Extra (Ap)petite – The best white chicken chili recipe

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As much as we love dining out, my favorite part of the week is cooking Sunday supper with Nick. We usually reserve this day for any slow-cooking or soups / stews, and start early so that the aromas fill the house by the time afternoon sports are on. This weekend we made both my favorite dutch oven crusty bread and white chicken chili – the chili is easy enough for beginners, takes under an hour, and boy is it flavorful! Nick likes his brunch-style topped with a sunny side up egg. Read on below for the recipes!

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I’m also partnering today with Macy’s registry to share some of our favorite, useful registry-friendly items! Snapchat friends probably see our Le Creuset cast iron oven on the regular, producing stews, roasts, bread, and so much more. It’s quite heavy, so an added benefit of use is an extra arm workout!

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Martha Stewart also makes a more affordable cast-iron pot collection that my mom uses and recommends. Our pot was thanks to a generous friend Liz who makes yummy “dutch oven crusty bread.” It’s soft on the inside, just perfect while warm with a pat of butter or olive oil. She got her pot as a wedding gift with the bread recipe card inside, and passed the tradition on to me since I always asked her to make it! We couldn’t resist baking a loaf to go with dinner (recipe here; instructional video here) – I’m no baker, but this is the simplest bread you’ll ever make. Just make sure to use instant yeast per the recipe, or proof your non-instant yeast first.

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On to the chili – I love a good recipe that serves as a guideline, but can easily be adapted for individual tastes or for vegetarian friends (try veggie broth instead of chicken; extra beans and veggies instead of meat). Our recipe is adapted from Cathy on Allrecipes.

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4.74 from 23 votes


Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 4 ounce can diced green chile peppers
  • 1 jalapeno diced*
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth**
  • 3 cups cooked chopped or shredded chicken***
  • 3 15 ounce cans white beans
  • canned or frozen corn optional

Topping Ideas

  • cilantro, scallions, ground pepper, cheese or sour cream


  • Heat the oil over a large pot on medium-low heat. Cook and stir the onion until tender. Mix in the garlic, jalapeno, green chile peppers, cumin, cayenne, and oregano. Continue to cook and stir the mixture until tender, about 3 minutes. Mix in the beans then chicken broth, and simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • At this point if you want a thicker texture, dip an immersion blender into your pot, and pulse a few times to puree some of the beans before adding chicken. Otherwise, just stir in the chicken and simmer another 15 minutes. ****
  • Stir in optional corn at the end before turning off the heat. Serve hot and top with garnishes. I just love the added sweetness of corn and some fresh cilantro with the spices in this!


* If you like it hot then include jalapeno seeds, otherwise remove them. Be careful and don’t let your bare hands linger on the inner membrane & seeds! I learned this the hard way years ago and had hands on fire.
** Original recipe calls for 3.5 cups broth which was a little soupy. You can tweak the ratios of broth, chicken, and beans based on your liking.
*** We use boneless, skinless chicken thighs seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Wrap in foil to keep juicy, and bake for 20 minutes on 400 degrees. If they’re not fully cooked at this point, they will be in the chili. Ground chicken or turkey would be interesting too!
****I'm not big on having a lot of kitchen gadgets, but an immersion blender is definitely one of my favorite and most-used tools. I have this one with multiple attachments.

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Bloopers – got hot beans up my nose due to an impatient Nick


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  1. Another fantastic post! You are sun an inspiration to me!

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  2. I adore this post


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  3. V wrote:

    Jean, thank you so much for your reply. I love Carrera marble as well but am uncertain about the maintenance it takes. Anyway, I am wondering if you'd like any of these size 5 pumps. http://ebay.to/1QoaaG8 I have learned so much over the years from your blog and would love to send you as a gift if they complement your style. I don't want anything back; just keep on doing what you are doing. Let me know.

    Posted 1.21.16 Reply
  4. Valeri wrote:

    I love this post Jean (and Nick). This was a really fun share. Even the bloopers made my mom and I laugh. I'm looking forward to making both recipes. Thank you!

    Posted 1.21.16 Reply
  5. Michelle wrote:

    Hi Jean, can you tell me how many chicken thighs you cook to get 3 cups shredded chicken? This looks so good I can't wait to try it!

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  6. Unknown wrote:

    Hi Jean, how many chicken thighs do you have to cook to get 3 cups of chicken? Thanks, this looks so good!

