Thursday, October 14, 2010

White Chicken Chili


I know I sound like a broken record but it is still hot in Arizona. Not "I'm melting" hot, but still hot enough that we are having a hard time recognizing it is fall by the time 3:00 pm rolls around. This is why I have decided I would just pretend it is nice and crisp outside and I started treating my meals as such. My youngest has also decided he had enough of this heat and started wearing jeans to school again, despite the fact that he is a sweaty mess by the time he arrives back home. He pointed to the calendar the other day and told me that he HAS to wear long pants after fall break because that's just what you do. Seriously, how can I argue with this logic?

I found this recipe probably a little over a year ago on Tasty Kitchen and it caught my eye right away. After a little bit of tweaking the recipe, it has come to be a family favorite, especially after a long day of school and soccer practice in the evening. The chili comes together quickly and while I realize you could make this with dry beans that have been soaked and cooked, it would defeat the convenience of the recipe for me, but if that's what you like to do, I say go ahead and knock yourself out. Chicken breast is cubed and browned along with onion and garlic powder in a big pot. The drained and rinsed beans are added along with chicken broth, green chilies and spices. The mixture is simmered for about 30 minutes and for the final touch sour cream and heavy cream are added. This ensures a perfect balance of spiciness and creaminess.

The soup has quite a kick, so if you like it a little milder, make sure to use less chilies or leave the cayenne pepper out. I like to serve this chili with tortilla chips and a little sprinkling of cheddar cheese, but a good cornbread on the side would be just as delicious. This is one of those meals that never has leftovers in our house and my kids fight over the last few spoons. It is also not as thick as a traditional thick chili, think of it more like a hearty soup with a kick. The spiciness of this dish will warm you nicely on a chilly evening, so make it tonight and get yourself all toasty warm!


White Chicken Chili
(adapted from Tasty Kitchen)
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 whole medium onion, chopped
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cans (15.5 oz) Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans (14.5 oz) chicken broth
3 cans (4 oz) chopped green chilies
1 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving  (optional)


Preparation:

Heat oil in a large pot. Saute chicken, onion, and garlic powder until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, broth, chilies, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and cream. Serve garnished with cheese if desired.

34 comments:

  1. It's funny how we only focus on the weather in our own little areas-- I'm sure AZ is still boiling! When we lived in HI, we went through the same thing. Hearty meals didn't happen that often! This soup looks great, I love white chicken chili!

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  2. This is the perfect chili for our weather! We had the first frost. The days are still very pleasant but it gets cold in the evening. So no pretending necessary!

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  3. I have known of white chili for a number of years, but have never made it or eaten it. Maybe it's time for that to change. Yours sure looks good, and your recipe sounds great for a week night supper.

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  4. oh yum! this sounds so good. i cant wait to try this out. thank you for sharing.

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  5. Looks so yumm. Now I know what my kids are having for friday dinner . Thanks for sharing.
    http://epicureansdelight.blogspot.com

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  6. I used to live in AZ, so I know of which you speak! But when you get into mid-October, it's hard to resist the chilies and stews and soups that the rest of the world is enjoying. Your chili looks delicious!

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  7. This sounds delicious, I love the richness of it:) I'll definitely have to try this one on a cold rainy day!

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  8. Yummm! Sounds absolutely delicious!

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  9. i love white chicken chili.... i'm tihnking that has to be on the dinner menu next week!

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  10. I'm feeling you with the heat! It was ninety degrees in Austin, and I'm telling myself that fall weather will eventually come! Despite the lingering heat, we are still making soup and other fallish recipes. I can't resist! This soup/chili looks delicious...and it would be even better after a cool, fall day :-)

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  11. Living in Miami I can totally relate to the heat.

    I am a big fan of great northern beans. I love your flavor profile with some bold spices and the chilies. Smart addition of the creams to cut through a bit. All in all a wonderful bowl of chili.

    Bravo

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  12. it sounds so good, i love soup , even in hot weather i can drink hot soup which people get surprised:))
    i loved the recipe, will give a try..tx for sharing..

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  13. White Chicken Chili sounds so good and I've never had "white" chili before. I think you won't mind sharing a little bit of the "heat" from Arizona with us here in Minnesota lol!!

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  14. I would love more chillies in the soup! It's rather chilly here now...I believe that my neighbors have already turned on the heater...:-)so this soup would be perfect for me!
    Angie

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  15. I'm with you. I start making meals because it's now fall regardless of the weather outside. I also like your son's p.o.v. too. What a crack-up!

    I crave the "cozy" food, too! This is going on my menu for next week. Easy and sounds so good. I've never made white chili before. I don't know why, but now is the time! thank you, Dahhhhhling!

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  16. Sounds just perfect.

    Wish we had some warm weather here!!

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  17. It's still hot there?? Nice! We need your soup here. It's freezing!

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  18. It has been a chilly, rainy day here today- your chili would have been perfect! I love white chicken chili, but it's not hub's favorite. I make it anyway though and I always have plenty left over for my lunches! Yours looks delicious!

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  19. Oh my...is this a great recipe or what? I don't think I've ever seen a creamy version of chili before and I JUST LOVE IT! I really do. I'm definitely going to have to give this a go this winter. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Great recipe. Thankfully, it has cooled down to the 70's here in Georgia.

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  21. I like your attitude about just doing Fall inspired dishes already...we can't wait for the season to arrive when Mother nature doesn't cooperate. :) I'm ready too, for cozy comfort foods and traditional seasonal fare.

    I luv this recipe and the bite you described it has. The creaminess and seasonings sound fantastic in a mug with some crusty bread.

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  22. Out of all the varieties of chili, white chili is definitely my favorite! This version sounds absolutely delicious and can't wait to try it out soon! Congrats on #1 in the Top 9!

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  23. We have been looking for a White Chicken Chili recipe & we just found it!! Thanks so much, can't wait to make this!! Looks so yummy

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  24. Even though this recipe is widely known, I was glad to see you put your own spin on it with the addition of cream. I have seen white chilis before that just look broth-y and runny, but this looks thick and rich, as it should!

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  25. Such a clever idea! This looks fantastic! I always tend to lean towards white sauces over red ones. Great post!

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  26. I love White Chicken Chili! And while I have no sun and no heat, I'm still not embracing fall after our lack of summer. Sounds like we lead similar lives... my son has also switched to jeans and this will would be perfect to have ready after soccer practice!

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  28. I've been looking for a good white chicken chili recipe. I hear you about the heat. It's almost always some kind of hot in Miami. I know the weather is getting slightly more pleasant by how often my AC cycles on and off. In the summer it never cycles off. Lately it's been turning off a few times a day ;). I'll pretend those times aren't early morning/evening!

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  29. I love chili! Perfect for a cold night! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Champion Chili Recipe Contest! It looks delicious!

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  30. Wow! I just made a giant batch of this - of course it figures that Nashville is having a freakishly warm day in February. But this is probably the tastiest white chicken chili I've ever had! Usually they are so bland! Of course, when I grabbed the 3 cans of green chilies off the shelf - I accidentally grabbed a can of jalapenos. But all is well - I love a good forehead-sweat when eating chili. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. I bookmarked this last year when you posted it, but just made it last night. I loved it! I have a recipe for white chicken chili that I've made over the years, but yours is much better. Thanks!

    --Kim

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  32. I made this and it's fantastic! However, the measurements in the oregano and salt were really high. Came out a little too salty and the oregano over-powered. I used 1/2 tsp of each the second time and it was perfect. Thanks for sharing - I'm making it again tomorrow... weather channel said it might snow. :)

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