White Turkey Chili



We are so pleased to share with you a recipe from one of our patients! She created recipe after being seen at the ELMM Clinic and learning about leading a healthier life through her food choices. After some tweaking, she developed the white turkey chili recipe below, and we thank her for so kindly sharing it with us!

You will note that this recipe incorporates a decent amount of fat, which will help to keep you full while not loading you down. You will find that unlike chili recipes that contain a large amount of carbohydrates in the form of beans, tomatoes, and/or added brown sugar or molasses, this white chili recipe focuses on quality fat, protein, and vegetables. It also comes just in time as we run out of recipes to keep us warm inside while it remains chilly outside. Nothing like chili on a chilly day!

We invite you to take this base recipe and run with it. Try changing up the spices or using lean beef or chicken in place of the turkey. If you are lactose intolerant, swap out the cream cheese for full fat coconut milk or yogurt other nondairy milk product.


  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 – 6 oz. can chopped green chiles
  3. 1 sweet onion, chopped
  4. 1 rib of celery, sliced thin
  5. 4 mini bell peppers (choose red, orange, and yellow for added color)
  6. 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic OR 2 teaspoons garlic powder garlic
  7. 1 tablespoon chili powder or chipotle pepper seasoning
  8. ½-¾ pound cooked turkey breast, cut into cubes OR ½-¾ pound ground turkey, cooked
  9. 1 quart chicken stock
  10. 8 ounces cream cheese (or nondairy substitute)
  11. 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (optional)
  12. Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In large pot, melt 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium low heat. Add sweet onion, celery rib, bell peppers, and garlic. Cook the vegetables on low heat until they are soft and transparent.
  2. Add the turkey and chopped green chiles and mix into the vegetables. Add the chili powder or chipotle pepper seasoning. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the chicken stock. Turn the heat down to a simmer, and let cook for 30 minutes-1 hour.
  4. In small amounts, add the cream cheese, stirring with each addition until the cream cheese melts into the chili.
  5. Finish by adding the heavy whipping cream, if desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Divide into 6 equal portions.

You can add this meal to your My Fitness Pal food diary by searching for ELMM-White Turkey Chili. Nutritional information is based on the recipe as detailed here.


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