White Chicken Chili

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 38 Ratings
Serves: 4 - 6 servings
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


1 whole roitessiere chicken, skin removed and chicken shredded
1 small onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced or 1 tbsp
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 can(s) fire roasted green chilies, the whole can undrained (4 oz.)
1 can(s) white shoepeg corn (11 oz.)
2 can(s) cannellini beans, drain and rinse (14 -15 oz.)
2 can(s) chicken broth, low sodium 14 oz. (est. want the chili thick but not too thick)
1/2 - 3/4 c whipping cream or half and half (sometimes i use this and other times i omit)
1 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp oregano
1/2 c minced or diced jalapenos (optional) ---gives it a nice light heat
green onions, chopped
sour cream
cilantro or parsley
6 lime wedges, for squeezing juice on top
1 shredded chihuahua cheese or monterey jack

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Kim Biegacki Recipe
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Boardman, OH (pop. 66,982)
Member Since Apr 2011
Kim's notes for this recipe:
This is my all time favorite chili to make and I really didn't have a recipe for it because I make it with what I have in the cupboard. So I finally sat down and wrote up what I put in it.

Years ago I can still remember having my first bowl of White Chicken Chili and I fell in love. Over time and getting myself into the kitchen to cook I worked on my own recipe. My husband loves this Chili too but when I make and know he is eating I have to omit the corn but other than that this is truly a comfort chili and great for the fall weather.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Chicken Chili!
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This is the perfect meal for a cool, rainy day or during a pre-game tailgate!


Saute your onions and garlic in the olive oil for 5 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile heat your chicken broth up to medium. I would use a 1 1/2 cans to start and add more later if need be. Sometimes I just use some water about 1/4 a cup. Add your chicken, chilies, sauteed garlic and onions, corn, beans, cumin, coriander, oregano and if using the jalapenos add them. Determine if you need more broth or add some water to make less thick and then cook for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. Next, add your cream (if desired) and began plating.
Add to your bowl of chili the chihuahua cheese which melts really easliy. Add green onions, cilantro and lime wedge on the side for additional flavor squeeze in the lime too.

Serve with bread or tortilla chips.
Made this today 10-28-12 for my little Momma, Jeanie's Bday. We had chicken chili, salad ( Spicy Crunchy Bacon Pea Salad) and some mini appetizers (Mini Curried Chicken Salad Cups) too. She just loved it. Of course, my Momma doesn't do anything spicy so I had to cut the chilies and peppers for her but the rest of us added them in. YUMM
10-20-13 Made this chili for an event I had this weekend. I doubled the recipe and this time added the corn and jalapeno's which I just love it that way. It's so filling and flavorful. Many who tasted and had some was their first time to try a White Chili and they really enjoyed it. ----I served it straight with no cheese, sour cream or extras and still delish.

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user Kim Biegacki pistachyoo - Oct 21, 2011
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user Terrie Hoelscher Blessed1 - Oct 21, 2011
Wow! looks great! I'd never added cream to my chicken chili...I'll have to try that.
Now, what -may I ask?!- is "chihuahua cheese"??? haha!
user Kim Biegacki pistachyoo - Oct 21, 2011
It is a soft and made with cow's milk Mexican cheese, light in flavor and wonderful for melting. I love it on my enchiladas and such. It is used in the Queso Dips at the Mexican rest. as well.
user Christine Whisenhunt cwhisenhunt - Oct 21, 2011
YUM! This is what I had in my head for making a white chili (except for the Taco Bell dog cheese! AHAHAHAHAHA), and now I can just follow YOUR recipe! LOL!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, Kim!
user Terrie Hoelscher Blessed1 - Oct 21, 2011
Is the chihuahua cheese also called Queso Fresco, found in the dairy dept next to the cottage cheese, etc.? Kinda wrapped in a plastic ball?

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