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    KelBel's Note:

    This is a white chili, using leftover cooked turkey or chicken, with a nice spicy kick. This is strickly a white chili, no tomatoes, red beans, or chili powder of any kind.

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    1. 1
      Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
    2. 2
      Slowly cook and stir the onion until tender.
    3. 3
      Mix in the garlic, jalapeno, green chile peppers, cumin, oregano and cayenne.
    4. 4
      Continue to cook and stir the mixture until tender, about 3 minutes.
    5. 5
      Mix in the chicken broth, turkey or chicken and white beans.
    6. 6
      Simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    7. 7
      Remove the mixture from heat; slowly stir in the cheese until melted.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 19, 2013

      This turned out really good ! I served it with Cornbread. The family was surprised to see a "white" chili and were pleasantly surprised with the taste. they enjoyed the "kick" aspect =)

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    • on January 03, 2010


      Had this for lunch today using leftover chicken breast. We liked it. However, the consistency was more like soup, so we added a cornstarch slurry to thicken it up a bit. I used 2 (4 oz) cans of diced green chilies since I didnt have any jalapenos. I think the chili would be improved by adding fresh chopped cilantro. I topped with smoked cheddar cheese. This was certainly fast and easy with minimal prep required. Thanks.

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    • on November 29, 2014


      I used this recipe tonight to use up some of our leftover Thanksgiving turkey. I doubled the recipe as we are a chili loving family. It was very spicy, but very delicious. It is my son's 1Oth Birthday today. He requested chili and I really want to use up all of the leftovers before they go bad. This was a great way to achieve that. I followed your directions, only changing one thing. I added 4 tablespoons of cornstarch with 6 tablespoons of cold water to create a slurry in order to thicken it up right at the beginning of the simmer process. It seemed a bit thin, and after reading the other reviews, I thought it needed to be thickened too. It was great, quick and easy. I will definitely be making this again, but I may decrease the heat a bit. Thanks KelBel!

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    Nutritional Facts for Leftover Turkey or Chicken Chili

    Serving Size: 1 (554 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 453.3
    Calories from Fat 129
    Total Fat 14.3 g
    Saturated Fat 6.4 g
    Cholesterol 25.1 mg
    Sodium 845.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 54.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 12.2 g
    Sugars 5.3 g
    Protein 28.3 g

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    cooked turkey breast

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