Why should red, tomato-y chili get all the glory? It’s delicious in its own right, but all that beef and rich sauce can be heavy. Why not try something lighter this winter? White chicken chili has long been a favorite of ours, with its chicken stock base, tender shreds of chicken and white beans. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes for this delicious delight.
This is our family’s secret recipe. Plain, simple ingredients make it so darn tasty: Randall Great Northern white beans, roasted chicken, just a hint of bright, fresh heat from jalapenos. We’ve kept with the overall white theme by using white cheddar cheese at the very end to chicken things up and make this an ooey gooey treat. Of course, you can leave the cheese out for a much healthier treat, but it’s okay. Be a little bad.
This is your go-to recipe when you have no time and no energy. It takes just five ingredients (chicken broth, chicken, great northern beans, salsa verde, cumin, salt, pepper, done) and 15 minutes to bring together. You can use leftover chicken from last night’s dinner, or grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and shred the meat for a quick and delicious solution. Likewise, you can make your own salsa verde using tomatillos, but there is no shame in grabbing a pre-made jar from the store and dumping that in. If you feel like fancying things up, you might add diced avocado for a creamy counterpoint.
The Crockpot is one of our absolute favorite kitchen appliances. We love its “set it and forget it” style; while you’re out having a busy day, it’s getting dinner all ready for you and your family. This recipe does take a little prep time before you throw it in, but it’s worth it. Browning the chicken gives the spices a chance to deepen and toast, while roasting off the peppers gives the chili a great charred taste. At the end, a dollop of Greek yogurt lends a creamy texture with much less fat than sour cream.
What’s your favorite white chicken chili recipe?
This white bean recipe can be made with either Randall Beans Great Northern Beans or the Randall Beans Organic products.