Wishing For A Rainy Day Chili

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While California seems to have missed the memo about seasons and rolled basically from Fall right into Spring, I am still hoping for a few rainy days before the heat of Summer sets in. In my day-dream state of rain clouds and galoshes, I got a craving for a warm, spicy bowl of chili. If I am going to get picky, I prefer the lighter white chili with green chiles and shredded chicken to the thicker chili con carne with large chunks of beef. Having chicken left over from a store-bought rotisserie chicken, this recipe came together in under 30 minutes and was just what the doctor ordered. Chili is a blank canvas so feel free to add in extra spices to taste. Planning a game night with friends? This recipe can be easily adapted for a larger serving size. Of course with cooking for myself in mind, I froze the second serving of this tasty chili to enjoy when that rainy day decides to come along 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup diced poblano pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 can of white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons canned green chile
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
  • Serving suggestions: top with shredded cheese and avocado, enjoy with warmed tortillas

Steps to a Bowl of Chili (Recipe yield: 2 servings)

  • Heat oil in a medium stock pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add the diced peppers, onions, and garlic, and saute for four minutes until softened.
  • Season with the chili powder, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste, and continue cooking for one minute.
  • Carefully add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the white beans and canned green chile, and continue simmering for twenty minutes.
  • After the twenty minutes, stir in the chicken and cook for an additional five minutes.
  • Top with desired toppings such as cheese, avocado, sour cream or crushed tortilla chips.
  • Freeze leftovers or share this meal with a friend!
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