Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Makes 3 qt.

Store-bought rotisserie chicken shortcuts the cook time, while white ale adds spice, body, and flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt butter with oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add white onion and next 7 ingredients, and sauté 8 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic, and cook 30 seconds.

Step 2

Stir in beans and beer, and cook 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add chicken and broth; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 30 minutes until thickened. Serve with desired toppings.

Step 3

Note: We tested with Blue Moon Belgian White Wheat Ale.

Ratings & Reviews

JulieUpton's Review

January 03, 2014
I made this exactly as written, with the exception of leaving out the jalapeño pepper. The only reason for the exception of the pepper is that my daughter and husband don't like things too hot. It was delicious. My husband gave it a 7.5 (anything without meat or chocolate can only get an 8 in his rating system) but I rate it outstanding. Delicious with some guacamole and chips. A keeper!

sibur919's Review

November 02, 2013
This is really good. I sub chili powder for the chipotle power and cooked my own chicken and used the broth from it. I used the lime sourcream for a topping. It is great!!!

GaffPearce's Review

October 09, 2013
This is by far the best chicken chili or any soup/chili I have ever run across. I made it exactly as the written recipe and it was outstanding! Be sure to use the lime cream, onions, and cilantro and some crusty bread. Going to make it again in a few minutes...

A super bowl for the Super Bowl.

February 06, 2017
I made this for a super bowl party yesterday. Big hit! I didn't make the lime cream so I put lime juice in the chili Next time, I will make the lime cream. Thanks for a super recipe!

Delicious Chicken Chili

October 27, 2015
This is our favorite chicken chili. It's a real crowd pleaser. I use half the oil, my own roasted chicken, poblano pepper and Alagash White Ale. Delicious!!!

brownci's Review

February 10, 2014

abc012's Review

October 23, 2013
Did not use ale and without it lacked a depth of flavor. Even if the beer had been used, the recipe would have been an enjoyable, solid recipe, but not stellar. The lime/sour cream topping was a good addition.

OkieChef1's Review

October 14, 2013
Delicious combination of flavors with the sweet potatoes, chipotle and lime...followed the recipe exactly and will definitely make this chili again!

mgandrews's Review

October 11, 2013

Sadie2004's Review

October 01, 2013
Excellent! Will definitely cook this again. I chopped up some leftover grilled chicken breasts, had to use some sherry instead of ale (probably 1/3 cup). It was spicy, so served over rice with cilantro, lime, chopped green onions and sour cream to the side. Let it simmer for quite a while and the sweet potato was completely cooked and delicious. I really liked the cumin and chipotle flavors in this recipe.