White Bean Chicken Chili

White Bean Chicken Chili

It’s Tips for Tuesday!

This week’s tip:  Make white bean chicken chili!

White chicken chili is a delicious, comforting, and healthy soup.  It is one of my favorite soups to make and store in the freezer.  With cold weather around the corner, I have already started stocking my freezer with this soup.  I first posted this on my site last winter, so click here for the original post:  White Bean Chicken Chili  The recipe is also included at the bottom of this post.

Stay tuned on Thursday for this week’s recipe…a delicious Greek soup!

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.

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    21 Responses to“White Bean Chicken Chili”

    1. 10/06/2015 at 12:12 pm #

      Yummy….sooo delicious Antonia….

      • Zoale.com
        10/06/2015 at 1:51 pm #

        Thank you Swapna 🙂

    2. 10/06/2015 at 3:13 pm #

      this looks so good and I love the peppers! yumm Antonia!

      • Zoale.com
        10/06/2015 at 4:29 pm #

        Thanks Lynn 🙂

        • 10/06/2015 at 4:30 pm #

          Such a variety of yummy things in this chili and very different than the traditional chili I am used to! Love this!

        • Zoale.com
          10/06/2015 at 4:47 pm #

          Thanks Lynn! I really like this chili, because it is not as heavy as traditional red chili. It also freezes well, so we try and keep a supply in our freezer. I am glad you like it 🙂

        • 10/06/2015 at 4:48 pm #

          yes I it looks lighter which I like!

        • Zoale.com
          10/06/2015 at 4:55 pm #

          I hope you get a chance to try it 🙂

        • 10/06/2015 at 4:56 pm #

          this is the perfect weather so I hope to! I have pinned it so I can have it there!

        • Zoale.com
          10/06/2015 at 7:08 pm #

          Awesome 🙂 It really is!

        • 10/06/2015 at 7:13 pm #


    3. 10/06/2015 at 6:40 pm #

      WOW! This is so delicious. Would love to have some right now 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        10/06/2015 at 7:08 pm #

        Thanks! I wish I could send you some 😉

    4. 10/06/2015 at 11:25 pm #

      Being a vegetarian I m not familiar with it but looking at the dish I can tell it tastes amazing:-) grt clicks

      • Zoale.com
        10/07/2015 at 9:03 am #

        Thank you dear! I bet a vegetarian version would be good 🙂 Cannellini beans are such a nice soup bean.

    5. 10/08/2015 at 11:18 pm #

      Your photo makes me want to eat my phone ! (Hmm does that sound too weird?) Seriously, you captured all that is comfort food in cold weather and this chili will be perfect for the chilly days ahead !

      • Zoale.com
        10/09/2015 at 7:05 am #

        You are too funny Lia! There are so many times that I look at food photos and want to do the same….too bad it isn’t possible 😛 Thank you for your kind words! You have given me a big smile to start my Friday! Have a happy Friday and weekend 😀

        • 10/09/2015 at 8:58 pm #

          I’m so glad to make you smile and to have started your day off well! Isn’t it true with all those food styling photos out there that sometimes a photo captures you and you really really just want to eat it! Your photography makes that happen! Bravo!

        • Zoale.com
          10/10/2015 at 7:52 am #

          I really appreciate this Lia! Your kind words mean a great deal to me. Thank you for more smiles and have a great weekend 🙂

    6. 10/15/2015 at 8:10 pm #

      This is also one of my freezer soups! I just love soup weather. Great looking recipe.

      • Zoale.com
        10/15/2015 at 9:43 pm #

        It’s awesome, isn’t it? I love soup weather too and I love to stock the freezer…it makes future meals so much easier 🙂 Thank you for the kind words!

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