Friday, March 1, 2013

smoky white bean chicken chili

The time for big warm bowls of spicy chili has almost come to a close here in Texas. While I am completely fine with that on one hand because being cold is THE WORST, I'm also a little sad because I always love the warm, comforting food of wintertime.

Y'all know I love all kinds of chili. Now add this one to the list. OH MY GOODNESS. This has so, so, so much flavor. It's really kind of incredible.

Let's send the cold weather out with a bang, shall we?

Smokey White Bean Chicken Chili (adapted from How Sweet Eats)
serves 4

you'll need:
2 slices turkey bacon, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
3 cups chicken broth
1 (15 oz.) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz.) cans cannelini or great northern beans
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles
salt and pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta, for topping

In a Dutch oven or a large deep pot over medium high heat, cook turkey bacon for about 3 minutes. Add the onion to the bacon. Lower the heat to medium low and cover pot. Cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are beginning to caramelize.

Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken, smoked paprika, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder to the pot and mix well so that seasonings are distributed. Cover pot and cook for 10 minutes so that the chicken gets infused with the aromatics.

Stir in the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, white beans, and green chiles. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a low boil and cook uncovered, stirring as needed until the liquid has reduced to your preference (I simmered ours for about 20 minutes).

Serve in bowls and top with crumbled feta. Enjoy! I'm telling you, you are going to love this one.

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  1. I am so with you on being ready for the cold to be over! I'm ready for summertime to be back! :) This chili looks really yummy. :)

    1. Thanks! Yes, yes, hurry up summer!!!

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  4. I am in SUCH a mood for soups lately...must be the weather! :( This looks really tasty. I would love to adapt this to make it vegetarian :).

    1. I actually almost did this veggie but added chicken for the husband :) Let me know if you adapt this - would love to know what you do with it!!

  5. We've just entered Autumn here and I feel the need, the need for Smokey White Bean Chicken Chili.

    1. I'm ready for summer to get here so I can try some of your amazing hot weather dishes you've been posting! Hope you had a fabulous birthday!

  6. I agree! I am so ready for warmer weather but at the same time I love soups and chilis! This looks delicious-I love white bean chili!

    1. It's a trade off for sure! I love white beans in soups too- so creamy and hearty!

  7. Love this chili recipe! And a great way to send the winter out with a bang....and let's send it out soon, please :) :)

    1. Thanks Ashley! And yes, SO over cold weather!!

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