Monday, November 12, 2012

Easy White Chicken Chili

We’ve had a couple of weeks of the most GORGEOUS weather down here in South Florida. Sunny, cool (even “cold” at night), and breezy in the daytime. We’re talking: sleep with the windows open… free A/C all. day. long. kinda weather! It’s the little things that get us excited! πŸ˜‰

This may sound strange, but one of my FAVORITE smells in the whole world is the smell of the house when it’s been “aired out” all day. Please, tell me someone else knows what I’m talking about!

I’m serious… it has a distinct scent and I JUST LOVE IT. My mom used to air the house out on a cool South Florida “winter” day while my brother and I were at school. We’d walk in the door to the smell of a freshly aired out house and some soup or potΒ roast was on the stove and fresh bread would be baking in the bread maker. Heavenly smells I tell you…

Anyhow, my house has been freshly aired out, and I too had some soup on the stove… White Chicken Chili to be exact!

You guys know I’m a soup all year round kinda gal… but it just tastes EVEN better when it’s cold out!Β Can I get an amen?!

This meal is homey, hearty, and has just enough spice to warm you up from the inside!

Happy bellies make a happy home…

Stay warm, my northern friends! πŸ™‚

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Easy White Chicken Chili

Yield: 8-10 servings

Prep Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

An easy winter-warmer meal that the whole family will love...


2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 4
1 tablespoon extra light olive oil (or vegetable oil)
1 medium-large onion (about the size of a grapefruit), peeled and diced
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
3 (15.5 ounce) cans of northern white beans, undrained
1 can of Ro-tel
4.5 ounce can chopped green chilies
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
3 cups shredded cheese (Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, or Cheddar)
8 ounces sour cream

Serving ideas: Additional cheese, Cilantro, Pico de Gallo, Cooked Rice, Tortilla Chips, or Warm Tortillas...


Cook and shred chicken breasts (may boil or bake - or substitute the meat of a Rotisserie Chicken). In a large pot over medium high heat, saute the onions in olive oil until beginning to soften (3-4 minutes). Add the cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper and saute for 30-45 seconds, until fragrant. Add the beans, chicken broth, Ro-tel, green chilies, and chicken. Bring mixture up to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add the sour cream and cheese and stir until heated.

Serve as a soup with additional cheese, tortillas, and/or tortilla chips -OR- serve over steamed rice for a heartier dish (add the toppings as well)!

Note: Reheats really well!

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25 Responses to “Easy White Chicken Chili”

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    Abby — November 12, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    I love a good white chicken chili. This just might be on our dinner table tonight — Do you have those days where you’re just waiting to be inspired because the perfect dinner just isn’t coming to mind? Well that’s me today!

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    Rachel Cooks — November 12, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Yum! I make a similar white chicken chili–one of our favorites!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 12, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    This looks amazing, Tina. I love white chili…I went to a restaurant yesterday and ordered some and it was…anything BUT white chili, so now I am definitely craving it. Can’t wait to try this.

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 12, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    Easy in the recipe is the way to my heart right now. I love white chicken chili and I can’t wait to try this version out.

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 12, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    I want to stick my entire head in that.

    • Tina replied: — November 19th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

      do. it. πŸ˜‰

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    carrian — November 12, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    I looooove an aired out house. It’s pretty much the best thing ever

    • Tina replied: — November 19th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm


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    Chels R. — November 12, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    Ooh I love this! Looks delish and I nice change from the weight watchers version I’ve been making for years.

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    imjustbeachy — November 13, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    I’m here in SW FL and totally with you on the airing out the house thing!

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    Jillian — November 13, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to make it. Have you ever tried putting beer in your white chili?

    • Tina replied: — November 19th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

      no, but I think i need to do that! πŸ˜‰

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    Baking Serendipity — November 13, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    Yes! I love the aired out house smell (and my husband sometimes thinks I’m nuts over it). It’s definitely not the season for it now in Ohio…but I could definitely go for a bowl of this chili πŸ™‚

    • Tina replied: — November 19th, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

      yay! I’m not the only one!! I have family in Cleveland… definitely not “air the house out” weather lol

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    angela @ anotherbiteplease — November 14, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    this kind of chili is totally a favorite of mine! love.

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    Hillary — November 15, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Amen! I love airing out the house. It’s such a healthy smell. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — November 15, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    One of my favorite soups of all time! This looks SO yummy, Tina!!! πŸ™‚

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — November 15, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    I just visited New York for 5 days and was -shocked- by the cold weather. That’s what I get for living in California! I seemed to bring the cold weather back with me, though, so I think I’ll definitely need some chili tonight πŸ™‚

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 15, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    Oh yes, I totally get you on the aired out house smell. It’s just heavenly!

    The chili looks so hearty and yummy!

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    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — November 17, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    I love white chicken chili! Yours looks great!! πŸ™‚

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    Leslie — November 18, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

    I totally know the “aired out” smell. Maybe only us florida people get it because our houses are always closed up πŸ™
    Love the white chicken chili!

    • Tina replied: — November 19th, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

      haha yah… probably!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — December 3, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    I LOVE white chili.. like love.

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    Brian — December 4, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    I just made this for a Chili Cook-Off at work and took 1st place. It was the only chicken chili and it was gone before many people got a chance to taste it!

    Thanks for the great recipe…

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    Jackie — February 24, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    Hey Tina, I found this site using your recipe and they even put their watermark on your photos:

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