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I belong to a women’s social group that meets once a month. We call ourselves the LAFF group. I’ve been doing this for two years now and I’ve come to really look forward to our monthly get-togethers.
This month, we met at Nancy’s new home — one of our members who is a real estate agent. The theme was a “Chili Cook-Off Contest”. Four people brought crock-pot chilis but we did not know who. Each chili entry had its “secret name”: White Lightning, Hillbilly Chili, Hot Chick’s Chili, etc.
Well the winner was the White Lighting Chili which was a white chicken chili. It was the overwhelming favorite by all.
The interesting story here is that it was brought by Carolyn (an attorney raised in New York City, now living in Dayton Ohio) who has never eaten chili in her life (I know, this is simply unbelievable) and she made this recipe because it was the winner at another chili cookoff that her neighborhood had.
So, what is the recipe, you ask? I am going to give you the general ingredients, but as you know, any good cook who makes chili never really measures and always adds other things to make it their own.
White Chicken Chili
2 Chicken breasts (with bones)
4 small jars of salsa (medium hot)
2 large glass jars of white navy beans
shredded mozarella for the topping
That’s it. Cook the chicken in water. Debone and shred the chicken. Reuse the chicken broth for the chili stock base. Add the salsa and beans. Top with shredded mozarella.
I could see you adding onions, cilantro, garlic, sour cream — the list is endless.
So, the moral of this story is: If you want to REALLY win a chili contest, be sure to do your research and pick a proven recipe winner.