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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Well folks the weather is finally turning for us here in Denver.  Took long enough.  Judas!  With the brisk temperatures of fall descending upon us I could think of no better meal to prepare than a little chili.  I did NOT dash straight for the finale and cook up your classic red meat chili, mind you.  Because we haven't seen the snow fall just yet I opted for a 'milder' version of the heart-warming masterpiece.  The white chicken version says, 'Hey, we're ready for chili.  Just not 3 lbs of ground beef ready.'

So here's the lowdown.  Ingredients and steps below.  And remember!  I am no where CLOSE to a celebrated cook.  I just dick around in the kitchen until I figure out what I can get away with that's edible for my wife and any guests who are willing to roll the die of hunger!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 lb of chicken (maybe a bit more if you like that bowl thick)
  2. 2 jalapenos
  3. 1 Serrano chili
  4. 1 yellow onion
  5. 3-4 garlic cloves diced up
  6. 1  15oz can of white beans (Great Northern, Hominy, whatever you want)
  7. 1  15oz can of Garbanzo beans
  8. 3-4 cups of chicken broth/stock
  9. cilantro
  10. 1 lime
  11. plain Greek yogurt
  12. 1-2 avocados
  13. red chili flakes
  14. oregano
  15. salt & pepper
  16. chili powder

YOUR MOVES:

Cook up the chicken in a pan with heated up olive oil or buy the cooked rotisserie and shred it.  Dice up the onion, garlic, jalapenos and Serrano and toss into a pot with olive oil.  Heat up and stir occasionally until soft.  Pour in the chicken broth and your white beans of choice and bring it all to a boil.  Add in the shredded chicken and any/all of the spices you deem fit for your mix.  Typically it calls for about a teaspoon of each with the salt & pepper to taste.

Take a half of your lime and squeeze that juice into the pot.  Stir from time to time and let simmer.  I let it sit for up to a half hour before I served.

Top your chili with yogurt, chopped cilantro and avocado.  We prefer crushing up some blue corn tortilla chips and sprinkling over the top as well.

Enjoy!  Or don't.  We did.  I think you will, too.   

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