Thursday, January 12, 2012

White Chicken Chili with Aged Cheddar

     Who would have ever guessed that the best white chili I have ever tasted came from a recipe posted on an Irish company's website?  This creamy White Chicken Chili with Aged Chedder from Kerrygold is so rich and good you can almost stand a spoon in it.  All you have to do is saute the peppers and onion in a splash of olive oil, add the rest of the ingredients and when it comes to a strong simmer, stir in the cheese.  In my 10 inch oven I cooked the vegetables over a full compliment of coals then moved them to a ring around the bottom before adding the liquid.  The lid was covered with briquettes, maybe 24 or so, I let it bubble away for 20 minutes before stirring in the cheese.  Put that half eaten rotisserie chicken sitting in your fridge to good use and whip yourself up a batch of this cheesy, most comforting, warming chili.

White Chicken chili with Aged Cheddar
1 Tblsp olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
1 Tblsp minced fresh jalapeno chili
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 15 oz. can cream-style corn
1 4 oz. can diced mild green chilies
2 cups whole milk
1 15 oz. can navy beans, rinsed and drained
2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 1/2 cups shredded aged Cheddar cheese
salt and pepper

     Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
     Saute onion, bell pepper and jalapeno chili in olive oil over a full spread of coals until onion is soft.
     Move bottom coals to a ring around base of oven.
     Add cumin, corn, green chilies, milk and beans and chicken; stir well.
     Cover with as many coals as needed to bring soup to a bubble.
     Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway, or until heated through.
     Season with salt and pepper.
     Stir in Cheddar, stir until completely melted and serve immediately.
     Makes 4 servings.

Saute bell pepper, onion and jalapeno in olive oil until softened

Add milk, chicken, chilies, creamed corn and beans

Simmer for 20 minutes before adding cheese

Gently stir cheese over coals until melted

Garnish with a sprinkling of Cheddar and chopped cilantro


  1. That looks fabulous, just reading the ingredients already had me salivating. A marriage of many tasty flavors!