11/19/2010

White Chicken Chili and NYC

I just got back from an amazing trip to NYC with my fellow Real Women of Philadelphia Hosts, Caryn, Sheila, and KC. We got to spend some time with Paula and even got to sit in on a taping of the Rachael Ray Show. It airs on November 23, so be sure to watch and you might catch a glimpse of us!
We sure got spoiled, I don't know if I can go to NYC again without having a car waiting for me wherever we go.;) You can see all the pictures from our trip here.
Waiting in the lobby of the Rachael Ray Show...
Now, I know you don't want to hear about my trip, you're here for FOOD!
Here's our latest "comfort food" favorite that I whipped up for Tablespoon.
This time of year, my slow cooker has a permanent place on my countertop. There is nothing more wonderful than to come home on a cold day and smell a pot of something delicious simmering away, ready for my family to dive in and warm up! One family favorite is this White Chicken Chili.
Traditional chili is always a Wintertime favorite but my kids’ very favorite is this creamy and not-too-spicy version. It smells AMAZING while cooking and everyone loves serving up a bowlful with their favorite fixin’s on top.
The best part about this recipe is there is very little prep! You simply cut up your chicken, drain your beans, then throw all the other ingredients in your slow cooker! That gets bonus points from this busy mom!!
For bonus points with the kids, serve your chili up with fun garnishes and ingredients so everyone can “customize” their bowl.
My hubby likes extra cheese and sour cream, Little Miss Fancy Pants loves it straight up…
and as for me….well, I love it with EVERYTHING!
But honestly, what I love most about this dish is that it literally takes me 5 minutes to prep and throw in the slow cooker. And, I always get rave reviews from the fam! I always make sure to cook a big batch to freeze in gallon ziploc bags for other quick weeknight meals. Do you have any favorite & easy slow cooker recipes that your family loves?

White Chicken Chili
Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds uncooked chicken breast
32 ounces chicken broth
1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 4.5 ounce can Old El Paso Green Chilies
2 11 ounce cans Green Giant Mexicorn
1 15 ounce can white or great northern beans
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
8 ounces cream cheese
1 lime slices optional, for garnish
1 shredded mexican cheese, optional, for garnish
1 sour cream, optonal, for garnish
1 chopped green onion, optional, for garnish
1 tortilla chips, optional, for garnish
1 chopped tomatoes, optional, for garnish

Directions
1 Cut chicken in to bite-sized pieces and place in a slow cooker.

2 Rinse and drain beans, add to slow cooker.

3 Add all other ingredients except cream cheese and optinal garnish ingredients. DO NOT drain corn or chilies.

4 Simmer in slow cooker for 5 hours on low or 3 hours on high.

5 Microwave cream cheese for 60 seconds to melt. Add to slow cooker and stir well.

6 Serve with your favorite garnishes such as: shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, green onions, or tortilla chips.