White Chicken Chili is a regular in our winter menu, making its appearance on the weekends and for lunch during the week. Living in the frigid north means finding those meals that fill the belly and give you that inner warmth. This chili fits the bill!
Although my husband loves my red chili
, my go to is the white. As I strive to eat out less at lunch during the week, I’ve found that a crockpot full of White Chicken Chili made on the weekends helps me stay true to that goal.
Out of curiosity, I’ve tried to find the origins of white chicken chili, but there was no information to be found. Regular chili seems to have originated in Texas sometime in the 1700 or 1800’s. It would appear that it was an inexpensive way to easily feed a bunch of cowboys on the range My guess is somewhere along the line somebody probably tried to healthy it up.
This recipe originally came from Weight Watchers
. At the time (many, many years ago) a cup was worth one point. Given the changes that the program has made over the years, I have no idea how it would fit into their plan now. I just know that it’s reasonably healthy and tastes fantastic.
I’ve shared the recipe as I originally received it, but I’ve made a few tweaks to it over time. Instead of 2 cups of chicken broth, I like to use a tablespoon or so of chicken base and one cup of water. It makes the chili a little richer and less watery. I also use extra mozzarella cheese because, well, it’s cheese! Fresh baked bread or a garlic breadstick is a perfect accompaniment to this chili.
This chili freezes great so get some small freezer containers (personal sized are my favorite for easy meals) and stock up. You’ll thank yourself when you’re looking for something tasty to eat on the go.
White Chicken Chili – A Great Way to Stay Warm this Winter
- 1 16 oz. jar Great Northern Beans
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 3 chicken breasts - cubed
- 8 oz. salsa (thick and chunky works best)
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- Add all ingredients to the crockpot, cook for approximately 3 - 4 hours on high or overnight on low.
Hopefully your family loves this chili as much as my family does.
Enjoy and stay warm!