White chili is called white chili for three reasons. One, it’s made with chicken, not beef. Two, it’s made with white beans. Three, it’s sometimes thickened with milk and flour, or cream.
Does white chili have a place at the Primal table? Absolutely. It’s easy to dispense with the milk and flour, since thickening the chili isn’t crucial to its flavor. What about the beans? You can keep them in the chili if you like (although perhaps in smaller amounts than most recipes call for). Or, substitute cubes of white sweet potato to provide a creamy but slightly firm texture that’s similar to beans. Like beans, celery root also has a neutral, but earthy flavor.
Then, heap on the shredded chicken, peppers, cilantro, green onions and everything else that makes white chili so delicious. Without beans or dairy, this white chili is a lighter meal than regular white chili, but no less satisfying.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Notes: For a lower carb dish, sub the white sweet potato for celery root, rutabaga or turnip. For a hotter chili, use more poblano peppers or add in diced jalapenos. Save cooking and prep time by using frozen riced cauliflower. This chili is delicious served with avocado. You can also add some shredded cheese if you do dairy.
Heat 1 tablespoon of avocado oil in a pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped red onion and peppers. Saute for about 3 minutes, until the vegetables have softened. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Remove the vegetables from the pot.
Combine the cumin, coriander, oregano, paprika and salt together. Sprinkle half of the mixture all over the chicken thighs.
Add the remaining olive oil. Once hot, add the chicken thighs to the pan. Cook them for 2 minutes on each side. Pour the water into the pot. Once the water begins to bubble, bring the water to a simmer and cover the pot. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees and begins to be soft enough to shred. Remove the chicken from the pot and set it aside to be shredded.
Add the diced sweet potato, half of the cauliflower rice and the remaining spice blend to the pot. Cover the pot again and cook until the sweet potatoes are soft. Use an immersion blender to blend the potatoes and cauliflower in with the broth. Bring the pot to a simmer again and add in the remaining cauliflower rice, shredded chicken and onion/pepper mixture. Continue to gently heat for about 5 minutes, or until the cauliflower rice has softened. Add in the chopped cilantro and season with salt or spices as necessary. Serve with more cilantro and avocado slices.
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