White Chicken and Rice Chili

This recipe came from my friend, Katherine Berkowitz, a fabulous cook and baker.  Katherine often serves this chili to her family when she needs a speedy, warm meal.  They enjoy topping it with sour cream, fresh guacamole and blue corn chips. 

1 box Spanish Rice-A-Roni (I’ve tried other varieties of Rice-A-Roni, but I found the Spanish Rice option is the best in this recipe)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1-2 Tbs. canola or vegetable oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 red sweet bell pepper, seeds and membranes removed, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans (14 oz.) diced petite tomatoes, with juice
2 cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
4-6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Sour cream, fresh guacamole, blue corn chips, for garnishing each serving

In a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium high heat, add oil; when oil is hot, add chili powder, cumin and spices from seasoning packet in Rice-A-Roni package; add cubed chicken and cook until lightly browned on all sides, approx. 5-6 minutes.

Remove chicken from pot and set aside; add onion and bell pepper to drippings in pan (add a bit more oil if needed) and sauté until softened, approx. 6-8 minutes over medium heat.  Add garlic to onion and bell pepper during last few minutes of cooking time.  Stir chicken into onion mixture and add rice, tomatoes, beans and 2-3 cups of chicken broth.

Simmer soup over low heat for 35-40 minutes, adding more chicken broth if needed to desired consistency.  Serve garnished with sour cream, fresh guacamole, and blue corn chips, if desired.

Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli


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