Quick White Chicken Chili

Made from a combination of spice rack mainstays, leftover rotisserie chicken, and canned goods, this chile is an absolute home run.

By Kristen Sturt

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This simple, subtly spicy, and enormously rewarding white chicken chili comes together in about 30 minutes, plus a little mashing time. You can up the heat factor by adding jalapeno seeds and a little cayenne. Don’t forget the toppings – they add to the experience, and let kids customize the dish to make every bit their own.

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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies
2/3 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or Italian seasoning
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 (15-ounce) can large white beans (like cannellini beans), undrained
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
1/2 cup grated low-fat Monterey Jack or white cheddar cheese (optional, but suggested)

Suggested toppings:
Cilantro, chopped fresh tomato, salsa, chopped scallions, and/or guacamole

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook until tender, 4 to 7 minutes. Mix in the garlic, jalapeño, green chile peppers, cumin, oregano, cloves, and cayenne. Continue to cook and stir the mixture until tender, about 3 minutes. Mix in the chicken broth, chicken and white beans. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Don't worry if it's a little soupy.

2. At the end of 20 minutes, mash chili lightly using a potato masher, until about half of the beans are broken up. This will give the chili a thicker consistency that will be thickened even more by the cheese.

3. Serve topped with grated cheese and, if you like, warmed flour tortillas or tortilla chips on the side.

Serves 3-4



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