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 =)

pegpo April 19, 2013

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.

Dr. Jenny January 03, 2010

I personally enjoyed this white chili a lot, I ended it up eating the whole pot by myself over the course of a couple days because none of my family members could handle the spicy kick! Therefore, if you make this recipe, taste it before adding any cayenne pepper.

SharonChen September 23, 2015

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