White Chicken Chili

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This recipe for a white chicken chili was adapted from one submitted to our local newspaper four or five years ago. A personal chef who favors healthy eating created it and it has become a cold weather staple in our household.

I double the stock so it is more like soup than a classic chili and love the low sodium level of the finished chili. It is my favorite for a healthy start to the New Year.

Serves 3-4

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 four oz. can green chopped chiles
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 quart chicken stock, preferably homemade or a low-sodium commercial brand

1. Poach the chicken breasts in water with lemon juice. Add squeezed lemon halves to poaching liquid. (This will allow the lemon oil released from the rind to flavor the poaching liquid.)  Cook, covered, over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Cut into thickest part of breast to see that meat is no longer pink. Remove and shred when cooled.

2. Heat oil, add onion and cook for five minutes. Add garlic, chiles, cumin, coriander, oregano and cayenne.  Stir until blended.

3. Add the beans, stock and shredded chicken. Add the stock and stir.

4. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer 20-30 minutes. (Better reheated).

5. Serve with dollop of low-fat sour cream and/or grated reduced fat cheese.


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6 Responses to White Chicken Chili

  1. Toni September 30, 2010 at 4:17 am #

    This soup will be on my new grandma list which I’ll be cooking for the new parents once Tassia blesses us with her arrival.

    • lizthechef September 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

      It freezes well, Toni, good for in advance prep. Remember, my date I am betting on is 10-19!

  2. Linda Padia December 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    Hi there! Love your blog format, I am using wordpress for my recipes, too, don’t consider myself a “blogger” like so many of the fabulous ones online, though. Anyway, wanted to tell you I love this recipe, I first saw it out on F52, it is one of my favorite soups! Thanks ~Linda (lapadia)

    • lizthechef December 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

      Thanks, Linda – it is a winter “regular” at our house. Never got any attention on the site, though. Glad you enjoy it!

  3. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence November 10, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Mmm, this looks so healthy and comforting. I’d love a bowl for lunch today 🙂

    • Liz November 10, 2014 at 10:13 am #

      Thanks, Brandon – finally chili weather!

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