White Christmas Chili

Southern Living
This 5-star White Christmas Chili Recipe is sure to become a staple during the winter. It earned its high rating because it's easy and great to make for company.
Makes 6 to 8 servings


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4 skinned and boned chicken breast halves
5 cups water
1 large onion, chopped and divided
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 celery ribs, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
3 (16-ounce) cans great Northern beans, rinsed, drained, and divided
3 (4.5-ounce) cans chopped green chiles
1 cup canned chicken broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Toppings: tortilla chips, shredded Colby-Jack cheese, salsa, sour cream


Place chicken, 5 cups water, and half of onion in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and cook 15 to 18 minutes or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken, reserving broth in Dutch oven. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces; set aside.

Melt butter in a skillet; add celery and remaining onion, and sauté until tender.

Stir chicken, celery mixture, 2 cans beans, and next 6 ingredients into broth in Dutch oven, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 1 hour, stirring frequently, until thickened.

Process remaining 1 can beans in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Stir bean pureé into chili.

Remove and discard bay leaf; stir in cilantro just before serving with desired toppings.

Created date

October 2002