Sep 22

Hot Mama’s White Bean Chicken Chili

Fantastic Freezer Meals: Share your tips and tricks for making one – or more freezer meals. It’s the end of the gardening season for some of us; let’s store away that produce in heat-and-eat-from-the-freezer-meals. Show how convenient healthy freezer breakfast, lunches or dinners can be!

Freezer meals are all sorts of wonderful, especially when you don’t have much free time to speak of!

Back in the town that my school is in, we have Taste of our Town (“TOOT” for short) every second Saturday in October to showcase downtown shops and local businesses/organizations.

It’s a day filled with food, music and fun, and for my first two years of medical school, I’d volunteer with my school’s Family Medicine Club to offer blood pressure screenings to the community, then run off to church to play piano, and then come back to join in on the festivities.

As you might know, I spend a fair amount of time volunteering at Please Save A Cat

They say hello!

They say hello!

Last year, Linda made her Hot Mama’s White Bean Chicken Chili to sell at TOOT–the proceeds go toward food, litter, vet bills, and other supplies to take care of the 86 cats that we take care of. <3 Since it went so well last year (a bunch of people came back to ask if they could buy more to take home to freeze for later), she’s making it again this year!

And I can actually be there to help out this year!! Thanks to my scheduling catastrophe, I will not in fact be flying out to Washington this weekend for my would-be audition rotation.

But since one of my philosophies in life is to always look for the silver linings, the fact that I can’t go on that rotation means that I will still be here, so that means I can help Linda out for Taste of our Town this year! (I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that my school will get back to me before November, so that I can at least go then, but…we’ll see what happens.)

Hot Mama’s White Bean Chicken Chili



  • 1 package (16 oz) northern beans
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 package frozen Mexican corn mix
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 2 15.5 oz cans of cannellini beans (white kidney)
  • 3 (~12 oz) boneless chicken breast, grilled
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • salt (to taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Avocado


  • Fresh cilantro (to taste)
  • Avocado, cubed (to taste)
  • Red chili pepper, sliced (to taste)
  • Sour cream (to taste)
  1. Soak beans overnight in water and a sprinkle of salt.
  2. Drain water out and rinse the beans.
  3. Add chicken and broth to crockpot and let cook on high for 1 hour, then shred the chicken and add the beans and all other ingredients.
  4. Cook for 4 hours on high and serve!
  5. Top with fresh cilantro, avocado, pepper, and sour cream!

Once this cools, you can dispense it into tupperware and then freeze it for a later meal!



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  1. Rachel G

    Man, I love chilies, and I’m not a big fan of ground beef, so chicken chili is my preferred version, anyways. The only chili-type of beans I can find here are red kidney beans and black beans, though, so I have to make do with those.

    1. Farrah

      I feel like you can’t go wrong with the types of beans used when it comes to chili–the kind I usually make uses red kidney beans and black beans! 😀

  2. Corina

    Wow! This looks amazing – I’m eating breakfast right now but I wish i was eating this!
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    1. Farrah

      It’s awesome to warm up with in the morning! 😀

  3. Ally @OmNomAlly

    Yum! This absolutely looks like a meal I would make and pop in my freezer 🙂 All I need is chicken breast and I could make this right now. Thanks for sharing the recipe as well as talking about your volunteering work!

    1. Farrah

      Yay! I hope you like it! <3 + hooray for volunteering!

  4. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    Oh, yum! I love chili! And this one sounds amazing!

    1. Farrah

      Chili’s one of my favorite comfort foods! <3

  5. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living

    Love all the toppings on your chili, especially the hot chili peppers!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks! Those hot chili peppers give it an extra kick! :D!

  6. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    im all for soups and stews! and the toppings, yummmmmm
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    1. Farrah

      Soups and stews are where it’s at for fall! <3!

  7. Lauren @ Eating with a Purpose

    I love all the beans in this recipe! Will definitely be trying this out 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Yay! 😀 I hope you like em’!

