Vegan White Bean “Chicken” Chili from Megan Sadd’s Vegan YUM

This Vegan White Bean Chicken Chili recipe is an exclusive from Megan Sadd’s cookbook Vegan YUM: The Secrets to Mastering Plant-Based Cooking. Click here to find out where you can purchase a copy of the book.

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Megan Sadd has spent nearly her entire life studying plant-based cuisine to discover the best, most satisfying and delicious ways of cooking vegan food. In this cookbook, she shares all of her secrets. We’ve got comfort foods―hello Crispy Southern Chickpea Sandwiches and Meat Lover’s BBQ Pulled Jackfruit with Avocado Slaw. We’ve got masterpieces, like Spring Linguine with King Oyster Scallops, where every bite will have you saying, “Yuuumm!” And best of all, a whole chapter is dedicated to Megan’s signature cheeses and meals stuffed with ooey-gooey cheesy goodness. Just wait till you try her Smoky Gouda Melt, Pesto Mac ‘n’ Cheese or Roasted Vegetable Romanesco Lasagna―you’ll think you’ve died and gone to foodie heaven.

Besides a huge variety of weeknight-friendly meals and Megan’s stunning photography with every recipe, each chapter begins with beautiful illustrated reference pages to help you master plant-based cooking. This is more than a great recipe book. It’s an inspiring and instructive ode to flavor that will revolutionize the way you cook.


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White Bean Chicken Chili from Megan Sadd’s Vegan YUM

White Bean Chicken Chili


This flavorful chili is also a lesson in how to make creamy soups without dairy. You will be amazed by how easy it is! Here, we use cashew cream for creaminess and pureed beans to thicken the chili while the corn and zucchini keep the meal nice and light. This is one of my most loved childhood meals. I hope it becomes one of your family favorites too! 


  • 1 jalapeño 
  • ½ white or yellow onion 
  • 12 oz (340 g) prepared vegan chicken strips (see Fresh Tip! for substitutions) 
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil or 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) vegetarian chicken broth 
  • 1 (4-oz [113-g]) can green chilis, drained 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 tsp (4 g) cumin 
  • 1 tsp chili powder 
  • 1 tsp oregano 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne 
  • 2 small zucchini 
  • 2 (14-oz [400-g]) cans white beans, drained, rinsed and divided 
  • 3 cups (720 ml) vegan chicken broth, divided 
  • ½ cup (68 g) fresh or frozen corn 
  • ¼ cup (40 g) raw cashews, soaked for 6+ hours or boiled for 10 minutes 
  • 1½ tsp (7 ml) lime juice 

For Serving 

  • 1 cup (120 g) shredded vegan mozzarella or Cheddar 
  • 2 avocados, diced 1⁄4 cup (4 g) cilantro, chopped 
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) vegan sour cream or cashew cream (page 93) 
  • 10 oz (283 g) tortilla chips 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Slice the jalapeño in half width-wise. Deseed then mince half of it. Thinly slice the other half and set aside for garnish. Dice the onion and the vegan chicken. Preheat a pan over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the oil, onion, green chilis and minced jalapeño. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, until the onion is softened. 
  2. Add the vegan chicken, garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt and cayenne. Mix well and cook until the chicken is slightly browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. Slice the zucchini into 1⁄4-inch (6-mm) half moons, then add them to the pan. Mix well and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Set aside 1 cup (262 g) of beans and 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) of broth. Add the remaining beans, broth and corn to the pot. Mix well and bring to a simmer. Simmer for8 to 10 minutes until the zucchini is softened. Meanwhile, in a high-speed blender, blend the reserved beans, broth and cashews on high until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Stir the mixture into the soup to thicken. Add the lime juice. Taste and adjust the spices, if desired.
  4. Simmer for another 5 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle, then ladle the chili into serving bowls. Top with shredded cheese, avocado, cilantro, reserved sliced jalapeños and a dollop of sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips and lime wedges.


For a whole-food, plant-based version, swap the vegan chicken for a can of chickpeas or extra corn, zucchini and white beans. Use vegetable broth in place of vegan chicken broth if needed. 

Reprinted with permission from Vegan YUM by Megan Sadd, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Megan Sadd

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White Bean Chicken Chili from Megan Sadd’s Vegan YUM

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  1. I love this book and recipe! Seriously, what a great find. The photography and illustrations are next level and so far, so are the recipes! I’ve tried this one and two more. All of them winners. Can’t wait to keep cooking from it! Definitely planning to share the book with my non-vegan family too.


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