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Monday, January 2, 2017

A Healthier White Chili you need to make now

Anytime it gets below 50 degrees here in Texas, we start craving a pot of chili. 

So if it's early fall, the dead of winter or a late spring day, one form of chili is usually on the menu each week here at the Ranch.  

We have several different versions of Homemade Texas Chili but since we are trying to eat a little healthier, we opted for a white chili today. 

What makes White Chili Healthier?

1.   White Chili is made with chunks of leaner chicken breasts for a lower fat protein choice
2.   Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas) are also added to this bowl for extra fiber and lean protein
3.   And we stayed away from a tomato based sauce to decrease the acidity on the tummy. 
4.  Both Jalapeno's and green chile contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Capsaicin (Capsaicin is said to reduce inflammation)     

This White Chili recipe is easy and can be made with minimal prep work.  The only cutting is the chicken breast, onions, and peppers.   

Then you can let your dutch oven do the rest of the work.  Or easier yet, after everything is added, pour into a crock pot and cook on low for 3 hours.  

You don't have to wait till your mistletoe is frozen over to make this pot of comfort.  

Even in the cooler weather, a pot of healthier White Chili is loved and appreciated by all.  It's a total pot of comfort with the added healthier ingredients and benefits.  

So grab your chili bowls, spoons and get you chili on because it's now under 50 degrees!    

A Healthier White Chili
  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 4oz can of chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 can (16 oz) garbanzos beans
  • 1 can (15.8 oz) great northern beans
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of low-fat Monterey jack cheese, grated
1. Saute onion and jalapeño in olive oil in a dutch oven for 1 minute
2. Add chicken pieces and cook until brown, about 5-10 minutes. 
3. Add garlic, chiles, cumin, oregano, chipotle chile powder and salt. Saute for another minute
4. Stir in chicken broth and both cans of beans, bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer, cover and cook for 25 minutes.
5. Serve topped with cilantro and cheese.
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  1. If I could I would have came right through the screen to join you for a bowl, Evelyn, but not sure that would be the easiest route to come from the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario ?

  2. I like that the garbanzos are in there, they're one of my faves. This looks really good.

  3. That looks so good Evelyn. I made one the other week and it didn't look half as good as this. I'll have to steal your recipe I think.

    Anne xx

  4. oh wow, I am going to have to try that. i think hubby and son would love it too...okay well maybe just my son.

  5. It's snowing today in my part of Alberta, so it's a great day for chili!
    Stopping by, better late than never, from Let's Get Social Sunday.

  6. I have never had white chili, I think I need to give this a try :) It looks really good!!!

  7. YUM! I'm always looking for new, healthy recipes. If we get another cold snap down here in Texas (weather has been CRAZY this year, but i guess it wouldn't be texas if it wasn't!), I'll have to give this a try!

  8. This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing in the GRAND Social. ♥

  9. Oh man I love white chili and this looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  10. It was over 100° here in the Phoenix area today .... but I would still eat a bowl of this :) Yummy!

  11. This does look so yummy! I don't notice a lot of recipes because I hate cooking...but chili, soups and stews are usually east enough that even I can't mess them up. I love that's it's made with chicken rather than beef. I had a version of this once but never knew how to make it. I can't wait to try it...possibly in the crock pot :)

  12. Super YUM!! Thank you so much for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  13. Definitely trying this one! I love white chili but I have never had it with garbanzo beans and I love them! Thanks!

  14. This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. We found you at the Brag About It Blog Hop. We hope you will visit our little blog too at Holly

  15. Your chili looks wonderful! I just started making white chili too, and I think I'm starting to prefer it to the beef kind! Yours looks really good, thanks for sharing!

  16. Yum.....I bet my hubby and oldest would love your recipe with jalapenos in it, I can't take that much heat-- Yes I am a wimp!

    Thanks for sharing on our Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop.
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

  17. I've only made white chili a few times. I didn't use garbanzo beans. Wish I had--I like that idea! I also like this leaner-than-the-usual-beef type of chili. Maybe this is why you have that awesome red dress and I don't. Lol!

    Thanks for linking!

  18. This looks and sounds good, Evelyn. Thanks for sharing :)

  19. Great sounding recipe and what an awesome picture! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  20. I eat a lot of Red Chili but never think about making White Chili. I am inspired now to come up with a vegetarian recipe for White Chili. Stopping by from Foodie Friday.

  21. This looks absolutely wonderful, but there are too many things that I have never heard of and I don't know if I would be able to get them here (Scotland), so I will just drool over the picture. lol Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Jen :-) x
    Krafty Keepsakes

  22. Hello Evelyn
    This chili looks delicious. Thanks for sharing it at our Recipe Swap Hop.
    Angel @

  23. This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  24. It's so cold today in SA, I would have loved some of your chili! Thanks for linking this at our party, Evelyn!

  25. This sounds really good! I am going to pin it for later.

  26. Great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing on our Brag About It linky! Hope to see you again soon! Best of weekends, Sharon and Denise @BeBetsy

  27. Gorgeous photo -- could just dip a spoon right into the screen! Sounds yummy and perfect for Saturday night supper with snow in May! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  28. Looks delicious Evelyn. Thanks so much for linking up to The Gathering Spot this week. Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday sweet friend xxoo.

  29. gotta try this out! it looks so delicious and a nice change up from the regular chili i usually make!

    Amanda @ The Anti-Mom

  30. This look delicious! I'm going to have to try it. Thank you for linking up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!


  31. I love white chili but I have not seen a recipe before with Garbanzos. Hmmm, I will have to try it.

  32. Found you on Memories by the Mile. I love white chili! I will pin this recipe to try!

    Bevin @


Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))