White Bean Chicken Breast Chili


This chili with chicken recipe is delicious! I love a hearty beef chili as much as the next guy, but there's nothing wrong with going over to the light side and enjoying an equally comforting bowl of white bean and chicken chili once in a while.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon chipotle pepper powder

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon fine cornmeal

  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans white beans, drained

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • ¼ teaspoon white sugar, or to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • cup chopped green onions

  • cup sour cream

  • cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts and cook until browned, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, flip breasts, cover the pan, and cook until browned on the other side, about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and allow to cool before chopping into cubes.

  2. Return skillet to medium heat, add 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, onion, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir until onion turns translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Stir ancho chili powder, cumin, flour, chipotle pepper powder, and oregano into onion mixture; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 cup of chicken broth and stir, scraping up any brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Stir in cornmeal and bring to a simmer.

  4. Stir in beans and 1 more cup of chicken broth. Cut cooled chicken breasts into cubes, add to chili and bring to a simmer. Add remaining cup of chicken broth, season with salt, black pepper, sugar, and cayenne pepper to taste; cook until heated through. Serve garnished with green onions, sour cream, and cilantro.

    close up view of White Bean Chicken Breast Chili garnished with sour cream and fresh herbs, in a white bowl
    Diana Mc

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

410 Calories
9g Fat
55g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 410
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 772mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 213mg 16%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 1240mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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