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White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe
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White Bean Chicken Chili
A simple, hearty chili inspired by the flavors of old Mexico. See more
  • READY IN 35 mins

White Bean Chicken Chili

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"This recipe was passed down from a friend, and now it is one of our favorites! It's great to make whenever there is left over chicken or turkey around! We pray for colder weather in California just so we can make this soup! You can substitute additional diced tomatoes for the tomatillos. If you would like the soup to be spicier, you can add some red chili flakes or salsa. Serve with these toppings for people to choose from: limes, cilantro, cheese, avocado, sour cream, and tortilla chips."

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Original recipe makes 8 - 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Heat oil, and cook onion and garlic until soft.
  2. Stir in broth, tomatillos, tomatoes, chilies, and spices. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add corn, chicken, and beans; simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 01, 2007

This is my favorite chili recipe not only because its incredibly delicious, but because its one of the healthiest entrees you can make. I followed others' suggestions and added 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 2 diced jalapenos (some said this was a little too hot, but I thought it just about right), canned corn instead of fresh, and salsa verde instead of canned tomatillos. One thing to remember is that the quality of the Salsa Verde (or tomatillos) is very important as it is perhaps the predominant flavor. Make sure to use a good quality salsa--that is, one you really enjoy on its own. I prefer Target's "Archer Farms Salsa Verde", which is about $3 for 24oz.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 20, 2012

I thought this chili was very bland. I will not make it again.

Jun 05, 2007

This was great! After reading most of the comments, I substituted a bottle of salsa verde for the tomatillos, used two cans of diced tomatoes with chilis instead of the plain tomatoes, used a fresh jalapeno instead of the canned chilis, added a little extra broth and added 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch. I put it all in the crock pot and let it cook for about 8 hours on low. Garnished the bowls with sour cream and cheddar cheese. It was fabulous!

Oct 27, 2007

Another Cook off winner to add to this recipe. I doctored it a bit too: I used the jar of Salsa verde, extra green chili's, fire roasted diced tomatoes, LOTS of cumin, and some chili powder as well. I heated the spices in the oil before adding both cubed and ground chicken. I used the ground chicken for texture - more traditional chili style, and added a touch a cream. MMmmmm. Thanks to other reviews, I was ready with the corn starch to thicken it up so it wasn't as soupy. I would like to say I loved it - but, by time I made my way back to the table to have some, it was GONE. I don't think it lasted 15 minutes!! I WILL cook this again, I would like to have more than just a sample spoon full...

Nov 30, 2006

I would give this 6 stars if I could! A few minor changes include canned corn, 2 cans of beans, salsa verde instead of tomatillos, and some thickening with 3 tablespoons of cornstarch in 1/2 c milk, all were suggestions from other reviews. I also simmered it for an hour. It is a nice change from the slow cooker taco soup that is also wonderful! I am adding this last sentence after reading a more recent review by someone else who added lime to the chili and felt that it made it bitter....if you read the recipe again you will see that they suggest lime slices as a garnish:)

Feb 18, 2007

I've been making this chili for 2-3 years and EVERYONE who eats it asks for the recipe. I add more beans and chicken to make it thicker and heartier and serve bowls of the chili with grated cheese, onions, tomatoes and sour cream as toppings but without all the sour cream, it even meets weight watchers criteria. I've had trouble finding tomatillos so I have substituted using green enchilada sauce or green salsa. Still SCRUMPTIOUS! My husband has prepared this chili for camping trips. It's still perfect after having been frozen! Try it. You won't be sorry.

Sep 08, 2007

I was making this recipe for a friend who just had surgery. After I filled the container that I was taking her, there was enough for my husband and I to each have a bowl. My husband tasted it, looked up and said this is a keeper! I never thought I would be a fan of chicken chili, but this is fantastic. Because we’re giving it away, I didn’t add any of the suggested toppings, I just didn’t have any in the house, but it was wonderful without any! I couldn't find tomatillos, so I added diced tomatoes it their place. That was the only thing I changed. This is going to be a new staple in our household, and the fact that it's healthy is a real plus!

May 04, 2008

Mui Bien! Of course I had to do it "my way". 1. Used 2 nice large hand trimmed chicken breasts. 2. Patted them down with Emeril's Southwestern Essence and lightly seared with onions and some bell pepper. 3. Poured in the chicken stock, two cans of Rotel Tomatoes w/ Lime & Cilantro and a large jar of La Victoria Salsa Verde and added the spices (plus a bay leaf). 4. Simmered the breast 40 minutes then pulled out and shredded. 5. Returned to pot and added beans & a large can of sweet corn. 6. Cooked the chili down several hours and added a couple of cubes of chicken broth and vegetable broth along the way with some water and cornstarch. This is a GREAT, healthy chili with an interesting flavor which we all enjoyed and I will make again. This is NOT a recipe I will share as good chili recipes are "sacred". Ha!


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  • Calories
  • 220 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.2 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 6 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 20.1 g
  • 40%
  • Sodium
  • 786 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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