Thursday, January 10, 2013

White Chicken Chili

This is one easy and fast take on chicken chili - great for a quick weeknight dinner, but super good as well. You can add more heat to your liking, but this is how I make mine:

White Chicken Chili
  • 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 cans 15.5 oz white beans (cannellini, great northern, navy etc)
  • 2-3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 cans chopped green chilies, or one diced jalapeno (seeds removed if you don't want it too hot)
  • salt
  • pepper

In a medium pot, cover chicken with water add peppercorns and some salt. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook 10-20 mins or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from water and let cool.
In a dutch oven, heat oil. Saute onion in oil until translucent. Add garlic (and jalapeno if using) and saute a minute more, sprinkle with cumin, chili powder and oregano. Add salt and pepper. Add 2 cups chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Drain and rinse beans, mash half of beans in a bowl with a potato masher or a fork. Shred chicken with your hands or two forks. Add chicken and all beans to simmering broth mixture. Add green chillies. Bring to a boil, add enough cup of broth if it looks too thick. Lower heat and cook for 10 mins. Serve with: sour cream, shredded Monteray jack, chopped black olives, corn chips or buttered flour tortillas.

Notes about the white beans - all three can be used interchangeably. Basically, Cannellini are larger, great northern a little smaller but still will hold their shape - navy are the smallest and best for dishes where the bean shape isn't so important, not for salads or ragouts, but great for stews, soups and of course baked beans.

1 comment:

  1. I tried this recipe after seeing it on youtube. That was my first white chili ever and it was DELICIOUS. Thx for giving me dinner ideas. I seem to always do the same things. I'll add this one to my repertoire. :)