• Santa Fe Chicken And White Bean Soup

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    • 2 1/2 c. great Northern beans soaked overnight in water to cover
    • 11 c. lightly salted chicken broth (divided)
    • 1 Tbsp. dry oregano
    • 1 Tbsp. dry parsley
    • 4 x to 5 tsp. salt (divided)
    • 4 tsp grnd cumin
    • 2 tsp garlic pwdr
    • 1 1/2 tsp onion pwdr
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1/2 tsp chili pwdr
    • 1/8 tsp white pepper
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper
    •     Healthy pinch cayenne pepper
    •     Healthy pinch crushed red pepper flakes
    • 6 Tbsp. butter
    • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
    • 4 c. minced onion
    • 2 c. minced green bell pepper
    • 1 c. minced celery
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped garlic (divided)
    • 2 x to 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
    • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, minced
    • 1 x (7-oz) can diced green chilies
    •     Shredded havarti cheese, for garnish
    •     Salsa, for garnish
    •     Lowfat sour cream, for garnish
    •     Minced fresh cilantro, for garnish


    1. Drain the soaked beans. Combine in a large soup pot with 8 c. chicken broth. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hrs or possibly till tender.
    2. Combine oregano, parsley, 4 tsp. salt, cumin, garlic pwdr, onion pwdr, paprika, chili pwdr, white and black peppers, cayenne and red pepper flakes in a small bowl; set aside.
    3. In a large saucepan, heat butter and extra virgin olive oil; add in onion, bell pepper, celery,1/2 Tbsp. chopped garlic (1 1/2 tsp.) and a third of the reserved seasoning mix. Saute/fry over medium heat about 5 min. Add in another1/2 Tbsp. chopped garlic and another third of the seasoning mix; continue sauteing till celery is tender. Add in remaining1/2 Tbsp. chopped garlic, remaining seasoning mix and the flour; cook 5 to 7 min longer. Whisk in remaining 3 c. chicken broth, cooking till thickened.
    4. Add in cooked beans and their broth, chicken and green chilies; heat till chicken is just done, about 5 to 6 min. Serve warm in bowls garnished with havarti cheese, salsa, lowfat sour cream and cilantro.

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