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Agree, Pyrex bowls & good knives are a must! Not sure what we'd do without ours.

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Hi Dottie – there are really no limitations when pairing with cardigans! I think they are super versatile pieces that you can wear with jeans, trousers, leggings, etc. If it's a loose and longer cardigan, just keep the underneath pieces slim-fit. I'm wearing an old LOFT blouse and you can also wear cotton tees, tanks, etc.

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    Hi Charlotte! Our place is super small – trust me! It's just the sacrifice of living in the middle of a city. That's why we had to build up with our kitchen and have cabinets that can only be accessed with a stool (we refer to it as "the upstairs" ; )

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    It's Essie Chinchilly : )

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

    Hi Julia, it's hard to say and depends on how many people you're cooking for! I would not have minded the smaller 3.5qt size since we just have two mouths in our household. However, I will not complain having received one at all – this one is 5.5 and very big for 2, but we do like making extra to freeze. We've never gotten close to filling it up, though!

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  12. Jean wrote:

    It's the regular 5.5 quart size. I'm not sure how many you're cooking for in your household, but it's very big for 2 people!

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  13. Jean wrote:

    Haha thank you, Bianca, but my place is so small I think I've already covered most of it in my living room selfies and this post!

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  14. Jean wrote:

    Hi V! Thank you – It's carerra marble. Marble is definitely high-maintenance and something we expected going into it. It will get water stains, scratches, and you have to be careful with citrus and red wine, etc. That being said, both my husband and I agree that we'd definitely choose it again in our next home because we love it so much. We think all the little marks just add to its character and show that it's a well-loved surface!

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  15. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – I have heard good things about the Asian lash brands like Shisem or darkness. Unfortunately I don't have a specific suggestion to share since I haven't purchased new falsies in a while. As for hair extensions, I love following The Sweetest Thing who always has fabulous looking hair, and she has reviewed her extensions before!

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  16. Dice wrote:

    Thanks for sharing this yummy chili recipe. It'll be perfect on a cold winter day. My most memorable wedding gift was my Le Creuset Cast Iron in Eggplant.

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  17. Vera wrote:

    Great recipe, thank you for sharing. Your photos are super cute!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  18. Big, Irish glass beverage decanters! We love to entertain and serving fruit infused water is perfect for a big party, and it's beautiful too. We were most touched by gifts people gave who weren't even invited to the wedding. My husband and I felt so honored and loved. Can't wait to try the chicken chili recipe! A old fashioned potato masher may do the trick for thickening it up too.

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  19. This looks amazing! I'm a big fan of chilis and soups, especially in the winter!

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  20. The food looks so tasty but your kitchen is awesome!!

    Posted 1.19.16 Reply
  21. That looks so good! Thanks for sharing!
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  22. This is such a cute post! I can't wait to try that receipe.. It sounds perfect on a cold, chilly day. I also got married about a year ago and used Macy's for my wedding registry. It was very simple and the associates are very helpful!


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  23. Beautiful photos! Great looking food, too!:)


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  24. This recipe looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing!



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  25. Petite-ish wrote:

    D'aww! Your kitchen looks gorgeous btw.

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  26. Anonymous wrote:

    I registered at Macy's for my wedding (loved it apart from one incident with a rude registry customer service person on the phone). Concur about the Le Crueset Dutch oven and Cuisinart immersion blender — we have the same ones as you mention above. Some other items we received and use constantly: this Pyrex set of 4 covered mixing bowls — I use one of them almost every day — they are dishwasher/microwave safe —

    Also the Breville Smart Oven if you have the space — toasts perfectly and you can use it to cook pizzas, cookies, almost everything really without heating up your large oven (and hence your whole kitchen/apartment)
    Also a good set of knives – I love our Wusthof Classic Ikon set

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  27. This looks so good! I'm gonna try it tonight.


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  28. Can you comment on the cream top you are wearing under the cream cardigan? Sometimes I'm unsure of what shirt material goes best under a cardigan. Also what pants go best? Jeans? Being short, I don't want to look it in half, so just not sure. Love the cream color!

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  29. J wrote:

    This is so cute! I loved this post! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Can't wait to try it!

