This white bean chili is full of protein and perfect for any chilly day!
Love chili, but prefer not to load up on saturated fat or processed chili mixes? Considering vegetarianism, but unwilling to give up your favorite foods? We have the solution! Our white bean chili satisfies your craving for chili, but cuts out all of the unhealthy ingredients found in many chili recipes. This chili not only eliminates much of the sodium and saturated fat in traditional chili recipes, it incorporates health superstars like high fiber legumes. This is one healthy chili recipes you will love.
Altering your favorite recipes to adapt them to a healthier eating plan can be hit or miss. Sometimes all it takes is a few eliminations and additions to create a healthier version of a favorite that still tastes great. Other times, even the simplest changes result in a dish that is nothing like the original. This can leave clean eating novices frustrating and feeling as if there is no choice but to eat unhealthy or suffer with food that tastes terrible. Luckily, we offer plenty of recipes like this white bean chili that are delicious and health.
Looking for side dishes to accompany this white bean chili? Your family is sure to love our cleaned up corn bread or our Amazing Mexasian Coleslaw.
White Bean Chili
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 cup sweet onion diced
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch pieces
- 14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes canned - with liquid
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 1/4 cups chicken broth fat free, low sodium -optional vegetable broth
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- kosher or sea salt to taste
- 31 ounces cannellini beans canned - drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt plain fat free - for garnish
- Combine all the above ingredients in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 8 hours in a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
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Thanks Jen!! Glad you enjoyed.
I love this recipe one of my favorites, and travels well to work
Do you precook the chicken?
Kimberly, Goes in raw.
Will this work if I cook on high for 4 hours
Leslie, I’d say 4-6 hours on high.
I made this last night, it was the best thing I've made in a long time. It was delicious. Made in pot on stove. My family loved it! Thank you so much for recipe.
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This is the best recipe ever…making it for the third time today…first time I made it, got all ingredients together, ready to put in pot on stove, didn't realize crockpot/slow cooker recipe. I will make it both ways, but I use rotisserie chicken. Made it for my friend, she loved it also! Thank you for the recipe!!!
Lori, GREAT! You are so welcome…happy you and your friend enjoy it! 🙂
This was wonderful!! Perfectly spiced!! My whole family loved it. Thanks for great recipe!
How many points if you don't put the chicken in?
Sarah, I'm not sure since I've only made it with chicken. You can find ww calculators online that will help.
I'm making it vegetarian so should I add more beans? I will also be making it on the stove top.
Maggie, In that case, I would recommend adding one additional can of beans. 🙂
Can we use cut-up frozen chicken for this recipe?
Tressa, We don't recommend frozen chicken, thawed is much better and safer.
If you are not using chicken, do you
still cook for 8 hours?
Davis, Check it after 6 hours. It may not need the extra 2 hours.
I have precooked shredded chicken to add in, when should I put it in? Like an hour before?
Meg, 30 mins to 1 hour before the end of cooking time.
Can I freeze leftovers
Yes! Chilis freeze so well.
Adding a can of pumpkin, not pumpkin pie, but plain, wholesome pumpkin to any chili recipes pumps up to fiber and flavor especially if you have substituted low fat ground turkey.
Try it, you will be pleasantly surprised with the results, no pumpkin flavor just lots of potassium and fiber!
can this be made on the stove in a shorter amount of time?
Yes, if you do it on the stovetop it will only take an hour or an hour and a half. If you use meat, brown it separately and then add it to your chili in the last half an hour, provided you are using already cooked or canned, rinsed beans.
Any one use drid beans?
as long as you soak them overnight you should be fine. I cook dried beans in my crockpot and they take about 6 or 7 hours on low so I don't see why it would be different with the other ingredients added.
How can I make this recipe thicker?
Jennifer, Reduce the liquid or add more yogurt at the end of cooking time.
I suggest you check out our recipe for White Bean Chicken Chili https://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-white-bean-and-chicken-chili-recipe/. It’s nice and thick and delicious! 🙂