Tuesday, October 2, 2012

White Chicken Chili

This soup is a regular at our dinner table.  Since I first had this soup at a friend's house, I have made it dozens of times since!  Since my boy can't have beans, I just scoop out a serving for him before I add the beans.  This MUST be eaten with cheese quesadillas.  My hubs likes to dip the quesas in the soup, I like it on the side, and my kids like to eat the quesas and then balk at the soup. Definitely one of my top 5 favorite soups!

White Chicken Chili
From Egg Free Bakery, given to me by a friend, JoLynn 

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 cups milk
1 can ( 14.5 oz) chicken broth
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
1 can diced green chilies
1/4 to 1/2 cup cilantro, optional (I've done both.  Just depends if you like cilantro or not)
2 cans white/navy beans, drained and rinsed
1-1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

In a large pot, melt butter; add flour.  Stir together until smooth then add garlic and cook and stir for 20 seconds or so. Very gradually add milk and then chicken broth. (I usually add in 1/2 cup at a time and cook and stir until it is incorporated and becoming thick again)  Stir constantly and simmer until thickened. (This may take a while, but tastes much better with a thicker soup base versus a thinner one. I'll admit, I don't always stir constantly and if you are like me and get impatient, I will puree some of my beans which helps to thicken it more)  Then add chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.  Stir together.  Add chicken.  Drain and rinse beans in a colander. Puree chilies with cilantro and, if desired, puree 1/4 of the beans.  You could even puree more if you'd prefer a not-so-chunky soup.  Add to soup.   Add remaining beans  and shredded cheese.  Bring to a boil again then simmer for 10 minutes.  Yield 8-10 servings.  Serve with warm toasted cheese quesadillas.

*Since my boy is allergic to legumes, I add the beans last.  But before I do, I scoop out a portion for him.  If I happen to have leftover rice lying around in the fridge, I'll add some rice to his portion to beef it up in place of the beans.

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