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Single White Chili

We are in chili weather now, folks. I customized today's recipe from The Chili Cookbook by Robb Walsh. I like this recipe because it uses roasted chiles. If you have never roasted chiles before, it's an easy, useful skill to master for Texas cooking. Poblano chiles are green, like jalapenos, but much larger in size with a nice smoky flavor.

If chicken and beans in your chili is not to your taste, scroll down to find our recipes for Texas-style chili and Friday Night Chili.

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White Chicken Poblano Chili

I have adapted this from a recipe in the excellent The Chili Cookbook by Rob Walsh. Instead of cooking a whole chicken and using its meat, you debone a cooked rotisserie chicken. I made this chili and ate it all week! Roast the chilis the day before, and soak the beans the night before.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 poblano chiles, roasted per our recipe
  • 1 jalapeño chile, seeded stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound of dried Great Northern beans, rinsed, soaked for 2 to 3 hours and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 10 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 cups of cooked chicken white meat deboned from a rotisserie chicken (The bags of pre-boned white meat chicken sold in many supermarkets work fine as well.)
  • 2 tablespoons masa harina
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or too taste
  • White pepper to taste
  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, heat the butter and oil. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until softened and opaque, about 5 or 6 minutes. Be careful not to brown the vegetables.
  2. Chop seven of the eight poblanos, reserving one to be added later. Add the seven chopped poblanos and the sliced jalapeño to the drained, soaked beans, and transfer to the dutch oven. Cut the remaining poblano into long, thin strips and set aside.
  3. Add the chili powder, cayenne and cumin to the pot, mixing well. Then add all the chicken broth. Gently stir ingredients until well combined. Cook for one hour over medium-low heat.
  4. Add the deboned chicken and continue cooking for another hour, until the beans are tender.
  5. When the beans are tender, dissolve the masa harina in the milk and add to the pot. Cook an additional 15 minutes on high. Add salt and white pepper to taste.
  6. Serve garnished with sour cream and the reserved roasted poblano strips.
  7. Makes 6 generous servings.

Bonus Recipes - Texas-style Chili, Friday Night Chili.

Note: The goal for this recipe is keeping everything white. That's why you do not brown the vegetables, or use dark chicken meat.

Kitchen tools you'll need: Chili Bowls, Dutch Ovens, Stock Pots

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