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Easy White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

This easy white chicken chili recipe is a home cook's answer to fast food. With canned beans, it can be on the table in no time.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword bean recipes, easy dinner recipes, white chicken chili recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 706 kcal
Author Kris Bordessa


  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 mildly spicy peppers, sliced*
  • 6 chicken thighs or legs (preferably organic)
  • 75 oz. great northern beans (5 cans OR 8 cups cooked small white beans plus 2 cups chicken broth)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. In a stock pot, saute onions and peppers on medium heat for 5-10 minutes.

    chopped onions and sliced peppers on a cutting board
  2. Add chicken parts and cover the pot. Cook for about 20-30 minutes, turning chicken occasionally. Remove chicken from pot and shred with two forks.

    shredding chicken for chili
  3. Return shredded chicken to pot along with beans (undrained), salt, and pepper. Continue to cook over low heat for another 10 to 30 minutes (or an hour, if you've got time or you're trying to squeeze in chores).

    white beans in a bowl

Recipe Notes

*My peppers were from the garden, a plant given to me by a friend; I don't know the variety. We call them Jeannie peppers. They're pretty mild; I put seeds and all in the pot. Hotter peppers? Remove the seeds and use fewer or go for broke. Your call.

You can use cannellini beans instead of the great Northern beans; they're a bit heartier. 

Hot tip: Double the amount of chicken, holding the extra out once it's shredded. Voila! Chicken for lunches.

*If you use canned beans, look for the Eden Organic brand. Their cans are BPA free.