Monday, February 28, 2011

White Chicken Chili

Tonight, when my husband asked what was for dinner, I answered "White chicken chili." His response: "Ohhhhh, yum!" Yes, this recipe result in some seriously mouth-wateringly delicious chili. In fact, both of my kids gobbled it up. I wish you could see and hear my almost 5 year old saying "mmmm" while shoveling mouthfuls of chili.

How do you make this fabulous chili? Well, I will tell you. First, I will explain how I make it, then I will share the original recipe (not sure the origin of the recipe...).

First, I chopped a whole medium sized onion with my handy-dandy, much loved Food Chopper. As that began to saute in some olive oil, I chopped up a fairly large garden variety garlic clove with the same food chopper. I threw that garlic in as well and continued to saute the mixture until it was soft.

Next, I dumped in some homemade chicken broth (3 or so cups), 5 handfuls of frozen corn, and the rest of the chicken meat from a crockpot cooked chicken. Time for adding some flavor. I added 2 - 4 oz. cans of roasted green chili peppers, a generous sprinkling of ground cumin, some salt, 2 Tbsp of lime juice, and lemon pepper seasoning 1 Tbsp of lemon juice plus some fresh ground pepper.

After that came to a boil, I added some beans that I had soaked overnight and then cooked all day 3 - 15 oz. cans of great northern beans, drained. I cooked the beans until heated through it was boiling again.

Time to scoop up some chili and enjoy it! Now, to be honest, the best way to enjoy this chili is with a liberal amount of pepperjack cheese. Our family enjoys scooping it up with either some tortilla chips, bread or both, as was the case tonight.

What? You say you aren't a "dump cook"? Well, for those of you who prefer a more exact recipe, here is the original recipe:

White Chili

3 cups water (chicken broth just tastes better, though)
1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. lemon pepper

Combine in pot. Cook chicken. Cut up chicken and return to pot.

1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup chopped onion

Saute in small amount of vegetable oil. Add to chicken.

2 - 8 oz. frozen corn (or cans, drained)
8 oz. diced green chilies
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 Tbsp. lime juice

Bring to boil.

Add 2 - 15 oz. cans great northern beans, drained. Heat through.


  1. I just love the fact that you used canned beans, and admit it! This recipe sounds delish!

  2. Honestly, I have been wanting to make White Chicken Chili for over a week, but I keep forgetting to soak the beans. Today, I just said forget it and bought some canned beans!