Tuesday, October 19, 2010

White Chili

2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped*
2 cloves garlic
4 cups chicken broth
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilies
2 cans (15 oz. each) white beans, sometimes called Great Northern beans
1 t cumin
1 t ground oregano
1/2 t cayenne pepper*
2 T cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 c cold water
1 c shredded cheese

Saute onion, jalapeno and garlic in oil over medium heat for 2 - 3 minutes. Add chicken broth, chilies, beans and spices and bring to a boil; add cornstarch mixture and reduce heat to a simmer. Add chicken and cheese; simmer until chicken is warm and cheese is melted. Serve with cornbread.

* The original recipe called for a whole jalapeno and a full teaspoon of cayenne pepper, but it was too spicy for our kids so we cooled it down this time. Also, if I want it a little creamier, I add a can of cream of chicken soup, 4 oz. of cream cheese, or sour cream to taste.

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