Chicken and White Bean Chili

As the snow melts and temperature begins to rise, we can’t help but get excited for spring and the bounty of the season’s fruits and vegetables that are just starting to appear in markets. We’re ready to trade in the heavy stews and hearty casseroles of winter for lighter fare.

In the meantime, as we wait for bare tree branches to fill with blossoms, it’s still sweater weather, evenings bring a chill to the air, and Mother Nature still has the potential to surprise us with a cold snap. It’s the perfect time to tuck into a bowl of this Chicken and White Bean Chili.

This chicken chili recipe is lighter than traditional chili, and not just in color. It features creamy white beans and tender chunks of chicken in a flavorful broth and hints at the fresh flavors of spring with juicy red bell peppers and aromatic cilantro. It’s lightly spiced with cumin and chili powder and mild, roasted green chilies. Instead of high-calorie cheese this Chicken and White Bean Chili is topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

When you’re yearning to savor something bright and refreshing, but still need something to warm your bones, this Chicken and White Bean Chili is your answer. It’s the best of both worlds, and it allows you to make six portions in an hour or less. After you’ve had your fill of this dish, then maybe, just maybe, spring will finally come in full force.

Chicken and White Bean Chili Recipe

Chicken and White Bean Chili
3.67 from 3 votes

Chicken and White Bean Chili

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings, about 1½ cups each
Calories 252 kcal
Author Kirsten Morningstar


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper chopped
  • cups raw chicken breast boneless, skinless, cut into cubes (about 12 oz.)
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans white (cannellini) beans drained, rinsed
  • tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground chili powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 (4-oz.) can roasted green chiles
  • Coarsely chopped fresh cilantro for garnish; optional


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  3. Add chicken; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 6 minutes, or until no longer pink.
  4. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  5. Add broth, beans, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and chiles. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Divide chili into six serving bowls; garnish with cilantro if desired.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken and White Bean Chili
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 415mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 3g
Protein 23g 46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Photos by Kirsten Morningstar