Monday, December 3, 2012

White Winter Chili - Lightened Up

This recipe is an all around winner. I've made it at least 5 times, which is HUGE in a household where recipes don't get a lot of replay. (I get bored easily.) It's warming, delicious, creamy goodness with the added bonus of being surprisingly healthy thanks to a few little tricks. It's great for the winter, but honestly I would make it anytime.

white chicken chili

This chili also happens to be super easy to make. Seriously. Make this your next meal! I used white sweet potatoes because they were on sale, but orange sweet potatoes or what is commonly labeled as "yams" would be nice to lend the chili some bright pops of color. Also feel free to choose white or dark meat, or a combination of both depending on what you have in the fridge or what is on sale.

white chicken chili with sweet potato

White Chicken Chili with Sweet Potatoes

adapted from Eat Live Run

1 lb boneless skinless chicken meat (white or dark) cut into 1 inch cubes
1 medium brown onion, diced
1 Tbs olive oil
1 can cannellini or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups chicken broth
1 - 4 ounce can of chopped green chilis
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced to 1/2 to 3/4 inch cubes
1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne
grind of fresh pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
1/2 cup non-fat evaporated milk (or 1/2 cup heavy cream, if you prefer)
6 ounces greek yogurt (any percentage of fat you prefer, I recommend full fat or 2%)

Heat the oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add the chicken and chopped onion. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt and fresh ground pepper. Sauté for 5 - 6 minutes until onion begins to become translucent and chicken begins to brown. Add garlic and sauté for another 2 - 3 minutes.

Add the rinsed beans, the green chilis, all the spices, and the chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and set to simmer. Add the sweet potato. Cook for 30 minutes or until sweet potato is tender.

Turn off heat and add the non-fat evaporated milk and greek yogurt. Mix well. Serve with cheddar cheese on top if desired.

Enjoy!

Love, Luck, and Happiness!


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