Creamy Chicken Chili – Chicken Chili Recipe with Cream Cheese

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Creamy Chicken Chili is a versatile recipe that can be made on the stove top or in the Crock Pot. The ingredients are simple, including chicken, corn, diced green chilies, cream cheese and great northern beans. This Chicken Chili Verde will hit the spot on a cool day and will cure any hunger pains.

Creamy Chicken Chili Recipe

Baby, it’s cold outside, and that means I’m making soup…again. I asked my husband the other night if he ever got tired of soup, and luckily he said no.  Truth be told, if he had said yes, I would have probably responded, well that’s too bad because I love soup.

At this current moment, there are three different types of leftover homemade soup in the icebox (refrigerator for anyone not in our family!) – Poor Man’s Soup, White Bean and Sausage Soup and this slow cooker creamy chicken chili.

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

My co-worker, Mary, surprised the office with lunch a couple weeks ago. She made this amazing white chicken chili and brought all the toppings (Fritos and shredded cheese), and we all gorged ourselves during our lunch minute.  Shhh, I actually slipped into the lunch room when nobody was looking and ate some for a mid-morning snack (it’s my secret).

Of course in true Barbara fashion, I begged for the recipe and she obliged. Some of my favorite recipes come from co-workers including Tami’s Pan-Fried Zucchini, Patty’s French Onion Joes, Mindy’s Easy Sloppy Joes, and Janette’s Caramel Puff Corn (AKA CRACK).

That day, Mary prepared the creamy chicken chili in the Crock Pot, but the cool thing is that this soup can be made easily on the stove top too, so I’ll be sure to share both.

Chicken Chili Recipe with Cream Cheese

Can you put cream cheese in chili?

Yes, cream cheese is the perfect addition to chili because it makes it creamy, and it calms down some of the heat. Cream cheese is a great option if your chili is too spicy.

Sour cream is another ingredient that will cool down an extra spicy soup or recipe.

Ingredient List for Creamy Chicken Chili (Stove Top or Slow Cooker)

Chicken Breasts

Chicken Broth

Onion, diced

Frozen Corn

Diced Green Chilies, canned

Dried Oregano

Garlic Salt

Cumin

Cayenne Pepper, optional

Cilantro, optional

Cream Cheese

Great Northern Beans, drained

How To Make Crock Pot Chicken Chili

  1. To the Crock Pot insert, add chicken, chicken broth, onion, green chilies, corn, and seasonings.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is falling apart and tender.
  3. Remove chicken; shred with two forks.
  4. Add chicken, beans, cream cheese and cilantro (optional) to the liquids already in the crock pot.
  5. Cover and continue to cook until cream cheese is incorporated, stirring often.
  6. If desired, serve with Fritos and shredded cheese.

For the full ingredient list and recipe steps for Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Chili, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

How to Make Stove Top Chicken Chili (with cream cheese)

  1. Sauté chopped onion in a large saucepan.
  2. Add chicken breasts and broth, and simmer over medium heat until the chicken is tender.
  3. Once cooked, remove chicken and shred.
  4. To the broth, add green chilies, beans, corn, seasonings and shredded chicken; simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add cream cheese and chopped cilantro (optional), stirring often until the cream cheese is incorporated.
  6. Taste, adding salt and pepper if desired.

For the full instructions and ingredient amounts for Chicken Chili Verde, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Chicken Chili Soup:

  • Soups are versatile; add more or less of any given ingredient or try adding something else you have on hand. Try adding diced tomatoes, salsa, or diced peppers to this recipe.
  • If you prefer more heat, try swapping in medium or hot diced green chilies or add more ground cayenne pepper.
  • Chili powder can be used instead of cayenne pepper.
  • Substitute canned corn for frozen corn.
  • I drained my Great Northern Beans but you can add the whole can, if desired.
  • Hate cilantro? Leave it out completely.
  • Feel free to use both the cilantro leaves and stems. The stems have great flavor.
  • Be sure to taste before serving and add salt and pepper if desired.
  • Try my other Slow Cooker Chicken Chili for a completely different version.

To make a full meal with this chicken chili soup, try serving it with our favorite cornbread recipe and a Jalapeno Cape Codder.

Our Favorite Soup Recipes

Soups are probably our favorite recipes to share here on These Old Cookbooks. Here are some of our favorites from our site:

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Stove Top Italian Bean Soup

Creamy Italian Sausage Soup is one of those dishes that can be quick and easy to make with ingredients that are usually in your pantry or refrigerator. This Stovetop Italian Bean Soup recipe can be ready to serve in under 30 minutes and all of the work can be done in one pan.

Mom’s Broccoli Wild Rice Soup

If you need an easy dinner option, give Mom's Wild Rice and Broccoli Soup a try. It is full of flavor and quick to put together for a family-pleasing meal.

