White Bean and Chicken Chili

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

This quick and easy white chicken chili recipe is made with creamy white beans, tender chicken breast and a fragrant cumin-scented broth.

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Soup is one of my favorite foods to meal prep on the weekend and reheat for a busy day lunch all week long. While I’m a huge fan of traditional turkey chili in a red sauce, I also love making a fast and easy white chicken chili.

Quick and Easy White Chicken Chili Recipe

To save time, I use leftover shredded rotisserie chicken breast which I always seem to have on hand. Alternatively, you can cook raw chicken in the broth and then shred it or I also like to roast bone-in split chicken breasts in the oven then shred them for soup.

Healthy White Chicken Chili Recipe

The star of this soup is the fragrant broth scented with cumin, smoked paprika, oregano and garlic. Fresh lime juice balances out the subtle heat from the cayenne and green chilis but you can keep it completely mild by omitting the cayenne and using mild green chilis.

Bowl of White Chicken Chili Recipe

Of course, we all know that the best part about soup is the garnish so go crazy! Creamy avocado, shredded cabbage, crunchy radishes and cilantro are a few of my favorites but if you snuck in a few crumbled tortilla chips I promise not to tell.

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White Chicken Chili Soup Recipe

White Bean and Chicken Chili

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This quick and easy white chicken chili recipe is made with creamy white beans, tender chicken breast and a fragrant cumin-scented broth.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 4 ounces diced green chilis (drained)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 8 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 2 cups shredded chicken breast (such as rotisserie )
  • 15 ounce can white beans (drained and rinsed (such as navy) )
  • shredded cabbage, cilantro and radish slices (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in large soup pot. Sauté onion with a pinch of salt and pepper until translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, oregano and green chilis and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in lime juice and chicken broth then bring to a boil. Add in shredded chicken and rinsed beans then bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste before garnishing with cabbage, cilantro and radish slices before serving. 

Notes

If you don’t wish to use rotisserie chicken, you can roast chicken in the oven and shred it or cook two chicken breasts in the broth and shred.

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 29gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 1930mgPotassium: 1284mgFiber: 8gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 425IUVitamin C: 42.9mgCalcium: 178mgIron: 6.9mg

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10 responses to “White Bean and Chicken Chili”

  1. John Duckro Avatar
    John Duckro

    I am having a party for 75 people and want to make this White Bean Chicken Chili recipe. I will only serve them about 1/2 cup/each, as I have other items on my menu…
    Would you be able to help me modify it for the correct quantities?
    I have a 32 QT pot to cook in.
    Thanks,
    John

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You can change the servings right on the recipe – see that?

      1. John Duckro Avatar
        John Duckro

        Yes ma’am. But how many cups/ounces are in your serving size?

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          8 ounces!

  2. shawnna Griffin Avatar
    shawnna Griffin

    hey girl- this looks amazing!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s so good Shawnna!! I hope you love it!

  3. Mimi Avatar
    Mimi

    Looks fabulous! Almost a little bit tortilla soup, too! Some of my favorite flavors.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes totally similar!!! I hope you like it Mimi!

  4. 2pots2cook Avatar
    2pots2cook

    Love it Liz ! Keeping for week dinners ! Thank you !

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!!

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