Chicken Chili With Pinto Beans Recipe

Spoonful of White Chicken Chili
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
415 Calories
6g Fat
44g Carbs
48g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 415
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 952mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 13g 48%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 48g
Vitamin C 85mg 425%
Calcium 176mg 14%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 1276mg 27%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Classic chilis are often made with beef, but chicken versions also exist and make a wonderful and filling meal that you can make with little effort. Ideal for a weeknight meal, this chili is filling and delicious, and makes tasty leftovers that you can reheat in the microwave or freeze for later use. What's best, our take on chicken chili is ready in under one hour, requires very little preparation, and most of the work happens on the stove during a 20-minute simmering action while you get your hands free to arrange what else is needed for dinner. Chicken breasts pieces are browned and cooked in a delicious mixture of canned tomatoes and beans, seasonings, and chicken broth. A touch of fresh cilantro adds a herbal note to the chili. Serve this tasty meal with white or brown rice, or slices of cornbread to soak up the delicious juices.

Canned ingredients get a bad rep, but not all canned food is made equal. Beans canned in water, without any added sodium are a great and healthy ingredient to have in your pantry, and the same goes for low-sodium canned tomatoes. Packaged cooked and with all the freshness you'd need, these canned ingredients are great for making chilis, sauces, or stews. For this recipe, you'd need two cans of delicious and meaty drained pinto beans, which bring to your recipe an outstanding 40 grams of protein, and 30 grams of fiber, and barely 3 grams of sugar. Always choose low-sodium canned goods, and season at home to taste.

If you happen to have enough leftover rotisserie chicken at hand, simply follow the recipe as is without adding the cooked chicken, and add it once you're into the 20-minute simmering stage. This is an easy way of repurposing leftover chicken into a wonderful belly-warming chili.


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (15- to 16-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chile peppers, chopped

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, or water

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin​

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray.

  3. Brown the chicken pieces over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, beans, tomatoes, chile pepper, broth or water, cilantro, chili powder, and cumin. Stir well until all ingredients are well combined.

  4. Cover the skillet and simmer for about 20 minutes. Taste test and add salt if needed. Serve immediately.

  5. Enjoy!

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  1. Pinto Beans, Canned, Drained. FoodData Central. United States Department of Agriculture.