Fast Chicken Chili

This quickie chili comes together in a flash, making it ideal for busy weeknights. Stirring mashed cannellini beans into the chili adds body. You could also use navy or pinto beans.

Fast Chicken Chili
Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/Wonderful Machine; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ cup vertically sliced onion

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

  • 3 cups no-salt-added canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 (4-ounce) cans chopped green chiles, undrained and divided

  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves

  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges


  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken; sauté 4 minutes. Add onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, oregano and red pepper; sauté 3 minutes. Add 2 cups beans, water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 can chiles and broth; bring to a boil.

  2. Mash 1 cup beans and 1 can chiles in a bowl. Add to soup; simmer 5 minutes. Serve with cilantro and lime.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

189 Calories
4g Fat
15g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 189
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 624mg 27%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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