Of course, I'd always been a fan of tomato-based red chili, but the white version -- flavored with green chili peppers and thickened with sour cream -- struck me as cleaner.
My version of white chicken chili can be eaten by the bowl, over rice or spooned into a tortilla.
Don't forget the garnishes. Even though they require extra work, I can't recommend them highly enough. They add so many layers of flavor and texture to the finished bowl of chili.
White chicken chili with lime
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped
1 pound ground chicken or turkey
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1½ tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ cup white wine (optional)
1½ cups low-sodium chicken broth (use 2 cups if not using wine)
2 15½-ounce cans white beans, drained and rinsed
4½-ounce can chopped green chilies
½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
Salt and ground black pepper
Chopped fresh cilantro
Grated low-fat Monterey Jack cheese
In a large nonstick or stick-resistant skillet over medium, heat the oil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the onion and red pepper, then cook for 5 minutes, or until the onion is softened. Add the chicken and cook, breaking up the any large pieces, until the chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic, chili powder, flour, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the white wine, if using, and the broth in a stream, whisking. Bring the mixture to boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, use a fork to mash 1 cup of the beans. Add both the whole and mashed beans and the chilies to the chili and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in the sour cream and cook until hot. Season with salt and pepper.
Ladle the chili into bowls and accompany at the table with scallions, cilantro, cheese and lime wedges.
Makes 6 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: 410 calories; 120 calories from fat (29 percent of total calories); 13 g fat (4.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 75 mg cholesterol; 41 g carbohydrate; 9 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 29 g protein; 430 mg sodium.
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