Makes 6 to 8 servings

This 5-star White Christmas Chili Recipe is sure to become a staple during the winter. It earned its high rating because it's easy and great to make for company.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place chicken, 5 cups water, and half of onion in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and cook 15 to 18 minutes or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken, reserving broth in Dutch oven. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces; set aside.

Step 2

Melt butter in a skillet; add celery and remaining onion, and sauté until tender.

Step 3

Stir chicken, celery mixture, 2 cans beans, and next 6 ingredients into broth in Dutch oven, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 1 hour, stirring frequently, until thickened.

Step 4

Process remaining 1 can beans in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Stir bean pureé into chili.

Step 5

Remove and discard bay leaf; stir in cilantro just before serving with desired toppings.

Ratings & Reviews

dailycindy's Review

April 07, 2013
I love this chili. It's easy to make and delicious. My daughter has Crohn's Disease and can't eat beef, so this is great for my family!

crmeng's Review

June 01, 2012
Have been making this for several years, and my entire family (even the pickiest eater) loves it. I like to top it with a spoonful of salsa or pico de gallo, and shredded pepper jack cheese. Freezes well. Definitely a go-to recipe,

busymomofboys's Review

February 20, 2012

carolfitz's Review

December 18, 2011
Very easy to make. Followed ingredient list except we used 4 cans of beans. Also subbed chicken broth for the water. Served with chipotle cornbread. Tasty, but not visually appealing.

jervin2086's Review

November 01, 2011
Great recipe! My husband has acid reflux issues so he can't eat the more common tomato based chili. This recipe has been a great find. We all enjoy it and my husband doesn't suffer any bad effects. As CurlyHairDay mentioned, "it is delicious and deceptively simple."

AshLynn's Review

August 15, 2011
Best white chicken chili recipe I have tried! And after it sat overnight in the fridge, the flavors were even better the next day! I brought leftovers for lunch the next day, and literally had to shoo my co-workers away from my bowl, since they kept trying to smell it! Leftovers freeze well, also.

CurlyHairDay's Review

July 26, 2011
This is my favorite white chicken chili recipe. A friend makes and I finally remembered to request the recipe. It's absolutely delicious and deceptively simple.