Turkey White Chili Recipe
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Turkey White Chili Recipe

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Growing up in a Pennsylvania Dutch area, I was surrounded by excellent cooks and wonderful foods. I enjoy experimenting with new recipes, like this change-of-pace chili. —Kaye Whiteman, Charleston, West Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 pound boneless skinless turkey breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried savory
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese and sliced red onion, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 288 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat canola oil over medium heat. Add onion; saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Stir in cumin; cook 5 minutes. Add turkey; cook, crumbling ground turkey, until no longer pink. Add broth, beans, jalapeno, marjoram and savory. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Uncover; cook 15 minutes more. Dissolve cornstarch in water; stir into chili. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes. If desired, serve with cheese and sliced red onion. Yield: 6 servings (6 cups).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as White Chili in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p9

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lindsmonster User ID: 1675995 74790
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"Added a can green chili, husband raved"

lilione User ID: 2515127 45171
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"Is that right? 3 cups of broth? It came out very soupy, but taste was good."

jblatter User ID: 2501566 46363
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"Why do people insist on commenting on a recipe before they even try it? Then they don't even read the recipe correctly :) chicken BROTH."

dovecanyon User ID: 6559068 48335
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"What a nice idea for an after-Thanksgiving meal, and a refreshing change of pace from the usual Turkey Veg soup and Turkey Tetrazzini. I will replace the ground turkey with extra cubed leftover meat, and may use Great Northern beans, but the seasonings and the idea sound delicious. I'll be back after Thanksgiving to let you know how we liked it."

LuauGirl User ID: 532644 43060
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013 Edited Dec. 15, 2016

"You might want to re-read the recipe ingredients, as there is no chicken in this chili."

Debra47909 User ID: 6703570 45169
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"It's nice to see a white chili recipe that doesn't use canned condensed soup. I presume the chicken is added at the same time as the turkey, even though the recipe doesn't state when to add the chicken. White Italian beans (Cannellini) or navy beans or Great Northern white beans could be used instead of chickpeas, btw.

I haven't tried the recipe yet so it's not easy for me to rate it, but the software is insisting that I give my review a star rating also. Since it sounds decent enough, I'll rate it highly. I'm sure I'll have to tweak it some, though; possibly adding more jalapeno and maybe some all-purpose Mexican seasoning I bought from Mountain Rose Herbs."

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