White Bean and Chicken Chili

White Bean Chicken Chili by Giada de Laurentis

Depending on what part of the world you’re living in, chances are the temperatures have been taking a nosedive lately.  What better way to welcome the cold season than with a warm house, maybe a crackling fire in the fireplace, and a bowl of hot chili?  This one will hit the spot, for sure.

White Bean Chicken Chili – by Giada de Laurentis (altered slightly)

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds chopped chicken
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBS ground cumin
  • 1 TBS fennel seeds
  • 1 TBS dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 3 TBS flour
  • 2 (15-ounce cans) cannellini or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bunch (about 1 pound) Swiss chard leaves chopped into small pieces
  • 1.5 cups whole corn (can use frozen – thawed)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional, for garnish)

What You’ll Do:

In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium or medium high-heat.  Add the onion and cook until translucent and fragrant, mmm.  Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so.   Add the chopped chicken chicken, salt, cumin, fennel seeds, oregano, and chili powder.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the chicken is fully-cooked.  Add the flour to the chicken mixture.  Add the beans, Swiss chard, corn, and chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer, being sure to scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Simmer for 55-60 minutes until the liquid has reduced by half and thickened. Add the red pepper flakes and simmer for another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Garnish with cheese and/or chopped cilantro if desired.

White Bean Chicken Chili by Giada de Laurentis

Yummity yum!  Giada recommended garnishing with parsley and parmesean cheese, but we substituted a shredded mexi-cheese mix and cilantro, and it was delish!


  1. Rick says

    This was great. I cut back a bit on the cumin, (personal preference) and added a bit more chicken broth, but other than that, followed the recipe. I’m a huge chili fan, and I will definitely be making this again. Thanks.

  2. says

    I’ve tried white chicken chili once and it was a huge failure. I think I might be up to try this since we always have an abundance of chicken in this house :)

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