White Bean Chicken Chili
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As with many soups and stews, this chili tastes even better the next day and is a perfect fall meal. Please note that the Prep time does not include the soaking time, because it is hands on time only. You'll want to soak the beans a day ahead.
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 1 (1-pound) bag dried great northern beans
  • 6 cups + 2 cups chicken stock, divided (see note above for vegan option)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped and divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 6 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (see note above for vegan option)
  • 1 cup mild tomato salsa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon neutral-tasting oil (not olive oil)
  • 2 ounces canned diced mild green chiles, drained
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Dairy-free sour cream, cheddar shreds, or tortilla chips, for serving (optional)
  1. In a colander, rinse and pick over the great northern beans.
  2. Place the beans in a large pot and cover with water. Cover the pot, and let the beans soak overnight.
  3. Drain the beans, and return them to the pot. Add the 6 cups stock, 1 chopped onion, and 1 minced garlic clove.
  4. Bring the beans to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 to 3 hours or until the beans are softened, stirring periodically. For some reason, the cook time can vary quite a bit.
  5. Add the chopped chicken, salsa, and salt, and let it simmer while you cook the remaining ingredients.
  6. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the remaining onion, remaining garlic, green chiles, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper, and saute until the onions are just softened, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add the green chile mixture to the beans, and let it simmer for 1 more hour. Add the remaining 2 cups stock as needed to reach your desired consistency.
  8. Serve your white bean chicken chili with the dairy-free sour cream, cheddar shreds, and/or tortilla chips, if desired.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/white-bean-chicken-chili