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White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

This homemade white bean chicken chili recipe is the perfect dish for the chilly Fall and Winter weather.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Southwestern
Keyword chicken chili, white bean chicken chili, white chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 552 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 2 lbs chicken thighs
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pound dried great northern beans rinsed
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 3 jalapenos chopped
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • salt to taste


  1. Bring chicken and water to a boil. Skim off the grayish stuff on top.

  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 1 hour or until meat is falling off the bones.

  3. Remove chicken from pot and let cool. Then remove skin and shred meat. Cover the shredded chicken and set aside.

  4. Strain the chicken broth and return to the pot.

  5. Add the beans to the broth. Then add the cumin, cayenne pepper, onion and jalapenos.

  6. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and cook until beans are tender. You can add more water later if necessary to help the beans cook.

  7.  Add the 8 oz of cheese to the pot.

  8. Stir and continue to cook until cheese has melted.

  9. Taste and add salt if desired.

  10. Add the shredded chicken to the pot and stir well.
  11. Remove pot from heat and serve.
  12. Top with your favorite garnishes.

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure to use bone-in chicken pieces for maximum flavor.
  • Cook the beans in the chicken broth.
  • Rinse the dried beans thoroughly to get rid of any dirt.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after cutting the jalapenos or wear gloves.
  • Don't salt the chili until the beans are done cooking.
Nutrition Facts
White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 552 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 307mg13%
Potassium 1089mg31%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 10.2mg12%
Calcium 313mg31%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.