White Chili

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This is amazing chili. It’s really a misnomer to call it chili because there is no chili powder or tomatoes. But it has ground chicken and beans so it counts in my book. I just made it for friends and it was a big hit.

White Chili, adapted from marthastewart.com

Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb. ground chicken (or turkey – I prefer chicken)
  • At least 4 t. fresh rosemary (I think it’s the rosemary that makes this so good so use a lot)
  • 1 1/2 t. cumin
  • 1/8 or 1/4 t. cayenne
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 5 c. chicken broth
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 can hominy (look in the Latin food section, or with the canned veggies)
  • 3 T. cornmeal

Instructions:

1) Mise en place. Measure your cornmeal in a small bowl. Chop your rosemary and jalapeno pepper and in another bowl, add the rosemary, jalapeno, cumin, cayenne, oregano, and salt and pepper.

2) Chop your onion and garlic. In a dutch oven, heat some olive oil and add onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes or so until the onion softens.

3) Add the herbs and spices and cook for a minute or so.

4) Add the chicken and cook until no longer pink.

5) Drain and rinse the beans and the hominy. Add the broth, beans and hominy. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer. Partially cover and simmer for 25 minutes.

6) Remove the cover and add the cornmeal. Cook for 15 minutes more until thickened. Taste and add salt if needed.

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