Not Just White Chicken Chili! - By Bonnie Banters               

As adapted from Jess Gordon's recipe, White Chicken Chili, as published in Atlanta Home Improvement magazine 2/07

Approximately 4-6 servings


  • 1 c. diced onion--approx. 1 medium (white, yellow or red--frozen diced onion okay)
  • 2 TB canola oil
  • 3 TB all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 cans (4 oz. ea.) diced mild green chiles (approx. 1/2 c. + 1 TB drained & packed--can freeze leftover green chiles)
  • 1 TB ground cumin
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15.5 oz. ea.) great northern beans, drained
  • 1 c. cooked & medium-chopped chicken breast (approx. 1 large chicken breast)*
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper (or ground white pepper, if you like)

Garnishes and Sides

  • sliced avocado 
  • sour cream
  • shredded pepper jack cheese
  • tortilla chips of your choice (lime-flavored tortilla chips are really good with this chili.)
  • my Dixie Girl Makes Yankee Cornbread


This is a great recipe to use rotisserie chicken from the store--or leftover baked chicken or My So Simple, So Perfect, Crispy Roast Chicken.  

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  1. In an approx. 4 qt. cooking pot, saute the onion in the oil on medium heat, stirring frequently, until tender.  Add the flour, green chiles and cumin. Mix into a thick paste, or roux.  
  2. Whisk in the chicken broth until the roux is thoroughly incorporated.  Stir in the beans.  Increase the heat to medium high and bring the chili to a boil.  
  3. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened.  Stir in the chicken and pepper and simmer until heated throughout.
  4. The chili can be kept warm in a crock pot until serving.  Freezes well.

Chicken Chili Dip

Add 1/2 c. sour cream to 4 c. of the cooked chili and refrigerate. Garnish with a dash of ground paprika and a sprig of parsley or cilantro (if you like).  Serve cold or room temperature with tortilla chips for dipping.

With the cold weather kicking in, you'll find this simple and delectable white chicken chili very comforting...enjoy!

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