Ultimate Comfort Food: White Bean Chicken Chili

Hi everyone! I hope you all stayed nice and toasty during this chilly weekend, because I sure didn’t! My husband and I decided to go camping along with my sister, Rosie, and her husband up in the North Georgia Mountains, and as luck would have it, we had our coldest weekend yet. I love the outdoors and all, but this. was. rough.

This picture demonstrates how Rosie and I felt when we arrived at the snowy campsite on Friday night!

Thankfully, we thought ahead and brought some healthy, wholesome food. In my opinion, preparation is half the battle when it comes to camping trips, tailgating, parties and other social gatherings. I made a white bean chicken chili so delicious it almost made us forget how miserably cold it was! Now that daylight savings is over and the nights are getting chillier, you may just want to give this recipe a whirl yourself.


1 pound large northern white beans

8 cups chicken broth

2 cloves of minced garlic

2 medium chopped onions

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cans (4-ounces) chopped mild green chilies

2 teaspoons of ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 baked chicken breasts, diced

I suggest topping your chili with a little shredded cheese and avocado slices.

Preparation Instructions (Serves 8):

Combine beans, broth, garlic and 1 chopped onion in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are soft (2 hours or more), adding more broth or water as necessary.

While soup is simmering, bake the chicken breasts. When cooked to at least 160 degrees, remove from oven, let cool and slice into bite-size pieces.

In a skillet, saute the other chopped onion in oil until tender. Add chilies and seasonings and mix thoroughly. Add to beans/broth mixture. Stir in chicken and simmer at least 1 hour.

Add any desired toppings, serve and enjoy!

We enjoyed our chili around the fire with a side of cornbread!

There you have it, another delicious recipe to add to the books for my Holiday Recipe Mania! Hint: You could always exchange the chicken for turkey if you need to use up some Thanksgiving leftovers. But really, this chili is a quick, easy and affordable way to feed a large group of people for any occasion any time of year.

We ended up packing up the site on Saturday afternoon (Much to my husband’s dismay, it turns out I’m not an extreme camper!), but at least a good recipe came out of it! Have a wonderful week and stay warm!

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