Friday, February 11, 2011

Cooking 101 - White Chili

I've been cooking again - and thanks to the cold weather I'm still gravitating to soups.  This time I found a real keeper that will go in my favorites file - White Chili from the Simply De-Lite-Ful cookbook by Alice Bolen and Janelle Woolley - this is quickly becoming my favorite cookbook.

The original recipe serves 10, so I cut it in half (and still ended up eating it for days) but given how cold it was here last week, it was a very welcome meal.  I'll share the original recipe:
  • 1 lb great northern beans, soaked or 4 15-oz cans, drained & rinsed (I didn't have great northern so just used canned white beans.)
  • 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used thawed, pre-cooked chicken breast strips and I didn't measure, just threw in what I thought would work.)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 4-oz cans green chiles
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 14 1/2-oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup water divided
  • 6 Tbsp flour
If using dry beans, put in pan and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  Cut chicken into small pieces, about 1/2 inch or so.  Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in well-sprayed pan.  Add cooked chicken, beans, inion, garlic, chiles, cumin, oregano, cayenne, salt, chicken broth, and 1/2 cup water to slow cooker.  Stir and cover.  Cook on low 10-12 hours or 5-6 hours on high.  If using canned beans, reduce cooking time to low 6-7 hours on 3-4 hours on high.  Thirty minutes before end of cooking time combine remaining 1/2 cup water and flour, whisking to remove lumps.  Add to slow cooker and stir.  Cover and cook remaining 1/2 hour allowing chili to thicken.  Adjust for seasoning and serve hot with desired garnish - sour cream, fresh cilantro, tortilla chips.

I just thew everything in the crock-pot on low for 6 hours and since I didn't have sour cream threw in a spoonful of fat free, plain greek yogurt, and sprinkle of fat-free cheese.
I listened to Peter Bradley Adams while I cooked - a great new discovery.
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19 comments:

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

This look really good. I think my youngest would like this. My sister makes one similar that he likes better then regular chili. She makes it after Thanksgiving with the leftovers.

I mention you today over at my place. Thanks again for using my shot :)

Cassie said...

I have been looking for a yummy white chili recipe! Thanks for sharing. My husband's belly will be thanking you! :)

Diana Joy said...

yummmm; that one sounds delicious - printed your recipe. I love home made soups. Thanks a lot. Hope your weekend is good.

lisa said...

Yay Jamie!!!
This looks delicious, and sounds healthy too. A difficult combination to come by!!
Thank you for sharing!

Reg Rodriguez said...

white chili looks good! the song sounds so sad :(

xx
heyrocketgirl

Caroline said...

I love how you photograph all the ingredients. This looks amazing...except my poor belly can't handle the beans. Great song!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Love white chili. It's my son's favorite. Had to make 2 pots last week. :)

Carolyn said...

Chili is the best winter food! I'll have to try this recipe, thanks for sharing =)

justine said...

that does look good and a great song to cook by.

Marcie said...

This looks and sounds like the perfect non-red-meat-eater's-chili. I think I'm going to have to try it. Thank-you for this!

Miss Becky said...

love the tune; it's really soothing. the chili looks yummy. I recently discovered my pressure cooker while cleaning out the basement and it has become my go-to pot for cooking beans. this recipe interests me because of the variation on the bean - g. northerns rather than dark reds. thanks for sharing Jamie, and have a beautiful weekend!

Angie Willis said...

Can you stop recommending this really great music - I'm running up a huge bill at iTunes!! Love it.

The Felix Family said...

That looks delicious!!! I love making soup! That's for the recipe. I am adding it to my stash.

David said...

This looks very yummy. I think I'll make this tomorrow.

blue elephant photography said...

yum sounds really good! awesome song =) love it!

Indie.Tea said...

It sounds really good, and comfortingly hearty too...

Anika said...

My husband just made a white chili using more than 5 ingredients I prefer not to eat and it was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten! Who knew?? White chili! Yum...

Natalie said...

Totally YUMMMMMMMM!

Kate! said...

That looks super yummy!

Love the spice jars- where did you get them?

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