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Neiman Marcus Chili Blanco


White chicken chili recipe done right. This best Chili Blanco has layers of clean, complimentary relatively mild and agreeable flavors.














1 pound white nothern beans
2 pounds chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium onions
4 clove garlic
2 cans green chili peppers
mild, 4 oz
2 teaspoons cumin
1 ½ teaspoons oregano
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 cups chicken broth
3 cups monterey jack cheese
sour cream


If using canned beans, this recipe is ready in less than an hour. The beans and the chicken can be prepared the day before if desired.

Dried beans

Rinse and pick over the white beans; place in large heavy pot. Add sufficient cold water to cover the beans by at least 3 inches; cover and allow to soak overnight.

Quick soak method

Instead of soaking overnight, cover the beans with boiling water and allow to stand for one hour before rinsing and using as normal.

Poach chicken

Place the chicken breasts in a pot just large enough to hold them. Add sliced onion, sliced celery stalk and carrot as well as salt and pepper for added flavor during poaching if desired.

Add cold water to just cover the chicken; bring to a simmer, reduce heat and cook until just cooked through tender; about 15 minutes.

Drain and cool.

Remove skin. Cut chicken into cubes.


Drain beans. Heat the oil in the same pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until softened and semi-transparent; about 10 minutes.

Stir in the chilies, cumin, oregano, garlic and cayenne pepper and sauté for 2 minutes. Add chicken stock and beans and bring to the boil.

Reduce the heat to a simmer, cooking covered, until the beans are quite tender, stirring occasionally; about 2 hours.

You can prepare the beans and chicken up to this point ahead of time; cool, cover and refrigerate. The next day bring to a simmer before continuing.

Add the diced chicken and 1 cup cheese to the bean mixture and stir until cheese melts.

Taste and adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

Serving Chili Blanco

Transfer the chili to a serving dish. Arrange the remaining cheese, sour cream, salsa, and cilantro in small bowls around the serving bowl so that your guests can add whatever toppings they desire.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Jan Norris

The cook, prep times on this are totally wrong; betting the number of servings are off, too.

about 13 years ago


Just updated the cooking time, should be 2 1/2 hours, so total time should be around 3 hours, this recipe is for 8 serving, this is right.

about 13 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 367g (12.9 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 44642% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 709mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Sugars g
Protein 102g
Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 37% Iron 16%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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