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Spicy White Chicken Chili

A spicy and flavorful white chili loaded with tender chicken, white beans, and topped with plenty of yummy additions!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Southwest
Keyword: chicken chili with white beans, spicy white chicken chili, white chicken chili with jalapenos
Servings: 6 bowls
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • 4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups diced onion about 2 small
  • 1/4 cup diced pickled jalapeno
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 15 oz cans white beans, rinsed (great Northern or cannellini)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

For topping:

  • fresh cilantro
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • diced avocado
  • crushed tortilla chips


  • Pat the chicken thighs dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot or Dutch Oven and brown the chicken on medium high heat, about 4 minutes per side.  Once it is browned, remove to a plate.  It will not be cooked through.
  • Saute the onion, peppers, and garlic in the same pot on medium low, until the vegetables are translucent and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour the chicken broth into the pot and place the chicken thighs back in.  Cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes on medium, until the chicken is cooked through.  Remove the chicken thighs again and allow to cool slightly.  Remove the meat from the bone and shred with two forks.  Discard the skin and bone, or save for another use.
  • Add the meat back into the pot, along with the beans, salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Simmer for 10 minutes until the beans are tender.  Check for seasoning.
  • To serve, ladle into bowls and top with desired toppings.  Eat immediately.


White chicken chili freezes well for up to 2 months.  To save space, place in a freezer bag and allow to freeze in a flat layer.
To make in a pressure cooker, follow as written but pressure cook the chicken thighs for 10 minutes in step 3.


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 529mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg