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Chicken, Kale, and White Bean Chili

Happy Monday, Y’all!




I’m keeping things short today.  It’s Monday, I have to go to work, and I had some fun distractions.




Yesterday evening Lisa called because she was near my neighborhood.  We agreed that she should stop by and drink beer with us say hi.  Then my Carolina Panthers were playing on Sunday Night Football. Woot!




Cam – if you are reading this I think you’re adorable, a fantastic QB, and I wish you were my son.




I hope that wasn’t too creepy.




In this house football season = chili season.  Normally I do a beef, bean, tomato sauce type chili, but I happened to have roasted a couple of chickens, so I used half of one for a spicy chicken, white bean, and kale chili for Chris.  I used the other half for a chicken, rice, and vegetable soup for me.




FULL DISCLOSURE:  If you have been following this here website for more than 6.32 minutes, you know that I’m a complete weenie when it comes to spicy.  I made this spicy chicken, white bean, and kale chili for Chirs – not me.  I sacrificed myself and tasted this chili because I can’t in good conscience publish a recipe on this here website that I haven’t at least tasted.  It was way too spicy for me and had too many peppers – I know that isn’t a great endorsement for my creation.  Like I said, I made it for Chris and he absolutely LOVED it.  It peppers and spicy blow your dress up, this chili is for you!


Chicken, Kale, and White Bean Chili

Chicken, Kale, and White Bean Chili


  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 4-5 jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 4-5 serrano peppers, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 of a whole cooked chicken, shredded into large pieces
  • 3-4 cups kale, roughly chopped, stems removed
  • 1-1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a large Dutch oven, combine butter and olive oil over medium heat
  2. When butter is melted and oil is hot add onions, jalapeno and serrano peppers, cook until onions are translucent and peppers are soft, 2-3 minutes
  3. Add garlic and cook 1 minute
  4. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook another 1 minute
  5. Add chicken stock, beans, chicken, and spices
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer 20 minutes
  7. Add kale and simmer until kale is tender, 10 -12 minutes
  8. Adjust seasonings and serve with crackers or crusty bread
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36 Responses to Chicken, Kale, and White Bean Chili

  1. Hahaha! Spicy anything totally blows my skirt up! 😀 (*insert Marilyn Monroe moment here*) So this chili is absolutely for me! I prefer chicken chilis, while Boy is more your style (beef and tomatoes), and I can’t wait to try this one! Love the kale addition AND the spice (obvi). Perfect, my dear! Cheers! < 3

    • I’m so glad I could blow your skirt up! Love MM too! When you and Boy head this way, we can have both versions and all kinds of home brew! 🙂 Maybe even brew some home brew!

    • We’re kind of kale obsessed over here too, Dannii! I just planted a bunch in my fall garden! Woot!

  2. White bean chili! Yes! This looks delicious for a cold winter night…with a football game on tv and a beer in hand. Also, it’s not creepy that you want Cam to be your son. Although you should probably try to befriend his dad…rumor has it that he’s sitting on a huge wad of cash! (Spoken like the true SEC football–and non-Auburn–fan that I am, of course. Haha!) 🙂

    • Thanks for your support on the Cam love, David! I don’t want his money, I just want that sweet boy at my dinner table! LOL! 🙂

  3. This chicken kale and bean chili looks and sounds intriguing, Rachelle. I love kale, but never tried this heavenly combo — I think this is the time. Love how perfect this is for a cold evening. Hope you had a good weekend! 🙂

  4. Haha yes, this chili was meant for me since I am all about the spices 🙂 Love the white beans and kale – looks so comforting and delicious!

    • Thanks Annie! Tossing in the kale was totally not planned, but one of those spontaneous moves that worked out in the best way! I’m sure your chili was AWESOME!

  5. I usually make tomato sauce chili, but this one looks amazing and I’ll definitely try it! It is perfect fro me – I love spicy soups!

  6. Yeah baby! Bring on the heat! Seriously, if I’m sweating at the end of the meal – then it’s just spicy enough 😉 This will be perfect for the cooler weather coming and I love that it’s healthy too!

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