White Bean Chicken Chili

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white bean chicken chili

It has been a cold winter, and I have been making a lot of soup.  One of my favorite soups is chili.  Although I enjoy red chili, I don’t make it very often.  It can be heavy and I really consider it more of a treat.  This delicious white bean chicken chili is more my speed.  I make it pretty often and usually have some in my freezer.  I have to thank my mother-in-law for introducing me to this delicious chili.  I still remember the first time I tasted it,  just amazing!  It is one of my favorite go-to meals, and I hope you enjoy it.

This chili will warm your heart, and not leave you feeling heavy or weighed down.


White Bean Chicken Chili

Serving Size: 6 to 8

White Bean Chicken Chili


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 6 cups cooked cannellini beans (or 5 15 oz. cans)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 medium yellow or sweet onion
  • 2 shallot cloves (medium to large)
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chopped peppers (red, yellow, orange, and/or poblano)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt (plus more for chicken)
  • ¾ tsp. garlic powder (plus more for chicken)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 ¼ tsp. Greek oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp. chili powder
  • Prep and chop your veggies finely, and set aside. Cook the chicken breasts with a little olive oil, garlic and salt (I prefer using bone-in with skin, but that is optional). While the chicken is cooking, measure out your beans (or rinse if canned). Take 2 1/2 cups of beans and puree with a little chicken stock, and set aside. Once your chicken is cooked, remove the breasts, and set aside. Deglaze the pan with a little chicken stock and scrape, and set aside.
  • Add olive oil to the pan you will cook your soup in, over medium heat (enameled cookware works well). Once the oil is heated, add the veggies and let cook until soft (about 10 minutes). Add the beans and spices, and stir well. Now add the chicken stock, pan juices/drippings (from the deglazing process), and pureed beans, and stir well. Remove the skin and bones from your chicken and discard. Chop the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and add to the chili (discard the skin and bones). Cook on low to medium heat covered, for about 1 hour. Stir as needed. Enjoy!
  • Notes

    #1 Cook the chicken ahead of time and save the pan juices. You can even cook ahead and freeze. Check out Tips for Tuesday for how.

    #2 Right before serving, add cheese, raw onions and/or jalapeno peppers, or anything else you can think of. If you are entertaining, have a 'bar' set up of different toppings, and let your guests customize their chili.

    #3 Freeze portions in freezer-safe containers. Just thaw and reheat, and it’s perfect! This is a great homemade frozen food.

    13 Responses to“White Bean Chicken Chili”

    1. 02/26/2015 at 3:40 pm #

      Never heard of this version of chili. Sounds really good!

      • Zoale.com
        02/26/2015 at 3:43 pm #

        I hope you are able to try it 🙂 It is very tasty. Thanks for stopping by!

    2. 02/26/2015 at 6:10 pm #

      Sounds intersting:-) will try a vegetarian version soon

      • Zoale.com
        02/26/2015 at 7:07 pm #

        A vegetarian version is a great idea 🙂 I would love to hear how it turns out. Thanks for visiting!

    3. 02/27/2015 at 1:49 pm #

      Antonia, your chili sounds and looks amazing! I think I could eat tons of it!

      • Zoale.com
        02/27/2015 at 2:00 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Francesca! It is really yummy, and my 6 year old even eats it 🙂 If you try it, let me know what you think. Have a nice weekend and thanks for visiting!

    4. 03/01/2015 at 6:42 pm #

      Sounds and looks yummy. I’m always looking for a good chicken chili recipe

      • Zoale.com
        03/01/2015 at 7:07 pm #

        Thank you for the compliment and for stopping by! I hope you enjoy it 🙂 Let me know how you like it.

    5. 03/07/2015 at 1:20 pm #

      This is in my crock pot right now – I can’t wait to eat it!

    6. 02/08/2017 at 1:06 am #

      If there is one thing I know, it’s chili~this is a wonderful recipe!


      • Zoale.com
        02/09/2017 at 8:32 am #

        You are so sweet Mollie, thank you! Have a fantastic day!

    7. Zoale.com
      03/09/2015 at 8:32 pm #

      I am always thrilled to hear when someone tries one of my recipes. I am so happy you liked it 🙂


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