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: 317 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 1073mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 9g fiber), 24g 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

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Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"Absolutely delicious! I did make a couple of changes, I omitted the additional salt since I used regular chicken broth and added a cilantro cube, I also did not use turmeric cuz I didn't have it. Lastly, I added an additional teaspoon of chipotle chili pepper."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"Loved it! We added avocado on top just because we like it."

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!"

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