Sweet Potato White Chili

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I almost did not add the ingredient that made this dish so wonderful.


I do not like traditional chili, not being a fan of most tomato-based sauces.  I decided to give white chili a try.  Never having eaten it before, I was unsure of the ingredients.  It seems that chicken, white beans, southwestern seasonings, and large amounts of cream are the traditional ingredients.


Obviously, the first thing I did was replace the cream with a bit of skim milk.  Next, I decided that sweet potato would be perfect in the dish.  AND IT WAS.  Some people add potatoes to their chili, to the great dismay of others.  I decided that sweet potatoes would be the controversial root in my recipe.  After you eat this chili, however, I doubt there will be any debating or disagreeing.  Sweet potatoes were meant to be in this dish.


The Recipe


2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins

3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

1/2 c dry Great Northern beans, prepared OR 1 can Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed

3 c low-sodium chicken broth

1/3 c 1% milk

2 tsp Southwestern seasoning (garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, ancho chile pepper, cumin, Mexican oregano, black pepper)

2 pinches hot paprika

1 avocado, sliced

2 green onions, sliced

Servings: 4

Place the diced sweet potatoes in a large pot and add the chicken broth.  Add water if necessary to cover the potatoes.  Bring to a boil.  Meanwhile, cook the chicken in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through.  Let rest for 5 minutes, then cut into bite-sized pieces.  Once the sweet potatoes are fork-tender, reduce the heat and add the beans, chicken, milk, and seasonings.  Continue to simmer until it reaches the desired consistency.  Garnish with green onion and avocado slices.  Enjoy!


6 thoughts on “Sweet Potato White Chili

    1. Well, it depends. It depends how much ancho chili and such that you put in. I like mine a little spicy, but not too much. I don’t like food that is so spicy that it clears your nasal passages, so yeah. It’s fairly mild. 🙂

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