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White Bean Thai Basil Chicken Chili

East meets Southwest in this flavor-packed, prize-winning recipe.

September 26, 2016

This prize-winning recipe is easy and nutritious.

Serves eight. 


  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups boiled or roasted chicken, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Two 32-ounce cans great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 11/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 11/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Thai basil, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 small lime


  1. In a 4-quart stock pot, sauté carrot, bell pepper and onion in butter over medium heat for 2–3 minutes, until onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add garlic and sauté for a minute more.See below note for a lower fat alternative.
  3. Add chicken broth.
  4. Add chopped chicken, tomato and beans.
  5. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and chili flakes.
  6. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  7. Right before serving, add cilantro, Thai basil and lime juice. Ladle into bowls and serve with a crusty bread.

Note: Instead of butter or oil, use 2 to 3 tablespoons bouillon broth or olive oil when sautéing garlic and onion to cut down on fat. Also, to simplify the cooking process you can cut up chicken into small pieces and add it raw when sautéing garlic and onion, instead of adding cooked chicken. If Thai basil is not available, regular basil works fine. You’ll just lose a bit of the East-meets-Southwest flavor.


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There is no mention of the beans in the 'preparation' section of the recipe.


In the preparation of the chili, it is not mentioned when to add the beans. Should they be added with the chicken broth?

#4 Add chopped chicken, tomato and beans.

Since I would cook this for ONE, please add information about freezing.