White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy & #glutenfree. #chicken

White Chicken Chili

October 23, 2014Teresa

Gluten Free Living – 2014

White Chicken Chili is so amazing! It’s a wonderful change of pace from regular chili recipes. Instead of beef or sausage, it uses chicken. Instead of red kidney beans, it uses white cannellini beans. Instead of tomatoes, it uses diced green chilies and mushrooms. And, instead of using chili powder it uses cumin, cilantro, oregano and cayenne pepper. Add a can of corn with poblano and red peppers and you have a match made in heaven. Really! 🙂

The first time I made this recipe I didn’t stir in the sour cream or cheese. I just used it on top of the chili, but this time I decided to stir them both into the chili as well as using them for a garnish. It’s a tasty recipe as it is, but if you want to amp up the flavors you can easily increase the cayenne pepper and cumin, or even add more diced green chilies.

I got this recipe from our pastor’s wife when we were members of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, Texas during the 2000s. I had very few soup recipes at the time and Bev and I got to talking and she said she had several really good ones she could email me. This was one of about five soup recipes that I collected from Bev. All of them were wonderful.

It was several years before I actually made this recipe–for a chili cook-off at our home, but everyone loved it. Bev got the recipe from the DeSoto Independent School District Marching Band Classic Competition, judges menu. Apparently it was a recipe that got very high marks and Bev made it for her family frequently.

I made this a few weeks ago for a chili dinner at a friend’s home. I think one of the things I like about this recipe is it’s a little leaner and less calories than many chili recipes, but also the fact that you can play around with the ingredients and season it to fit your family’s needs. When I made it last time, I actually decreased the cayenne pepper a little because I was afraid it would be too spicy for some of the kids. But as a general rule I would use ALL the cayenne pepper and then some!

If you’re looking for a tasty Tex-Mex chili recipe, then give White Chicken Chili a try. It’s a great hot soup recipe to make for cool, fall and winter days. I made up my own chicken broth when I cooked the chicken, but you can even use rotisserie chicken and store bought chicken broth if you prefer.

Texans seem to prefer their chili with cornbread, so I made up a batch of my Southern-Style Cornbread to serve with the chili. You can crumble it into your bowl, or not, depending on your personal preference. If you prefer a more old-fashioned cornbread, I recommend Molasses Cornbread, and if you’re trying to keep your cornbread gluten free (like this soup), then you can make up a batch of Gluten Free Honey Cornbread. All will work exceptionally well with this chili–especially if you enjoy a sweet cornbread.

When I initially posted this recipe in October 2014, I wasn’t totally happy with how the chili turned out. I decided to try again and see if I couldn’t make it better.  I recently remade this recipe (January 2018) for our Friday night care group. I tinkered with the recipe and this time it came out perfect. The original amount of chicken broth seemed excessive so I cut it down in half. I didn’t stir in the sour cream and liked it better without it. I also added a can of whole kernel corn with poblano and red peppers to amp up the flavors just a tad. Oh, yum!

You can garnish the soup with green onions, jalapeno peppers, sour cream, additional cheese or cilantro. Whatever you desire! I thought the soup was awesome this way. It is certainly one you will want to make on cold, winter nights to warm up! Enjoy. 🙂

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

White Chicken Chili is best served with cornbread!

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

I garnished the chili with cilantro and green onions. You can also use more cheese if you prefer.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

White Chicken Chili is gluten free and lower in calories than some chili recipes.

Here’s what I did.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

I used these ingredients. I had already cooked down the chicken and had a homemade chicken broth. But if you want to make this recipe more quickly and easily, then use chicken stock and shredded, pulled chicken from the store.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

Meanwhile, pour olive oil into a skillet. Add diced onions and garlic and saute until translucent – about 5 minutes.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

Add cilantro, diced green chilies, oregano, cumin and cayenne pepper.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

Saute ingredients for 2 minutes.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

Add 2 cans of rinsed and drained white cannellini beans, a can of Southwest Corn with poblano and red peppers and drained mushrooms.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

Add 3 cups chicken broth. My homemade stock was cold so it was gelatinous and still had the fat on the top. I used all of it. 

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

Bring ingredients to a boil. Simmer for about 30 minutes.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

Turn heat to low. Add chicken. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

Add cheese.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

Stir ingredients to combine and heat through.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

To serve, ladle chili into bowls and garnish with sour cream, green onions and cheese, if desired.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

White Chicken Chili is a nice change of pace from regular chili recipes.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

If you really enjoy your chili hot, add a few slices of fresh jalapeno pepper. 🙂

Here’s the recipe.

WHITE CHICKEN CHILI

(Recipe adapted from Bev Simmons, when we attended Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, TX; source: DeSoto ISD Marching Band Class Competition Judges Menu)

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Tasty Tex-Mex chili using chicken, white cannellini beans, diced green chilies, corn and mushrooms. This chili is seasoned with cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano and cilantro, then garnished with cheese, sour cream and green onions. Perfect for cold, winter nights. Gluten free.
White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy & #glutenfree. #chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy & #glutenfree. #chicken
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a heavy large pot.
  2. Add water to cover chicken.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Cook until just tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Drain the chicken reserving the chicken stock.
  7. Cool chicken, then cut into cubes.
  8. Heat olive oil in same pot or Dutch oven.
  9. Add onions and garlic and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  10. Stir in green chilies, cumin, oregano, cilantro, and cayenne and sauté 2 minutes.
  11. Add beans, mushrooms, corn and reserved chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  12. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  13. Add chicken.
  14. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.
  15. Reduce heat.
  16. Add cheese.
  17. Heat through.
  18. Ladle chili into bowls.
  19. Top with additional cheese, sour cream, green onions and/or jalapeno pepper slices, if desired.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Also good with cornbread or tortilla chips!

