Cause I said so! So there!!! Pffffttttt.
Mind you, I am sitting here eating Jays Brand Cheese Wheels.
Because asÂ yummy as my white chicken chili is, I have a reputation as a poor eater to keep going here. That takes a lot of work! You have no idea how I sacrifice for all of you just so that I can be the one sane port in your busy lives, the one place you can go to where the personality behind the words stays the same. I eat Twinkies (and Ho-Hos) Cheetos (and Tostitos with home made Peach salsa that I magically suck any nutrition out of before eating it). I chow down on chocolate by the pound and sigh heavily in martyred frustration as I do so. I also drink pop and strong caffeinated beverages. And I do this for YOU gentle reader… YOU. Can you FEEL the sacrificial vibes coming to you? Can you… wait, scuse me; gotta wipe the orange goop off the keyboard. Ok, I’m back. Where was I? Oh yeah; vibes. Yeah yeah yeah, vibes, sacrifice, Twinkies, noble kind soul that you adore… well, maybe I didn’t say that last part but I know you were thinking it so I went ahead and inserted it in there. 😛
If, by the way, you have never had Jays Products… I’m sorry. You can get some of them online but alas, not the cheese waffles. This is actually the first time I’VE had them in many years and why a Kroger store in Kentucky was suddenly stocking them, I don’t know. But I bought a bag anyway and am currently gorging on them like a six year old given a bag of chocolate covered sugar bombs (Oh Calvin you are my hero) and a spoon. Jays is a Chicago based company that seriously makes the best potato chips ever and I’m not just saying that because I am a native Chicagoan. Snyders Of Hanover has bought them now so I have no idea if the products have changed at all but I know the cheese waffles are still yummy.Â Their sour cream and onion potato chips are stupendous and I even love their BBQ chips and I don’t even like BBQ chips. Hmmm, thinking of it, the fact that Snyders bought them may very well BE why I am seeing them here. Oh also, if you’ve ever had and loved Krunchers potato chips, they are made by Jays.Â They also make the most awesomeestÂ cheese popcorn too. If you see Oko-E-Doke popcorn, grab them all! If by some strange chance you don’t like them, sell them for millions to people living outside their native area. It’s like popcorn crack. Better yet, just mail them all to me.
Oh well, for those of you who aren’t currently experiencing the chance to have a sore tongue (boy that sounds wrong) from eating too many rough textured and overly salty cheese wheels, I made White Chicken Chili for today’s post. And no it is NOT too hot for chili. Just crank up the A/C and start shivering. Then have some nice hot chili and a cup of tea. You’ll thank me. Just don’t forget to turn the A/C back down before bed so you don’t freeze to the sheets during the night when you drool on the pillow. Oh don’t lie! You do SO drool on the pillows!
This chili uses…GASP… a convenience product or two. I did NOT grow. dry and then soak my own beans. That’s why they make canned beans (though I DO soak my own when I make red beans and rice). Also, this uses a package of McCormicks White Chili Seasoning along with the other things you’ll put in it. It cracks me up when people get upset over packaged mixes like these. Hello?! Did you grow that bottle of Chipotle peppers yourself? The Cumin? The Chile Peppers? All the beans? If so, awesome, more power to you and may I please know what type of speed you use to get through a normal day? If not, then shush darn it, shush. Just make the chili. The mix is simply a pre-blended mix of spices one would use ANYWAY. And this is a particularly wonderful version of chili. it’s creamy and tangy and spicy and *wipes non cheese wheel caused drool* filled with chunks of chicken. It makes a big batch so feel free to cut it in half.
Creamy White Chicken Chili
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized cubes (I have also used a mix of breasts and boneless skinless thighs to good reviews)
- 1 pound of either andouille sausage, sliced thin or 1 pound Cajun flavored smoked sausage ( I have used both at various times. Either ones is tasty.)
- 2 medium onions (about 2 to 2 1/2 cups), chopped
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 4 cans great northern beans, drained well
- 3 cans chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper (optional)
- 1 package McCormick White Chicken Chili mix
- 3 4 ounce cans chopped mild green chilies
- 1 cup heavy cream (you can sub fat free half and half if you absolutely MUST 😛 )
- 1 cup sour cream (same with the sour cream; you can sub fat free and if you DO make these changes, it decreases the fat and calories substantially since the rest of the chili is quite good for you)
- green onions, cheese and whatever else you usually garnish/serve chili with 😀
- In a large heavy bottomed sauce pot, saute the chicken, onions and garlic in the oil until the chicken is no longer pink. Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT for the sour cream and heavy cream.
- Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 1 hour stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream and heavy cream. This is a thin soup like chili so don’t expect a thick one. If you want thicker, use one less can chicken broth. But if so, make sure you watch it carefully as it cooks so the liquid doesn’t cook down too much.
- Ladle into bowls and garnish with sliced green onions and Colby Jack cheese.
This chili looks unique and tasty-even if it is over 100 degrees out. Yum!
I know some people don’t like the “semi homemade” person on food network, but time does not always permit homemade everything. Don’t worry, I do not think more of that person that makes their own salt and pepper than I do of you!
ooo, I can’t stand that semi home made person lol. I think of her and her Kwanzaa cake comes to mind lol. If you haven ‘t seen that, just go to youtube and put in Sandra Lee Kwanzaa cake. it’s hilarious in a really sad way. As for convenience foods, they come in handy sometimes and some, like this spice pack, add a lot to a dish. 😀
Gee, I thought you were going to garnish the thing with the Cheese Wheels there for a sec…
oooo, never thought of that. thanks for the idea darlin’
Thanks for all of the sacrifices you do for me, I truly appreciate it. But does that mean I shouldn’t have eaten those Pringles, or Taco Bell, or Breyer’s Ice Cream today? Darn it! Chili looks wonderful! Love white chili!
You’re so welcome Erin. I do these things because I love you guys 😀 And hey! Quit eating junk food1 That’s MY trademark! Lol
I would eat a bowl of chili that looks like this any time of day and any season of the year! And thank you for being the sane outlet 😉 We all need those days, especially that pound of chocolate… mmm.
Cool! And you’re welcome about me being your sane place. It’s the least I can do *grins*
Great, yummy excuse to turn down the AC!
Don’t forget the hot tea and blanket when you do 😛
I totally want to make this with veggie chicken!
Please let me know how it turns out Tiffany. 🙂
Tue chilling looks delish and I appreciate the sacrifices you’ve made for all of us who enjoy your blog….. :o)
I’m glad you appreciate it :-P. If you didn’t Id have to make you eat liver 😀
I love white chicken chili! I make a similar one, but I love the addition of sausage in there. Brilliant! Yours looks so festive with all the garnishes too. PS- I am jealous of those cheese waffle things- they sound delish
Thanks Lindsey. I just tossed it in there on a whim the first time I made this and have never looked back. As for the waffle things….nananananananaaaaaaaaa 😀
What a gorgeous, delicious looking dish!
This looks so good. I’d like a bowl of chicken chili. Yum!
This sounds really good. I love chilly weather foods!
I’ve made white chicken chili before and it is amazing! This looks just as wonderful.