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Fast, Easy, Healthy, Crowd-Pleasing and Quick No-Cook White Chicken Chili Recipe

Updated on January 10, 2011

Delicious White Chicken Chili Recipe

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Chicken chili start to finish

The ingredients: most are already cooked or come from cans.
The ingredients: most are already cooked or come from cans.
Chicken chili simmering on the stove
Chicken chili simmering on the stove
The finished product, ready to eat.
The finished product, ready to eat.

This Is the Best and Fastest Chicken Chili, Great for a Crowd


Here’s a delicious, easy recipe that requires almost no cooking and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. It's also good enough for company. Every time I make it, at least one person asks for the recipe, and usually more than one asks. I swear, this couldn't be easier or tastier. AND it's good for you! Best of all, you can freeze the extras so you always have a stash of healthy, “homemade” dinners on those nights you can’t face the store or don’t want to cook, or when friends stop over or stay late.

This chicken chili is great to have on hand for impromptu Superbowl parties, the World Series, Oscar Night or any other st-home get-together.

All in, this takes under 30 minutes and makes enough for 8 hungry people — or more.

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I have this chopper, and I can't tell you how fast it makes prep work! It's like a plastic sous chef. Not only do you end up with uniform pieces of onion and bell pepper, but you save time and spare yourself tedium. Suddenly, soups and chilis really are FAST meals to prepare.

 

White Chicken Chili Ingredients

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped (I like to use different colors for visual effect)
  • 3 cans of beans, rinsed (I prefer to use a mix, usually of cannellini, black and kidney beans, though pinto, Great Northerns and others all work as well. Also, it's important to rinse the beans, since this is what makes them less gassy!)
  • 1 can corn, rinsed (2 if you are a corn nut)
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 32-oz box of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • blue corn tortilla chips
  • sour cream (regular, light, fat-free or plain yogurt)
  • shredded cheese
  • cilantro
  • sliced jalapeños (optional)

(Feel free to add other seasonings like red pepper flakes, oregano etc. to the chili according to your taste. Play with the amounts to find something that suits you.)

How To Prepare No Cook Chicken Chili

  1. In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, sauté the onion, garlic and peppers until they start to soften, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken broth, beans, corn and tomatoes with their juices. (Again, do NOT forget to rinse the beans! It's not enough to drain them if you want to be sure not to have gas post-chili! Trust me. This makes a huge difference.)
  3. Allow the chili to simmer as you tear 2-inch pieces of chicken from the bone and add it to the pot.
  4. Add spices to your taste and stir. I think the cumin is the most important spice of all of these.
  5. The chili can be served immediately, or you can allow it to simmer a bit to let the flavors meld. Remember, you can control the spiciness of this dish, making it very mild for those who don’t like spice for children or else very hot for the spicy! With jalapeños on the side there’s something for everyone.

Serving Easy Healthy Chicken Chili

  1. Lay a bed of blue corn tortilla chips on the bottom of a bowl.
  2. Ladle a heaping service of the chicken chili and broth on top of the chips.
  3. Garnish with the cheese, sour cream, cilantro and jalapeño, depending on your preference.
  4. Serve with cornbread, if desired.

This dish also tastes delicious with fresh baked corn bread. Marie Callendar makes a very good mix that just requires you to add water and bake it in the oven. Jiffy also has a pretty tasty mix. Here, too, you can spice it up and make it feel homemade by adding some canned corn and/or jalapeños. But that's another "fake homemade" hub. Look it up!

This recipe easily makes enough to serve 8-10 people. Extras freeze well, and I always like to have some frozen chili on hand for those nights when I get home from work and want something healthy and delicious with zero fuss.

Photos of the chili-making process

It all starts with a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.
It all starts with a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.
Most of the ingredients come straight from a can.
Most of the ingredients come straight from a can.
The sauted onion, garlic and peppers before the chicken broth goes in.
The sauted onion, garlic and peppers before the chicken broth goes in.
The broth, beans, corn, tomatoes and chicken simmer on the stove. Stir the chili occasionally.
The broth, beans, corn, tomatoes and chicken simmer on the stove. Stir the chili occasionally.
The garnishes await: Cheese, sour cream, jalapeos and cilantro.
The garnishes await: Cheese, sour cream, jalapeos and cilantro.
Lay a bed of blue corn tortilla chips in a bowl and ladle the chili on top of them. Don't forget to include some broth.The finished, garnished product. So simple.
Lay a bed of blue corn tortilla chips in a bowl and ladle the chili on top of them. Don't forget to include some broth.The finished, garnished product. So simple.

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      Tom Gardens 

      7 years ago

      Really looking delicious and yummy this dishe with chili . Even my all friends love it. I'll definitely recommend this site to my friends and i have also bookmarked it.

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      M Meyer 

      8 years ago

      Love quick and easy!

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      N Fletcher 

      8 years ago

      Sounds like a great recipe, send more!

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      Beanjuice 

      8 years ago

      Can't wait to make this!

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      Deandong 

      8 years ago

      Yum!

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      K. Duxbury 

      8 years ago

      I just made this Chili and it was delicious! super yummy, so easy and my kids LOVED it! In fact they want it for dinner again tonight! thanks!

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