NOTE: You can speed this recipe up by using store bought chicken broth & pulled chicken from the deli.

NOTE: You can also cook off a chicken in a crockpot. After deboning chicken, refrigerate chicken and reserved broth until ready to use.

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[b]White Chicken Chili[/b]
Recipe Type: Soups, Stews & Chowders
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Bev Simmons, when we attended Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, TX; source: DeSoto ISD Marching Band Classic Competition, Judges Menu
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Tasty Tex-Mex chili using chicken, white cannellini beans, diced green chilies and mushrooms. This chili is seasoned with cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano and cilantro, then garnished with cheese, sour cream and green onions. This chili is gluten free.
Ingredients
  • 2 lb. boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced, or 1 tsp. minced garlic from a jar
  • 2 4 oz. cans of chopped, mild green chilies
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 2 cans Progresso white cannellini beans, undrained (white kidney beans)
  • 2 cans chicken stock (or use reserved stock from cooking off chicken which equaled 5 cups)
  • 4-oz. can mushrooms, drained
  • 1 ¼ cups grated Monterey Jack cheese and Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Green onions, chopped, for garnish
  • Sour cream for garnish
  • Cheddar and Monterey jack Cheese for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a heavy large pot.
  2. Add water to cover chicken.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Cook until just tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Drain the chicken reserving the chicken stock.
  7. Cool chicken, then cut into cubes.
  8. Heat olive oil in same pot or Dutch oven.
  9. Add onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  10. Stir in garlic, then chilies, cumin, oregano, cilantro, and cayenne and sauté 2 minutes.
  11. Add beans, mushrooms and reserved chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  12. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  13. Add chicken.
  14. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  15. Reduce heat.
  16. Add sour cream and cheese.
  17. Heat through.
  18. Ladle chili into bowls.
  19. Top with additional cheese, sour cream, and green onions.
Notes
Also good with [url href=”http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2014/10/13/gluten-free-honey-cornbread/” target=”_blank” title=”gluten free honey cornbread”]cornbread[/url] or tortilla chips![br][br]While my recipe calls for 2 cans of chicken broth, I believe that thins the soup out too much. One can would probably be better.
White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

You can easily amp up the flavors of White Chicken Chili by adding more cumin, cayenne pepper or diced green chilies, but I find it just perfect the way it is. 🙂

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

White Chicken Chili is a great main course for cool, fall or winter days.

White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect  #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy &  #glutenfree. #chicken

White Chicken Chili has amazing flavor. It’s a terrific recipe to make for company especially if you enjoy Tex-Mex recipes.

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Pepperoni Pizza Chili

Pepperoni Pizza Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | best #chili ever! This one combines #TexMex with #Italian for one incredible chili. #soup #glutenfree #pepperoni #mozzarellacheese #crockpot

Chili Con Carne

Favorite Chili Con Carne | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is our favorite #chili recipe. Perfect comfort food for fall & winter nights! #soup #glutenfree

Firehouse Sausage Chili

Firehouse Sausage Chili | This fantastic #chili uses #Italian #sausage, 2 kinds of #beans and a #chili seasoning packet to amp up the flavors. It's made in the #crockpot so it's incredibly easy.
Print Recipe
White Chicken Chili BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Tasty Tex-Mex chili using chicken, white cannellini beans, diced green chilies, corn and mushrooms. This chili is seasoned with cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano and cilantro, then garnished with cheese, sour cream and green onions. Perfect for cold, winter nights. Gluten free.
White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy & #glutenfree. #chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
White Chicken Chili | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | We love this amazing #TexMex #soup. It's the perfect #chili for cold, winter nights. Healthy & #glutenfree. #chicken
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a heavy large pot.
  2. Add water to cover chicken.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Cook until just tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Drain the chicken reserving the chicken stock.
  7. Cool chicken, then cut into cubes.
  8. Heat olive oil in same pot or Dutch oven.
  9. Add onions and garlic and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  10. Stir in green chilies, cumin, oregano, cilantro, and cayenne and sauté 2 minutes.
  11. Add beans, mushrooms, corn and reserved chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  12. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  13. Add chicken.
  14. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.
  15. Reduce heat.
  16. Add cheese.
  17. Heat through.
  18. Ladle chili into bowls.
  19. Top with additional cheese, sour cream, green onions and/or jalapeno pepper slices, if desired.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Also good with cornbread or tortilla chips!

NOTE: You can speed this recipe up by using store bought chicken broth & pulled chicken from the deli.

NOTE: You can also cook off a chicken in a crockpot. After deboning chicken, refrigerate chicken and reserved broth until ready to use.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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