White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe
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White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

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My sister shared this chili recipe with me. I usually double it and add one extra can of beans, then serve with cheddar biscuits or warmed tortillas. The jalapeno adds just enough heat to notice but not too much for my children. —Kristine Bowles, Albuquerque, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream and minced fresh cilantro, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 344 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 894mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 6g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. Toss chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat; saute chicken until browned. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In same skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat; saute onion until tender. Add jalapeno, garlic, oregano and cumin; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add to slow cooker.
  3. In a bowl, mash 1 cup of the beans; stir in 1/2 cup broth. Stir bean mixture and remaining whole beans into chicken mixture.
  4. Cook, covered, on low until chicken is tender, 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Stir before serving. Serve with cheese and, if desired, sour cream and cilantro.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Want a slimmer chili? Leave off the cheese and this winter warmer is just 230 calories and 7g fat per serving. Garnish with flavorful (and virtually calorie-free) cilantro instead!
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as White Bean Chicken Chili in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p31

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Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"We really enjoyed the flavor of this dish. It was a little more like soup than chili but that did not bother us. I will definitely make this again. Super fast and tasty meal!"

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"My family says they did not enjoy this recipe but I thought it was mighty tasty. My husband and two boys only ate a couple spoonfuls but I finished two bowls without a problem."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"My family of four loved this dish. My nine year said it tasted like a chicken burrito and gave it a ten! I think I will double the recipe next time so we will have enough left over for an easy weeknight dinner. ??"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"This is a very good recipe for white chili. It is a little thin and more like soup when made exactly as written. I substitute a cup of heavy whipping cream for one of the cups of chicken broth which gives it a very creamy and thicker sauce. I've used chicken I've cooked myself, canned chicken and rotisserie chicken at different times and all of them work well in the recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"I've been making this for quite a while now. I put my chicken in a bowl and stir in the spices. I let it set for about 15 minutes so the chicken absorbs the flavors of the spices. That's the only change I made. It's delicious!!"

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