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Chicken Chili with White Beans

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This chicken chili is a hearty, healthy dish you can feel good about eating.

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This is a healthy chili that you can actually feel good about eating: it’s made from scratch, loaded with veggies, and chock-full of protein-rich chicken and beans. Don’t worry, it’s still hearty and delicious — even your manly football fanatics will love it.

What you’ll need to make Chicken Chili with White Beans

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At first glance, the list of ingredients looks long but it’s really just a lot of spices; and while it simmers on the stove for almost two hours, active cooking time is only about 30 minutes.

It’s important to use regular ground chicken – not the kind labeled “lean” – and same goes if you’re substituting ground turkey. Also, use Pomi boxed chopped tomatoes if you can find them; they are superior to canned tomatoes and lend nice texture to the chili.

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How to make it

To begin, heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or nonreactive soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions and red bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring to prevent garlic from burning, about two minutes more.

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Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the ground chicken, chili powder, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, oregano, cayenne pepper, and salt.

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As the chicken cooks, use a wooden spoon to break the meat into very small clumps; cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

how to make chicken chili

Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, and sugar.

how to make chicken chili

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered with lid ajar, for about one hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in the white beans and simmer, uncovered for about 50 minutes more, or until the meat is tender and the flavors are well combined.

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For a soupier chili, you can add additional water. For a thicker chili, simmer uncovered until the desired consistency is reached. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Note that this chili is moderately spicy; feel free to adjust to your liking by increasing or decreasing the cayenne and red pepper flakes.

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Chicken Chili with White Beans

This chicken chili is a hearty, healthy dish you can feel good about eating.

Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions, from 2 medium onions
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 6 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds ground chicken (preferably not labeled "lean")
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (omit for milder chili)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 (26 oz.) cartons Pomi chopped tomatoes or two (28 oz.) cans chopped or diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large nonreactive pot over medium heat. Add the onions and red bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring to prevent garlic from burning, about two minutes more.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the ground chicken, chili powder, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, oregano, cayenne pepper, and salt. As the chicken cooks, use a wooden spoon to break the meat into very small clumps; cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered with lid ajar, for about one hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the white beans and simmer, uncovered for about 50 minutes more, or until the meat is tender and the flavors are well combined. For a soupier chili, you can add additional water. For a thicker chili, simmer uncovered until desired consistency is reached. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
  5. Note: Pomi boxed tomatoes are available at some regular grocers, Whole Foods and gourmet food shops.
  6. Note: A nonreactive pot is made of a material that will not react negatively with acidic ingredients. Stainless steel, enamel, glass and nonstick (as long as there are no scratches in the nonstick coating) are all safe to use. Do not use cast iron or aluminum.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The chili can be frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat it on the stovetop over medium-low heat until hot. (The chili will thicken up some when frozen, so you’ll likely need to add some broth when reheating.)

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (1 3/4 - 2 cups servings)
  • Calories: 374
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Protein: 31 g
  • Sodium: 1110 mg
  • Cholesterol: 111 mg

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Comments

  • Followed recipe exact and it was a winner, right amount of heat and flavor! Delicious, recipe is a keeper!

    • — Laura on October 16, 2022
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  • Very easy and tasty recipe. I was a little worried it might turn out watery, but after simmering with the lid cracked for the last 50 min., the consistency was fine. It thickened up overnight in the refrigerator, and actually tasted better the next day.

    • — Bernadetta on October 14, 2022
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  • Very delicious! – lots of spices! I substituted chopped stewed tomatoes but will get Pomi next time). Definitely will save this recipe out of the many out there.

    • — Germaine on October 2, 2022
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  • This is now my favorite chili! Absolutely delicious. Thank you for this recipe. ♥️

    • — Lucky on September 6, 2022
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  • Delicious! I made a half batch since I only had 1 lb of ground chicken. Also I didn’t have can tomatoes but I did have frozen whole tomatoes from last year’s garden that I used. Will definitely make this again.

    • — Mumtbow on August 11, 2022
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  • Love this! Came out beautifully, as so many of your recipes do. I used shredded rotisserie chicken about 20m from the end, as I didn’t have raw chicken available. Will be adding this to our regular rotation!

    • — SY on August 9, 2022
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