Filled with mushrooms, beans and ground chicken this healthy white chicken chili recipe has lots of flavor thanks to the cumin and cinnamon. While the chopping can take a bit of time, this recipe serves 12-14 people so you will have plenty to enjoy and freeze for later!
Since I’m traveling for work this week, Bo and I wanted to make a large batch of chili today for he and my mom to enjoy this week. Since she is using her precious days off to come help out while I travel, the least we can do is have a healthy, delicious dinner. Since I posted pictures of this dish on Instagram, I’ve received multiple requests for the recipe. It is one of our favorite chili recipes and we’ve already made it twice this fall. I know that chili can be a fairly polarizing topic, particularly in places like Texas – should it have beans, what is the right cut of beef, should the beef be ground or in chunks, what are the types of chilies to use, how spicy should it be – this list could obviously go on forever and if any of you chili fundamentalists out there are reading, this might not be the recipe for you.
All that said, this is a recipe that uses no tomatoes, no cream, gives you a blast of flavor from the cumin and gets its thickness from the beans and just a bit of sauce thickener. It is garnished with scallions, a little sour cream and fresh cilantro which rounds out the freshness and really makes it sing. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Ingredients (Makes 12 – 14 servings)
- 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 pound (500 grams) dried white beans (navy beans)
- 4 pounds (2 kg) of ground chicken
- 6 – 8 cloves of garlic
- Two medium size jalapeño peppers or to taste – also, if you want to add some additional complexity add other green peppers like Poblanos and Serrano
- 2 large white onions finely diced
- 1 pound (500 grams) white mushrooms sliced
- 4 tablespoons of cumin or to taste
- 1 tablespoon of oregano
- 2 teaspoon of coriander
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- A pinch of cinnamon
- 2 to 3 cups of chicken stock
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- A touch of sauce thickening agent (arrow root, corn starch, Xanthan gum, etc.)
- Any combination of sour cream, grated cheese, chopped scallions, white onions and/or fresh cilantro to garnish
1) Begin by placing the beans in a pot with enough water to cover them by at least 2 inches
2) Place the pot on high heat and bring to a boil, once the water is boiling, turn the heat on low and leave, uncovered for 2 – 3 hours
3) Meanwhile, place a large sauté pan on high heat, add about 1 tbsp. of oil and start cooking the chicken in batches. It is very important to season the chicken as you cook it. For all 4 pounds, use plenty of salt, fresh pepper, about half the cumin and coriander, and all the garlic and onion powder. The chicken should taste very well seasoned – if it doesn’t, add more salt and spices.
4) Once the beans have soaked up enough water – you’ll know because the water will be well below the level of the beans and they are firm yet edible, begin assembling the chili.
5) Place a large stock pot on the stove over medium heat, add the remainder of the oil and add the garlic and let sweat for a minute, add the peppers and let soften, add the onions and let sweat for a few minutes and then add the mushrooms (there is a school of thought here that the onions should be browned separately here but quite frankly, I don’t think it adds much flavor and it adds a ton of headache).
6) Once the mushrooms release their moisture (you’ll know as there will all of a sudden be a ton of steam coming from the pot), add the chicken, the beans, the stock, and the remainder of the spices and the oregano. Turn the heat on high, bring to a boil and then turn to low to simmer for 2 – 4 hours.
7) Taste and adjust the seasoning adding salt, pepper and cumin to your taste.
8) Serve with any combination of the garnishes.
Looking for a more traditional chili recipe? This healthy turkey chili recipe is delicious!