Wednesday, December 12, 2007

White Chili AKA Chicken Chili

I was never a fan of white chili, or chicken chili - until I decided to take matters into my own hands and fool around with a recipe of my own. What I came up with was creamy and flavorful and satisfying for a cold night, and completely changed my mind about chicken chili forever.

(Be forewarned - this recipe will make enough to feed a freakin' army!)

1 pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, white and dark meat removed and shredded (or roast your own if you have the time!)
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp cumin
couple of grates of fresh nutmeg
1 carton of chicken stock
1/2 cup sour cream
3 cans of Northern White Beans, drained but not rinsed
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion becomes translucent. Add in all dried herbs and spices - the cayenne pepper, oregano and cumin and cook for a couple of minutes longer to develop the flavors. Add shredded chicken, beans, peppers and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.

Just before service, turn off heat and gently stir in sour cream, nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with fresh parsley. Eat as is, or serve with steamed white rice.

The beans add just enough starchiness to thicken the chili and the tiny bit of sour cream adds a nice richness that rounds out the dish. I added a bit more cayenne pepper - which ever so slightly added some gentle heat to the back of your throat. Next time, I will add some chopped carrot into the mix for a little more color and pizazz. YUMMY!


Jennifer said...

Great recipie! Very quick, easy, inexpensive. Pretty thick so I added one more carton of broth...perfect. Served with Jiffy corn bread added 1/2 can of green chili pepper's. Enough for 4-6 hungry adults.

Nancy & Bryan said...

We loved this recipe! I would definitely recommend having rice with this dish. Next time I'll just add two cans of the beans - I thought three was a bit much. We didn't add any cayenne pepper (due to our toddler) and I'm sure it would have tasted better with it.