White Bean and Chicken Chili

I have really been craving some chili lately. We’ve had some cold nights over the past week and I officially declared it a one-pot meal night! There was one problem with my chili plan. My husband informed that he does not like chili! What?! Who doesn’t like chili?! We needed a compromise. I thought that maybe making a white chili with different ingredients might be more appealing to him since it didn’t have the same ingredients as traditional chili recipes.

So, did he like it? Yes, he did! I like it too. This chili has the perfect amount of spice and it was very flavorful! I think I actually liked it more than my traditional chili recipe. Definitely making this one again!

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Serves 4-6

From Giada De Laurentiis


– 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil

– 1 large onion, chopped

– 4 garlic cloves, minced

– 2 lbs. ground chicken

– 1 tbs. dried oregano

– 2 tsp. chili powder

– 1/2 tsp. salt

– 2 tbs. ground cumin

– 3 tbs. flour

– 2 (15-ounce cans) white or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

– 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed

– 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

– 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

– ground pepper to taste

– Optional: cilantro, sour cream, cheddar cheese, tortilla chips for garnishing


1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Saute the onion and cook until it is translucent (3-5 mins.). Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ground chicken, oregano, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Break the chicken up and continue stirring until the chicken is fully cooked (about 8-10 minutes). Add the flour to the chicken. Add the beans, corn, and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and stir the mixture, making sure to scrap the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 60 minutes until the liquid reduced by about half and has thickened. Add the red pepper flakes and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve



  1. oregano and cumin! Mmmmm.. the recipe sounds perfect. packed with flavors!

  2. Loving this chili. I bet it’s fab with chicken. I’ve not tried it that way but think I need to try. Looks really good, giving me a serious craving for chili.

  3. Absolutely Delicious!!!!
    Love the flavors you used here in this chili….
    God I am craving this now.

  4. I’m craving chili now too that I see your dish. Looks fabulous! Bet the herbs and spice really enhance the flavors.

  5. Funny you mentioned your husband doesn’t like chili… neither does mine. I was surprised to find that out after all these years of making it. Actually mine liked the white bean chili better too. Hmmmm… are they in some kind of club we don’t know about? LOL! This chili looks warm and inviting. The best part is it’s light so you can eat a bigger bowl and not feel so guilty. Well, maybe that’s just me. :) Have a great week! ~ Ramona

  6. This sounds wonderful and I love that you used ground chicken versus big chunks. I grind partially frozen chicken thigh or breast meat in my food processor and it comes out great. Healthy dish, too!

  7. Ha-me and my hubby got into it the other day regarding “type of beans” he does not favor anything else besides pinto!
    I like this version of chili with the chicken broth instead of the thick tomatoes. It does look like a winner, healthy and tasty-Well done.

  8. This chili looks delicious! A nice healthier version to the traditional chili I’m sure! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. I LOVE white beans and canNOT wait to make this!!

  10. Yummy looking chili, Stephanie! I make white chili with chicken breast pieces but have never tried ground chicken so I’m looking forward to trying this one. Buzzed!

  11. I have a serious soft spot for this kind of chili. I’ve never thought of adding corn, though, and I think that’s a perfect addition!

  12. OMG! I just purchased everything to make white bean chicken chili for tomorrows dinner! Is this brilliant minds thinking a like or what?!

  13. This is one of our very favorites here! I havent made it yet this winter.. guess yours photo enticed me to make it as it look super fabulous! nice job!

  14. Chicken chili is my favorite! I make a super similar one with green chiles. This is perfect for the colder weather.

  15. I love this type of chili. As your temps go down, you can bet this will be at my dinner table in the coming days. I think this recipe makes a convert of non-chiii lovers!

  16. It’s been so cold that chilli sounds like a perfect dinner. My husband and kids are not into chillies because of beans… I am waiting for an occasion when I can make this for friends and I can enjoy. Your chillies look really delicious. I shouldn’t cheat and buy sour cream for this (I usually don’t know what else to use so I skip). Perfect presentation of chillies and I’m completely sold!

  17. I have not made a white bean chili yet this fall…and your gorgeous photos have inspired me. This would be a great dinner for the night before Thanksgiving :)

  18. —I Looove Whie Bean Chili…

    Such lovely comfort food.


  19. That is such a lovely looking chili! I am planning to do a chili round up soon, any chance I could include it?

  20. That looks like pure comfort food. If only the weather in Florida would stay just a little bit cooler so I could indulge in my love of chili in the autumn!!

  21. Oh, I too have been REALLY craving chili lately… comfort food, yes please! Seriously, this particular chili appeals to me more than any others I’ve tried… maybe because I’ve never eaten chili without tomato sauce (not that I don’t love good tomato sauce, but this looks even better). Thanks for sharing.

  22. That’s sounds delicious and the pictures are are great too, thanks for the share.

  23. Chili is a real comfort food for me. I have not yet combined any meat with beans. But yours look wonderful. This is http://simpleglutenfreekitchen.blogspot.com/

  24. Very pretty pictures Stephanie! Loving this hearty chili with the chicken and bean combo. I would take it with all the optionals, please! :)

  25. I much prefer chicken chili Stephanie. I wonder if it’s the chicken or that I just love white bean soups and stews so much! Glad your hubs liked it! How could he not? It looks just wonderful!

  26. A comfort food, perfect for cold and raining days. very nice!!!

  27. Absolutely Delicious!!!!i must try it.

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