White Chicken Chili #SkinnyTip

A terrific game day chili option featuring chicken and cannellini beans! This White Chicken Chili is a spicy and comforting dinner to enjoy at half time.

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili: A Family Favorite from Way Back

I bumped into a mom of one of Tom’s grade school classmates at an event recently. She pulled me aside and thanked me for sharing my chicken chili in the school cookbook years ago, as it had become one of her family’s favorite soups. It was due for some tweaking and after approval from the hubby, it was ready to share with you all.

White Chicken ChiliNot Quite a 3-Alarm Chili

Spicier that my original, I was afraid Bill would call it a 3-alarm chili, AKA “I need 3 beers to wash it down!” But a little dollop of sour cream was the perfect antidote. Feel free to up the red pepper flakes if you want a fiery soup, we have tender palates in this household. Well, one of us does. This is perfect on a chilly winter night or on game day. Give it a try!

Skinny Tip

I’m offering a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’m featuring some of my past tips to help you start 2015 on a healthy note. Click on the #SkinnyTip tag at the end of this post to see all my previous tips.

Tip #55: I eat numerous times a day. Squeezing in a healthy snack between meals helps stave off intense hunger pangs which can lead to overeating.

White Chicken Chili

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Serves: 4 servings

A terrific game day chili featuring chicken and white beans.
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ounce can chopped green chiles
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 4 cups cooked and chopped chicken
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • Green onions, Monterey jack cheese, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, cilantro to garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Cook onions in oil till soft. Add garlic and saute for a minute or so. Add chiles, beans, chicken broth, spices and chicken and simmer for 30 minutes. Add spinach and cook till wilted.
  2. Serve with garnishes of your choice.

Comments

  1. Yum! This sounds like a lovely idea for Winter and I love having spinach in my chili. Super good!

  2. I will have to try spinach in my version. The original recipe I ended up tweaking called for 2 T. of cayenne. Talk about three-alarm!!!!!

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    This sounds good Liz and I have some chicken in the freezer… Just need to pick up spinach:@)

  4. Looks delicious, and I love spicy! 🙂

  5. I’ve never made (or even tried) white chicken chili, but I’d love to give yours a try. We have tender palates in my house too (the others think I’m adventurous because I like medium salsa). I think they’d love this version!

  6. This looks so delicious! What a great way to warm up a cold winter day…love it! Thanks so much for sharing another great recipe!

  7. Guess what we were just talking about having for dinner on this cold, damp, rainy, London-like day! Are you back from N.Z.?? I am just pea green with envy about your trip!
    xo

  8. This look really fresh and delicious 🙂
    Liz x

  9. What a soothing chili and one that is sure to have everyone asking for seconds. It is also a healthy chili which is perfect to start my new year with!

  10. It looks so delicious yet quite healthy!

  11. I love white chicken chili, a warming bowl of this sounds wonderful!

  12. White chili is not so common. Great idea.

  13. It’s yummilious, Liz! Is this Asian style? It looks quite similar to our Chinese cooking.

  14. Lizzy,
    Great recipe. Just in time for the frigid temperatures.
    Annamaria

  15. I made white chicken chili when all the kids were home for Christmas. The next time I will add spinach, its a great addition.

  16. What a heart-warming dish of comfort food!

  17. A tasty little soup you’ve made here Liz! Simple and lots and lots of flavor! Happy 2015!

  18. What a delicious chili! And so healthy too.. this is a recipe I need to make for myself tonight!

  19. Perfect bowl of comfort in the cold weather, Liz! Hope you had some in the freezer for when you arrived home, cold and tired. 🙂

  20. YUM! This looks so good!

  21. xobeachlife says:

    Fantastic! I tweaked the recipe a little to reduce the calories. I put everything but the beans and the spinach in the slow cooker. Cooked for 3 hours on high. Removed the chicken and shredded it then added back to the pot along with the beans and 1/2 c corn. Also, I used 2 cans of beans. The flavor is DELICIOUS! Thank you for sharing. It will be a regular meal in my house.

  22. Betty Albert says:

    YUM! I think this one is light enough to serve anytime! THANKS!

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