Another White Chicken Chili

I used to make white chicken chili all the freaking time.

It got to the point where I could make it without checking the recipe, it came out the same every single time, and thanks to that, I got really sick of it. Adam got sick of it. Heck, I think our fridge got sick of holding the leftovers.

When we grocery shopped this weekend, chicken breasts were on killer sale. Adam reminded me about white chicken chili, and I realized it had been a long time since I'd made a batch. One of my favorite things about any dish with stewed chicken is, obviously, the stewed chicken. It gets the way that only something cooked for a long time can get.

white chicken chili

Of course, a dish that can be topped with sharp cheddar cheese and sour cream is good in my book, but one that can be made South Beach Diet friendly is even better. Extra beans, lean chicken, and low-sodium chicken broth made for a comforting and satisfying meal. The kick of cumin and cayenne pepper, along with jalapeños and tomatoes added texture, warmth, and everything necessary for a great dinner.

white chicken chili

White Chicken Chili, 2012 Edition

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Ingredients (Serves 8)

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 cans Great Northern beans (a.k.a. cannellini beans)
  • 32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes with jalapeños (like Ro-Tel), drained
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • sour cream and cheddar cheese for garnish


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
  • Add the garlic and onion and sautee until the onions are translucent.
  • Next, add the chicken, beans, broth, and spices.
  • Stir well, and lower the heat to medium.
  • Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Shred the chicken, return it to the pot, then simmer uncovered about 10 minutes.
  • Serve with sour cream and cheddar
  • This can also be made in the crock pot! Just add all ingredients except oil, halve the liquid, and cook on low for 6-8 hours!

white chicken chili

We both enjoyed every bite, and we're warm from the inside out.

Have a fantastic Thursday!



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8 Responses to Another White Chicken Chili

  1. Dianne says:

    Are great northern beans the reallly big beans or the smaller ones. Beans in general gross me out so I they have to be of the smaller variety. Are navy beans smaller?

  2. That looks really delicious! White chicken chili is one of those things I’m always telling myself I need to make, and then I forget all about it. 🙂
    Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness)´s last blog post ..A Gluten-Free Christmas

  3. Amanda says:

    Pinned this! I’m doing the SBD diet too (day 3 of Phase 1) and I need more recipe ideas. Looks awesome. 🙂
    Amanda´s last blog post ..SBD Day 3: Peanut sauce?

  4. I’ve been seeking out Alex friendly recipes lately, and pretty much anything with meat and cheese is a go, so this is totally pinned now. And I LOVE the orange bowl… I’ve been really drawn to orange lately for some reason… so bright and happy!
    Christin@purplebirdblog´s last blog post ..Cabbage and Lentil Soup

  5. Biz says:

    You had me at cheese and sour cream – looks delicious Mara!
    Biz´s last blog post ..Sweet Potato Hash

  6. This looks so yummy! I’m going to try it as soon as it gets a bit cooler here in LA. Thanks!
    Ji @ Midwest Girl in LA´s last blog post ..A sweet sugary victory and a hot bowl of pho.

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