Award Winning White Chicken Chili
Serves: 8-10 servings
  • 1 tbsp ghee (or other stable cooking fat)
  • 16 oz diced pancetta (certainly bacon will do if you can't find pancetta)
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (you can use breast if you like but I like the dark meat)- diced into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 large white or yellow onion- diced
  • 4 stalks celery- diced
  • 1 green bell pepper- diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic-minced
  • 3 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 4 oz cans chopped green chilies (mild or hot, depending on your preference)
  • 2 15 oz cans each garbanzo beans, pinto beans and great northern beans- with their juices
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime- about a tablespoon
  • Additional toppings:
  • fresh cilantro- chopped
  • organic sour cream
  • fresh lime juice
  • organic shredded cheese
  1. Heat your ghee in a large dutch oven over medium heat on the stove top.
  2. Add the diced pancetta (or bacon) to the pot and let it render until crisp. When it's crisp, remove it to a paper-towel lined plate and reserve it for later.
  3. Still over medium heat, add the diced chicken to the pot. Season with sea salt and pepper and let brown for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add in the onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic. Season with S&P. Let the veggies saute until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant- about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the cumin and coriander to the pot and stir so that it coats all of the veggies and chicken. Let the spices toast with the chicken and veggies until fragrant- about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the canned beans, chopped chilies and bay leaves to the pot.
  7. Turn the heat up to medium high and bring the chili to a boil.
  8. Reduce it to a simmer, leave the lid cracked and let simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  9. Add the juice of 1 lime.
  10. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  11. Serve topped with crispy pancetta, a squeeze of lime and cilantro. You can also add a dollop of sour cream and some cheese if you like!
  12. Enjoy!
Recipe by Happy Healthnut at