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Easy weeknight dinner: White bean chicken chili

When I was in residency, we had a chili cook-off where everything had to be made from scratch.  I wanted to be different from the pack so I chose to cook a white bean chicken chili.  The competition was stiff as there was buffalo chili, vegetarian chili, and chili with exotic fire roasted peppers in contention for the Chairman’s prize.  I am happy to say that my chili took home the grand prize.  This was the recipe that I followed.

Now that I’m a busy working mom of two little boys, I need my meal prep to be quick and the food to be delicious.   I have modified the recipe so that it is “semi-home-made” but equally nutritious and delicious.   The prep time is 20 minutes and you can cook it in a slow cooker on low for 4 hours or in a Dutch oven on low for 1.5 hours.  For either option, I leave the beans out until the last 30 minutes so that they retain their shape and texture.

Ingredients:

1 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1.5 pounds of chicken breast or thigh: cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1/2 cup onion, diced

2 cans of white beans

1 can roasted green chiles

1/2 lb frozen corn

1 red bell pepper: cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 bunch cilantro: 1/4 cup for cooking and some for garnish

sour cream for topping

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Steps:

Heat Dutch oven and add olive oil and salt

Sauté onions until translucent

Add chicken and cook until color changes from pink to white

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Combine red bell peppers, cilantro, corn, green chile to chicken

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Once softened, add chicken broth and cook on low for 1.5 hours in Dutch oven (or combine contents into slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on low).  Since the canned beans are already cooked, I simply rinse them off in cold water and add to the mix for the last 15-30 minutes.

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Top with sour cream and cilantro to serve.

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Both of my boys really like this dish and it’s good comfort food for cool winter nights.

Have you ever tried something similar?  What are your go-to weeknight meals?

Thanks for reading!

-Melissa

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