Chicken and White Bean Chili

This is an easy recipe for a busy night as it uses several pantry items and shredded rotisserie chicken. Also great with whatever protein you have on hand (lookin’ at you, leftover turkey!). It’s fun to put out an assortment of toppings so everyone can customize their bowl!


  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken stock, low sodium
  • 1 7-oz can diced mild green chiles
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2-3 Tbsp masa harina
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 8-oz. package light cream cheese, cubed small
  • 1 ¼ cups fresh or frozen corn
  • ½ cup carrots, grated on the big whole of the grater
  • 2 15-oz cans cannellini beans
  • 2 ½ cups shredded cooked rotisserie chicken (can also use leftover chicken/turkey)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • Dash of liquid smoke, like Lazy Kettle Hickory Liquid Smoke available at BriarPatch
  • Toppings: tortilla chips, shredded cheese, diced red onion, sliced fresh chiles, avocado


  1. Over medium-high heat, heat olive oil in large pot. Add yellow onion, sauté 4-5 minutes. Add garlic, sauté 30 seconds longer.
  2. Add chicken broth, green chiles, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, coriander, cayenne and salt/pepper to taste. Bring mixture just to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Drain/rinse beans in fine-mesh strainer/colander; measure out and set aside 1 cup whole beans. Transfer another 1 cup beans to a food processor with ¼ cup broth from soup; purée until almost smooth. (If you don’t have a food processor, mash beans with potato masher or a fork and then stir in broth.)
  4. Add light cream cheese to soup along with corn, 1 cup whole beans you set aside earlier, puréed beans and masa harina (sprinkled in, use all 3 Tbsp if you want it thicker). Stir well and simmer 5-10 minutes longer.
  5. Stir in chicken, fresh lime juice and cilantro. Serve with other toppings as desired.