Chicken Chili with White Beans Recipe

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Brad Thomas Modified: March 21, 2022
Chicken Chili with White Beans Recipe

How To Make Chicken Chili with White Beans

Light and rich, this chicken chili is a healthier alternative to everyone’s favorite spicy stew. It comes loaded with white beans, tomatoes, & bell pepper.

Cooking: 2 hours 5 minutes
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes



  • 2tbspVegetable Oil
  • 2cupsyellow onions,chopped
  • 1red bell pepper,diced
  • 6mediumgarlic cloves,minced
  • 2lbsground chicken
  • 3tbspchili powder
  • 1tbspground cumin
  • 2tspground coriander
  • ¼tspred pepper flakes,(omit for milder chili)
  • 1tspdried oregano
  • tspCayenne pepper
  • 2tspsalt
  • 2cartonsPomi chopped tomatoes,(26 oz. or two 28 oz. cans) chopped or diced tomatoes
  • 2cupslow sodium chicken broth
  • 1tspsugar
  • 15ozCannellini beans,drained and rinsed


  1. Heat the oil in a large nonreactive pot over medium heat. Add the onions and red bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until softened. Add the garlic and cook, stirring to prevent garlic from burning, about two minutes more.

  2. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the ground chicken, chili powder, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, oregano, cayenne pepper, and salt. As the chicken cooks, use a wooden spoon to break the meat into very small clumps; cook for 5 minutes until no longer pink.

  3. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered with lid ajar, for about one hour, stirring occasionally.

  4. Stir in the white beans and simmer, uncovered for about 50 minutes more, or until the meat is tender and the flavors are well combined. For a soupier chili, add additional water. For a thicker chili, simmer uncovered until desired consistency is reached. Taste and add more salt if necessary.


  • Calories: 424.35kcal
  • Fat: 14.34g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.19g
  • Trans Fat: 0.10g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.10g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.90g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.09g
  • Fiber: 10.87g
  • Sugar: 5.13g
  • Protein: 35.00g
  • Cholesterol: 97.52mg
  • Sodium: 750.74mg
  • Calcium: 176.64mg
  • Potassium: 1849.69mg
  • Iron: 8.02mg
  • Vitamin A: 82.25µg
  • Vitamin C: 27.08mg
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