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Chili Contest: Entry 4 (+ Cranberry Nut Loaf)

I’m a bit behind this week after my weekend in Illinois, sorry! This week I made White Chicken Chili, the 4th entry into the Prevention Chili Contest! I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve never had, much less made, white chicken chili despite all the raves. My loss…yum! 😀

White Chicken Chili from Healthy Food for Living, originally from Monkey See, Monkey Do…

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion, about 1 medium
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried coriander
2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chiles
3 cans Northern beans, drained but not rinsed
3 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
2-3 cups chopped, skinless rotisserie chicken (I used 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked & shredded)
1 Tbsp jalapeno hot sauce (such as Tobasco), plus more if desired
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Cilantro, chopped, for garnish
8 Tbsp 2% plain Greek yogurt, for garnish (1 Tbsp per serving)
1 lime, cut into wedges, for garnish (1 wedge per serving)


Heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add in the cumin, oregano, coriander, and green chiles. Saute for 30 seconds.

Add beans and chicken stock to pot, bring to a boil. Add in the chicken and hot sauce. Reduce stove heat to low, cover pot, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, as well as extra hot sauce if desired.

Serve with fresh cilantro, Greek yogurt, and a squeeze of lime juice. Serves 8.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 213 calories; 3.3 g. fat; 43 mg. sodium; 812 mg. sodium*; 28.8 g. carbohydrate; 1.5 g. sugar; 8.6 g. fiber; 22 g. protein

*Beans are drained, so the sodium content is less than it calculated to…I just don’t know how much less.

Result: YUMMM-EEE!! Mr. P and I both give this a huge thumbs up! Again, a very unique and non-traditional chili recipe…but a winner! I was surprised how such simple ingredients combined for such a flavorful result! I have a feeling my mom is going to make this recipe because it’s 1) very easy, 2) very healthy, and 3) contains Northern beans. Mom, am I right?! 🙂 I am very glad to no longer be living life without having tried White Chicken Chili…DELICIOUS!

And if White Chicken Chili wasn’t enough deliciousness for one post, here’s a perfect fall bread that I’ve been enjoying for breakfast!

Cranberry Nut Loaf from Cathy’s Kitchen Journey adapted from Simply in Season

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup ground flax seed meal
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

1 egg
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup oil
zest of one orange
1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped (I used frozen)
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (divided) (I used walnuts)


Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan.

In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients: flour through salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix together wet ingredients: egg through vanilla, until combined. Add dry ingredients to wet.

Fold in cranberries and half the nuts. Pour batter in the prepared pan. Top with remaining nuts. Bake in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert and remove from pan, allow to cool completely before slicing. Yield: 8 large slices.

Nutrition Information (per slice): 321 calories; 13.5 g. fat; 27 mg. cholesterol; 306 mg. sodium; 47.9 g. carbohydrate; 22 g. sugar; 4.1 g. fiber; 6.6 g. protein

Result: This recipe is filling and delicious. I love the tart of the cranberries and the crunch of the walnuts, with a hint of sweet. Mr. P liked this bread, but he seems to be on a pumpkin kick lately himself and says he preferred last week’s pumpkin bread. But, nonetheless, a thumbs up from the both of us!

Question: Do you prefer white or dark poultry meat?

I ask because Pioneer Woman’s White Chili recipe calls for the dark meat because she prefers it, but I MUCH prefer white meat.

P.S. Lily is doing well…thanks for all the thought & prayers for our baby girl!

Lots of love,

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  1. October 5, 2010 / 6:42 am

    I have also never made a white chili – looks good though! Was it spicy?

    I have never made a cranberry bread – looks delicious! I typically take bread recipes and make muffins – for some reason, I like muffins more than bread. A mental thing I guess.

    • Nicole
      October 5, 2010 / 9:58 am

      Nope, not spicy…but you could add more tobasco if you wanted it to be!

  2. October 5, 2010 / 6:47 am

    Dark meat!! But really isn’t all meat good ;).

  3. October 5, 2010 / 7:11 am

    I’ve never tried white chicken chili before, but it looks delicious!! I always eat white, never dark!! Dark is really gross to me.

  4. October 5, 2010 / 7:19 am

    That bread is so beautiful! I love loaves like that.

    When I was a meat-eater, I definitely preferred dark meat– so much juicier!

  5. October 5, 2010 / 7:47 am

    That chili recipe looks great – definitely going on the menu for next week!

  6. October 5, 2010 / 7:49 am

    I am yet to try out chicken chili- I really want to, but I love my way of cooking it so much I never seem to deviate!

