Chicken, Comfort Dish

White Chicken Chili

The weather has turned colder the last few weeks and I’m loving it.  I love the fall weather.  This is a perfect time of year for chili.  I’m not a huge fan of chili.  I just never liked all the beans and it never really appealed to me.  Several years back my sister in law made chili and I actually really enjoyed it.  She used smaller beans and since then I’ve only used those beans.

Over the years I’ve grown to really enjoy it and I’ve started to change up the recipe and just try different flavors.  That’s where this Chicken Chili came from.  I love chicken and I really enjoy this chili.

This is perfect for a lazy Sunday of football or relaxing.  Give it a try!

White Chicken Chili

Ingridents:
4 T butter
3 T flour
1 T oil
4 cups chicken broth, no salt
2 15.5 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed (any kind)
4 ½ cups cooked chicken, chopped (rotisserie or any kind, I used boneless skinless chicken thighs)
1 cup frozen white corn
1 cup half and half
1 cup shredded cheese (I used Colby Jack)
2 jalapeños, seeds removed and diced
1 large onion, diced
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
2 t paprika
2 t chili powder
2 t salt
2 t pepper

Directions:  Heat a medium pot on high heat. Add in olive oil.  Add in the jalapeños and onion and let cook down, about 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add in butter and flour and mix to create a roux.  Let cook 4 minutes.  Add in chicken broth and mix well.  Cook another 2-3 minutes.  Add in frozen corn, white beans and chicken and mix well.  Season with the spices.  Let simmer on medium low heat 20 minutes stirring once.  Once the time is up, slowly mix in shredded cheese and half and half.  Let simmer on low another 10 minutes, stirring once.  Seasoning with the salt and pepper to taste and serve.  Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese. Enjoy!

Notes:  This is a very quick chili.  You can use any chicken you’d like.  I simply made chicken thighs in the crockpot and then added to the chili.  Feel free to change up the vegetables inside. Add some other bell peppers or even some celery.  This freezes well.  You can freeze with the cream and cheese in the chili or you can remove some of the chili to freeze prior to adding the cheese and cream.  Would even be good with a splash of hot sauce. I just needed it to not be spicy.

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Chicken, Comfort Dish

Portobello Mushroom & Spinach Chicken

It’s Chicken Thursday!  I’m sure it’s one of your favorite days of the week right? You sit on the edge of your seat waiting for me to post the next chicken recipe?  I’m just kidding.  But really I’ve been getting a lot of feedback on my chicken recipes and I’m glad my viewers are enjoying the recipes.

I like to make recipes and use the items I have on hand at that moment.  Don’t get me wrong, I still feel like I’m constantly going to the grocery store.  But if I can make something with what I have on hand I consider that a win.  It’s good idea when you go to the grocery store to buy things that you can use in different dishes.  I do meal plan somewhat but I also wing it a lot.  Sometimes I know what’s for dinner and other times I don’t.  That’s how this recipe came to be.  It’s chicken and vegetables in a creamy sauce.

I would consider this a comfort meal and it’s perfect for a chilly evening.  Give a whirl.

Portobello Mushroom & Spinach Chicken

Ingredients:
8- Chicken breasts, thin
16 oz- sliced Portobello mushrooms
3 cups- spinach, chopped
1- medium onion, sliced thin
3-garlic cloves, sliced
2 T- Balsamic vinegar
1 T -olive oil
½ cup- flour (add 1 t of dried parsley, garlic and onion powder and sprinkle of salt and pepper)
½ – ¾ cup- chicken stock, no sodium
½ – Lemon, juiced
3 T- low fat cream cheese
1 T -Romano cheese, finely grated
½ T – Garlic Powder, Onion Powder and Parsley
Sprinkle: Salt and Pepper

Directions: In a bowl mix together flour and 1 teaspoon of parsley, garlic and onion powder with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Dredge the chicken in the flour shaking off the excess.  Set aside.

Heat a medium sauté pan over high heat, add ½ tablespoon of oil.  Cook the chicken breasts in separate batches so the pan isn’t too crowded, that will lower the temperature. You will need to brown the chicken on both size and cook through. The chicken I used was very very thin so it cooked super-fast.  Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

Add remaining oil and add onions and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes stirring often.  Deglaze pan with chicken stock and balsamic vinegar. Add in mushrooms and cook another 3 minutes until they start to soften but aren’t mushy. Reduce the pan to medium heat. Add lemon juice and spices and sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Mix in the spinach and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in the 3 T of cream cheese and mix well to make sure it combines and melts in.

Reduce heat to low and add the chicken breasts back in and push down into the mixture. Cover and simmer 8-10 minutes on low. Finish with Romano cheese and serve immediately.  Serve 2 pieces of chicken with mushroom and spinach mixture and spoonful of the sauce.  Serve with your choice of sides or over noodles.

Note: This is great for left overs. I wouldn’t recommend freezing, unless you freeze prior to adding the cream cheese.

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