth
  • 1 can 4 ounces chopped green chiles
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced, optional
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons adobo seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon spicy sriracha seasoning optional
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions

  • In large dutch oven or heavy pot, heat olive oil on medium high until shimmery, about 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken and onion to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned – about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in bell pepper and jalapeno, cook until chicken is browned, another 5 minutes.
  • Stir in herbs and spices, sour cream, and stock.
  • Whisk or stir soup vigorously to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, and then reduce to low.
  • Stir in cheese, making sure to stir quickly so cheese incorporates into soup instead of sinking to the bottom to burn on the pan.
  • When cheese is fully incorporated, remove from stove and serve immediately.
  • Top with shredded Monterey jack cheese and chives, if desired.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 668mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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6 Comments

  1. Sarah Smith says:

    Adding the xantham gum roux did the trick the second time around.

    Thank you!

  2. Melissa says:

    Can I use a jarred adobo sauce instead of a dry adobo seasoning? I already have that on hand.

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      So sauce and seasoning are a bit different – the sauce will have a stronger, more developed flavor and will change the color a bit. That being said, I would totally still use it, just know it might look different, and also I don’t know the amounts will be the same. (Think using a premade taco sauce vs taco seasoning, it’s just more concentrated, and without knowing what brand sauce, etc I don’t know I can give you an exact amount other than to say to go with your gut)

      1. Melissa says:

        Thanks!

  3. Laura says:

    This came together super quick and is so delicious! Definitely gonna become a staple in my routine.

  4. Floranet says:

    Stunning Writing!! Keep up the good work.