EATING FOR LIFE

Packing an antioxidant punch, White Chicken Chili is a superfood for the Super Bowl

Updated: 2014-01-29T03:31:12Z

By JILL WENDHOLT SILVA

The Kansas City Star

Editor’s note: This recipe originally ran in 2008.

With the Super Bowl just a few days away, it’s time to cook up a super bowl of chili.

And don’t forget the beans.

(No smirking, please.)

Beans are a bona-fide superfood, loaded with antioxidants that help the body defend against heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines advise Americans to eat 3 cups of beans per week, and The Star’s White Chicken Chili is one way to help you reach that goal.

Compared with meat or cheese, beans are loaded with fiber: A 1/2-cup serving of Great Northern beans has 6.2 grams of dietary fiber, which slows digestion and helps avoid a spike in blood sugar.

There are other advantages, too. “Fiber will keep you full longer and make you less likely to fill up on the fatty foods on game day,” says Carrie Mark, a Kansas City registered dietitian.

Still keeping your new year’s resolutions?

Beans also aid in weight control. A National Nutrition and Health Examination Survey found that adults who ate beans regularly weighed 6.6 pounds less than their non-bean eating counterparts, even though they ate nearly 200 more calories per day. The bean eaters also had smaller waistlines and cut their risk of obesity by 22 percent.

•  Cooking tip: Pour the beans and green chilies into a colander and rinse for a minute under running water. Rinsing removes up to 200 milligrams of sodium.

White Chicken C hili

Makes 6 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 onion, chopped

1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies, rinsed and drained

2 (14.5-ounce) cans fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3/4 cup frozen petite white corn, partly thawed

1 (15.8-ounce) can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons minced cilantro

6 tablespoons shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided, optional

1 green onion, chopped, optional

Pour olive oil into Dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat. Add chicken, garlic and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender, about 5 minutes; drain.

Stir in chopped green chilies, broth, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Heat to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes.

Stir in corn, beans and cilantro; simmer 5 to 10 minutes.

To serve, ladle into bowls and top each serving, if desired, with 1 tablespoon shredded Monterey Jack cheese and chopped green onions.

Per serving: 286 calories (19 percent from fat), 6 grams total fat (2 grams saturated), 50 milligrams cholesterol, 26 grams carbohydrates, 32 grams protein, 359 milligrams sodium, 5 grams dietary fiber.

To reach Jill Wendholt Silva, The Star’s food editor and restaurant critic, call 816-234-4347, send email to jsilva@kcstar.com or follow her on Facebook. Follower her on Twitter: @kcstarfood and @chowtownkc.

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