Healthy White Bean Chicken Chili

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white bean chicken chili in a bowl with garnishes


On International Women’s Day, I was thinking about the different types of paid and unpaid work that I do every day—writer, recipe developer, editor, blogger, self-promoter, social media manager, chauffeur, laundress, housekeeper, and family cook are just a few of them. Of all of those jobs, family cook is the one that challenges me most often. Every day I ponder the question of what to make for dinner for my family of picky eaters. Every day, I’m pressed for time to shop for and cook a meal, so I look for shortcuts that will cut down on the time it takes to make something healthy that my family will enjoy.

That’s why I love having an assortment of S&W’s canned bean varieties on hand at all times. They look and taste great, and the wide variety—they have pre-seasoned versions, organic, and with 50% less sodium—means there’s a perfect bean for just about any quick dinner I can dream up, like this Healthy White Bean Chicken Chili.

kale and butternut squash for white bean chili

White chili beans from S&W Beans are my new favorite shortcut ingredient. Like all beans from S&W, they taste great, and they’re a whole lot faster to prepare than dried beans. But these have another advantage; They come already seasoned with onions, garlic, spices, and jalapeno. This means that the beans themselves provide the base of flavor you’d normally get by peeling, chopping, and sauteeing aromatics and spices. You can skip all of that work, and just open the can, empty it into a pot, add a few additional spices, some raw chicken (I used chicken tenders, but breasts would be fine, too), and super nutritious kale and butternut squash.

adding kale to pot of white bean chicken chili

I served the chili with guacamole, shredded cheese, and  sweet potato tortilla chips for dunking and scooping (I know they look like Dorito’s in the picture, don’t they? I swear they are Trader Joe’s sweet potato tortilla chips!). Other great garnishes would include diced jalapenos, sour cream, cilantro, diced red onions, or sliced scallions.

assorted S&W bean varieties in cans

S&W Beans look and taste great right out of the can, and they’re healthy way to add protein, fiber, and other important nutrients to your diet. With S&W Beans’ wide variety, a delicious, nutritious meal is always just a can away. In addition to the White Chili Beans, try their organic garbanzo beans, 50% less sodium kidney beans, pinto beans, black chili beans, and other varieties. Now through April, you can try S&W Beans and get $1 off two cans of S&W beans. Visit the S&W website to download or print your coupon.

white bean chicken chili in a bowl with cheese and spoon

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Healthy White Bean Chicken Chili

white bean chicken chili in a bowl with garnishes

Using pre-seasoned white chili beans from S&W Beans makes this recipe super quick and full of flavor. I added butternut squash and kale to make it an extra-healthy one-pot meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can S&W White Chili Beans
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup broth or water
  • 1 ¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 8 ounces diced butternut squash
  • 3 cups sliced kale leaves

Instructions

  1. Pour the beans, along with their liquid, into a medium saucepan. Add the cumin, chili powder, salt, and broth or water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low so that the mixture is at a simmer.
  2. Add the chicken and squash, stirring to ensure both are submerged in the broth. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the squash is tender.
  3. Remove the chicken from the broth and shred it using 2 forks or your hands.
  4. Add the kale to the pot and stir to incorporate. Return the chicken to the pot and let simmer for about 5 minutes more, until the kale is tender and the chicken is hot. Serve immediately.

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