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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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,...