White Chicken Chili

A delicious blend of chicken, spices, beans, and peppers come together to create this hearty White Chicken Chili. A bowl of this flavorful chili will warm you up from the inside out.

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If you are a fan of chili and have not yet tried White Chicken Chili, you must!

Although this chili is not technically white, it is softer and lighter in color than a traditional tomato based chili. My recipe is a bit richer in color than most and has a nice, creamy texture which is a requirement for chili in my book.

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White Chicken Chili vs. Traditional Chili

What makes White Chicken Chili different than traditional chili? Most obviously, it calls for chicken in place of beef. In addition, there are no tomato products of any type and instead, it has a deliciously seasoned chicken broth base. And, finally, white chili should include only white or lighter colored beans, so leave the red kidney and black beans in the pantry. Peppers are an important component as well, but if you are sensitive to heat, you can easily control the spice level and I’m going tell you how!

Ingredient Notes

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  • Chicken – You’ll need about 1 1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast.
  • Beans – Creamy white cannellini beans are a must for this chili but I also like to add some pinto beans. Feel free to go with all white beans if you prefer. A combination of cannellini and small white beans works very well.
  • Peppers – Jalapeno and poblano – one of each. If you’re wary of spicy food, don’t fear the poblano pepper. They are very mild but add an utterly delicious flavor to this chili. The heat will come from the jalapeno and if you’re sensitive, you can control the heat level by doing a thorough job of removing the membranes and seeds from inside the peppers before dicing them. For a spicier chili, leave some of those seeds.
  • Onion – Diced yellow onion.
  • Broth – You want to go with a low sodium chicken broth and season to taste.
  • Seasoning/Garlic – Chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, salt and fresh ground black pepper. A flavorful, aromatic mix. You’ll also need some minced garlic.
  • Oil – Use a neutral oil like canola or vegetable oil.
  • Milk – A little 2% or whole milk to add some creaminess.
  • Cornstarch – Combined with the milk, it makes a slurry that helps to thicken the chili.

How to Make White Chicken Chili

Chicken, onion, and peppers are cooked with spices in a pot.
  1. Cut chicken into small bite-size pieces. Coat the bottom of a Dutch oven or large pot with two tablespoons vegetable oil and place over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute for 4 to 5 minutes, or until nicely browned. While cooking, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste. Remove from heat and use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken to a plate. Set aside.
  2. Return pan to medium heat and add onion and peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, for several minutes until softened. Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute.
  3. Season the vegetable mixture with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, fresh ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, and 1 teaspoon oregano.
  4. Cook and stir for a minute or two or until fragrant.
White beans are smashed and added to a pot with broth.
  1. Rinse and drain one can of cannellini beans, transfer to a small bowl and lightly mash with a potato masher or the back of a spoon. Set aside. Rinse and drain remaining can of cannellini beans and pinto beans (do not mash) and set aside.
  2. Add the mashed beans and whole beans to the pot.
  3. Add the browned chicken and chicken broth. Stir well to combine the liquid with the mashed beans. Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Combine the milk and cornstarch and stir it into the chili. Simmer over low heat until thickened.
A ladle rests in a pot of white chicken chili.

Serving Suggestions

Set out the toppings you love and let everyone build their own bowl full of deliciousness. Topping choices include shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, and cilantro. And, don’t forget the tortilla chips!

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Storage Tips

Refrigerator

Transfer any leftover White Chicken Chili to an airtight container and promptly refrigerate. Use within 3 to 4 days or freeze for longer storage. Chili can thicken quite a bit upon chilling so add additional broth or a little water when reheating, if needed.

Freezer

Transfer the completely cooled chili to zippered gallon-size plastic storage bags. Push out the excess air, close the bags, lay them flat and freeze them solid. Once frozen, the bags can be stacked in your freezer to save space. For the best quality, use the chili within 3 to 4 months. To reheat, safely thaw the bags of chili in the refrigerator, then warm it on the stove or in the microwave.

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More Comforting Chicken Recipes

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This post was originally published on September 21, 2015. It has been updated with new text and images.

