Chicken Chili with Chopped Avocado Topping
|1 medium||ripe avocado|
|1 large||white onion, finely diced|
|juice of 2 limes, about 6 tablespoons|
|1/2 c||fresh cilantro, chopped|
|2 can(s)||15 ounces of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained|
|1 can(s)||14 1/2 ounce diced tomatoes|
|1 1/2 lb||. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat, or 3-1/2 cups shredded store-roasted chicken|
|kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper|
|2 Tbsp||extra virgin olive oil|
|1 1/2 tsp||ground cumin|
|3/4 c||amber beer, such as samuel adams|
|sour cream for garnish if desired|
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DirectionsToss the avocado, about one-quarter of the onion, 2-1/2 Tbs. of the lime juice, and 2 Tbs. of the cilantro in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.In a food processor, combine 1 cup of the beans, the tomatoes and their juice, and process until smooth. Set aside.Take the pot off the heat and set aside. When the chicken has rested, shred it by hand or chop it coarsely.Return the pot to medium-high heat. Add the remaining onion to the pot and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to brown and soften, about 3 minutes. Add the cumin and stir for 20 seconds. Add the beer and cook, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to incorporate any browned bits, until it almost completely reduces, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the remaining white beans and the puréed bean mixture and bring to a boil. Stir in the chicken along with any accumulated juices on the bottom of the plate. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes so the chicken finishes cooking and the flavors mix and meld. Stir in 1-1/4 cup of the cilantro and the remaining lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.Ladle into large bowls and serve immediately with a generous spoonful of the avocado mixture, a dollop of sour cream (if using), and a sprinkling of the remaining cilantro.Puréeing some of the beans along with the canned tomatoes in this recipe gives the dish a thick texture and a rich, slow-cooked feel.