Healthy New Year: White Chicken Chili

January usually means one thing: New Years resolutions. If you are like most of us, your resolutions involve vows to be healthier. We wanted to find you a healthy recipe to help keep to our resolutions without skimping on taste!

Recently we’ve been experiencing colder than normal temperatures for us here in Florida so one of our cookbook committee members made the White Bean Chili from the Life of the Party, packed with protein and vegetables, making this a healthy and filling meal perfect for chilly nights!

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White Chicken Chili from Life of the Party, pg 83

1 pound great Northern beans (7 cups canned)

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chills

2 tsp ground cumin

1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (lower if you don’t like spice!)

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp salt

2 pounds chicken breast

1 (14 oz) can reduced-sodium chicken breast

Sort and rinse the beans. Soak the beans overnight according to the package directions; drain. Place the beans in a stockpot and cover with 2 inches of water. Cook over low heat for 2-3 hours or until the beans are soft and the liquid is absorbed.

Heat the oil in a stockpot. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes or until tender. Add chiles, cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano and salt; mix well. Add the chicken, chicken broth and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Cook, let cool to the touch. Cut the chick into bite-size pieces, discarding skin and bones.

Return the chicken to the pot. Cover over low heat for about 20 minutes. Add the beans and any bean liquid to the chicken mixture. Add additional water if necessary to achieve desired consistency. Ladle into warm bowls to serve!


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