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How to Make White Chicken Chili

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Learn how to make the best white chicken chili with canned beans. This easy recipe can be prepared in a little over an hour, making it a great weeknight dinner idea!

Bowl of white chicken chili made with canned beans and green chilis

I just love how creamy and delicious a good bowl of white chicken chili is! When I have more time, I like to used dried beans. However, we’ve been pretty busy, so I’ve been relying more on canned beans lately.

I used the boneless skinless chicken thighs that came in my last Butcher Box. And I typically have the rest of the ingredients on hand, so this Three Bean White Chicken Chili makes a great last minute dinner idea!

Close up of delicious homemade white chicken chili topped with cheese

White Chicken Chili with Canned Beans Recipe

Learn how to make white chicken chili with canned beans for an easy and nourishing weeknight dinner idea.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Recipe Servings: 6


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  • In a bowl, season chicken with garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper. In a 6-quart dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat on the stove, then add in chicken, brown slightly, lower heat to medium, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken has cooked. If desired, add in a tablespoon of water. Once chicken is cooked, remove from the pot and set aside.
    Chopped chicken seasons with sea salt and pepper
  • Raise heat to medium high, add onions to the dutch oven and saute for about 2 minutes. Add in minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
    Chopped onion on a cutting board
  • Next, add the chopped chilis, chicken, chicken broth and remaining spices. Mix well and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
    Spices and chicken added to white chicken chili in pan
  • In a small bowl, whisk together milk and masa. After the 30 minutes, lower the heat to medium low and pour the milk and masa mixture into the pan, and stir until well combined.
    White chicken chili on a spoon
  • Cook for an additional five minutes then add in the drained beans. Continue cooking for five minutes to heat the beans through (you can leave it in longer, but the beans will begin to break down).
    Strained beans ready to add to white chicken chili
  • Serve and garnish your white chicken chili with cilantro, cheese, sour cream or hot sauce, if desired.
    White chicken chili topped with cheese in white soup bowl with handle


The nutrition information for this white chicken chili does not include any toppings. Those will be additional calories if you’re watching your calorie intake.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1819mg | Potassium: 1139mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 6mg

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