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White Bean and Chicken Chili

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Ever tried and tried to find a recipe for a favorite food? I absolute love white bean and chicken chili, but had never found a satisfactory recipe. My problem is that often the recipes are too bland.

No longer! I decided to be proactive and create my own recipe and this is my absolute favorite white bean and chicken chili I’ve ever eaten! not with this recipe!

You can serve this soup with tortilla chips and cheese or just eat it plain–which it will never be! Since this is one of my favorite foods, take a listen to “My Favorite Things” played by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.

White Bean and Chicken Chili


  • 5-6 green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 cans green chiles
  • 32 ounces low fat, low salt chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast, diced


  1. Slice green onions about four inches above the bulbs.
  2. Mince fresh oregano, parsley, and garlic.
  3. In a large saucepan, put sliced green onions, fresh oregano, parsley, and garlic.
  4. Add black pepper, red pepper flakes, and cumin.
  5. Add green chiles and broth.
  6. Over medium heat, simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Put flour in a small bowl. Spoon about ¼ cup of broth mixture over flour. Stir with a fork until smooth.
  8. Add to simmering mixture. Continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Drain beans and rinse with cool water.
  10. Add beans.
  11. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
  12. Optional: serve with tortilla chips and cheese.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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