Dove's Nest White Chili

This is a delicious chicken chili recipe that I borrowed from one of my sister's cookbooks. Helen is as avid a cookbook collector as I am, so when I visit her in Texas, I always spend some time browsing her cookbooks for interesting recipes. This chili recipe came from The Dove's Nest cookbook published by the Dove's Nest Restaurant in Waxahachie, Texas.

Dove's Nest White Chili
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups tomato, chopped or 2 cans (10 ounces each) tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
6 fresh tomatillos, chopped
1 medium jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 cups chicken stock
1 (7 ounce) can green chilies, chopped
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup (heaping) chopped fresh cilantro
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini or Great Northern beans, undrained
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Sour cream
Shredded Monterrey Jack or Cheddar cheese
Fried tortilla strips (optional)

Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer; do not brown. Add the tomatoes, tomatillos, and jalapeno. Cook until the tomatillos are tender, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken stock, green chilies, chicken, oregano, cumin, cilantro, beans, and lime juice. Cook until heated through, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Can be served garnished with sour cream, shredded cheese, or fried tortilla strips, if desired. Serves 8 to 10.

Ladle the chili into serving bowls and garnish as desired with sour cream, shredded cheese, or fried tortilla strips.

This chili makes the perfect meal on a cool fall day.


  1. Lot's of good things going into this! Love the lime, it sounds great:@)

  2. This sounds really yummy. It's different than any other white chili recipe I have seen before. I love the flavor of tomatillos and pretty much every ingredient in this!

  3. oh man, i LOVE THAT STUFF!!! i had forgotten about it, though, so thanks for reminding me. it will be on next week's menu!

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  5. Oh yum, I would love this I can tell with the tomatillos and cilantro, I bet it's amazing. I am pinning this recipe now.

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  7. This white chili looks so delish. Yum love to try it.


  8. Love, Love this Chili! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. So glad I saw this! I've been looking for a white chili recipe. As Texans displaced in Colorado, we are COLD!

    Thanks so much for linking up to MomTrends this week! :o)