Grandma's White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

My mother in law Lynette makes an amazing white chicken chili. As with all things Grandma makes, my wife and kids assure me this is better than anything I ever cook. My wife Tracie talked about this for years until I finally started making it for our family. It is easy, tasty and a great meal especially during the cold months of year! 

We usually start by seasoning a chicken with The Gospel, smoking it, pulling that meat and chopping it. However, you can certainly buy a rotisserie chicken or use canned if you like.

As always, we add our smoke element by smoking this, but you can create this in a slow cooker.

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  • 3-4 C cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cans Great Northern Beans 
  • 1, 32 oz carton chicken broth (or slightly less for a thicker soup)
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies
  • 1, 10oz block of pepper jack cheese, cubed (sub your fav cheese if you don't like the heat)
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 T Meat Church Texas Chili Seasoning


  • Shredded cheese

  • Sour cream

    • Dutch oven or slow cooker. We make ours in a Lodge 12" / 6 qt Dutch Oven. 

        Prepare the chili
        I prefer to start with a smoked chicken. Store bought will work in a pinch, but the depth of flavor from a smoked chicken is really nice.

        Smoked Chicken

        Mix all ingredients in a dutch oven or slow cooker. 

        White Chicken Chili

        If using a smoker or pellet grill
        Prepare your smoker at 225 using hickory or pecan wood.

        Place the dutch oven in the smoker. Cook for 3 - 4 hours uncovered. Stir at least every hour. Cover and simmer to hold until supper time.

        If using a slow cooker
        Cook on medium setting for 3 - 4 hours. You can increase to a hotter setting if time is not on your side as these ingredients are already cooked. You are simply trying to break down the chicken and meld the flavors.

        White Chicken Chili

        Top each serving with shredded cheese. We like to add freshly cracked black pepper, cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.

        White Chicken Chili

        This is great served with corn bread or toasty baguettes. We hope you enjoy as much as our family does!

        White Chicken Chili


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