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Chicken Chili Bean Chowder


This tasty chowder is just right for chilly weeknight get-togethers .  Pair it with a mixed-greens salad and rustic bread for a belly warming meal. 

Deer in Snow in Missouri 2012 at TidyMom.net

New Years Eve was one of my favorite kind of days.  A bit gloomy, snowed all day, but not so much snow it shut everything  down. Cold. Relaxing.  Stay inside and snuggle kind of day.

Steve took a walk up to check out one of his new trail cams he set up on the property his sister in law and her husband just bought.  They are going to let him hunt out there and he was dying to see what kind of deer activity the property has……needless to say, I think he’s pretty excited. 

I knew he’d be wet and cold when he got home, so I wanted to make a big pot of something to warm his belly.  I had not been food shopping since before Christmas, so I wasn’t sure what I had on hand.  A quick browse thru the Bush’s Beans recipes and I had everything I needed to make a big pot of Chicken Chili Bean Chowder.

Not only was this recipe simple to make, full of ingredients I usually have on hand, but it was just what he needed to warm him up on such a cold day.

Chicken Chili Bean Chowder recipe at TidyMom

Chicken Chili Bean Chowder

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Chicken Chili Bean Chowder

This tasty bean chowder is just right for chilly weeknight get-togethers . Pair it with a mixed-greens salad and rustic bread for a belly warming meal.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans BUSH’S® Chili Beans, drained
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk, whole or skim
  • 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oil in a 4-quart saucepan or dutch-oven over medium heat. Add onion flakes, celery, carrot and garlic. Cook 5 minutes; stir often.
  2. If you don't already have cooked chicken; Heat a skillet to medium and drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil into the pan and allow to heat through. Place cut up chicken breast (I used 4 small breasts) in pan and allow to cook for 7 or 8 minutes or until brown and golden. Flip and repeat until chicken breast is cooked.
  3. Add chicken, beans, chiles, cumin, broth and milk to pot and bring to a simmer. Cook 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Serve topped with cilantro and cheese.


This chowder was a little more like a soup, if you like your chowder or chili thick and chunky stir in 1/3 cup cornmeal when adding the beans, chiles and broth and milk. This gives the chili a thicker consistency and a texture similar to thin polenta. Recipe slightly adapted from Bush's Beans


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Disclaimer:  I grew up in a house who used Bush’s Beans, I am now proud to be a brand ambassador for them. All opinions and views are my own.


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. I never make chili with chicken and I have no idea why! I always use ground turkey but this looks delish. Happy 2013 Cheryl1

  2. Unfortunately I don’t like beans at all, but I think I might try this recipe anyway – it looks that good!

  3. Yeah… tonight might need to be a soup night. It’s COLD out there!

  4. That is one gorgeous bowl of soup – and that trail cam thing is too cool!!!

  5. Isn’t it fun watching all of the activity on those trail cams? It catches animals doing some funny things, too!!! And this chowder? YUM! I need a bowl for lunch!

  6. Oh wow!! That photo of the deer is amazing! This is the perfect rustic chili 🙂

  7. A gorgeous winter meal. Happy 2013!!

  8. This looks great Cheryl! A hearty, warming soup to ring in the New Year. Happy 2013!

  9. That picture just makes me sad…knowing their days are numbered.

  10. happy new year! Looks perfect for this weather!

  11. Yum – this does look perfect to warm you up! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. We don’t have snow … but this is my kind of dinner!

  13. No snow here in Tampa…but I would still gobble this soup right down!!!

  14. We had this for dinner tonight, it was really yummy! Perfect for a chilly winter evening.

  15. Perfect recipe for a cold, snowy day. Those days are pretty rare here in Georgia, but when we do have one I’m making this for sure!

  16. Looks like you’ll be having a venison chili v soon…

  17. This would warm my belly in .3 seconds! Looks great.

  18. These looks so good! I am waiting for dinner to finish up in the oven and am seriously hungry right now. Logan loves the picture of the deer.

  19. Yum, that looks hearty and good. If your husband’s a hunter, you need to be working on some venison recipes! 😉

  20. Oooh, this looks so great! So comforting and filling- I just love chili!

  21. I bet that is DELICIOUS! And what a great shot of the deer!

  22. Oh I bet that is so good! I’ll have to try this soon, always looking for new dinner ideas 😉

  23. I need a bowl of this for cold nights…like tonight.

  24. Hi Cheryl,
    I actually made this the other night and it was a keeper! I didn’t have the celery but it was still great. I also added the cilantro in as an ingredient instead of a garnish. I also noticed it was a bit thin for chowder so I took a potato smasher and smashed the beans a bit to give it thicker consistency.
    Great soup though,

  25. Looks scrumptious Cheryl!
    And that trail cam is too cool!
    We feed the deer at the farm. I’ve got to tell my Daddy about this camera!
    Hugs from Bainbridge!
    Snuggles to Cullen!

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