I hope everyone’s Christmas preparations are going well. I’ve started decorating a little but still have a long way to go. The tree is up and the lights are on. And, uh…that’s it so far. I’ve also started shopping a little but still have a long way to go with that, too. The menu planning? Well, I haven’t even started on that yet, but it will be the easiest part!
Christmas is always a very stressful time of year for me. There’s just too much to get done in too short a space of time! One of the things I do to try to make things run more smoothly is to make recipes that are familiar and comforting. Things that don’t require a lot of time standing at the stove. And ones that make large batches that can stretch for several meals. This White Chicken Chili fits all of those descriptions. It starts out with a purchased rotisserie chicken which saves a huge amount of cooking time. The remaining prep time is minimal and it cooks at a low temperature while you’re free to do other things. And, it makes a large pot full of chili! Good for two, if not three, meals for me and BeeBop.
I’ve posted several chili recipes here in the past for various types of chili – Black Bean Chili, Vegetable Chili, a White Bean Turkey Chili, and even my shortcut Chili-My Way. All those chilies have one thing in common – they’re tomato based. But in this White Chicken Chili, there’s not a tomato in sight. It’s a creamy, buttery, smooth base full of delicious, tender chicken and white beans. And just may be our new favorite chili around here.
Start with a purchased rotisserie chicken. Remove all the meat and shred or chop it and set it to the side. Those little rotisserie chickens really have a lot of meat once you disassemble them, don’t they? Discard the skin and bones. Or nibble on a little bit of the crunchy bits if you’re like me :-)
Then, in a large pot cook the chopped onion in butter until the onions are nice and softened. Remove them from the pot and set them aside for now. In the same pot, melt the remaining butter and whisk in the flour. Cook, whisking constantly, for three minutes. Add the onions back to the pot. Gradually add the broth and the half and half, whisking all the while. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until thickened.
The mixture will be nicely and obviously thickened. See how it clings to the spoon?
Then stir in the Tabasco, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Add the drained beans, chilies, chicken, cheese and milk. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Stir in the sour cream.
This chili may be served immediately but it so much better the next day after the flavors have had a chance to combine. Serve with the usual chili garnishes – cilantro, cheese, jalapenos, etc.
- 1 whole rotisserie chicken
- 1 stick butter, divided
- 2 large onions, chopped
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup chicken broth
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 tsp Tabasco
- 1½ tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 16 oz can white beans (great northern or cannellini)
- 2 four-oz cans chopped mild green chilies, drained
- 1½ cup grated Monterey Jack
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup sour cream
- Remove all the skin and bones from the rotisserie chicken and discard. Shred or chop the meat and set aside.
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the onion in 2 tblsp of butter until softened. Remove from the pot and set aside.
- In the same pot, melt remaining 6 tblsp of butter over moderately low heat and whisk in the flour.
- Cook the roux, whisking constantly, for three minutes.
- Stir in the onion.
- Gradually add the broth then the half and half, whisking the whole time.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes, or until thickened. (It will be nicely and obviously thick.)
- Stir in Tabasco, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
- Add beans, chilies, chicken, cheese and milk.
- Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
- Add sour cream.
- May be served immediately but is best served the next day.
- Serve with the usual chili garnishes--cilantro, cheese, jalapenos, etc.
More recipes for white chili that you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili from Kalyn’s Kitchen
- Black and White Chicken Chili from Leite’s Culinaria
- Aunt Jennifer’s White Chili from Weekly Dish
- Paula Deen’s White Bean Chili
- The Pioneer Woman’s White Chili
What I was cooking…