White Bean Chicken Chili


This white bean chicken chili is great to make whenever there is leftover chicken around. This recipe was passed down from a friend and now is one of our favorites. Serve with these toppings for people to choose from: limes, cilantro, cheese, avocado, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth

  • 1 (18.75 ounce) can tomatillos, drained and chopped

  • 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (7 ounce) can diced green chiles

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander seed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 pound diced, cooked chicken meat

  • 1 (15 ounce) can white beans

  • 2 ears fresh corn, kernels cut from cob

  • 1 pinch salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Gather ingredients.

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  2. Heat oil in a large pot, and cook onion and garlic until soft.

    a top down view of onions and garlic being sauteed in a medium size sauce pan.

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  3. Stir in broth, then add in tomatillos, tomatoes, and chiles. Stir together and season with oregano, coriander, and cumin. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.

    A top down view of broth, tomatillos, tomatoes, and chiles seasoned with oregano, coriander, and cumin and being brought to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.

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  4. Add chicken, beans, and corn; simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

    high angle looking at a bowl of white bean chicken chili garnished with fresh herbs


Recipe Tips

You can substitute additional diced tomatoes for the tomatillos.

If you would like the soup to be spicier, you can add some red chile flakes or salsa.

If you don't have fresh corn available, you can substitute 1 cup of frozen kernels.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
6g Fat
21g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 786mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 24mg 120%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 513mg 11%

* 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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