My favorite time of year has begun.
I enjoy Summer and all of the fresh herbs, veggies and fruit. I also love nothing more than sitting in the sun with a good book. However, because I lived in SW Florida for so many years with no 'real' fall or winter, now that I am back in the Midwest I LOVE October - February.
I love all of the holidays, the longer nights, feeling cozy at home and most of all the food of the season. Chili, stews, soups, casseroles, slow roasted beef or chickens are what make our dinner menu during these months. And when it's cold outside nothing is more comforting than baking a sweet treat, warming the house and making it smell like heaven must smell. This time of year is full of comfort food for the soul.
One of my favorite fall/winter comfort foods is White Chicken Chili. I always make a huge batch and keep some in the freezer because this chili makes you feel so good.
White Chicken Chili
1 pound chicken (white and dark meat from previously roasted chicken or cut up raw chicken)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
3 cloves garlic, diced
3 Cups chicken broth
4 ounces diced green chiles
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
2 teaspoons Mexican or regular dried oregano
3 Cups great northern beans
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
After cooking, top with cilantro, jalapeno's, cheddar or jack cheese. (Optional)
Over medium heat cook chicken and onion in oil until lightly brown. (If using pre cooked roasted chicken add chicken with the chicken broth.)
Stir in spices, green chiles and broth and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add beans, stir and simmer another 15 minutes.