Make Ahead

White Bean Chicken Chili

November  3, 2018
5 Ratings
Photo by Carole P.
  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

This is a hearty chili/soup that is always a big hit. I created this recipe by taking elements from various types of chili recipes and adjusting to my desired tastes. It can easily be adjusted to taste by adding more or less spice as desired. —Carol P.

What You'll Need
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cut each breast lengthwise into 3 or 4 strips
  • 4 cans white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, mincd
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 3 bunches celery stalks
  • 1 jalepeno, seeded and minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • sriracha sauce, to taste
  • Sour cream for garnish (optional)
  • cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
  1. Heat olive oil in dutch oven, add chicken and cook through. Remove from pot and set aside. Add onions--and a touch more olive oil if necessary--and cook on medium for about 5 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add garlic and carrots, cook for about 5 minutes. Shred chicken into strips (I use my fingers) and return chicken to the pot.
  3. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, and jalapeno. Cook for approximately 2 minutes more
  4. Add chicken broth, beans, and tomatoes, bring to boil, then reduce heat to low. Season with salt, pepper, and Sriracha to taste.
  5. Cook for one an hour or more (the longer it cooks, the more the flavors meld).
  6. Serve with optional garnishes of cheese, sour cream, and/or cilantro.

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VG October 10, 2023
I had some trouble with the recipe so I improvised and turned into more of a soup; it seemed like too much broth, beans and celery so I reduced them; kept the chicken sliced as mine takes more time to cook to shreddable stage and I added egg noodles. Its a spicy soup and pairs nicely with some nice bread.