Green and White Chili

I kicked Healthy Recipe Week off last night with a delicious modification of a sometimes-fattening favorite, white chili. The recipe I started with was on the Kerrygold website (psssst check back Monday for a Kerrygold giveaway!). Along the way I added some tweaks and changes and made it healthier but just as satisfying as the original. One step at a time, right?

healthy chicken chili ingredients

First, I gathered my ingredients:

1 can white beans, 1 super large chicken breast, 1/2 yellow onion, 1/2 bag spinach, 2 large jalapenos, 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt, and a splash of whole milk


First, I washed the spinach and chopped it up using my favorite veggie scissors. Then I chopped the jalapeno and onion and added all of the veggies to a bit of olive oil to get simmering.

In the meantime, I cooked and chopped the chicken using the same scissors which are perfect for making pulled pork and other chopped meat.


Once the chicken was cooked, I added it and the white beans to the vegetables, then folded in the yogurt.

white chicken chili

At the end I added the splash of milk. The original recipe called for two cups of whole milk, so I saved a lot of fat and calories here. The yogurt added the richness and creaminess that I was looking for along with calcium, which I have been lacking in these days.

white chili

Once the chili was done, I made room for fun toppings including a sprinkle of Kerrygold Dubliner cheese, some smoky garlic chipotle salsa, and some guacamole.

chili toppings

At the end of a long day visiting with our nieces, shopping, and looking at boats, we had a quick, hot meal, didn’t spend a fortune and didn’t feel gross after eating. I need to remember that feeling more often when I want to go out for an extravagant meal or order something not-so-healthy or worse, skip dinner and end up eating crappy snacks late at night.

What are you cooking up this weekend?

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  1. Raija’s avatar

    Looks delicious! And as always, easy. You do really well finding the simple but great recipes.


  2. Emily’s avatar

    This is really strange. I have a posted drafted for white chili with the aim of slimming it down. I used low fat sour cream and tomatillos. Great minds think alike on these cold rainy days!!


  3. Megan’s avatar

    I’m not doing much cooking this weekend… leaving it to my mom. :) But I did make a potato dish for our Easter dinner… and of course some desserts.

    The chili looks tasty!


  4. Michelle’s avatar

    It was great seeing you this morning at the Greater Boston Food Bank! We’ve got to continue this boat conversation further. I’m envisioning large sunglasses, vino and cheese on this boat!


  5. Shannon’s avatar

    ooh, love a good white chili, and this looks delish :) i’m doing some easter bread baking, but not a whole lot else! enjoy the weekend!


  6. alicia’s avatar

    Looks delicious. I love white chicken chili!

    Oh man I’ve been cooking up a storm….Megan’s grapefruit cakes, mushroom shallot quiche, and Daisy’s brussels sprouts salad…..I’m going to try and rally in a little bit and make some black bean burgers too.


  7. Enrico’s avatar

    looks like a very healthy and delicious start. With the fine weather coming I would be interested to learn more. Like Alicia says above, a healthy spin on your black bean burger you had at Charlies Kitchen – maybe without the buns on a bed of romaine lettuce?


  8. Kerstin’s avatar

    What a fun week of recipes! Your chili looks so tasty and I love the extra nutritional punch of the spinach in it!


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