White Bean Chicken Chili

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Colder weather calls for cozy recipes, and this white bean chicken chili hits the spot any night of the week. Make it in the slow cooker for hands-off dinner!

Soups and stews are some of my favorite things to eat. While summer’s temperatures don’t prevent me from soup meals, brisker days definitely prompt a desire to cozy up with a warm bowl.

white bean chicken chili in a bowl with a black background and limes

We make a lot of beef chili (with or without beans, depending on the mood) but I also like to use different meats. My pumpkin turkey chili, for instance, is perfect for a lighter meal that celebrates fall.

Similarly, chicken is a great protein for chili. You can use ground chicken, but I like to use shredded chicken instead.

If you have a leftover roast chicken or love to grab those rotisserie chickens at the grocery store, this recipe is an excellent way to use the meat.

white bean chicken chili in two bowls with garnishes

how to make white bean chicken chili in the instant pot

For this recipe I use the slow cooker, but you can just as easily use your Instant Pot!

Cook the onions and peppers using the sauté setting. Stir in the spices and deglaze the pot with a little bit of broth. Then add the rest of the ingredients and set the lid on.

Make sure the lid is set to seal. Use the Beans/Chili button and let cook, then do a manual pressure release.

Or, you can use the Slow Cooker function on the Instant Pot and set it for 4 hours. Make sure the lid is set to venting!

close up of white bean chicken chili in a bowl with avocado

how to make white bean chicken chili on the stove

Don’t have a slow cooker or Instant Pot? Luckily, this recipe comes together quickly no matter how you make it.

Since we are using precooked chicken and canned beans, cooking this chili on the stove doesn’t take long.

Heat a 4-quart saucepan or dutch oven over medium-high, then add the oil. Once the oil is heated, add the onions and peppers and sauté.

Cook until soft, then stir in the spices. Deglaze the pan with broth, then add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for about 30 minutes.

white bean chicken chili with avocado and lime in a bowl

No matter how you make it, white bean chicken chili is a great option for dinnertime.

Serve it up with sliced or diced avocado, lime wedges, tortilla chips, diced onion, sour cream, pickled jalapeños… the options are endless!

Need an accompaniment to soak up that broth? My hatch cheddar biscuits are a great option with a kick!

White Bean Chicken Chili

White Bean Chicken Chili

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Need a cozy dinner? This white bean chicken chili is a family favorite recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles, mild or hot
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans, drained
  • Juice of 1 lime

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a saute pan (or turn your slow cooker to Saute if you have the option) over medium-high. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, then add green chiles and garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  2. Mix together cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt, coriander, and black pepper and stir into onion mixture. Add 1/2 cup of the broth and scrape the bottom of the pan to release any stuck bits.
  3. Pour pan contents into slow cooker and add remaining broth, chicken, white beans, and lime juice. Cook on Low for 4 hours.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 1885mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 27g

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