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Creamy Chicken Chili

Creamy Chicken Chili

  • Author: Kathryn | Urban Foodie Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 80 minutes
  • Total Time: 95 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Chilis + Soups
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


This creamy chicken chili has just the right amount of heat and is topped with avocado and tortilla strips for the perfect meal on a cold winter day!



For the chili:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 15 oz can Great Northern white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 4 oz can mild green chilis
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • juice of 1/2 a lime

For the tortilla strips:

  • 2 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

For topping:

  • 1 avocado, (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • fresh lime juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute. Add spices and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add broth and chicken to the pot. Bring to a boil, the reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pot and use two forks to shred it into bite-sized pieces. Return the chicken to the pot. Add corn, beans and chilies; still well. Cover and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover the chili and add the milk, creme fraiche and lime juice. Increase heat to medium and cook for 20 more minutes.
  6. While the chili finishes cooking slice the tortillas into strips, place on a rimmed baking sheet. Add the olive oil and salt, toss to coat. Bake for 15 minutes or until crispy. Remove from oven and let cool. Break or crumble into bite-sized pieces when cool.
  7. When the chili is done cooking, ladle into bowls and top with avocado, cheese, greek yogurt and tortilla strips. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice if desired. Serve immediately.


This chili freezes quite well.  Reserve the toppings until after reheating.

Keywords: white chili