white bean chili in a white bowl with fresh toppings

White Bean Chili

This white bean chili is just perfect! It's absolutely loaded with flavor, easy to make, and super filling.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword healthy chili recipe, white bean chili, white chicken chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 502 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 15.8 ounce cans of white beans drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast cubed
  • 2 cans green chiles undrained
  • 16 ounces frozen corn
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno chopped (about one jalapeno)
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves packed
  • Sour cream to serve


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat in a pan. Add the chicken and saute for about 3-5 minutes then remove and set aside.

  2. In the pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Rough chop 1/2 cup of cilantro and add to onion, garlic and jalapeno mixture. Saute for a few seconds then add all to a large pot.

  4. Add all seasonings (cumin, cayenne, oregano, paprika, black pepper, salt). Reduce heat to medium and let simmer.

  5. Add the beans and chicken stock.

  6. Let the chili simmer at least another 30 minutes, but the longer, the better. Use a potato masher to mash the beans- a few mashes should do the trick. You should do this before adding the chicken if the beans are nice and soft.

  7. Add in the chicken, corn and chiles.

  8. Before serving, add the rest of cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
White Bean Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 502 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1086mg47%
Potassium 1754mg50%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 44.1mg53%
Calcium 216mg22%
Iron 8.9mg49%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.