Leftover Turkey or Chicken Chili

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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 =)

4 5

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.

5 5

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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