Today was a busy day in the kitchen for me. I had to pick-up my daughter from school early because she wasn't feeling well. On the way home, I asked her if there was anything she wanted to make her feel better, her reply...Chicken Noodle Soup. I love it when my kids request homemade soup, and I love making it for them even more. Luckily, I had a large pack of split-chicken breasts in the fridge already thawed. I rubbed them with some olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them for about 40 minutes. This is THE best way to cook chicken meat when you need it for a recipe. Roasting with the bone-in and skin on produces very moist and flavorful meat. Once it was cooled, I shredded the meat and used it in the soup, and Creamy White Chicken Chili for dinner. I found a recipe for the chili at My Kitchen Cafe and made a few modifications. My family really enjoyed it and I hope you will too.
Creamy White Chicken Chili
3 large split bone-in, skin on chicken breasts
Salt and Pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 carrot, shredded
2 cans (15 1/2 ounces each) Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
16 oz chicken stock ( I used 1/2 of a 32 oz box, can use a 14.5 oz can of broth and a little extra water if desired)
2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/ 4 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/ 2 teaspoon pepper
1/ 8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup half n half
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place chicken breasts skin side up on a baking sheet. Rub with olive oil, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
When chicken is cool enough to handle, shred into bite size pieces.
In a dutch oven, add 2 tablespoons Olive Oil and the diced onion, celery and grated carrot. Sauté on med-low heat until vegetables are tender, do not let them brown. Add beans, chicken meat, chicken stock, green chilis, and the spices.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and half n half. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream and shredded Jack cheese. Makes about 6 servings.