White Bean Chicken Chili

White Bean Chicken Chili

Spring is here and the weather if finally warming up, but there are sure to still be cool days fitting for this white bean chicken chili.

My family likes traditional chili, but this white chili, which uses white beans and chicken, is a nice change.  I like that it uses oregano and cumin rather than chili powder.  It really is very different from red bean and ground beef chili.

It’s a quick and easy meal if you have leftover cooked chicken, so plan ahead.  This recipe gives stove top instructions, but it could also be made in a crock pot. I didn’t use green chilies when I made the batch in the photo above because I didn’t have any in my pantry, but they’re a nice addition.

White Bean Chicken Chili
Recipe type: Main Dish
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans great northern beans
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, ghee, or coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can chopped green chilies (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt the butter, ghee or coconut oil in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add the chopped onion and sauté until tender.
  3. Drain and rinse the beans and add them to the pot.
  4. Add the cooked chicken, chicken broth, green chilies, oregano, and cumin.
  5. Stir everything to combine, cover and heat on medium low about 30 minutes.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve garnished with cheese if desired.


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  1. Terri says

    Sounds great with chicken. For many years I have made a cheap/fast/healthy white bean soup by just opening a can of the Great Northern Beans and adding onion, oregano, salt and pepper and serving with cornbread, and more recent with GF multi-grain bread or homemade GF cornbread (the northern kind with yellow cornmeal and sugar). I will try this soon with chicken. Linda is so good at creating recipes!

  2. says

    Mmm, sounds so delicious! My mom used to make a Northern bean with ham soup. This sounds similar, only with chicken. I’ll try it! Thanks for the recipe :)

  3. Tamara Monroe says

    This is delicious! Just FYI, on the instructions you left off when to add the chicken broth.

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