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White Chicken Chili

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A delicious blend of chicken, spices, beans, and peppers come together to create this hearty White Chicken Chili. A bowl of this flavorful chili will warm you up from the inside out.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 365kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ to 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans cannellini beans
  • 1 14.5 ounce can pinto beans
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper seeded as desired and diced
  • 1 medium poblano seeded and diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup milk 2% or whole
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Optional Toppings

  • shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • sour cream

For Serving

  • tortilla chips

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken into small bite-size pieces. Coat the bottom of a Dutch oven or large pot with two tablespoons canola or vegetable oil and place over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Add the chicken and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes, or until nicely browned. While cooking, season with ½ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Remove from the heat and use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken to a plate and set it aside.
  • Meanwhile, rinse and drain one can of cannellini beans, transfer them to a small bowl and lightly mash with a potato masher or the back of a spoon. Set aside. Rinse and drain the remaining can of cannellini beans and pinto beans (do not mash) and set them aside.
  • Return the pot to MEDIUM heat and add the onion and peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, for several minutes until softened. Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute. Season the vegetable mixture with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and oregano. Cook and stir for a minute or two or until fragrant. Add the chicken broth, mashed beans, whole beans, and the browned chicken, stirring well to incorporate the mashed beans. Increase heat to HIGH and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to LOW, cover the pot and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine milk with cornstarch. Stir the mixture into the chili and simmer over LOW heat until thickened.
  • Serve with optional toppings and tortilla chips.

Notes

Storage Tips
Refrigerator
Transfer any leftover White Chicken Chili to an airtight container and promptly refrigerate. Use within 3 to 4 days or freeze for longer storage. Chili can thicken quite a bit upon chilling so add additional broth or a little water when reheating, if needed.
Freezer
Transfer the completely cooled chili to zippered gallon-size plastic storage bags. Push out the excess air, close the bags, lay them flat and freeze them solid. Once frozen, the bags can be stacked in your freezer to save space. For the best quality, use the chili within 3 to 4 months. To reheat, safely thaw the bags of chili in the refrigerator, then warm it on the stove or in the microwave.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 1042mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 6mg

Loosely adapted from Taste of Home

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Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup

Dried beans are cooked to tender perfection without any pre-soaking in this deliciously seasoned Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup. Old fashioned comfort food at its best!

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I’ve been cooking with my Instant Pot for 3 years now and I never cease to be amazed at what it can do with dried beans. Thanks to the trusty Instant Pot, you can decide to cook up a pot of this Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup whenever the craving strikes. There is very little advance prep and the speed with which it cooks to tender perfection just gives me a little thrill every single time.

While pressure cooking has been around for ages, the Instant Pot has made its way into so many kitchens that it has effectively changed how and what we cook for dinner. You can decide on bean soup from scratch late in the afternoon and have it on the table in time for dinner.

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Bean soup falls at the top of the my list of nostalgic comfort foods. It is pretty much on par with grilled cheese and tomato soup in my book and part of that special group of foods that somehow make things better.

If you have cozy bean soup memories, I think you’re going to love this quick and easy Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup. It has a creamy, tomato based broth, smoky ham, and a delicious blend of seasonings to evoke that classic feel.

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Ingredients

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  • There are many different brands of 15 or 16 bean soup mix and any will work for this soup. If yours comes with a seasoning packet, just toss it. You can create great flavor with far less sodium by using your own seasonings.
  • Seasoning hams are bony pieces of ham that are used solely to add meaty, smoky flavor to recipes. Of course, a leftover meaty ham bone from a holiday ham is a great option, but since we don’t always have one tucked in our fridge, check the meat department for a ham hock or ham shank. You can also buy a ham steak to chop up and add for an even meatier soup if you’d like but this is totally optional.
  • A mix of dry spices including oregano, cumin, chili powder, bay leaves, black pepper, and a little cayenne adds great classic flavor. You might notice I didn’t include salt in this list. Between the seasoning ham, tomato sauce, broth, and spices, I find the soup to be perfectly seasoned. I highly recommend waiting until the end of the cooking process to taste and add salt only if you feel it needs it.
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The Best Instant Pot

I own and LOVE my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo Nova and based on the Amazon reviews, it looks like I’m not alone! They improved on several features that makes this unit simpler and easier to use than older models. Once you close the lid and set the time, it automatically seals and begins to come to pressure without any need to move the steam release valve. After cooking, the steam releases with an easy press of the button. It is slick, easy to use, and has never failed me.

