Chicken Chili

Creamy Chicken Chili

As the cold weather begins to roll in (already here in Calgary) I invite you to stay warm with my Creamy Chicken Chili. The recipe is really a meal in a bowl with chicken, white beans, peppers, sweet corn all in a velvety broth with a little heat. Make your Creamy Chicken Chili ahead of time and put it in the fridge so the flavours meld together to warm our insides like a cozy warm scarf on a cold fall morning.

Creamy Chicken Chili


1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
3 cups chicken broth + more if needed
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon dried cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 28 oz can navy beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
2 cups milk
1/3 cup all purpose flour

Optional toppings: fresh cilantro, shredded cheese like monterey jack or old cheddar, diced jalapenos, tomatoes, whatever you like.


  1. Heat your dutch oven on medium heat, add oil and then onions. Stir constantly and cook for approximately 3 minutes until onions begin to soften.
  2. Add in minced garlic and chicken and cook another 5 minutes.
  3. Add chicken broth, wine, spices, peppers, beans and corn and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together milk and flour and add to chili and continue heating until it begins to thicken. To insure there are no clumps you can pour mixture through a strainer into your pot.
  6. Taste and season chili with extra salt and/or cayenne if you like it spicy. Add additional broth if your chili gets too thick.
  7. Garnish with favorite toppings just before serving or let your family add their own.
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  1. Jenn B

    This was a huge hit in our house tonight! Simple to make, kid approved and made enough for two thermoses for the next day plus a frozen Tupperware for next week’s 6pm hockey night. I didn’t have the fresh coriander so added a tbsp of ground coriander seed, as well as a few generous grinds of black pepper. Delish delish thanks Ali!

  2. Theresa

    Tried your Chicken Chili tonight. Had it with friends & everyone loved it.

  3. Fazilah

    Ali – have already tried the chicken chilli…everyone in the family loved it….super yummy and a great alternative to the traditional tomatoe based chilli. I left jalapenos out for the baby and mike and I added it on top – simply delicious.

    Also tried the granola recipe which is hands down my favourite recipe.

    you are so talented and am so proud of you. look forward to trying out the other recipes

  4. Laura

    Delicious! First time i’ve tried this dish. Two/three kids in my family came back for seconds. That is all I need to say about it! I love the fact that your recipes are so interesting and well thought out, and they appeal to all the taste palates in my family. Keep on sending them out! Thanks Alison!

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