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8.30.2012

White Bean Chicken Chili

How do you feed your family?


Ok, no, start over.  I meant to put my manners aside and ask you how much it costs to feed your family?  I need to know this critical-type stuff.  Type A Kitchen may be bordering on insanity when it comes to weekly grocery shopping...and I'll admit I need a better method. 

See, at the current moment my family consists of just me and the hubs.  Big fridge, big pantry, two people.

But my weekly grocery routine includes trips to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, the grocery store, and our local meat store (where I get chicken and quality deli stuff on the cheap yo).

Clearly, you can see that grocery shopping might be one of my favorite things to do.  And now I've just admitted that to the world. 

But despite my honest best efforts to buy quality products as cheaply as I can, this hobby can cost me a pretty penny.  And it also costs me time.  I have this recurring Supermarket Sweep daydream where four of my weekend grocery errands are condensed into one, and I fly down aisles with a double cart grabbing hunks of meat and handles of laundry detergent, pausing only to grind coffee and grab a giant stuffed bear with a bonus tag...

...and just like that I wish it was 1995 again.

This happens often enough that I've paused to consider how I can shop for four meals a week cheaper and faster.  And to consider whether or not people still say "pretty penny".  Ahem, do they?

To my delight, I came across a recipe for white bean chicken chili in this month's issue of Cooking Light magazine (which is jam-packed this month might I add).  Apparently this meal will only set you back $1.66 per serving.  I can't vouch for this since serving size is a bit of a joke around here, but I reeeeally like where their heads are at.

Besides being inexpensive, this meal is hearty, tasty, and very easy to put together.  The lean chicken and starchy white beans mix deliciously with warm spices and green chiles for heat, and the result is a tasty and quick weeknight dish you can be proud to serve your family.

Even if your family consists of one other person, and you spend dinnertime not talking to each other in front of Supermarket Sweep reruns.

Ha ok, I kid.  We actually watch Downton Abby and have picked up a pretty sweet accent.

White Bean Chicken Chili
Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
Yields 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 tbs canola oil
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
Salt/pepper
1 c vertically sliced onion
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
3 c cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 c water
1 4-oz can chopped green chiles, undrained and divided
1 14-oz can fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 c cilantro leaves

Preparation:
Heat a Dutch oven or heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, and add the oil.  Sprinkle the chicken with salt/pepper, and add the chicken to the pan.  Saute 4 minutes.  Add the onion and next 5 ingredients (through red pepper), and saute 3 minutes.
Add 2 cups of beans, water, green chiles, and broth, and bring to a boil.
Mash up the remaining cup of beans in a bowl with a fork or spoon.  Add to the soup, and simmer 5 minutes.  Sprinkle with cilantro, and serve hot.

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