What to Serve with White Chicken Chili: 11 Delicious Ideas

A collage showing suggested side dishes to serve with white chicken chili, including garlic knots, stuffed jalapeños, sweet potatoes, and tortilla chips with salsa.

Wondering what to serve with white chicken chili? Whether you're searching for a quick fix or a homemade masterpiece, I've got you covered with a variety of sides that promise to perfectly complement every spoonful of your white chicken chili.

The information provided on this site is based on my personal experience living with alpha-gal syndrome. I consistently cite and link to expert sources, but nothing published on this site should be perceived as medical advice.

Alpha-gal sensitivities vary by person. You should understand your dietary restrictions, making any adjustments needed, and directing any questions to your physician.

Sometimes, the heart (and stomach) yearns for something a tad different from traditional chili. When that happens at my house, I make this white chicken chili recipe — a one-pot wonder with chicken breasts, great northern beans, and flavorful green chiles that comes together easily in a Crock Pot. Not only is it alpha-gal friendly, but it also delivers a creamy, comforting alternative to traditional chili that’s just as hearty but with a lighter touch. 

The right accompaniments can turn your chili from just a bowl of soup to a satisfying and hearty meal. If you’re searching for the perfect companions to your white bean chicken chili, look no further. This guide is your one-stop destination for discovering what to serve with white chicken chili, ensuring that every bite is as satisfying as the last. Whether you enjoy delicious dishes crafted with love from scratch or are all about keeping things fast and easy, the following list lets you match your mood. From the effortless crunch of tortilla chips to the heat of homemade stuffed jalapeños, your options are as varied as they are delicious. 

Sage Advice: I like side dishes that incorporate some of the ingredients that I’m using in the main dish. Not only does it help ensure that the flavors of the dishes pair well, but it also helps reduce food waste. For white chicken chili, I look for sides that use topping ingredients like sour cream, green chiles, and green onions. 

A collage showcasing a variety of side dishes, including seasoned sweet potatoes, zucchini boats, white rice, and garlic bread, with a title "best white chicken chili sides.

    

NOTE: Because the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports that most people with alpha-gal can tolerate “moderate, lean dairy,” some of the recipes below may include butter, cheese, or another dairy product. If you are an alpha gal who avoids dairy, please make a dairy-free substitution. From vegan butter to plant milk cheeses, Miyoko’s is one of my favorite brands. And, even if you can tolerate dairy, I recommend that alpha gals stick with vegetarian cheese.

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Tortilla Chips or Tortilla Strips

Is there anything more satisfying than the crunch of tortilla chips or strips with a bowl of chili? I think not. These crispy delights are perfect for topping your bowl of chili with a bit of crunch or scooping up that creamy white chicken chili bite by bite. 

For a no-fuss approach, simply open a bag of your favorite chips or strips. If you’re feeling more adventurous, making them at home is surprisingly simple. Just cut corn tortillas into wedges, lightly coat them in oil, and bake until crispy. For an extra kick, sprinkle them with a touch of salt and chili powder once you pull them out of the oven. 

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A bowl of cooked white rice garnished with a sprig of parsley.
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White Rice

Just like gumbo finds its perfect partner in a bed of rice, white chicken chili spooned over fluffy white rice transforms each bite. This simple grain does wonders in extending your meal, making it an economical choice for feeding a crowd without skimping on satisfaction. Cooking a batch of white rice requires nothing more than water, rice, and a pinch of salt. But if you want to kick things up a notch, stir in fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice after you cook the rice to add a bright twist, reminding you and your dinner companions of the white rice served at Chipotle.

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Cornbread

With its sweet, crumbly goodness, cornbread is a classic Southern comfort food that perfectly balances the rich flavors of chili. You can bake this flexible side in a cast iron skillet for an irresistible crust or pour it into muffin tins for individual servings.

If you want convenience, a box mix can be a quick and easy solution. But making cornbread from scratch allows you to manage the ingredients and customize them to your heart’s desire. My favorite cornbread includes stir-ins like diced jalapeños and shredded cheddar cheese, adding a spicy, cheesy twist that pairs wonderfully with the white chicken chili.

