As the weather turns crisp and cool, there's nothing quite as comforting as a warm bowl of chili. But who says chili has to be all about bold spices and fiery heat? White chicken chili offers a delightful twist on the classic, with a creamy, flavorful broth that's perfect for chilly nights.

White Chicken Chili

This recipe is not only delicious but also surprisingly easy to make. It's packed with protein from tender chicken, fiber-rich beans, and bursts of sweetness from corn. The creamy base, often made with cream cheese or sour cream, adds a touch of indulgence, while green chilies provide a subtle kick.

Here's what you'll need to whip up a pot of this cozy goodness:

  • Aromatics: Olive oil, onion, and garlic form the base of the flavor.
  • Chicken Power: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs are poached in broth until cooked through.
  • Beans: Cannellini beans or Great Northern beans add creaminess and protein.
  • Veggies: Corn, green chilies, and chopped poblano peppers (optional) bring pops of color, sweetness, and a touch of heat.
  • Creamy Dream: Cream cheese, sour cream, or a combination of both creates a luxuriously smooth texture.
  • Broth: Chicken broth forms the flavorful base of the chili.
  • Seasonings: Chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt and pepper add depth of flavor.
  • Toppings: Chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, diced avocado, and a dollop of sour cream are the perfect finishing touches.

Bringing Comfort to Your Kitchen:

  1. Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil until softened and fragrant.
  2. Add the chicken and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Shred the chicken with two forks and return it to the pot.
  4. Stir in the beans, corn, green chilies, poblano pepper (if using), and seasonings. Let simmer to allow the flavors to meld.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together some of the hot broth with the cream cheese or sour cream until smooth. Stir this mixture into the chili until fully incorporated.
  6. Season the chili with salt and pepper to taste.

Serving Suggestions and Variations:

  • Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with your favorites! Chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, diced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, or a squeeze of lime are all delicious options.
  • Slow Cooker Magic: This recipe is easily adaptable for the slow cooker. Simply combine all the ingredients (except the cream cheese/sour cream mixture) in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours. Then, follow step 5 to add the creamy element and heat through.
  • Spice it Up: Want a bit more heat? Add a diced jalapeno pepper or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the pot.
  • Vegetarian Delight: Make it vegetarian! Skip the chicken and add vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. For extra protein, stir in cooked lentils or chickpeas.

White chicken chili is a hearty and comforting meal that's perfect for chilly nights. It's easy to make, endlessly customizable, and sure to become a family favorite. So grab your ingredients, put on a pot, and get ready to warm up from the inside out!

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