White Chicken Quinoa Chili

White Chicken Quinoa Chili

Do you have cold weather in your area of the world?  Woohoo, we finally do!  It’s time for our soup meters to be hitting all cylinders to warm our engines!

My cousin shared a recipe with me that her niece had sent to her by phone image.  (What does that mean?  Is she my second cousin?  Third?  Once removed?  Twice?  Who keeps up with that stuff?)

My cousin promptly sent the picture to me, and I printed the recipe from my phone.  (Gotta love technology!)  It had no notation of the source, and many changes were written in the margins.  It’s one of the most versatile chicken chili recipes I’ve ever seen.  And delicious!

This is the version I concocted, and it was easy and quick to use chicken from my freezer stock of baked chicken pieces.  Such a time saver.  Gotta love that, too.

White Chicken Quinoa Chili

You can substitute jalapeno peppers for the bell peppers, salsa verde for the tomato salsa, black beans for the white beans, and you can also add corn and zucchini chunks if you wish.  Basically, you can make this into whatever you like.

Heck, go ahead and throw in a handful of chopped kale while you’re at it!  🙂

White Chicken Quinoa Chili

A delicious and healthy chicken chili for cold, wintry days.  Enjoy!

Course Soup
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword gluten-free, organic vegetables, pastured chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people plus extra for later


  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 med-large Onion, diced
  • 1 med-large Bell Pepper, diced (any color or 2 jalapenos)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 jar Salsa of choice (roasted or regular)
  • 1 pound Cooked Chicken, chopped
  • 1 15-oz can White or Black Beans
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa (rinsed if using unrinsed)
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 sm can Diced Tomatoes
  • Salt, Pepper, and Parsley to taste


  1. Saute onion and diced pepper in olive oil until softened (5 minutes).  Add garlic and cumin for another minute, stirring continually.

  2. Add remaining ingredients except salt, pepper, and parsley and simmer 15 minutes.  (If including zucchini, corn, chopped kale, or any other veggies, add that, too.)

  3. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and parsley (or cilantro if you like cilantro).  Enjoy!  🙂

Is your engine ready for warming?  Will you add this recipe to your menu this week?  It will be a constant in my menu reportoire, for sure.  All winter long!

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    • Kim

      Yes, it is bitterly cold here today – with even colder temps expected tomorrow. Guess what’s for dinner? That’s right. Leftover White Chicken Quinoa Chili! Bundle up and/or stay inside by the fire. Hugs! 🙂

  • Belinda

    I just wanted to let you know that I do like the Turmeric Latte. I made it first with Almond Milk b/c that’s what I had then got some Coconut Milk and I will say I like it with Coconut milk better. I left out the black pepper and decided to just cut back on the amount. I actually crave it at times. Who knew! I’m going to try the chili as well. I have Quinoa in the pantry already. We saw out first snow today, just a skiff but was beautiful coming down. We’ve not gotten much snow in the past few years here in NW Ark. but I’m still dreaming!!
    God bless you and yours on your journey.
    Sister in Christ

    • Kim

      Great! Thanks for telling me your opinion about the Turmeric Spice Latte. I’m so glad you like it. I drank a mug full just now because it is so cold and rainy here today. The pepper is good for helping the curcumin in the turmeric be absorbed in your body – increased by 2000%! I sometimes forget to add the pepper and feel I’ve wasted the turmeric. Oh, well! It’s so hard to think of snow already. Maybe we’ll both have a very wintry winter. (Fingers crossed.) I hope you enjoy the chili! 🙂

  • Belinda

    Just read an article about turmeric and black pepper so I won’t be leaving it out after all. Thanks for the info. The snow didn’t stick but it was pretty while coming down. We haven’t had snow in several years so it was a surprise. Have a blessed day.

    • Kim

      Just a tiny pinch is all the black pepper you need. I’m glad you had a pretty (although brief) view of your snow. Maybe more will come soon. 😉

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