Sep 26, 2013

Not Your Average Chicken Chili

I've been completely inspired by my new favorite blogger Lindsay from WeekNight Bite. She shares some easy, delicious, and most importantly, healthy recipes. I also love that she uses almost all Trader Joe's ingredients. If you've been following along, you know that I am a huge Trader Joe's fan. Not only has Lindsay got me inspired to get cooking, but she's also got a fantastic grocery shopping list on her site. While her list is similar to mine, I know a lot of you have been asking me for my shopping list, which I look forward to sharing next week. In fact, I'll be starting a whole series of "Thank You TJ's" no prep recipes... exciting stuff!


This week I made WeekNight Bite's White Bean Chicken Chili and it was a hit. Chad and I both loved it. I like it because it's full of flavor, diary and gluten free, and it's a nice twist on a traditional chili. It's a great dish to serve this time of year -- on a chilly fall night, for a tailgate or football game. You're friends will be impressed with this chic take on your average chili... you'll be even happier with the minimal prep and clean-up!

Ingredients:
1 box Trader Joe's Creamy Corn & Roasted Pepper Soup
Shredded chicken breasts - either pre-cooked rotisserie chicken or 
boiled chicken breasts (I used 4)
2 cans Trader Joe's White Kidney Beans (Cannellini 
Beans) - rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn
1/2 jar Trader Joe's Salsa Verde (or full jar for more spice)
1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
1/4 cup Trader Joe's diced onions
2 cubes Trader Joe's frozen crushed garlic (or two fresh chopped cloves)
Fresh green onions and cilantro for garnish
Avocado to serve on top 
Salt & pepper to taste

To Make:
On medium high heat, combine olive oil, garlic and onions in a pot. Once fragrant, add the entire box of soup. Slowly add all remaining ingredients, except for the avocado, green onions and cilantro. Once the soup has come to a slow boil, reduce heat. Add chopped green onions, cilantro and avocado to top and serve.

Voila! Told you it was easy! I boiled and shredded the chicken myself so it took me maybe 35 minutes total to make. But with pre-ccoked chicken you can serve this baby up in less than 20 minutes. You can also make it beforehand and keep on a low simmer or even make this in a crock pot. 

If you'd like more detailed instructions on how to make this wonderful stew, check out Lindsay's video here. And be sure to check back next week for your new Trader Joe's shopping list along with another yummy recipe xo
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