Friday, August 7, 2009

White Chicken Chili

I make this chicken chili recipe at least once a month during the year. It's super easy and it freezes really well. I have altered the original recipe quite a bit as I have found what works best in it. The original recipe called for you to marinate the chicken in tequila, lime juice and other spices. A lot of times I don't have time for this and I don't drink, so tequila isn't a staple in my house. I have found other ways to incorporate the citrus flavors into the dish that the marinade brought to it.

White Chicken Chili
2 lbs chicken breasts (bone in or boneless)
3 cans great northern white beans
2 - 4 oz cans of diced green chilis
6 cups of chicken broth
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large onions, diced
2 TBL of olive oil
1 TBL cumin
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Juice of one lime and the zest of half.
3 cups of shredded monterey jack cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

- Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper
- Either bake or grill chicken until done
- In a large pot, saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil until translucent
- Add the green chiles, lime juice, zest, cloves, cumin and cayenne pepper and continue to saute for around 3-4 minutes
- Add the chicken stock and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue to simmer.
- Dice or shred the cooked chicken and add to the pot. Cook for another 10 - 15 minutes.
- About 2-3 minutes before serving, add 2 cups of the shredded cheese and allow to melt in the soup.
- Serve chili with remaining cheese and other various garnishes. You could use, diced scallions, sour cream, cilantro, tortilla chips, avacado, etc.

**If you would rather not heat up your oven or grill, you could substitute the chicken breasts with chicken that has been pulled off of a rotisserie chicken from the store. This is a great way to save time.
**Many times a large block of monterey jack cheese is more expensive than buying a mexican blend of shredded cheese at the store. I have used a colby, monterey jack cheese blend before instead of just plain monterey jack and it has worked just fine.

Until next time...

1 comment:

Lindsey said...

it is soooooo good! :)