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white-chicken chili

by Diane Lofshult on Jan 01, 2008

This hearty, single-pot chicken dish combines traditional spices, such as standard chili powder and cumin, with less traditional herbs, such as oregano and coriander. Cook a big kettle of this chili on a blustery Sunday afternoon and you’ll have leftovers for a quick and healthy dinner on a work night.

cooking spray

2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 cups finely chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons (tsp) ground cumin

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp ground coriander

2 (4.5-ounce) cans chopped green chiles, undrained

1 cup water

2 (15.5-ounce) cans cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained

1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup chopped green onions

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan, cooking about 10 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently to avoid sticking.

Heat large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan and sauté 6 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and sauté another 2 minutes, continuing to stir. Add cumin, oregano and coriander and sauté 1 more minute. Add chiles and reduce heat to low; cook partially covered for 10 minutes.

Add cooked chicken, water, cannelloni beans and broth, and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add in hot sauce and stir.

Ladle into bowls, and sprinkle with cheese, cilantro and green onions. Makes eight servings.

Per Serving: 233 calories; 5.9 grams (g) fat; 32.7 g protein; 11.7 g carbs; 3.4 g fiber; 78 milligrams (mg) cholesterol; 694 mg sodium; 180 mg calcium; 3.2 mg iron.

Source: October 2004 Cooking Light magazine.

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About the Author

Diane Lofshult

Diane Lofshult IDEA Author/Presenter

Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at lofshult@roadrunner.com.