Low-Cal White Chili


Make sure to have the lime!

With all the cold weather we’ve been having here in the Hole, I decided it was high time I make a big, warm, comforting pot of chili. Where did I start? The internets of course! I also needed something low-fat since spring is coming and I am well on my way to having one of these:

Thanks Kimmy


Also, Bryan and I have a trip to VEGAS planned! Allegiant Air rocked it out and the whole shambangle only set us back less than $800 bucks. Holler at yer boy. 

 I found a series of chili recipes at Cooking Light that were all low-fat but sounded delicious. I decided to go with the White Chili recipe, but I made quite a few modifications.

Nat’s White Chili


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil *I used vegetable.
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large) *I used half a yellow and half of a red.
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 5 teaspoons green hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco) *I used Siracha instead.
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground cornmeal
  • 1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt  *I used low-fat sour cream.
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions (about 1)
  • Lime wedges (optional)


1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic to pan; cook 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add broth, hot pepper sauce, salt, and chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove chicken from broth mixture; cool.

2. Add cornmeal and beans to broth mixture, stirring with a whisk; simmer 15 minutes. Mash about 1/4 cup beans against side of pan. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add chicken to pan; simmer 5 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring frequently. Top each serving with yogurt; sprinkle with green onions. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.


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