Creamy White Turkey Chili – Cafe Delites


Have any leftover turkey or chicken? Turn it into a nice warm bowl of White Turkey Chili!

Thick and Creamy White Turkey Chili filled with cannellini beans, turkey (or chicken), onion, garlic, herbs and spices. The perfect hearty recipe for the day after Thanksgiving, when you have so much meat left you don’t know what to do with!

Have any leftover turkey or chicken? Turn it into a big pot of White Turkey Chili!

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If your family is anything like ours and eats all of the sides at Thanksgiving, this recipe is for you. Especially if you love creamy soups and chili. If you don’t want the heat, simply leave out the chilies! There is so much flavour thanks to the herbs and spices that you won’t miss the heat.

It’s so easy to turn leftovers into a hearty meal that everyone loves. Especially when turning those leftovers into something EASY with minimal cooking and zero effort. I mean, after the cooking marathon that is Thanksgiving, the last thing you want is to be trapped in the kitchen with MORE cooking.





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That’s where this Turkey Chili recipe comes in.

Leftover Turkey White Chili!

I made this Turkey Chili recipe with a creamy soup in mind, adding half and half (or evaporated milk) to the broth. There’s something about creamy soups that soothe the soul on a cold and miserable day.

I also added more broth to make more creamy liquid to mop up with garlic bread.

I love winter.

Leftover roast turkey

WHAT GOES IN CHILI

To make this Turkey Chili recipe as simple as possible with minimal prep work after all the tiring prep work from thanksgiving week, I have tried to keep this recipe as easy as possible. If you’re as tired as I am, you need the break!

  • Leftover turkey meat — OR you can use store bought rotisserie chicken. You can also roast a chicken if you want to try this recipe but have no leftovers.
  • Any juices from the meat leftover with the meat. YES, throw it in! I call it liquid gold because pan juices are always loaded with flavour.
  • Onions and garlic — use fresh if possible. To cut prep work down even more, you can use frozen chopped onions (thawed) and minced garlic.
  • Canned white beans (cannellini beans) — any type of beans will work.
  • Herbs — I use fresh cilantro and dried oregano. You can also throw in chopped fresh parsley, or use dried.
  • Jalapeños — or green chilies. I use canned, again, to cut down on prep work. However, you can use fresh!

If you have any veggies lying around, feel free to throw them in. Carrots, peas, spinach, corn and green beans also taste amazing with this Turkey Chili.

HOW DO YOU MAKE TURKEY CHILI

The beauty of this recipe is that the turkey is already cooked. You could also use leftover chicken if that’s what you have. Both taste amazing in this chili.

Shred whatever meat you are using. I cheat on time here and let the onions sauté on low heat while I shred. That way as soon as I’m done with shredding, the garlic goes in first to release its flavour, followed by the meat.

Broth (or stock), herbs, spices and jalapeños follow that, and the whole recipe its done in 15 minutes!

You have a choice here to use half and half (an American product that is half milk, half cream), evaporated milk, or heavy cream. To make your turkey chili nice, thick and creamy, I suggest blending cornstarch with your choice of cream, mixing it into the white chili, then adding the rest of your cream.

Have any leftover turkey or chicken?

HOW DO YOU ADD FLAVOR TO TURKEY CHILI?

The flavours in this turkey chili are robust thanks to the combination of pan juices, ground cumin, herbs, aromatics and beans.

Taste test and add more cream, more herbs, seasonings, spices (like cinnamon) or whatever else you like. This recipe is so versatile you really can make it your own to suit your tastes!

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Looking for more Chili Recipes or Creamy Soups? Try these recipes!

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Creamy White Turkey Chili

Have any leftover turkey or chicken? Turn it into a nice warm bowl of White Turkey Chili! Thick and Creamy White Turkey Chili, filled with cannellini beans, turkey (or chicken), onion, garlic, herbs and spices. The perfect hearty recipe for the day after Thanksgiving, when you have so much meat left you don’t know what to do with!

Course:

Chili

Cuisine:

American

Keyword:

turkey chili

Servings: 6 serves

Calories: 326 kcal

Author: Karina

Ingredients

  • 2
    tablespoons
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    large
    onion
    chopped
  • 4
    cloves
    garlic
    minced
  • 1
    quart
    (litre) chicken stock
    or broth
  • 2
    oz
    canned chopped jalapeños or green chilies
    (adjust to your heat preference or leave them out)
  • 2
    tablespoons
    fresh cilantro,
    chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1
    tablespoon
    ground cumin
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 2
    pounds
    (1 kg) cooked turkey meat
    or chicken, shredded
  • 3
    x
    15 ounce cans cannellini beans
    or white beans
  • 3/4
    cup
    half and half
    (evaporated milk or heavy cream), divided
  • 3
    tablespoons
    cornstarch
  • salt and cracked black pepper
    to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium-hight heat; sauté onion until soft. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds). 

  2. Stir in stock or broth, jalapeños, coriander, cumin and oregano. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Add turkey (or chicken) and beans; simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Mix cornstarch with 1/4 cup of half and half, evaporated milk or cream. Stir into the chili. Add in remaining cream, mixing well to blend.

  5. Take off the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust spices and heat to suit your taste.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have leftovers, use these recipes for Roast Chicken or Roast Turkey. You can also use rotisserie chicken.

Nutrition Facts

Creamy White Turkey Chili

Amount Per Serving

Calories 326
Calories from Fat 99

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 11g
17%

Saturated Fat 6g
30%

Cholesterol 110mg
37%

Sodium 423mg
18%

Potassium 606mg
17%

Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%

Sugars 5g

Protein 39g
78%

Vitamin A
4%

Vitamin C
17.8%

Calcium
4.3%

Iron
13.6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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