Gramma’s Beef Barley Soup (Instant Pot)

Instant Pot Beef and Barley Soup is a recipe that allows you to have a warm, hearty meal on the table quickly. Electric pressure cookers are a great way to save time fixing meals that usually take hours in the oven or crock pot.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup is the easy way to get kids to eat broccoli and carrots.  Full of cheese flavor, this soup will soon to become a staple on your family table.

Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Hamburger Vegetable Soup with V8 Juice is the perfect meal for hungry kids and adults. With 5 simple ingredients, you can have a warm, hearty, family-pleasing soup on the table.  Using a bottle of V8 and a bag of frozen vegetables makes this meal totally doable for a busy weeknight.

Crock Pot Low-Carb Taco Soup

Creamy Chicken Chili is a versatile recipe that can be made on the stove top or in the Crock Pot.  The ingredients are simple, including chicken, corn, diced green chilies, cream cheese and great northern beans. This Chicken Chili Verde will hit the spot on a cool day and will cure any hunger pains.
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Creamy Chicken Chili - Chicken Chili Recipe with Cream Cheese

Creamy Chicken Chili is a versatile recipe that can be made on the stove top or in the Crock Pot.  The ingredients are simple including chicken, corn, diced green chilies, cream cheese and great northern beans. This chicken chili Verde will hit the spot of a cool day and will cure any hunger pains. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken chili soup, chicken chili verde, creamy chicken chili, Crock Pot White Chicken Chili, slow cooker white chicken chili, white chicken chili
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 11 ounces canned diced green chilies (7 ounce can + 4 ounce can)
  • 14 ounces frozen corn
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • (2) 15.5 ounce cans Great Northern Beans, drained
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Add chicken, chicken broth, onion, diced green chilies, corn, and dried seasonings to the Crock Pot insert.
    Creamy Chicken Chili is a versatile recipe that can be made on the stove top or in the Crock Pot.  The ingredients are simple, including chicken, corn, diced green chilies, cream cheese and great northern beans. This Chicken Chili Verde will hit the spot on a cool day and will cure any hunger pains.
  • Cook covered on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is cooked and tender.
    Creamy Chicken Chili is a versatile recipe that can be made on the stove top or in the Crock Pot.  The ingredients are simple, including chicken, corn, diced green chilies, cream cheese and great northern beans. This Chicken Chili Verde will hit the spot on a cool day and will cure any hunger pains.
  • Remove chicken and shred, return to the soup with the addition of the beans, cream cheese and cilantro.
    Creamy Chicken Chili is a versatile recipe that can be made on the stove top or in the Crock Pot.  The ingredients are simple, including chicken, corn, diced green chilies, cream cheese and great northern beans. This Chicken Chili Verde will hit the spot on a cool day and will cure any hunger pains.
  • Cover and continue to cook until cream cheese is fully incorporated, stirring often.
    Creamy Chicken Chili is a versatile recipe that can be made on the stove top or in the Crock Pot.  The ingredients are simple, including chicken, corn, diced green chilies, cream cheese and great northern beans. This Chicken Chili Verde will hit the spot on a cool day and will cure any hunger pains.
  • Taste, and season with salt and pepper if needed.
    Creamy Chicken Chili is a versatile recipe that can be made on the stove top or in the Crock Pot.  The ingredients are simple, including chicken, corn, diced green chilies, cream cheese and great northern beans. This Chicken Chili Verde will hit the spot on a cool day and will cure any hunger pains.
  • For the stove-top version, see the notes.

Notes

  • Soups are versatile; add more or less of any given ingredient or try adding something else you have on hand.  Try diced tomatoes, salsa, or diced peppers.
  • If you prefer more heat, try swapping in medium or hot diced green chilies or add more ground cayenne pepper.
  • Chili powder can be used instead of cayenne pepper. 
  • Substitute canned corn for frozen corn.
  • I drained my Great Northern Beans but you can add the whole can, if desired.
  • Hate cilantro? Leave it out completely.
  • Feel free to use both the cilantro leave and stems.  The stems have great flavor.
  • Be sure to taste before serving and add salt and pepper if desired.
  • Try my other Slow Cooker Chicken Chili for a completely different version.
  • To make on the stove top:
    • Sauté diced onions; add chicken and broth and simmer until tender.
    • Remove chicken and shred.  
    • Add chicken and all remaining ingredients (except cream cheese and cilantro) to the broth.
    • Simmer for 20 minutes.
    • Add beans, cream cheese and cilantro, and simmer until the cream cheese is incorporated and smooth. 

Nutrition

Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1357mg | Potassium: 1120mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 523IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 3mg

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    1. Pam, sorry about that! we updated the recipe card but add the beans when you add the shredded chicken back to the crock pot with the cream cheese and cilantro.

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