White Bean Chicken Chili

I’m a little disappointed that it was cool enough to consider chili a viable option this week. But it is what it is. Chili is such a great one-pot meal. So many ways to change it up, both through the recipe itself and in how you serve it. This version is a perfect example–make it spicier or milder, go all low and slow or work the shortcuts for a busy night. Any way you cut it, you’re going to end up with a potently flavor-rich bowl of hearty, heathy, belly-warming goodness. Here you go.

* 2 small sweet onions, diced
* 3T olive oil
* 1 4-5oz can mild diced green chilis
* 4t minced garlic
* 32oz low-sodium chicken broth
* meat from 1 storebought roasted rotisserie chicken, sheedded (or if you have enough time, roast your own chicken)
* 2 15oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
* juice of 1 large lime
* 1T cumin
* 1t dried oregano
* 1t salt
* 1/2t ground black pepper
* 1/4t cayenne pepper (or more if you want a bit more of a kick)
* 1/3C fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Add the olive oil to a large pot and heat over medium-high heat to warm.

Add the onion and diced green chilis. Cook for about 5-7?minutes, or until the onions turn soft and translucent, stirring occasionally.

Add the garlic and stir to combine. Then sauté for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place 1 cup of the beans into a blender with about 1/2 a cup of water and blend into a paste-like consistency. 

Add that paste, plus the broth, shredded chicken, the rest of the beans, the lime juice, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, and bring to a boil. Boil gently for 10-15 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced so that the chili is as thick as you like it. If it gets too thick, add a little more broth or water to thin it out.

Add the cilantro, stir to combine, and cook another 2 minutes. Then taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. 

Serve topped with any of your choice of chili garnishes. Some of our favorites: homemade tortilla strips, diced avocado, diced tomato, freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese, more fresh chopped cilantro, sour cream or Greek yogurt… and so on! Enjoy!

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