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My Favorite White Bean Chili Recipe

As we near the end of the winter season, the weather is getting just a few degrees warmer and the days are getting longer. While I look forward to the new growth of Spring, I’m also still cherishing these peaceful, quiet last days of winter on our farm. By this time of year, we can often feel chilled to the bone so today I’m sharing with you one of my family’s favorite recipes for warmth and nourishment as we finish out these last days of winter. Enjoy!

White Bean Chili

Paula Deen
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 42 mins


  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 lb collard greens or kale, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green chiles (fresh or canned)
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 15-oz cans navy beans or white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • light sour cream, tomatoes, and or lime wedges (for garnish)
  • avocado slices (optional for topping)


  • In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion; cook for 2-3 minutes, until slightly softened. Add the chicken, cumin, oregano, white pepper, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and 1-2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper. Cook, stirring, until the chicken is slightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the collard greens and cook, stirring occassionally, until they are slightly wilted, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chiles and chicken broth and bring to a boil, stirring occassionally. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occassionally, for approximately 20 minutes, until slightly thickened. Stir in the beans and cook for another 10 minutes. Stir in the cilantro.
  • Transfer the chili to bowls and garnish with sour cream, chopped tomatoes, and or lime wedges for garnish. My family and I also love to top with fresh slices of avocado. Enjoy!

Wishing you moments of joy and beauty in these quiet late winter days…



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  1. Betsey merclean says:

    5 stars
    Looks yummy!