Pumpkin White Bean Chicken Chili

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Pumpkin white bean chicken chili makes for a delicious meal on a cool fall day. Made with simple ingredients and filled with warm spices like cumin, cinnamon and oregano, it’s a great make-ahead soup that tastes even better for lunch the next day.

pumpkin white bean chicken chili with avocado, yogurt and fresh cilantro

Soup season is in full swing there’s no denying a warm bowl of soup just hits the spot on a chilly day. You can pack so many different vegetables, greens, grains and proteins in one pot and end up with a flavorful bowl of soup in now time. Soup is a fall and winter staple in our house and I’m excited to share this pumpkin white bean chicken chili that’s sure to be on rotation from now on!

It comes together easily on one pot and is gluten and dairy free. A tip for making it even easier? Grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and use the cooked chicken in the soup instead of cooking it from raw.

Typically you don’t see pumpkin in white bean chili recipes but pumpkin goes really well with southwestern flavors like cumin, and cilantro and so I thought why not switch things up from traditional chili and add it to this?!

In addition to adding more fall flavor, pumpkin adds more nutrition to anything you add it too. A true fall superfood, pumpkin adds vitamin A, C, E and potassium and fiber to both sweet and savory things. From lattes to soups and everything in between, you’ll always find a can (or five!) in my pantry!

And while there’s a whole can of pumpkin puree in this soup recipe but that does not mean it’s just for fall! I’ll be enjoying this soup long after pumpkin season is over because of how flavorful, delicious and easy it is to make. Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients for Pumpkin White Bean Chicken Chili

  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • onion
  • jalapeno
  • chicken broth
  • pumpkin puree
  • canned white beansaka cannellini beans!
  • frozen corn
  • chicken this soup is the perfect way to use store-bought rotisserie chicken.
  • green chilies
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • cinnamon
  • paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh cilantro
  • avocado for serving – sliced avocado on top adds a nice creaminess to the soup plus more healthy fat for staying power.
  • plain greek yogurt for servingI like siggi’s plain yogurt on top of this soup. To keep this recipe dairy-free opt for a plant-based yogurt.

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pumpkin white bean chicken chili with avocado, yogurt and fresh cilantro

Pumpkin White Bean Chicken Chili

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Pumpkin white bean chicken chili is a flavorful and nutritious meal that you’ll want to make again and again this fall! It comes together in one pot and tastes even better the next day. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 servings


  • 1 1/2 lb chicken breast
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil divided
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno chopped + extra for serving
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 can white beans
  • 1 can green chiles
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 cup cilantro + more for serving
  • plain greek yogurt to serve
  • sliced avocado to serve


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat in a pot. Add the chicken and saute for about 3-5 minutes then remove and set aside.
  • In the pot, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno. Cook until softened.
  • Add cumin, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and salt and peppers. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer.
  • Add the chicken stock, pumpkin puree, beans, and chilies. 
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or using two forks, shred the chicken.
  • Once shredded, add in the chicken, corn and cilantro. Stir to combine. 
  • Add to a bowl to serve and top with sliced avocado, jalapeno, greek yogurt and cilantro. Enjoy! 
Keyword pumpkin white bean chicken chili; pumpkin chili, pumpkin white bean chili

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  1. Rainy day here, so I made this. It was absolutely wonderful! The depth of flavours was amazing. ! I added some chopped sweet potato and it was a nice addition. Thank you for such a yummy recipe, restaurant quality!