White Chicken Chili

In a medium pot, soak the beans overnight in enough cold water to cover the beans by 2 inches. Drain the beans in a colander and return to the pot with fresh cold water, covering the beans by 2 inches. Cook the beans at a bare simmer on very low heat until tender, about an hour, and drain in a colander.

Recipe courtesy of Killer Chili by Stephanie Anderson; photography courtesy of Peggy Dark, Kitchen for Exploring Foods

White Chicken Chili

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    1 cup dried navy beans, picked over and rinsed 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    1 large onion, chopped 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper, or to taste
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 4-ounce cans peeled whole green chiles, drained and chopped
    3/4 cup chicken broth 5 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    2 cups half-and-half 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
    1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste 1/2 cup sour cream
    1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder Fresh cilantro and salsa for garnish


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    • 1

      In a medium skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat and cook the onion until softened. In a large, heavy pot, melt the remaining 6 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat and whisk in the flour to make a roux. Cook the roux, whisking constantly, for 3 minutes.

    • 2

      Stir in the onion and gradually add the broth and half-and-half, whisking constantly. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until thickened.

    • 3

      Stir in the Tabasco, chili powder, cumin, salt and white pepper. Add the beans, chiles, chicken, and cheese. Increase the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes. Stir in the sour cream. Garnish with the cilantro and salsa.

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