Oct 2
2013

Chipotle White Chicken Chili Recipe with Corn & White Beans {Gluten-Free}

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This hearty and healthy chipotle white chicken chili is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. It also happens to be gluten-free.
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According to my boys, I’m three-for-three. Last week it was the Roasted Tomato & Chicken Sausage Whole Wheat Pasta, the week before that it was the Roasted Chicken with Deep Onion-Garlic Gravy, and now they are begging me to make this chipotle white chicken chili recipe at least once per week.

Ever since I first made our family favorite Smoky Turkey Chili with Chipotle Peppers & Black Beans, my boys have been tried-and-true chili fans. I always make a double batch because it freezes well. Really, there is nothing more satisfying at 5pm than discovering that you have a big container of chili in the freezer, just waiting to be defrosted and gobbled up by ravenous children.

Well, maybe a Caesar Cocktail (aka Canadian Bloody Mary) would be more satisfying. But that’s not really going to help the kids, is it?

At first I was worried that this white chicken chili might turn out too soupy. To combat this chili “no-no”, I made a quick roux of cornstarch and canola oil. You could substitute all-purpose flour for the cornstarch if you are not considered about making this a gluten-free meal.

The second thing I did to thicken it was smashing a portion of the beans with the back of a fork to make a bean paste of sorts. The beans practically melted into the hot broth and added depth and low-fat richness to the chili.

If your family’s taste buds are sensitive to spicy heat, then cut the amount of chipotle peppers in half.

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The recipe:

Heat 2 teaspoons of the canola oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the oregano and cumin, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the garlic and cook for additional 30 seconds.

Increase the meat to medium-high, then add the chicken breasts pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is just cooked through.

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Push some of the chicken aside to make a space in the middle, and pour in the remaining 1 teaspoon of canola oil. Add the cornstarch, then stir into the chicken, cooking for 1 minute.

Add the corn, green chiles, chipotle pepper and chicken broth, and stir to combine.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

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In a medium-sized bowl, smash 1/2 cup of the white beans with the back of a fork. Add the smashed beans, along with the remaining whole beans and the lime juice to the chili.

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Simmer for additional 30 minutes, or until the chili is thick. Adjust seasonings (salt and pepper) as desired. Stir in cilantro. Serve.

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Smoky White Chicken Chili with Corn & White Beans {Gluten-Free}

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 1 3/4 cups

Calories per serving: 218 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 5.9g / Saturated Fat 1.2g

Smoky White Chicken Chili with Corn & White Beans {Gluten-Free}

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 3 tsp canola oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, defrosted
  • 1 (3 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1 chipotle pepper, seeded & diced (from can)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans white beans, drained
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of the canola oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the oregano and cumin, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the garlic and cook for additional 30 seconds.
  3. Increase the meat to medium-high, then add the chicken breasts pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is just cooked through.
  4. Push some of the chicken aside to make a space in the middle, and pour in the remaining 1 teaspoon of canola oil. Add the cornstarch, then stir into the chicken, cooking for 1 minute.
  5. Add the corn, green chiles, chipotle pepper and chicken broth, and stir to combine.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  7. In a medium-sized bowl, smash 1/2 cup of the white beans with the back of a fork. Add the smashed beans, along with the remaining whole beans and the lime juice to the chili. Simmer for additional 30 minutes, or until the chili is thick.
  8. Adjust seasonings (salt and pepper) as desired. Stir in cilantro. Serve.

Notes

Calories 218.1 / Total Fat 5.9g / Saturated Fat 1.2g / Cholesterol 40.6mg / Sodium 1204mg / Total Carbohydrates 20.0g / Fiber 4.0g / Sugars 3.4g / Protein 21.9g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 5

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tieghan October 2, 2013 at 6:33 am

Your boys are smart guys!! This soup looks awesome! I original post for today was a chipotle chicken dish, but then the blog crashed I could not get the photos uploaded. :( I can fill the void with this soup. It looks so good!

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) October 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thanks, Tieghan! I’m sorry you’ve been having so many blog problems, but I’m glad to see you’re up and running again.

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3 Stephanie @ PlainChicken October 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

looks delicious! love the addition of the chipotle.

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) October 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thanks, Stephanie. I can never resist that smoky heat of chipotles.

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5 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain October 2, 2013 at 9:44 am

Dara, I am completely smitten with this white chili recipe. I need more of these kind of recipes for a quick, healthy weeknight dinner. Looks delish!

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6 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

I love white chicken chili, adding chipotle is such a great idea!

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7 Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg October 2, 2013 at 10:29 am

I would definitely make this. It looks delicious! Pinning for the future. It’s in the 80′s here again so we’re back to warm weather food for a few days. Can’t wait to try this though.

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8 Nessa October 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Looks delish!

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9 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective October 3, 2013 at 7:57 am

Love this, Dara! I think I need to make this for my brood, too! :)

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10 Sandy Coughlin October 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

This seems like the perfect fall comfort meal to serve at my next dinner party! Thanks for the inspiration!

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11 Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition October 4, 2013 at 9:08 am

Your pictures are GORGEOUS! And this chili looks awesome. Glad I found your blog :)
Sunnie

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12 Nutmeg Nanny October 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Oh man, this soup looks so satisfying, my husband will love this!

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13 Christine@ Apple of My Eye October 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm

This looks delicious! As the weather gets colder, I start craving a good chili :D.

Thanks for linking up to my recipe!

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14 Staci October 25, 2013 at 7:15 am

Question: how much heat is packed into the chipotle pepper? My daughters are pretty sensitive to spicy, they can handle a little, but not much over that. Would smoked paprika be a good sub or will I lose too much flavor? Thanks!

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15 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) October 25, 2013 at 8:37 am

Staci, you have a couple of options. First, you could use less of the chipotle pepper and mince it very fine so that it spreads throughout the chili. Second, you could leave out the chipotle pepper altogether and add a small amount of the adobo sauce (that the is in the can with the chipotle peppers). I’d probably start with 1/2 teaspoon, then taste the chili and add from there. I hope that helps!

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