Tuesday, January 10, 2012

White Chicken Chili Recipe

When we lived in Maryland a good friend of mine introduced me to White Chicken Chili. The white part kind of threw me off at first but it only took one bite and I was in chili heaven. We were both pregnant at the same time and had a habit of making a pot of chili, driving to Panera for bread bowls, then coming home and devouring said chili in said bread bowls. Delicious. If you live near a Panera it's really the only way to go. If not, I'm sorry, and I'll suffer along with you, as Hawaii, sadly, does not have a Panera. Although I guess if there is another bakery you like which sells bread bowls that will suffice.


2 lb chicken breast
Half a red onion chopped
1tbsp or so garlic
14 oz chicken broth
2 cans white beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans chopped green chilis
1 tsp each of salt, pepper, oregano, cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Corn, either shaved off an ear or half a can or so, depending on how much you like corn
1/2 c heavy cream
1 c sour cream

Now, chili is a lot like stews, wherein you can play around with the ingredients a little bit, depending on what you have in your fridge at the time you are making it. You'll see what I mean.


Add chopped onion, chicken and garlic to a pot and saute in olive oil. Stir and continue until chicken is cooked through.
As you can see I do not have onion in my pot, my onion had gone bad and my peppers were about to go bad so I used them instead. It turned out great! I recommend chopping them into a little bit smaller pieces than here, but the taste was fantastic. I was also out of corn, so the yellow and orange peppers added a nice color.

Add chicken broth, beans, chilis, corn, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and cayenne pepper to the pot, (I like mine spicy so I add about a 1/2 to 1 tsp of cayenne pepper).

I usually use great northern beans, but any white bean will do, today I used great northern and navy.

Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes.

Remove from heat.
Whisk together heavy cream and sour cream, then stir into chili.

Devour! If you're unfamiliar with white chili please give it a shot! It's delicious and worth your time. Enjoy!

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