My husband and I used to work at Ruby Tuesday's as waiters back in the day when we were in college and by far the most popular item that patrons would buy from their menu, without any suggestion from the waiters, would be the White Chicken Chili. My husband used to rave about how good it tasted, and obviously, I was never able to join in all the reindeer games because I didn't eat meat. It didn't occur to me, till now, to attempt to cook a White Chicken Chili Recipe and make it not only meat-free and tasty but also vegan friendly. I must say, this recipe has now become a staple and a favorite in my home, no matter how hot it is outdoors, we never mind eating a bowl of this Vegetarian White "Chixen" Chili.
You will discover that most of the ingredients, for this vegetarian recipe, are items that you likely already have within your kitchen and are simple to find. This Vegetarian White "Chixen" Chili is undoubtedly tasty and will have any vegetarian or meat-eater addicted. I have never eaten the meat version of White Chicken Chili but I am certain it does not have anything on the vegetarian and vegan version.
Vegetarian White "Chixen" Chili Recipe
·1/4 cup of vegetable oil
·1/2 lb (which is about 12 nuggets) of thawed Soy Delight Vegan Chicken Nuggets, diced in to chunks (these are not breaded)
·3 cloves of garlic, minced
·1 medium onion, chopped
·1 large or 2 small jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
·1 fresh green chile, chopped (you can substitute for 1 small can of green chillies with the liquid)
·3 sprigs of fresh oregano, chopped or 1 tsp of dried oregano
·1/4 tsp of black pepper
·1 tsp cumin
·1/2 tsp coriander
·1 1/2 tsp of chili powder
·1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
·2 cans of Northern White Beans, with liquid
·3 cups of vegetable broth
·2 cups of water
·1 vegetable bouillon
·3 tablespoons of cornstarch, mixed with a 2 tsp. of water
1. In a large pot, add the vegetable oil and heat on medium heat. Once oil is warm, add the vegan chicken nuggets and sauté for about 5 minutes. Next add the garlic, onion, jalapeño peppers, and green chile. Saute until the onions are soft and clear which should be another 5 minutes.
2. Add the oregano, black pepper, cumin, coriander, chili powder, cayenne pepper to the soy chicken and saute for another minute.
3. Next add, the northern white beans, vegetable broth, water and bouillon to the pot. Stir and cover and let simmer on low for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, add the cornstarch and water mix, stir, and continue to simmer on low for another 20 minutes.
4. Serve and garnish with cilantro, sour cream and cheese...if you like...but it is so good as is, you may not need to add anything else.
By the way, in case you can not find the Delight Soy Vegan Chicken Nuggets, feel free to work with some other "mock chicken" nugget or patty. Just make sure it is not breaded. You can also use seitan which is a great option!
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