Toasted garlic bread on a wooden cutting board with a blue and white checkered tablecloth.
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Texas Toast

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the soft white bread you slather with butter and a sprinkle of garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and fresh parsley to make this easy chili side. When your double-wide slices of bread are ready to roll, simply grill until they reach golden perfection. 

Freshly baked garlic knots sprinkled with herbs on a cooling rack.
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Garlic Knots

For garlic bread with a twist, serve this easy but elegant side with your chili. Start with store-bought pizza dough to save time, or if you’re up for it, make your own from scratch. After shaping the dough into knots, bake them as directed, then brush generously with a mixture of olive oil or melted butter, minced garlic, and a sprinkle of parsley. They’re perfect for dipping into the chili, soaking up all its creamy goodness. 

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Baked Potatoes

With their fluffy insides, baked potatoes are perfect for soaking up white chicken chili, transforming each bite into a hearty delight. They’re easy to prepare, making them a fantastic choice for a hassle-free dinner or as the star of a baked potato bar. Start by washing and piercing your potatoes, then bake until the outsides are crisp and the insides are tender. When done, split them open and top with a hearty scoop of chili. Invite diners to customize their potatoes with their favorite chili toppings — think sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onions, and cilantro. This adds a fun, interactive element to your meal and ensures that everyone enjoys their chili exactly how they like it.

Roasted sweet potatoes garnished with rosemary in a cast iron skillet.
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted sweet potatoes can add a sweet or savory element based on how you flavor them. To prepare, simply peel and dice sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Toss them with a bit of olive oil and your choice of spices — cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, chili powder, and a touch of cayenne pepper are some of my favorites. But you can adjust the seasoning to be as sweet, smoky, or spicy as you’d like. Spread the sweet potato chunks on a baking sheet and roast until they’re beautifully browned and fork-tender.

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Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries bring a delicious and fun finger-food twist to your white chili meal. For a quick and easy option, you can grab a bag of frozen sweet potato fries and bake them according to the package instructions. But, making them from scratch is a breeze. Simply peel and cut sweet potatoes into thin strips, toss them with olive oil, and your favorite seasonings — a mix of salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika are my favorites. Then, spread them on a baking sheet and bake until they’re crispy and golden.

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Mexican Coleslaw

Mexican coleslaw pairs the traditional crunch of cabbage with a zesty twist of lime juice, cilantro, and a hint of jalapeño. Mix shredded red or green cabbage and carrots with thinly sliced red onion and chopped cilantro to whip up this colorful side. For the dressing, whisk together lime juice, mayonnaise, a splash of olive oil, a touch of honey for sweetness, and minced jalapeño for a bit of heat. Toss everything together until the vegetables are well coated. The beauty of Mexican coleslaw lies in its flexibility — you can adjust the ingredients and the dressing to suit your taste, making it as mild or spicy as you’d like.

Fresh mixed salad with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, black beans, and corn on a wooden table.
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Mexican Chopped Salad

Mexican chopped salad contrasts spicy dishes, making it one of my favorite fresh salads to serve with chili. Featuring ingredients like crunchy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, and sweet corn, it’s tossed with a vibrant cilantro-lime dressing.

If you’re looking for a turn-key side, you may be able to find Mexican chopped salad in a kit at your local grocery store. To assemble one from scratch, start with a base of chopped romaine lettuce. Add cherry tomatoes, canned black beans (rinsed and drained), diced avocado, and fresh or frozen corn. For the dressing, mix fresh lime juice with olive oil, a dash of honey, and chopped cilantro. Toss the salad with the dressing, and your side dish is ready to serve!

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Stuffed Jalapeños

These spicy bites are filled with a creamy, cheesy mixture and baked to perfection. I like serving stuffed jalapeño peppers when making white chicken chili because they help me use the other half of the brick of cream cheese and shredded cheese. Start by slicing fresh jalapeños in half lengthwise and removing the seeds. Then mix your filling — I like to use ground chicken sausage, cream cheese, and shredded cheese — and stuff the mixture into the jalapeño halves. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and bake until the peppers are tender and the cheese is bubbly and golden.

What Do You Like to Serve with White Chicken Chili?

What do you like to serve with white chicken chili? Do you have a favorite side that’s not on my list? Any additional tips and tricks to pass along? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

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