Great make-ahead recipe for a cool day -- other options are to let it simmer on the stove to warm the boat up or cook it in a thermal cooker. Vary the amount and type of peppers to make this chili as mild or spicy as you want. Instructions for dairy-free versions in the Variations.
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 45minutes
Total Time 1hour
Carbs (g): 49
2green or spicy peppersseeded and diced
1/2teaspoonground cayenne pepper
2teaspoonsground dried oregano
4canscannellini beansrinsed and drained
4chicken breastscooked and shredded
4cupsshredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2cupsour creamfor garnish
Sauté garlic and onion in oil.
Add peppers and spices, cook 2 minutes.
Add stock, beans, chicken and half the cheese. (If desired, can be made ahead to this point; I then start it simmering as the game begins.) Simmer 45 minutes or longer, stirring occasionally.
Serve in bowls or mugs and garnish with the rest of the cheese and sour cream
Use 2 7-ounce cans of mild or medium chilies instead of fresh
Chicken stock may be made from bouillon
Use any other type of white beans for the cannellini beans; can use other colors of beans but then it will not be a white chili
Use 24 ounces of canned pre-cooked chicken instead of the chicken breasts; can use other cuts of chicken
Use other cheese that will melt in place of the Monterey Jack. 4 cups is about two pounds of cheese.
Can also garnish with strips or rings of peppers and a few slices of green onion tops.
Milder Variation: Use sweet peppers and/or decrease amount and decrease or omit the cayenne pepper.Dairy-Free Variation: Cheese and sour cream can be omitted for those who can’t eat it. To make, separate one or more servings before adding the cheese to the chili, and simmer in a second pan.
White Chicken Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 673Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Vitamin A 750IU15%
Vitamin C 29.5mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.