Growing up, I was never really a fussy eater. I was actually one of those weird kids who liked vegetables! But there were still a handful of dinners my parents would make that I didn’t like. Coq au vin, schnitzel, and my mom’s white bean and chicken chili come to mind.
I love all three now! This week I put myself in charge of making the white bean and chicken chili for dinner while my parents were at work. I loosely followed my mom’s recipe, but used my own proportions and added/left out some ingredients. It tastes different from how I remember, but I love this version too!
White Bean and Chicken Chili
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 small yellow onions
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 clove of garlic, crushed
2 cans of white kidney beans
2 ½ cups of low sodium chicken broth
1 cup of frozen corn
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 plum tomatoes, diced
Salt and pepper
*Topping suggestions: Mashed avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, sour cream
*Vegetarian option: use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, and use a can of black or pinto beans instead of the chicken
To start, set the oven to 375F and cook 2 chicken breasts (in a baking dish, covered with tinfoil) for 35-40 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the onions in the olive oil over low to medium heat until translucent.
Add in the spices and stir. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, then add in 1 can of beans and 2 cups of the chicken broth. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
In a blender, puree one can of the kidney beans with the last 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Add this mixture to the pot and continue to cook.
When the chicken is done, chop it up into small bite-sized pieces.
Add it to the pot along with the diced tomatoes and frozen corn. Add salt and pepper to taste, then serve.
I topped my serving with some mashed avocado and had tortilla chips on the side.
The chips were these Garden of Eatin’ multigrain tortilla chips. I ended up going back for more because they were so good! Plus they’re fairly low in sodium and high in fibre. Double win!
What meals did you hate when you were a kid?
What’s your favourite kind of chili?