White Cheddar & Apple Chicken Chili

Chili doesn’t have to be all about ‘the meat’. This White Cheddar & Apple Chicken Chili is the compromise your stove top’s been looking for! A sweet & savory, Fall-themed spin on a Southern classic- it’s guaranteed to be a hit come dinner-time. 

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White Cheddar & Apple Chicken Chili

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White Cheddar & Apple Chicken Chili

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White Cheddar & Apple Chicken Chili


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White Cheddar & Apple Chicken Chili

There was a long time where I only associated chili with beef and beans. I mean, really? That’s what traditional chili is, right?

Nope. Do not sell yourself, or your chili game, short. Chili was always destined for bigger and better things. Just take this White Cheddar & Apple Chicken Chili for example.

This is not a ‘you’re looking to lose a little weight’ so let’s go with a healthier chili option, chili. This is a hearty, whole calorie, full bodied dish.

White Cheddar & Apple Chicken Chili

The sauteed apples cook up to the consistency of soft potatoes, and they take on the spices beautifully. To the point where every bite is infused with flavor, but not overwhelming. 

My kids didn’t even know they were eating apples, until I told them. Even knowing didn’t put them off this chili, although they were confused with there own sense of taste for a few.

It’s a wholesome, comforting chili- stuffed full of beans and seasoned, sauteed apples (the taste like seasoned potatoes), and rotisserie chicken. Cooked in a seasoned chicken broth, this White Cheddar & Apple Chicken Chili is the simple dinner to beat all dinners, especially when it comes to seasonal favorites.

White Cheddar & Apple Chicken Chili

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White Cheddar & Apple Chicken Chili

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Course: Chili
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 apples peeled, and roughly chopped
  • 1 white onion peeled & roughly diced
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup half & half
  • 2 15 oz cans canellini beans
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • To a dutch oven, or other large pot, add the olive oil and heat over medium heat. When the oil's hot, add the apples and onion. Stir. Add in the chili powder and cumin, stirring to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes, or until the apples and onions are soft. Transfer them to a plate, and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low. Melt the butter in the pot, then whisk in the flour. Let cook for 60 seconds, to let the flour taste cook out.
  • Add in the broth, whisking in a bit at a time, until the mixture comes back together. Then whisk in the milk. Continue simmering, whisking occasionally, until the mixture's thickened- about 3-5 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken and apple/onion mixture until evenly combined.
  • Stir the chili, if too thick- add a little extra broth to thin it out, otherwise, stir in the cheese until melted. This chili is meant to be on the thicker side.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings!


recipe adapted from Little Broken

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