Hearty White Bean and Chicken Chili

White Bean and Chicken Chili
White Bean and Chicken Chili. Diana Rattray
  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings

This is a flavorful white bean chili with chicken, cheese, vegetables, and a little sour cream.

Don't let the list of ingredients discourage you from trying the recipe. You probably have everything in your pantry, and it is a quick and easy dish to prepare.

It's easiest to use canned great northern beans, but you could make this recipe for great northern beans in advance and use them in the chili recipe. Navy beans also work nicely.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 ​teaspoon cumin (ground)
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper (ground; or red pepper flakes)
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans mild green chile peppers (chopped)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans great northern beans
  • 4 to 5 cups cooked chicken (diced)
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend (grated, about 6 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro and shredded cheese

How to Make It

  1. In a large Dutch oven or saucepan over medium-low heat, cook the onion in the vegetable oil until just softened. Add the butter, garlic, and bell pepper, and continue cooking, stirring, for about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  2. Add the chicken broth, half-and-half (or 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream), chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, and chopped chile peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally until thickened.
  1. Add the beans, chicken, and cheese, and bring to a simmer. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
  2. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.
  3. Just before serving, stir in sour cream. Sprinkle with more cheese or chopped cilantro, if desired.
  4. Serve with fresh hot cornbread and sliced tomatoes.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 1139
Total Fat 47 g
Saturated Fat 21 g
Unsaturated Fat 17 g
Cholesterol 145 mg
Sodium 812 mg
Carbohydrates 117 g
Dietary Fiber 30 g
Protein 67 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)