Tuesday, December 20, 2011

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Chicken chili is a comforting cold weather meal.  Most recipes call for milk and cheese to achieve the desired creamy consistency.  In my recipe I omit the dairy products and use white beans to accomplish the same texture.  Not only does this substitution lower the fat of the chili, it also adds a lot of protein and fiber from a plant-based source.  Instead of topping the chili with shredded cheese and sour cream I use diced avocado and fresh tomato salsa.  You don't even miss the dairy when dunking your tortilla chips!  This recipe could easily be adapted to a vegan bean chili by simply omitting the chicken and using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.  When I make soups I tend to go big because I like to freeze the extra in individual serving bowls for a quick lunch in the future.  This recipe will serve 8.

In a medium sauce pan add 1 1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast
to 1 quart of chicken stock and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes or until just done.

While the chicken is cooking chop 4 medium yellow onions.

Heat 5 Tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.

Add the onions and cook for 8 minutes.

Ever since I burned my eyeballs when taking out my contacts after working with jalapenos,
I put my hand in a ziploc bag when handling them.
It can be a little awkward but well worth avoiding the burn.
Cut and seed 2-4 jalapenos, depending on your heat preference.

I have a Norwegian husband and 2 school age daughters so I just use 2. 

Dice the jalapenos.

Add to the onions.

Mince 4 garlic cloves.

Add to the pot and cook and additional 5-10 minutes.

When the chicken is done place it on a plate and let cool for 3-5 minutes.
Reserve the cooking liquid.
Using 2 forks shred the chicken.

Set shredded chicken aside.

Add 2 teaspoons salt, 2 Tablespoons cumin and 1 teaspoon white pepper to onions.

Mix well and cook for 2 more minutes.

Add the cooking liquid from the chicken and 2 cans of cannellini or great northern beans.
Cook for 10 minutes.

Ladle the soup into a blender to puree or use an immersion blender.

Rinse out the pot and return the soup back to the pot.

Stir over medium heat.

Add chicken stock to thin the soup to desired consistency.
I use about 2 cups. 

Add the shredded chicken.

Add 2 cans of cannellini or great northern beans drained.
Cook for another 5 minutes or until hot.
Adjust seasoning to taste. 

Top with generous spoonfuls of diced avocado and fresh salsa.
Serve with tortilla chips.


  1. I love white chicken
    chili! What I like best
    about your recipe is
    that everything is
    fresh ~ even the
    jalapeños ~ which
    means it is even
    healthier : ) Perfect
    for this new cold snap
    that we have, now.
    Thanks for always
    inspiring me to reach
    higher with my cooking,

    xx Suzanne