How to Make Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup

Vegetables are added to an Instant Pot.
  • Set your Instant Pot on the Sauté setting and add the oil. Once heated, add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion and veggies begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute then press Cancel.
  • Transfer the rinsed dried beans to the Instant Pot.
Tomato sauce, broth, and water are added to an Instant Pot.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, broth and water.
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  • Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and the bay leaves. Stir well to combine.
  • Tuck the seasoning ham (ham hock, shank, or meaty leftover ham bone) down into the mixture. Lock the lid in place and make sure vent is sealed (on older models). Pressure cook on High for 40 minutes.
  • When time is up, allow the steam pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes then manually release any remaining pressure. Unlock and remove the lid. You can remove any good chunks of ham from your seasoning ham (if any) to chop up and add back to the soup. Discard the remainder of the seasoning ham and bay leaves.

If a creamier (less brothy) texture is desired, pulse the mixture with an immersion blender 3 or 4 times, just to break up some of the beans. Don’t go overboard, you want lots of whole beans and a few pulses will yield a nice and creamy result.

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This 15 Bean Soup is delicious in its natural state or garnish it will a little shredded cheese and serve it with some crusty bread.

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More Comfort in a Bowl

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Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup

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Dried beans are cooked to tender perfection without any pre-soaking in this deliciously seasoned Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup. Old fashioned comfort food at its best!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Diet Low Calorie, Low Fat
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Pressure and Release Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 433kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 15 or 16 dried bean soup mix any brand will work (toss the seasoning packet)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups diced yellow onion
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne optional (it adds a nice kick)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ham shank, ham hock, or meaty ham bone
  • salt to taste and only if needed

Optional Garnishes

  • grated Parmesan or Monterey Jack cheese, oyster crackers, crushed saltine crackers

Instructions

  • Place beans in a colander and rinse them well with cold water and allow to drain. Pick through the beans and remove and discard any debris.
  • Add oil to the Instant Pot and press the SAUTE button. When display reads “Hot” add the onion, carrot, and celery. Cook, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion and veggies begin to soften. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute then press CANCEL.
  • Add beans, broth, water, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and the bay leaves. Stir well to combine. Tuck the ham shank (or meaty ham bone) down into the mixture. Lock the lid in place and make sure vent is sealed (on older models). Press the MANUAL or the PRESSURE COOK button, select HIGH, and cook for 40 minutes.
  • When time is up, allow the steam pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes then manually release any remaining pressure. Unlock and remove the lid. Transfer ham shank (or bone) to a cutting board. Use a fork to remove the ham from the bone and stir it into the soup. Discard the bone.
  • If a creamier (less brothy) texture is desired, pulse the mixture with an immersion blender 3 or 4 times, just to break up some of the beans. Don’t go overboard, you want lots of whole beans and a few pulses will yield a nice and creamy result.
  • This soup is excellent reheated. It will thicken when refrigerated so just add a little water to reach desired consistency.
  • Taste and season with salt and additional pepper, if desired. I don’t recommend adding any salt until the end of the cooking process as the seasoning ham, tomato sauce, and broth tend to add enough.

Notes

Seasoning Ham

If you don’t have a leftover ham bone on hand, pick up a ham shank or hock from the meat department at your grocery store. My store carries Cook’s brand. Shanks are meatier but pork hocks are mainly used for seasoning. They impart a really nice meaty, smoky flavor but you won’t have much, if any, meat to add to the soup at the end of the cooking time. You can also pick up a ham steak to chop up and add to the soup if you’d like but there will be plenty of flavor either way.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 1424mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3866IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 6mg

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