White Bean Chicken Chili recipe is delicious for any gathering; made in 30 minutes. Serve with cheese, avocado, Frito chips, sour cream!

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Enjoy a delicious bowl of White Bean Chicken Chili with your favorite toppings!  Top the bowls with a little shredded sharp cheese, a dollop of sour cream, chopped red onion or chopped and seeded jalapeno. Serve this on an EPIC Chili Dinner Board!

White Bean Chicken Chili

We love to double the recipe, and add one extra can or two of beans! You can serve with cheddar biscuits or warmed tortillas. Or the way I grew up eating chili was with Frito corn chips, but tortilla chips are delish, too!

And then, there’s delicious buttermilk cornbread.

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Ingredients for White Bean Chicken Chili

  • Olive oil
  • Large sweet onion
  • Chopped green chilies
  • Crushed fire roasted tomatoes (or regular diced tomatoes)
  • Flour
  • Ground cumin + paprika + chili pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • Great Northern Beans (or Cannellini Beans)
  • Chicken broth
  • Cooked chicken breast (rotisserie chicken)
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa

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Ways to make the chili a little different

Do you like your chili runny or on the thicker side? We like it nice and thick! But you can change it up this way:

  • Add mushrooms to the meat mixture.
  • A can or two of other beans (or more of the same).
  • Possibly a tiny bit of citrus!

bowl of white bean chicken chili with cheese

H0w to freeze chili

Freeze option: Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers. Defrost in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary if too thick.

Optional toppings to serve on chili:

  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Lime
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Tortilla or Frito chips
  • Avocado
  • Guacamole
  • Red chopped onion or green onion
  • Crispy chopped bacon

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For a small gathering, serve a pot of White Bean Chicken Chili, and ask your guests to bring side salads and dessert.

This recipe only takes 30 minutes and BAM–it’s ready to eat! Or, if you want soup, try my White Bean Soup recipe!

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Oh, and remember, wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face!

More chili recipes to try:

Turkey Poblano White Bean Chili

White Chickpea Chili

Easy Homemade Chili

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White Bean Chicken Chili

White Bean Chili made with Great Northern White Beans or Cannellini Beans; perfect for tailgating, or a casual gathering! Double the recipe for a large group!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 10
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  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 7 oz can chopped green chilies, drained
  • 2 15 oz cans crushed fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 15 oz cans Great Northern Beans (or Cannellini Beans), undrained
  • 2 14.5 oz cans chicken broth
  • 3 cups finely chopped cooked chicken breast, (I use Rotisserie chicken)

Optional chili toppings:

  • 1-2 cups Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Chips (Fritos or tortillas chips)
  • Corn bread
  • Avocados or guacamole
  • Chopped red onion or green onion
  • Jalapenos


  • In large skillet, cook onion in oil for 4 minutes or until transparent. Add chilies, flour, cumin, paprika, and chili pepper; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add beans and chicken broth; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken; heat until hot. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with cheese, sour cream and salsa, if desired.


reposted from NOV 2015
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
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