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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

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I’ve made a couple of different white chicken chili recipes and this one from Food Network’s “Down Home with the Neelys” is definitely my favorite. It was incredibly easy since it uses rotisserie chicken and I loved the consistency of the chili with half of the beans being mashed up instead of left whole. You could also make your own shredded chicken, which might save you a little bit of money.

Note: I used bottled lime juice, instead of buying 2 limes. This easily made us 6 servings, I think possibly a little more but we’ll calculate it at 6 servings.


  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans white beans

  • 1 tbs canola oil

  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, minced

  • 2 medium poblano peppers, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tbs ground cumin

  • 1½ tsp ground coriander

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 2 limes, juiced (approx. 2-3 tbs lime juice)

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded

  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves

  • Sour cream, for topping

  • Tortilla chips, coarsely crushed, for topping


  • Drain and rinse the canned white beans. In a medium bowl, mash half of the beans with a potato masher until chunky. Reserve the beans until needed.
  • Add the oil to a large Dutch oven and heat it over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions, and garlic and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste. Add the cumin, coriander, and chili powder and continue to saute for 1 more minute to toast the spices. Stir in the chicken stock and lime juice and bring to a simmer. Add the beans and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes.
  • After 20 minutes of simmering, taste for seasoning, and adjust if necessary. Stir in the shredded rotisserie chicken and cilantro and simmer until heated through, about 5 more minutes. Serve the chili in individual bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips.

Total Cost of Meal

  • Rotisserie chicken = $5
    2 cans beans= $1.25
    Peppers, onion, garlic= $1.50
    Cilantro, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips= $1.50
    Other: lime juice, spices, broth= $0.75
    Total: $10
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