Yesterday it was gloomy and rainy. I knew it was going to be that way from the long-range forecast I saw over the weekend and so I planned something warm and filling for supper.
I made white bean chicken chili. My little one doesn’t like soup (so she says) and this is one of the few that she will eat. Our neighbor served it for the first time we ever ate it and we all fell in love with it.
I think of it as a cross between a soup and a chili. It’s brothier than a chili normally is, but it has most of the same ingredients as a chili. I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit and include canned tomatoes which were not in the original recipe I used. I like the extra flavor and think it stays more true to the “chili” that way.
I also made my own chicken broth earlier in the day – I didn’t have any cooked chicken so I took a few breasts, put them in some water with seasonings and cooked them. I strained the broth and used that as the base for the soup.
Last night I served it with grilled cheese sandwiches on Italian bread. It was hearty, filling, and perfect on a dark and stormy night.
I made mine in the crock pot (or you can do it on the stove – I’ve done it both ways) and the house smelled so good when we got home from Big Girl’s pre-op appointment – hungry and cold, but not for long.
Give it a try. It’s super easy and super good.
White Bean Chicken Chili
2 cans white beans (I used cannellini beans)
1 can Rotel (diced tomatoes with chilies)
2-3 cups chicken broth
1 pound (approx) shredded cooked chicken breasts
1 can (7 oz) diced green chilies (or you can use 2 small 4-oz cans)
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp dried minced onion (or 1/2 fresh onion diced finely)
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried cilantro
Add all ingredients to your crock pot. Set on High for 3-4 hours, or Low for 4-6 hours. Everything is cooked, so you’re basically just melding the flavors.
If you are using a stock pot, just bring to a boil and then let simmer for 30-40 minutes before serving.
You can serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, salsa, etc. or just enjoy as-is (which is what I prefer)