Considering it’s January, I think a chili recipe is in order. This is one of my favorites…I like it a lot better than traditional chili, but that’s just me. The other thing is, it’s easssssy. That’s never a bad thing. I’ve adapted this some to fit my chaotic life, and yours too. Also, this recipe can be as spicy or as mild as your family likes. I only add one can of chilies and omit the cayenne pepper – although I’d realllllly like to put them in!
Let me make a note about when a recipe calls for cooked chicken. To save myself time, energy and money, I periodically cook up a whole chicken. I throw it in a pot on the stove, add a little water in the bottom, cover and simmer for an hour or two. When it’s finished I pull all the meat off the bones and place it in 3 freezer bags, 2 cups each. Then when a recipe calls for chicken, I just grab a bag out of the freezer. For this chili recipe I actually cooked an entire chicken and used half of the meat. If you are attached to breast meat, then by all means stick with that, but this is a cheaper, maybe easier, alternative.
White Bean Chicken Chili
2 cans White Northern Beans (or other white bean of your choice), drained and rinsed
1 1/2 lbs of cooked chicken
3 cups chicken stock or broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chilies
4 garlic cloves, crushed/pressed/minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3-4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3-4 jalapenos, halved, seeded and coarsely chopped
sour cream and extra cheese for serving
Heat oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven. Add the onions and cook over moderate heat until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the canned chilis, garlic, cumin, and cayenne and cook, stirring for about 3 minutes. Add the beans, chicken, stock, and 3 cups of cheese. Simmer for 10 minutes and add salt to taste.
Ladle the chili into bowls and serve topped with chopped jalapenos, sour cream and extra cheese.
I’ll have to try this! I am *always* looking for recipes calling for real food.
I’ve been looking for a good white chili recipe. I’ll be trying this one soon! 🙂
made it last night. we loved it! thanks!
I am so excited that you are doing this. You are a fantastic chef!
you are too kind…thanks for your encouragement!
Made this for dinner tonight since I was planning on doing chili anyway. Very good!
oh good!! glad you liked it