Chipotle Chicken and White Bean Chili

4.75 from 8 votes
45 minutes
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Chipotle Chicken and White Bean Chili packs a lot of flavor for not a lot of labor!  Take a pot of this to any get-together and it will be the hit of the party!

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Hello, holiday crazy!  Goodbye, mealtime stress with my Chipotle Chicken and White Bean Chili!

Here’s my super-fast recipe for Chipotle Chicken and White Bean Chili for a quick and hearty wintertime meal that won’t stress you out.  It’s perfect for a weeknight or for when you’re too busy to cook but you want something hearty and comforting.  It’s crazy full of flavor without a lot of labor!

Take a pot of this to a football get-together and it will be the hit of the party!

Tips for making Chipotle Chicken and White Bean Chili:

  • If you’re feeling industrious, you can make your own green enchilada sauce.  But, we’re talking easy here so just use a good quality brand.  If you want to make your own, here’s a recipe from Chili Pepper Madness.
  • I usually have the best luck with premade ingredients such as green enchilada sauce when I get them at a local international or Hispanic market versus the local grocery store.
  • There’s nothing wrong with using canned beans if the beans are not the focal point of the dish and there are lots of other textures going on.
  • Be sure to rinse the beans well as the liquid they’re in can be on the salty side.  You also don’t want the liquid they’re packed in diluting these rocking flavors!
  • Instead of chicken, feel free to use that leftover turkey from Thanksgiving you have stored in the freezer.  (You DID store it in the freezer, I hope!)

Add all the best chili fixings!  Sour cream, chopped scallion, cilantro and avocado or anything else your heart desires!

Ta-daa!  Dinner is done and so very good!

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Chipotle Chicken and White Bean Chili

4.75 from 8 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Chipotle Chicken and White Bean Chili packs a lot of flavor for not a lot of labor!  Take a pot of this to any get-together and it will be the hit of the party!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Soups and Stews
Cuisine Southwestern / Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 314 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1-2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 can (15-ounce) chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion - chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper - or Poblano pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers - finely chopped (seeded if desired)
  • 4 cloves garlic - chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano - preferably Mexican
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 can (28-ounce) green enchilada sauce
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves - about 1 pound, cut into several large pieces
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 2 cans (15-ounce) cannellini beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Sour cream and chopped scallion - for serving

Instructions
 

  • Combine the chipotle pepper(s) and chicken broth in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion, green or Poblano pepper and jalapenos, reduce heat to medium and cook 8-10 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently.
  • Add garlic, cumin, oregano and bay leaf and cook 30 seconds.
  • Add green enchilada sauce, chicken broth/chipotle combination and chicken.
  • Bring to a boil and cook 15 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cool slightly.
  • Shred the chicken, add it back to the chili along with beans. Bring back to a simmer to heat through. Discard bay leaf and stir in cilantro.
  • Serve with sour cream and scallions.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD: Make up to 2 days ahead. Cool thoroughly and refrigerate. Reheat on the stovetop 10-12 minutes or until heated through.
FREEZER-FRIENDLY: Cool thoroughly. Freeze up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or slowly in the microwave.  Reheat on the stovetop.

Nutrition

Serving: 6 | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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10 Comments

  1. I can’t get enough of this yummy chili! I have made it many times now for my family and several friends and it’s always a huge hit. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  2. I made this tonight. It was easy, so flavorful, and a huge hit! This will be added to my favorite recipes and made as often as possible. Thank you!

  3. I was having a craving for white chili or chicken tortilla soup and then this recipe popped up in my facebook feed! I had almost all the items on hand. I used a white beans and a can of kidney, but it worked out great. Delicious!!

  4. 4 stars
    I was having a craving for white chili or chicken tortilla soup and then this recipe popped up in my facebook feed! I had almost all the items on hand. I used a white beans and a can of kidney, but it worked out great. Delicious!!

  5. Great looking recipe Carol. I make a similar white chicken chili, but your’s takes it to another level! I’ve got to make this. Looks like spicy goodness.

  6. 5 stars
    Great looking recipe Carol. I make a similar white chicken chili, but your’s takes it to another level! I’ve got to make this. Looks like spicy goodness.