The 30 Minute Best White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

By: Prasanna| Published: 10:47:00 AM

This white bean chicken chili recipe is made with canned white beans, and chicken in a creamy broth. This white bean chicken chili is ready in under 30mins, and freezes well!

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If you are a fan of classic chili then this easy white bean chicken chili recipe going to be your favorite too.

Give this white chicken chili recipe a try and you will definitely love this! It's my comfort food on cold days!

This recipe makes the very easy one-pot white bean chicken chili recipe that you are going to love.

With very simple ingredients and a straightforward method, fix your dinner in under 3o mins.
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White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

The best part of this recipe for white bean chicken chili is that you can use store-bought rotisserie chicken and shred it to use in the recipe or boil chicken breast and shred it to be added to the chili.

    White Chicken Chili Ingredients(What is in a white bean and chicken Chili?):

  • Shredded Chicken
  • White Beans / Lima Beans / Cannellini Beans
  • Heavy Cream
  • Monterey Jack + Cheddar
  • Chicken Stock
  • Spices: Dried Oregano, Smoked Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to make white chili creamy?

One way to make chili creamy is by adding cream, that is how I have done in this recipe.

The next way to make the chili creamy is by adding coconut milk/ cashew milk / almond milk to the chili.

What is white chicken chili seasoning? 

Spices used in the white chicken chili are dried oregano, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, and ground coriander.

Which white beans are best for chili? 

You can use the white beans of your choice. Lima Beans / Cannellini Beans / Navy Beans - choose whichever beans you have and they work well.

How To Thicken White Chicken Chili? /  How To Make White Chicken Chili Thicker?

Boiling the chili once chicken stock is added till the stock reduces, is a way of reducing the water content in the chili.

To make the chili thicker, you can take half of the beans from the can, drain and wash them under running water and grind them with little water to make a puree of the beans.

Add this puree to the chili to make this thicker.
Another way is adding coconut milk.

What goes with white chicken chili? / What to serve with white chicken chili?

Serving cornbread is a great idea with chicken chili.

You can also serve some mashed potatoes, and steamed/sauteed veggies like broccoli, snap peas, and green beans.

Even Salad will work great with chicken chili.

Can I Freeze This White Chicken Chili?

Yes! Store the leftover chili in an airtight freezer-safe container and close the lid to avoid ice forming inside the container.

This stays good for more than a month. When you want to serve the chili, take the chili in the refrigerator section then either heat it on the lowest heat on the stovetop and let it simmer or microwave it.

What is the best cheese for white bean chili with chicken?

The cheese that works best for this recipe of best and easy white bean chicken chili is combination of Monterey jack and cheddar. 

You can try adding parmesan and sharp cheddar too.
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How to make white bean chicken chili?

Step1:   In a dutch oven / soup pot,add olive oil.When its hot,add onion and garlic.
Saute this till onion is soft.

Step2:   Add chopped chili(from can or freshly chopped).Saute further.
Add the spices mentioned and saute.
How to make white chicken chili

Step3:  Next add drained beans(wash them once) and chicken shredded.

Step4:  Next add chicken broth,mix well and let it simmer for 15 mins.
Reduce the heat and add cream and cheese mix.
steps to make white bean chicken chili
Step5:   Let it simmer for the next 10 to 15 mins. Do not Boil it,let it simmer.
Serve with cilantro,lime wedges and sour cream.
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Tips To Make The Best White Chicken Chili Recipe:

  • Use store bought rotisserie chicken and shred it to use in the recipe.
  • You can optionally add the chicken breast in the chili and add stock,let it boil and later shred it in the pot itself           OR 
  • You can separately boil the chicken breast and shred it to be added to the chili.
  • Use the fresh chili or canned one as per heat tolerance. I have used mild heat chili in the recipe.
  • If you are using fresh chili then preferable use the combination of Jalapeno and Anaheim ,seeded and chopped well.
  • Use smoked paprika and cayenne as per your heat/spice tolerance too.
  • After adding the stock let the chili boil till the beans and chicken with chili is cooked very soft and stock is reduced. Next add the cream by reducing the flame to sim and let it simmer after adding cream.
  • You can also shred chicken with hand mixer or stand mixer.
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    1. This looks yummy but I really struggled to read the blog and recipe due to so many grammatical and punctuation errors. Can I recommend you use Grammarly to help improve your posts? It's a great tool for bloggers.

      1. Wow, you really took time out of your day to post this lmao try the recipe or move on, no need to be a jerk.

    2. Very easy to follow instructions, I added a little more of cayenne pepper I love spicy food. Thanks for sharing.

    3. Is the ingredient for the beans one cup of each of those beans or just one cup of one of those and you're just supposed to choose which one you prefer? Lima beans is listed twice.

      1. HI, its just 1 cup of any of those beans you can get.Choice of beans is yours but the quantity is just 1 cup.

    4. The soup is delicious, but I would recommend adding the cheese on top of the finished chili. Otherwise it gets gooey and makes cleanup difficult.

    5. Made this after work. Glad I did.

    6. I see 1Tbsp of Lime juice listed in the ingredients. When do I add this? I can’t wait to make this recipe tomorrow! It looks so good!

    7. Fixed this delicious dish for my guys as they watched the championship game. Roll Tide! It was a hit and they loved it! Thanks for sharing this delicious dish!


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