  7. October 5, 2010 / 8:06 am

    This chili looks really good! I prefer white meat, too, which is a shame since it’s so much more expensive than the dark stuff.

  8. October 5, 2010 / 8:43 am

    Wow! This looks really good! I have never had white chili before! Looks like I will be trying this one!

  9. October 5, 2010 / 8:52 am

    I make a cranberry, nut, chocolate chip recipe that my grandma’s been making forever. Whenever we bring it places, everyone always asks my family for the recipe. This makes me want to make it now!

  10. losingmore
    October 5, 2010 / 9:10 am

    I love white chili, ( Ruby Tuesdays is awesome, btw), but to this day, have not found a recipe I liked to make at home. I am anxious to give yours a try….it looks wonderful!

    I prefer white meat all the way, but recently, found a recipe for chicken thighs that is pretty good…so I will occasionally eat them. But given a choice, i will choose white meat hands down!

  11. October 5, 2010 / 9:42 am

    I’ve always been more of a red chili kinda girl…I think it’s because one time at a restaurant I ordered white chicken chili and it was just gross! Usually I never complain, but I ended up ordering something else. So needless to say, I think I should try making this recipe at home, and maybe you can convert me to a white chili lover as well!

  12. October 5, 2010 / 9:45 am

    Never been a fan of white chicken chili…although I should probably try again as the only one I’ve had is my mom’s recipe. I’ve always prefered white meat, but recently discovered the joys of dark meat. However, my gallbladder has decided that dark meat is a no-no. Oh the joys of figuring out what I can eat with gallbladder problems…

  13. October 5, 2010 / 10:04 am

    What a great looking blog!

    I just read your comment on Happiness Is Within Blog and I’m with you. Balance is SO important and many of these Healthy Living blogs don’t portray balance. I find it so easy to get sucked in by them sometimes.

  14. October 5, 2010 / 10:25 am

    Thanks for the link love! I think I’ll have to make the bread again. I remember grabbing a slice everyday for breakfast…so good!

  15. October 5, 2010 / 11:12 am

    Its been a while since I’ve had white chicken chili… Always so good! I tend to prefer white chicken meat but don’t mind dark every once in a while.

  16. October 5, 2010 / 11:59 am

    I’ve seen several white chicken chili recipes but haven’t tried them. Now I know I’ve been missing out! I also prefer white meat over dark.

  17. October 5, 2010 / 2:21 pm

    I’m a much bigger fan of white meat. And I actually like the white chicken chilis better than any other chili. Yum!

  18. October 5, 2010 / 2:53 pm

    I’ve actually never had white chili! And wow, I can see that I’ve been missing out! I prefer white poultry meat over dark. Glad to hear Lily is doing well!

  19. October 5, 2010 / 2:56 pm

    Glad Lily is doing well!

    I prefer white meat, my hubs dark, that’s why I like making whole roasted chicken – I get all the boob meat. πŸ˜€

    I have a confession to make, I’ve never made a white chicken chili either – I’d have to make it spicier for my taste, but I’ll have to try this one!

  20. October 5, 2010 / 3:19 pm

    Oh my gosh….I LOVE White Chicken Chili! The first time I had it, I had this recipe:


    It is AMAZING. Probably the best chili I’ve ever had…..very rich and creamy!

    I’m definitely a white meat girl. πŸ™‚

  21. October 5, 2010 / 3:54 pm

    Glad Lily is doing well. I have been super busy so I obviously missed what happened to Lily, but I wish her a speedy recovery. Glad you enjoyed the chicken chili. The bread looks awesome and so appropriate for fall. I just made a very fall inspired dinner although I wish fall would go away because it means the rainy season is coming. Rainy season is bad when you live on a tiny island.

  22. October 5, 2010 / 9:50 pm

    Always a white meat gal over here. Both of these recipes look great. I need to try a white chili, always go red. Glad to hear Lily is doing better. Looking forward to meeting you this week πŸ™‚

  23. October 5, 2010 / 10:17 pm

    I love easy and that recipe looks like a winner. If you ever need a taste tester, let me know…

  24. October 7, 2010 / 9:16 am

    OMG! The chili and your bread looks delicious! I am printing out both of the recipes as I type. I hope to make them soon! Thanks. πŸ™‚

  25. Lacy
    January 30, 2013 / 9:00 am

    I tried this last night but left out the jalapeΓ±o hot sauce because my boyfriend is not a fan. We both really loved this chili. It was great for a stormy night! We also have a ton left over which is great! Great recipe, can’t wait to try some more!

    • Nicole, RD
      January 31, 2013 / 9:17 am

      Lacy, I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! πŸ™‚

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