Saturday, September 19, 2009

White Bean and Chicken Chili

This is an excellent, light chili. I think it’s great for fall, before breaking out the heartier red chili recipes.

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken (I prefer pre-cooked shredded)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 (15-ounce cans) cannellini or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • Freshly ground black pepper for seasoning

In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ground chicken, 1 teaspoon salt, cumin, oregano, and chili powder. Cook, stirring frequently, until the chicken is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Stir the flour into the chicken mixture.

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Add the beans, corn, and chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer, scraping up the brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Simmer for 55-60 minutes until the liquid has reduced by about half and the chili has thickened. Add the red pepper flakes, sour cream, and milk; simmer for another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Ladle the chili into serving bowls. Garnish as you please.

Homemade Corn Tortilla Strips

Andy also made homemade corn tortilla strips. After slicing them, they were tossed with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 15-16 until golden brown and crisp. Keep an eye on them so they do not over brown. Turn oven off and keep chips in the warm oven until ready to serve.

Recipe adapted from Giadia at Home and Connie Ross

I took my beagle painting and small print (also purchased in Asheville) to the frame shop the other day. Here’s what I picked out for each – we went with very simple white matting and black frames so that the art work will really stand out. They will be ready for pick-up in about 10 days.

This will be HUGE and we plan to hang it in our stairwell.

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We’re still undecided on where to hang the smaller print, but we’re thinking of a couple different places upstairs.

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