White bean and chicken chili

Growing up, I was never really a fussy eater. I was actually one of those weird kids who liked vegetables! But there were still a handful of dinners my parents would make that I didn’t like. Coq au vin, schnitzel, and my mom’s white bean and chicken chili come to mind.

I love all three now! This week I put myself in charge of making the white bean and chicken chili for dinner while my parents were at work. I loosely followed my mom’s recipe, but used my own proportions and added/left out some ingredients. It tastes different from how I remember, but I love this version too!

White bean and chicken chili

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Serves 4

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 small yellow onions
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 clove of garlic, crushed
2 cans of white kidney beans
2 ½ cups of low sodium chicken broth
1 cup of frozen corn
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 plum tomatoes, diced
Salt and pepper

*Topping suggestions: Mashed avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, sour cream
*Vegetarian option: use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, and use a can of black or pinto beans instead of the chicken

To start, set the oven to 375F and cook 2 chicken breasts (in a baking dish, covered with tinfoil) for 35-40 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the onions in the olive oil over low to medium heat until translucent.

White bean and chicken chili

Add in the spices and stir. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, then add in 1 can of beans and 2 cups of the chicken broth. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

White bean and chicken chili

In a blender, puree one can of the kidney beans with the last 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Add this mixture to the pot and continue to cook.

White bean and chicken chili

When the chicken is done, chop it up into small bite-sized pieces.

White bean and chicken chili

Add it to the pot along with the diced tomatoes and frozen corn. Add salt and pepper to taste, then serve.

White bean and chicken chili

I topped my serving with some mashed avocado and had tortilla chips on the side.

White bean and chicken chili

The chips were these Garden of Eatin’ multigrain tortilla chips. I ended up going back for more because they were so good! Plus they’re fairly low in sodium and high in fibre. Double win!

What meals did you hate when you were a kid?

What’s your favourite kind of chili?


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17 Responses to White bean and chicken chili

  1. mmm this looks fantastic! i like white bean chili too!

  2. I love chili, but have never thought to make it with nothing other than kidney beans! Thanks for sharing the family recipe!When I was a kid, I hated hotdogs and still do. Actually, I'm kind of glad that I do – hotdogs are kind of nasty and not the least bit healthy :)Oh and I hate peanut butter as well – crazy, isn't it?

  3. I wonder if I could make this vegetarian, I always loved my Mom's white bean and chicken chili :-) and this recipe sounds so delicious.I was always one of those kids who loved my veggies too (hence why I am the way I am today)! I hated when my family would make like a giant ham or anything with onions…things like that haha

  4. That chili looks really yummy. I have some beans in the pantry and I think I know what they're gonna be used for now. As a kid I disliked a lot of the traditional Polish soups my mom used to make like dill pickle soup and beet soup. I still can't stomach the beet soup to this day!

  5. This chili looks awesome. I love the use of pureeing white beans for a creamier texture. I never thought of that!Ugh – I HATED vegetables as a kid! I'd eat corn IF it was served with mashed potatoes…and likes peas. That was about it. Anything else and my mom had to politely demand I eat :P I may have been strongly opposed to the idea at the time, but looking back, I'm glad she didn't give up.

  6. This looks great! Anything that can go with avocado is good in my books!

  7. I love veggie chili with lots of beans! My favorite toppings are cheese and avocado. :) YUM! And I don't like peas in general, so anything with peas in it was (is) not a winner in my book. It's the only food I'm super picky about!

  8. I've seen several recipes for white chicken chili but have never ventured to make it! I swear I'll get to it one day :)

  9. I love chili! I make a lentil, bean and barley chili that I adore. Meatless for me is best, but your chicken chili looks delish!

  10. I was never a fussy eater! The only thing that comes to mind is any type of fish or seafood, which we rarely ate anyway.I've never had white bean chili, but I've always wanted to try it! My favorite chili recipe is from cooking light. It's a black bean sweet potato chili and it is AMAZING.

  11. Awesome job on the chili! I've always been a picky eater, and I just remember loathing those days when my mom would make meatloaf or tuna casserole…yuck, haha.

  12. This looks delicious!! Like you, I wasn't a huge chili fan growing up, but now it has a special place in my heart (and stomach!). I have a recipe for chili mole (molaay), which includes cocoa! Sounds super strange, but I promise it's reeeally good!

  13. This looks delicious, I am definetley bookmarking it to make next week!

  14. Chili is such a comfort food for me, it's so filling, warm, and low calories. This looks delicious! And I was a terrible eater when I was young. Only McDonalds and Mac and Cheese for me

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  17. I loooove chili, all kinds! Thanks for the recipe.

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