  8. Alanna

    Nothing screams comfort more than a bowl of chili!! White bean chicken chili is my favorite – and those toppings!!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! And oh yes, toppings–avocados make my world go round! :]

  9. Abby

    I love white bean chili, so I’m not sure why I’ve never made it. I just pinned this recipe, though, because it’s happening soon!
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    1. Farrah

      Yay! I hope you like it! 😀

  10. Ilona @ Ilona's Passion

    Yum! I love chili. I can eat it all the time:)
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    1. Farrah

      Same here! :D!

  11. Kristin

    I love freezer meals and I love chilli! Adding this to m my must make list!
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    1. Farrah

      Hooray! 😀 I hope you like it!

  12. Liz

    YUM! So happy fall is here, because chili is one of my favorites.. such a comfort food 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Fall recipes are one of the only reasons why I’m okay with summer leaving! 😛

  13. Diane

    Love all the ingredients you used in this freezer friendly chill! Your TOOT sounds fun!
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    1. Farrah

      I can’t wait til this year’s! Still trying to dream up other things to make for it though! *-*

  14. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    I love that you always look for the silver linings, Farrah!
    BTW this soup sounds so hearty and comforting!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Shashi! I figure it’s best to face situations with a positive attitude when possible! (Definitely easier said than sometimes, but…the effort is there!)

  15. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    This is my kinda chili 😉 So many good things in there!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Rebecca! <3

  16. Shann Eva

    This looks delicious! I’m excited to make and freeze some of it too. I’m always running short on time. The “Toot” festival sounds like fun. Great round-up of recipes too.
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! 😀 I love meal prepping for exactly that reason! *-*

  17. genevieve @ gratitude & greens

    Chili is one of my favourite freezer meals! So perfect for cold fall and winter days when all you want to do is curl up on the couch!
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    1. Farrah

      Ah, so very much agreed! <3

  18. jill conyers

    Farrah this looks delicious. I bet it would be simple to sub the chicken without changing the wonderful flavors. Thanks for sharing the yumminess!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Jill! I think it could easily be subbed in with something else too!

  19. Jessica Joy

    this looks delish! I have been wanting to mix up my chili, and this is the perfect spin! And, I love that it uses dry beans. thank you so much for sharing. And, as always, I love how engaged you are – so many activities and pursuits – studly times10. Xoxo
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much! 😀 Dry beans are so much cheaper–I had it try it out to see if it could be a regular thing! 😛

  20. Jen

    This recipe looks so good! I’m going to make it! I tried to use your click to tweet & it put + signs in between every word.
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    1. Farrah

      Augh! That’s weird! x_x Thank you for the heads up! <3 I'll look into it!

  21. Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen

    My crockpot is collecting dust. I need to take it out to make this.

    1. Farrah

      I miss my crockpot! <3 I'm moving all over the place right now, and I was afraid it'd break if I brought it with me. ;_;

  22. Cindys Recipes and Writings

    White bean chili is one of my favorites, yum!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! :D! It’s so tasty! <3

  23. Sina @ Vegan Heaven

    I love chili! I love that you added avocado, Farrah! 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      <3! Avocado makes everything in life better! ;P

  24. Autumn

    Omgee I just made white bean chili this past weekend! I guess great minds think alike! Mine was very similar only with spicy white sauce. This one looks delish, thanks for sharing
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    1. Farrah

      They do indeed! <3 Spicy white sauce sounds awesome!! 😀 How'd you make it? :]!

  25. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Yum!!!! I love anything with these seasonings!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! <3 I kinda go to town on the seasonings, hehehe.

  26. McKaye

    Okay, this looked like HEAVEN!! This is my kind of meal. Totally going to make it this week.
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, thank you so much! :] I hope you like it!

  27. Anne|Craving Something Healthy

    I love, LOVE the name of this recipe! It sounds yummy and I can’t wait to try it! PS. That’s a lotta cats 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      hehe, thanks so much! <3 My friend came up with it!

      Indeed it is! :] They grow up with a whole lotta love! <3

  28. Jess @hellotofit

    I love chili in the fall and winter! It might be one of my favorite soups. Looks awesome, Farrah!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Jess! 😀 Chili is definitely one of my favorites in the colder months too!

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