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White Chicken Chili

by elyn_ryn

White chicken chili cooks quickly using rotisserie chicken and canned navy beans. The soup is thickened slightly with a can of pureed beans and cream. 

Cold Weather Food

This White Chicken Chili recipe is delicious on a cool fall or winter night. It is spicy, but you can easily modify the spiciness to accommodate your taste buds. It is delicious the day you make it, but even better the day after!

Rotisserie Chicken Shortcut

The ingredient list calls for using a rotisserie chicken which helps make this recipe quick and easy to put together. But you can also use four cups of home-cooked chicken if you prefer. If you prepare your own chicken, cook a whole chicken or chicken with bones because it makes a delicious stock to use.

Canned Beans

This chili has three cans of white beans; one is pureed to make the chili a little thicker. After you add the cheese and cream, the soup will thicken a little, which makes it hearty and filling. Although it is called chili, it is more like a soup, even with pureed beans. So call it whichever name you prefer!

Toppings

Make a platter of garnishes for this chili, including cheeses, slices of limes, chopped jalapenos, chopped green onions, and chips. You might even want to include a bottle of hot sauce with the garnishes for those who want some extra spice. A dollop of sour cream also makes an attractive presentation and adds flavor.

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White Chicken Chili
A spicy chicken soup with rotisserie chicken, navy beans, cheese, spices, and cream.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
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Ingredients
Votes: 2
Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree 1 can of beans. Add a little chicken stock to make it easier to puree. Set aside.
  2. In a Dutch oven, add the olive oil, onions, jalapenos, and garlic and cook for 2 or 3 minutes or until the onions and jalapenos are wilted and soft. Stir often to prevent scorching.
  3. Add the rinsed whole beans, pureed beans, green chilis, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, lime juice, hot sauce, and the chicken stock. Stir and simmer for 20 minutes. Put a lid over the pan, propping it so the steam can escape. Stir occasionally.
  4. If you have not already done so, remove the meat from the rotisserie chicken while the soup simmers.
  5. Remove the chili from the heat and add the chicken. Stir and let the chili cool for 5 minutes so the cheese won't curdle and separate.
  6. Stir in the cream. Add the cheese a little at a time and stir. Then stir in the sour cream. Serve with chips.
Recipe Notes

Rotisserie Chicken

It is easier to pick the meat from a warm rotisserie chicken( instead of a cold one). This dish is easier to make if you purchase a rotisserie chicken the day before you make the chili so that you can have the chicken ready to stir in after the chili cooks. A rotisserie chicken is very tender, so do not add it until after the chili is finished cooking.

Adding the Cheese

Let the cooked soup cool for a little while before adding the cheese to prevent it from curdling and clumping. It is best to add the cheese slowly and use freshly shredded cheese instead of bagged cheese.

Updated Recipe

This recipe was updated October 31, 2022 by adding jalapenos for additional flavor and cream to thicken the soup.

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