Dairy-Free White Chicken Chili (Gluten-Free Option)
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This recipe is adapted from the white bean and chicken chili recipe by Giada De Laurentiis. Chipotle chili powder can be rather spicy, and gives this recipe a medium heat. If preferred, you can use regular chili powder or milk green chiles for a more traditional, mild white chili.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small chunks*
  • 1½ teaspoons non-GMO cornstarch or arrowroot starch
  • ⅛ teaspoon + ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ large onion, diced or 1 leek, sliced ¼-inch thick and quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1½ to 2 tablespoons flour (can use gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large bunch swiss chard, stems removed, leaves chopped (see post above for options)
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups cooked white or brown rice, for serving (optional)
  1. Place the chicken in a medium-sized bowl, and stir in the starch and ⅛ teaspoon salt, until no dry patches remain.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion or leek and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for just 30 seconds. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the chicken, remaining ½ teaspoon salt, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and fennel. Saute until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 to 8 minutes. If the chicken threatens to stick, just add a dash or two of the broth.
  3. Stir in the flour until coated. Slowly add the broth, while stirring, to keep it smooth. Add the beans, chard, and corn. The chard will look boisterous, but don’t worry, it cooks down significantly.
  4. Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low, and allow it to simmer for 30 to 60 minutes. The liquid will reduce in half and thicken a fair bit. Taste test it as it is cooking, and season to taste with additional salt, as needed. You can also add a pinch or two of crushed red pepper if you want more spice.
  5. Serve over rice, if desired.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-white-chicken-chili