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Chicken & Bean Chili Recipe
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Chicken & Bean Chili Recipe

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Chili Time is any time you want to make a hungry crowd happy. This creamy chili is a must at my soup party every year. —Theresa Baehr, Williamsburg, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1-2/3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup beer or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 317 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 1,073 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 24 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Yield: 10 servings (2-3/4 quarts).
Originally published as Chicken & Bean Chili in Taste of Home September/October 2014, p54

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 317 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 1,073 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 24 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"Pretty good."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"I was a little skeptical about some of the spices but wow this chili is good. The only ingredient I substituted was diced tomatoes with chilies. This might be my new go-to chili recipe!"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"Delicious chili! At first, because of the amount of ingredients, I was a little hesitant to make it. But, I'm glad I did. The chili is quick, easy, and flavorful!"

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"This is delicious and it definitely made me think fall. I will certainly make this again. I had cheese, sour cream and Fritos to serve it with but it was excellent on it's own and didn't need anything added to it. I think I prefer it to traditional chili."

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"I got my first Taste of Home magazine in the mail last week and saw this recipe. Jumped right in the truck and went to the store for what I didn't have then made it up. I stuck to the recipe except for adding two cooked and chopped Fresno and one cooked Jalapeno peppers to the pot. I just put the peppers in with the chicken breasts, covered and baked at 425 for 30 mins. Took the chili to a family gathering and it was very well received. I like my chili with a "whang" to it. If you don't, then don't go there with the peppers."

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