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  30. Charlotte wrote:

    Hi Jean, you and Nick are so adorable. I hope you don't think this question is too nosy and of course you are obviously completely free to not answer if you prefer, but what is the square footage of your apartment? Just asking, because it looks enormous and living in Manhattan I could not imagine having a kitchen like yours without a house to go along with it. All the best! 🙂

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  31. This looks so yummy and still healthy, and I will try it this weekend when my in-laws come. After a day of my kids' sports, this will be the perfect way to relax at home. I received a Cuisinart immersion blender for Christmas — I absolutely love to cook, I spend a ton of time in the kitchen, and I can not believe I've survived this long without one! (I'm 42) Thanks for a cooking-related post! So fun.

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  32. MaryM wrote:

    What nailpolish are you wearing 🙂 ? I couldnt find this information on you previous posts.

    Posted 1.18.16 Reply
  33. I like that it is so healthy. I will try it

    Posted 1.18.16 Reply
  34. Julia T. wrote:

    What size do you think is most versatile for cast iron pots?

    Posted 1.18.16 Reply
  35. Carla Krae wrote:

    Looks like it's marble. If it is, you do have to be somewhat careful – wipe up spills right away so you don't get stains, and IIRC, have it resealed once a year.

    Posted 1.18.16 Reply
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    That soup looks amazing and I'm definitely going to get that cast-iron oven. what size is your le creuset?

    Posted 1.18.16 Reply
  37. Trang Do wrote:

    Looks so tasty!! Love this post!
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    Posted 1.18.16 Reply
  38. The blooper photos made me laugh out loud! You guys are so cute 🙂

    Posted 1.18.16 Reply
  39. Jean your home is SO gorgeous! Would you ever consider doing a post with a home tour?

    Posted 1.17.16 Reply
  40. You guys are so adorable! We chose to go with a HoneyFund for our wedding, since we were moving from California to New York City soon afterwards. My mother in law still gave us a number of kitchen goodies when we moved to NYC though, including a Crockpot. Matt has made so many yummy dishes for us using the crockpot! My favorite is the kalbichim or the spicy chicken soup, perfect for a cold wintry day!

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  41. V wrote:

    Hi Jean, I love seeing your kitchen. What is the material of your countertop? It looks so elegant, just like your style. What is the maintenance like? If you had to choose the material again, would you choose it again? Thanks!

    Posted 1.17.16 Reply
  42. I have been wanting to research a good starter bread to bake but your post has taken care of that for me. Thanks for share!

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  43. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! Sorry this is not related to your post at all, but any chance you have any recommendations on falsies and hair extensions? I know you have had eyelash extensions done before, but didn't know if you have any recommendations for the temporary ones! I just have the typical Asian, stick-straight, thin eyelashes but can't get myself to pay for actual extensions. I'm also super envious of the thickness of your hair, so you probably don't use clip-in hair extensions either – but any chance you know of any good ones for us that are less fortunate? 🙂 thanks in advance!

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  44. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    It looks so delicious and so fun! I want to try it too:P

    Shall We Sasa

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  45. Jean wrote:

    Beef wellington – sounds ambitious and delicious! I love watching Gordon make it on Master Chef. We always eat the bread fresh out of the oven. Unfortunately I can't speak to how long it lasts since it usually doesn't…sometimes if it's cooled down already, I'll microwave a piece for about 10 seconds to warm it back up.

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  46. Karen wrote:

    Am proving the bread for tomorrow night dinner, also gonna on my attempt on beef wellington. Hope everything gonna turn out good tomorrow night. Did you eat your bread fresh or you baked first and eat later? How long did your bread last to taste good?

    Posted 1.17.16 Reply
  47. Jean wrote:

    Oo, love Instant Pot which we also got as a neat gift! I still like the flavors of slow-cooking, but agree IP is very handy.

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  48. Keri H wrote:

    That looks delicious and the egg on top is such a nice touch. So lovely that you guys have instilled a Sunday cooking tradition together. I think things like that are so important! Happy Sunday!

    Enclothed Cognition

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  49. Mary-Irene wrote:

    My Kitchen Aid Mixer, and my Dyson vacuum cleaner are two of my favorite things I registered for, and are still going strong after many, many years. Great investments.

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  50. Anonymous wrote:

    if you like slow cooking, go for the instant pot (sold on amazon.com). i know it's the corniest name, but it sautes, pressure cooks, and slow cooks all in one pot. even nom nom paleo raves about it. i've done soups, rice, stews, chinese pork belly. save yourself the hassle of doing lots of dishes and try it.

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