Creamy White Chicken Chili Bake


Dive into the heartwarming embrace of our Creamy White Chicken Chili Bake, a casserole that melds the comforting flavors of white chicken chili with the homey feel of a baked dish. This recipe layers tender chicken, creamy white beans, spicy chilies, and a velvety sauce under a golden, cheesy crust. Ideal for family dinners or potluck gatherings, it's a dish that promises to warm you up from the inside out.

Creamy White Chicken Chili Bake

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 portion (approximately 300g)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 420 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sodium: 620mg


  • Cooked chicken breast, shredded: 500g (17.6 oz)
  • Cannellini beans, drained: 400g (14 oz)
  • Green chilies, diced: 2 cans (8 oz each)
  • Onion, chopped: 1 medium (150g)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 2 (10g)
  • Chicken broth: 2 cups (480ml)
  • Cream cheese: 200g (7 oz)
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese: 1 cup (100g)
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon (2g)
  • Chili powder: 1 teaspoon (2g)
  • Olive oil: 1 tablespoon (15ml)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tortilla chips, crushed: 1 cup (60g)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Sauté Aromatics: In a skillet, heat olive oil. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent.
  2. Combine Chili Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix shredded chicken, beans, green chilies, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Layering: In a greased baking dish, layer half of the chicken mixture. Dot with spoonfuls of cream cheese, then pour half of the chicken broth.
  4. Repeat Layers: Repeat with the remaining chicken mixture and broth.
  5. Bake: Cover with shredded cheese and crushed tortilla chips. Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.
  6. Rest and Serve: Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Shredded Chicken: Use rotisserie chicken for added flavor and ease.
  • Cheese Layer: Add a generous layer of cheese for a gooey topping.
  • Crushed Chips: The tortilla chips add a delightful crunch; don't skip them!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of bean? 

Yes, feel free to use navy or great northern beans.

Is it spicy? 

It has a mild kick; adjust green chilies for more or less heat.

Can I make it ahead of time? 

Yes, assemble it ahead and bake when ready.

As you indulge in the Creamy White Chicken Chili Bake, let each bite take you on a cozy journey of creamy, spicy, and crunchy textures. This casserole isn't just a meal; it's a comforting hug in a dish, meant to be shared and savored. Gather around the table and enjoy the warmth it brings!