White Chili

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + soaking Cook: 3-1/2 hours


20 servings (5 qt)

Updated: Jan. 13, 2023
Reports Karen Gardiner, a Eutaw, Alabama field editor, "This recipe was given to me by a friend who got it from another friend. The day after I served it, someone called for the recipe, too!"


  • 2 pounds dried great northern beans
  • 1-1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4-1/2 quarts chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cubed
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chiles


  1. Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
  2. In a stockpot, saute onion in oil until tender. Combine seasonings; add half to onion mixture. Saute 1 minute. Add beans, broth and garlic; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat chicken with remaining seasoning mixture; place in 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink; add to beans. Stir in chiles. Cover and simmer 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until flavors are blended.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 169 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 365mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch.