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The Best Chili. Ever.

by Nanc filed under recipes on February 13, 2004 03:27 PM

There are probably tons of claims to that title. Much like there are tons of kinds of chili; Texas (meat), black bean, red bean, Cincinnati-style, white (chicken), etc. The list goes on and on. I like a variety of chili, but White Chicken Chili is THE BEST, hands down.

It's a dish that nearly everyone in my family makes and enjoys. All of my friends* have tasted it and raved reviews. And to note that it's low in fat, well that just beats all! Try a bowl for yourself and let me know what you think.

* Okay. So it's "friends that have come to dinner when I've prepared white chicken chili." Sheesh - do ya' gotta be so detailed?

White Chicken Chili

from my Aunt Mookie (via So Fat, Low Fat, No Fat cookbook)

  • 1 tsp. lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin seed
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 (4-oz) cans chopped green chilies, undrained
  • 2 (8-oz) cans white shoepeg corn, drained
  • 2 (14-oz) cans White or Great Northern beans, undrained
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 Tbs. lime juice
  • tortilla chips
  • Monterey-Jack cheese; shredded
  • salsa
  • low-fat sour cream (optional)
  • sliced avocado (optional)
  1. In a stockpot, combine 2 1/2 c. water, lemon pepper, and cumin seed. Bring to a boil. Add chicken and simmer 20-30 minutes. Remove chicken, cool, and cut into small pieces. Return chicken to the stock.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking spray; sauté the garlic and onion over low heat. Add to chicken and stock.
  3. Add corn, chilies, ground cumin, and lime juice to the chicken. Bring to a boil and add beans. Simmer for 45 minutes.

To serve, place crushed tortilla chips and 1 Tbs. shredded cheese in soup bowls. Ladle chili over and top with salsa, sour cream, and avocado.

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