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Chili Blanca – White Bean Chicken Chili

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Chili Blanca is a healthy, delicious and hearty white bean chicken chili. This Chili Blanca recipe uses both chunks of chicken and loads of beans for an extra boost of protein. Plus lots of veggies and spices for a comforting, flavorful, healthy entree. 

bowl full of Chili Blanca (white bean chicken chili)

I shared this easy Chili Blanca Recipe on our local CBS station, during a segment on “preparing for the storm.” We were talking snow, but sometimes a storm hits in another form, like breast cancer.

Chili Blanca

Today, I’m guest posting for Amee, blogger and friend over at Amee’s Savory Dish. Amee is a healthy food blogger, healthy eater and a fitness coach, as well as a wife and mom to two school-aged children. Imagine her shock when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It can happen to anyone! I’m helping Amee out today, by sharing this chicken and white bean chili recipe (Chili Blanca) while she recovers from surgery.

To read more about Amee’s story, check out her blog post about her diagnosis. And pop over to see my chili blanca recipe on her site. I know I speak for Amee when I encourage all women to get their mammograms. Early diagnosis is key!

overhead image with 2 bowls of white chicken chili. One bowl is topped with shredded cheese

Healthy Chicken Chili Recipes

I go back and forth with whether traditional beef chili,  black bean chili, or chicken chili is my favorite. It’s too close to call. I followed the recipe Gaea, one of the sponsors of my TV appearance, supplied. The only substitution I made was to replace the water with chicken broth, for more depth of flavor. Feel free to add some diced red bell pepper for a spot of color or even some jalapenos if you want more heat. This recipe is just the framework. Tweak it to make it your own.

If you make a spicier chili, you may want to serve it with some sour cream to tame the fire. I love topping my bowl with shredded cheese and a dusting of minced cilantro. Please head on over to Amee’s Savory Dish and check out the recipe and offer your support. This cancer diagnosis has rocked her world and prayers and good thoughts for her and her family are needed.

If you’re looking for more healthy chili recipes to try, check out these posts:


bowl of Chili Blanca (white bean chicken chili)

Chili Blanca (White Bean Chicken Chili)

This Chili Blanca recipe uses both chunks of chicken and loads of beans for an extra boost of protein. Plus lots of veggies and spices for a comforting, flavorful, healthy entree.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 6


  • 1 pound chicken tenders or boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/ 2-by-3- inch strips
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided (if your chicken broth is salty, you may need to use less. If you use water, you may need to add more.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (I used Gaea's Kalamata Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans white beans (like great northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chile powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth (may substitute water)
  • 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon of the salt and pepper. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and cook, stirring, until browned. Lower the heat and add the onion and garlic.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion soft, about 5 minutes. Add the beans, corn, chilies, spices, and chicken broth (or water).
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, for about 1 hour, stirring
  5. occasionally.
  6. Add water if the chili is too thick. When the chili is done, taste and add the remaining salt and more pepper if needed. Serve the chili with shredded cheese and a sprinkling of cilantro.


Recipe courtesy of Gaea with slight adaptations.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bowl

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 703Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 2112mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 11gSugar: 4gProtein: 47g


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20 comments on “Chili Blanca – White Bean Chicken Chili”

  1. I have never had a white looks scrumptious and comforting!

  2. Sounds like a hearty meal. Wishing Aimee a speedy recovery!

  3. I love white bean chili! I make it relatively frequently. How nice of you to help Aimee out. Hopefully she makes a speedy recovery.

  4. My mom makes a great white bean chili that has always been a family favorite. This looks equally delicious!

  5. Dear Lizzy, what a warm and comforting soup…this sounds delicious dear. xoxo, Catherine

  6. Absolutely my favorite chili! A good make-ahead dish too

  7. I am sorry to hear of your friend and fellow blogger, I shall send good thoughts her way.
    I’m with you about it being difficult to pick one as a favourite chili but I think it’s all in the spices. This one looks like a mean contender for any storm, particularly a snowy one! Of which I am hopeful we are totally over now.

  8. This chili looks delicious. You’re a good friend to help Aimee out. I am stopping over now to check out your recipe.

  9. I hope your friend Amee will be safe and get well! It’s terrifient thinking about all the breast cancer are around us. Your soup is the best thing you could make for her. Thanks for sharing Liz. Take care of your friend. xx

  10. Cancer can strike anyone, regardless of eating habits. You are such a thoughtful friend to help her keep her blog up to date while she recovers. The chili is so yummy!

  11. Beef chili for me, I think, but chicken chili is awfully good stuff, isn’t it? How nice of you to write a guest post for Amee! On my way to check it out now . . .

  12. Wishing Amee a speedy recovery. I’ve made beef, chicken and venison chili. Your dish looks delicious.

  13. I love beans in dishes, they make a meal tasty so hearty and good for you:)
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

  14. Gee second post I comment on today that deals with cancer. Hope Amee makes a full recovery. Great post and Chili Blanca recipe, love having chicken in chili too. Awesome for the TV spot!

  15. what a warm and comforting soup. Looks very delicious.

  16. Sooo lovely of you to help Amee out….My prayers are with her…And my praise goes to you for picking up lots of fans in the food blogosphere and TV land! Your chili blanca does indeed look like a storm buster.

  17. I love white chicken chili and love finding new versions. Praying for a speedy recovery for Amee.

  18. Best wishes to Amee.

    Could you please tell me how many serves of Chili Blanca there are?

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