White Bean Chicken Chili

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White bean chicken chili simmered in a crockpot with whole roasted jalapenos, tender beans, corn, and lean chicken breast. This recipe is fantastic if I don’t say so myself!

White Bean Chicken Chili

White bean chicken chili is one of my favorite comfort foods. A big protein-packed bowl is one easy way to satisfy my hunger. I let my Crockpot do all the work by simmering the ingredients, so I don’t have to hang out in the kitchen all day.

This recipe is perfect for those lazy days so you can just scoop and devour, or pack it up for a gathering with friends and family. Once you’ve tasted this chili, I promise you’ll be coming back for seconds! If you need a quicker cook time, I provided a stovetop option that you can have this delicious meal ready in just minutes.

How to make white bean chicken chili in a slow cooker

Making chili in the slow cooker is an ideal method because it gives all of the recipe ingredients time to meld together. Here are some tips to maximize the flavor potential of this white bean chicken chili.

A crockpot with whole roasted jalapenos, tender beans, corn, and seasoned chicken breast.

Roasted Chilies

The key to the spiciness and intense flavor is roasting the jalapeños until nice and blistered, and then peeling and de-seeding them before adding them to the Crockpot. The high temperature brings a subtle smokiness to the chili and new flavor compounds from Maillard Browning. If you are a spicy daredevil, leave in the seeds for added heat. Additional canned roasted chilies are added for extra chili flavor.

Microwave

Pre-cooking the onion, garlic, and cumin together with the oil in the microwave quickly softens the vegetable in minutes. It helps bloom and releases the dry earthy notes from the cumin for a stronger flavor.

White Beans

Great Northern beans or Cannellini beans work nicely. I buy canned beans because they are super affordable, are already pre-cooked, and you don’t have to spend two days making them from scratch.

Add Creaminess

To create some texture in the soup, add beans, roasted chilis and chicken stock or broth to a blender to create a puree. Only a small amount of each ingredient is mixed, so you still have chunks of bean, corn, cooked chicken and chilis in each spoonful.

White bean chicken chili simmering in a slow cooker, all the ingredients are mingling together

After a few hours of slowly simmering in the slow cooker, the white bean chicken chili is ready to serve. This is also an excellent meal prep recipe to make ahead for the next day or through the week. As you may know, soups tend to taste even better the next day because the flavors get to play and mingle a little more instead of speed date, you know?

White bean chicken chili simmered in a crockpot with whole roasted jalapenos, tender beans, corn, and lean chicken breast. A healthy recipe pack with flavor and spice.

Now for the fun stuff, the toppings! Avocado, cilantro, green onions, sour cream, thinly sliced jalapenos or radishes add lots of fresh flavors and texture to the chili.

If you have some tortillas laying around in the kitchen, cut them into about a 1/4-inch strips and then fry them for 2-3 minutes in vegetable oil at 325°F, or until golden and crispy. Do it. You’ll thank me later.

Bowls of white bean chicken chili with slices of avocado and radish

I’ve been building up my spicy tolerance lately, and let me tell you, on a scale from one to ten. I could handle maybe a 3! So I’m pretty proud of my increased capsaicin capacity, but you won’t be catching me at any chili eating competitions!

Now that you’ve got a warm and spicy bowl of white bean chicken chili, it’s time to get cozy on the couch with a nice snuggly blanket or buddy. Grab a spoon and enjoy each bite!

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What makes jalapeno peppers spicy?

Those beautiful green fleshed jalapeno peppers have a hidden spicy surprise in them. A compound called capsaicin which is only found in hot peppers. Measured in Scoville Units, a Jalapeno being about 2,500 to 8,000 Scovilles (pure capsaicin is 15-16,000,000 Scovilles, HOT!). Capsaicin itself is tasteless and odorless and is produced by the glands in the chile pepper’s placenta, found in the top portion of the pepper below the stem. You can remove the inner membranes and seeds to reduce the heat, but keep them in for a stronger kick! Make sure to wear gloves when working with peppers and wash your hands thoroughly as the spice can soak into your skin and burn. Make sure you don’t rub those eyes!

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White Bean Chicken Chili

White bean chicken chili prepared in a crockpot with whole roasted jalapenos, tender beans, corn, and lean chicken breast.
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3.88 from 240 votes
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Servings 4 servings
Course Entree, Soup
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients

  • 3 jalapeño peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups yellow onion, ¼-inch dice
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 ¼ pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup roasted green chilies, canned, divided
  • 2 ½ cups white beans, two 15 oz cans, drained
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken stock, divided
  • 1 ½ cups corn, 15 ounce can
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Line a small baking sheet with foil. Turn on the broil setting on the oven.
  • Evenly space out three jalapeños on the sheet tray.
  • Place sheet tray on the highest rack in the oven. Roast the jalapeños until the skins brown and blister, turning over as needed to get all the sides roasted, about 15 minutes.
  • Place the roasted chili’s in a small bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow them to come to room temperature. The trapped heat will make the skins easier to peel.
  • Once cooled, remove the skin and stems. If you like a very spicy chili leave the seeds. For a more mild chili remove the seeds and discard. Set the jalapeños aside.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl add olive oil, diced onions, minced garlic, and cumin. Stir to combine.
  • Microwave for 3 minutes, stir and cook another 2 minutes until onions are tender. Add to slow cooker.
  • Add chicken breasts, ½ cup of the roasted chilies, corn, 1 cup of the white beans, ½ cup chicken stock to the slow cooker.
  • In a blender, puree ½ cup roasted green chilies, roasted jalapeños, 1 cup beans, and ½ cup chicken stock until smooth, about 45 seconds. Add to slower cooker.
  • Add salt and pepper to slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, or low for 6 hours.
  • Remove chicken and shred or cut into cubes.
  • Add it back to slow cooker and stir to combine. Taste chili and season with more salt and pepper as needed. Serve chili with toppings as desired.

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Notes

  • Serving Size: about 1 ½ cup of chili.
  • Suggested Toppings: Avocado, Jalapenos, sour cream, green onions, cilantro, and radish.
  • Stovetop Recipe:
    • Follow steps 1-5.
    • Heat a large pot over medium heat. Heat oil, once hot add the onions and garlic, saute for 2 minutes. Add the cumin and cook 30 seconds.
    • Follow steps 8-10, but place in the pot.
    • Turn heat to medium-low, and simmer with the lid on but slightly ajar. I would check after 30 minutes, then check every 10 minutes after that until chicken is done cooking.
    • Follow step 11.
    • Follow step 12, but place in the pot.

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Nutrition Facts
White Bean Chicken Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 482 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 724mg30%
Potassium 1414mg40%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 89IU2%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 141mg14%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Tara says

    This is my favorite! Even without the seeds it’s still too spicy for the kiddos, but that just means more for mom! 😈 Can’t wait to have it again for lunch tomorrow.
    Every recipe I’ve tried from your site has been a winner- thank you!

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