White Bean Chicken Chili

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This easy, spicy, homemade white bean chicken chili is the best when youre craving a simple Mexican meal. For this quick and hearty soup, onion, garlic, jalapeno, chilies, shredded chicken, white beans, chicken broth, and seasonings simmer together to produce an authentic, tasty meal in less than half an hour.

Start this meal off with homemade restaurant-style salsa, Rotel dip, and chips. Its also delicious with our easy cornbread!

Easy White Bean Chicken Chili

White Bean Chicken Chili

Youll be craving all the flavors of the Southwest after one bite of this amazing chili. Our family loves the taste plus its a quick and easy meal to make for a weeknight dinner.

Its also a great option for a weekend gathering or game day party.

Bring your appetite and lets talk about how to make this irresistible Southern chili from scratch.


CHILI: Chili Recipe | Beef and Bean Chili | Sweet Potato Chili | Turkey Chili |

SOUP:Ham and Cheese Soup | Tomato Soup | Oven Beef Stew |Hamburger Soup |


White Bean Chicken Chili Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 minced jalapeno
  • 2 4-ounce cans of fire-roasted diced green chilies
  • 2 cups of rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 2 15-ounce cans of drained and rinsed white beans
  • 1 32-ounce box of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • salt and pepper to your liking
  • pinch of celery salt
  • lime juice from half of a lime

Substitutions and Additions

This recipe is truly so simple to make and so versatile. Here are some of my favorite ideas for this chili.

SUBSTITUTIONS: You can use cannellini beans, navy beans, Northern beans, pinto beans, or even garbanzo beans in this recipe. I threw in kidney beans once as well!

ADD-INS: You could also add corn to this recipe. Just add some frozen corn towards the end of cooking. You could also add chopped green peppers. Fire-roasted tomatoes are another favorite addition of mine, they give this soup a fantastic flavor!

MEAT: I love using a rotisserie chicken for this recipe because it makes it so quick and easy. You could also cook and shred chicken breasts or make it with shredded turkey. We love this simple and flavorful Instant Pot turkey breast.

SPICY: You can kick up the heat by leaving the seeds in your jalapenos and/or adding more jalapenos to the recipe. Ive also added a little creamy salsa verde to this recipe before to give it a little more heat. You could also add in a dash of crushed red pepper flakes.

VEGETARIAN: You could completely omit the chicken and add more beans to make this a vegetarian recipe.

How to Make White Bean Chicken Chili

How to Make White Bean Chicken Chili

STEP ONE:Saute onion and garlic in olive oil in a large pot on medium heat, when the onions are soft add the minced jalapenos and stir for about 1 minute.

STEP TWO: Add green chilis with 1 cup chicken broth and 2 cups chicken to the pot, stir until chicken is warmed. Pour in remaining chicken broth and water, then add white beans.

Homemade White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

STEP THREE: Season with salt, pepper, and pinch of celery salt Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

PRO TIP: If youre serving a crowd, you could keep this warm in your crockpot!

TOPPING IDEAS: You can serve in bowls topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, shredded pepper jack cheese, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, or parsley. You could also top with sliced jalapenos if youd like an extra kick!

Storing and Freezing

FRIDGE:If you have any leftovers, you can store in a container in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat bowls in the microwave or pop back on the stove to heat through before serving.

FREEZER:You can store this white bean chicken chili in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to three months. Just put into the fridge the night before serving to thaw out and then reheat on the stove until warm. You may need to add some additional water or broth to thin it out when reheating.

MORE MEALS: Taquitos | Taco Bake | Mexican Casserole | Chicken and Rice Casserole |

EASY DESSERTS: Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna | Banana Pudding |

Serving White Bean Chicken Chili

Simple and delicious, youll love how easy it is to make this hearty and authentic white bean chicken chili from scratch. Staple ingredients like onion, garlic, jalapeno, and beans are simmered with shredded chicken and spices for the perfect fast dinner that the entire family will love.

White Bean Chicken Chili

Quick and easy to make from scratch, this spicy, authentic white bean chicken chili is the perfect fast weeknight dinner. Simple ingredients simmer together in less than half an hour for this delicious homemade meal.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 minced jalapeno (with or without seeds, how spicy do you like it?)
  • 2 4- ounce cans of fire-roasted diced green chilies
  • 2 cups of rotisserie chicken (shredded)
  • 2 15- ounce cans of drained and rinsed white beans
  • 1 32- ounce box of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • salt and pepper to your liking
  • pinch of celery salt
  • squeeze of lime juice from half of a lime
  1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil in a large pot on medium heat, when the onions are soft add the minced jalapenos and stir for about 1 minute.
  2. Add green chilis with 1 cup chicken broth and 2 cups chicken to the pot, stir until chicken is warmed. Pour in remaining chicken broth and water, then add white beans.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, and pinch of celery salt Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve in bowls and top with sour cream, avocado, and cilantro and Enjoy!!

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