My husband and I used to work at Ruby Tuesday’s as servers back in the day when we were in college and one of the popular item that patrons would order from their menu, without any recommendation from the waiters, would be the White Chicken Chili.Â My husband used to rave about how excellent it tasted, and of course, I was never able to join in all the reindeer games because I did not eat meat.Â It did not dawn on me, till now, to attempt to cook a White Chicken Chili Recipe and make it not simply meat-free and tasty but also dairy-free. IÂ must say, this recipe has now become a staple and a favorite in my house, regardless of how hot it is outdoors, we never mind eating a bowl of this Vegetarian White “Chixen” Chili.
You’ll find that most of the ingredients, for this vegetarian recipe, are items that you probably already have within your kitchen and are easy to find. This Vegetarian White Chixen Chili isÂ undoubtedly tasty and will have any vegetarian or meat-eater hooked.Â I have never had the meat version of White Chicken Chili but I am confident it doesn’t have anything on the meat-free and vegan version.
Vegetarian White “Chixen” Chili Recipe
Â·1/4 cup of vegetable oil
Â·1/2 lb (which is about 12 nuggets) of thawed Soy Delight Vegan Chicken Nuggets, diced in to chunks (these are not breaded)
Â·3 cloves of garlic, minced
Â·1 medium onion, chopped
Â·1 large or 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
Â·1 fresh green chile, chopped (you can substitute for 1 small can of green chillies with the liquid)
Â·3 sprigs of fresh oregano, chopped or 1 tsp of dried oregano
Â·1/4 tsp of black pepper
Â·1 tsp cumin
Â·1/2 tsp coriander
Â·1 1/2 tsp of chili powder
Â·1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Â·2 cans of Northern White Beans, with liquid
Â·3 cups of vegetable broth
Â·2 cups of water
Â·1 vegetable bouillon
Â·3 tablespoons of cornstarch, mixed with a 2 tsp. of water
1.Â In a large pot, add the vegetable oil and heat on medium heat.Â Once oil is warm, add the vegan chicken nuggets and saute for about 5 minutes.Â Next add the garlic, onion, jalapeno peppers, and green chile.Â 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 chixen and saute for another minute.
3.Â Next add, the northern white beans, vegetable broth, water and bouillon to the pot. Stir and cover and let simmerÂ on low for 45 minutes.Â After 45 minutes, add the cornstarch and water mix, stir, and continue to simmer on low for another 20 minutes.
4.Â Serve and garnish with cilantro, sour cream and cheese…if you like…but it is so good as as is, you may not need to add anything else.
By the way, if you can’t find the Delight Soy Vegan Chicken Nuggets, feel free to use some other “mock chicken” nugget or patty.Â Just be certain it is not breaded.Â You can also use seitan which is a great option!
Pasta, Pizza & Professionals: Lecture, Dinner and Networking Series Continues on Monday, May 8th with a Seminar by Megan Lee of M Lee Web, LLC, “Mastering Google and SEO: Learn to Leverage FREE Ads on Google”
Join us for the next "Pasta, Pizza and Professionals Lecture, Dinner & Networking Series" on Monday, May 8, 2017 at Cibo Ristorante Italiano, located at 301 Alvarado in Downtown Monterey. Parking is available in the adjacent garage. This event will feature a valuable seminar by Megan Lee, owner of M Lee Web, Monterey’s premier website optimization firm.
Her topic will be: "Mastering Google and SEO: Learn to Leverage FREE Ads on Google!” In her presentation, Megan will reveal some 2017 marketing secrets for local business owners:
– Is Your Website working as Hard as You?–In 2016, “clicks” defeated “bricks.”
– Would You Rather Pay Google? – Or Have Google Pay You?
– Where Does Your Website Reside? – “Location, Location, Location!”
– Want Guaranteed Results?–Be on Page One in 3 months or less! (Best client grabber for professional services in highly-competitive niches).
– How to Make Your Targeted Facebook Ads Go Viral! (Amazing results for restaurants, bars, hotels, travel agencies, and online products).
– How to Increase Your Email List (or Followers)? Grow by 500+ with 1 FB Ad.
– Erecting a Social Fortress for your Brand & Website
The free lecture will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. After the lecture, there will be a No Host Dinner and further Q&A with Megan.
From 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Cibo is also offering attendees their delicious special 3-course "Pasta, Pizza and Professionals Dinner" price of $24.95 (including a choice of Local Field Greens or Tuscan Bean Soup, a choice of Pizza Margherita, Rigatoni Di Giovanni Pasta, Salmon or Chicken) and dessert will feature Tiramisu.
Event attendees can also order anything off of the menu described on www.cibo.com. RSVPs are appreciated for the seminar and/or dinner. Please contact Wendy Brickman at 831-594- 1500 or by email.
About Megan Lee
Not your stereo-typed techie, Megan came to business marketing circuitously from a multi-skilled background as a professional writer, editor, Internet copyright specialist, and educator. While living and working in Hong Kong in the 1980’s, she may have been one of the very first Americans to pioneer word processing on a Brother laptop (remember WordStar?), and hasn’t stopped using technology since. After completing a one-year course with Kotton Grammer and Greg Morrison, the highest-paid SEO consultants in the U.S. in 2016, and a certification program in social media marketing with Tai Lopez, Entrepreneur magazine’s No. 1 social media strategist of 2017, Megan celebrated her first year as an entrepreneur successfully ranking business websites on Page 1 for Internet and mobile searches, bringing organic traffic, visibility and new revenue to local businesses in Monterey Bay and in the Los Angeles metro area.
Megan is getting to know our active business community as a member of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Women’s Network of the Monterey Peninsula. She continues to support the Monterey Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and Community Human Services’ Safe Place and Safe Passage youth programs. Megan lives in an historic log home in Carmel Valley Village with her husband and their overly-friendly Dalmatian, Jerry.
About Cibo Restaurant
Cibo Ristorante Italiano (www.cibo.com) offers Italian cuisine, cocktails, fine wines, cordials, and more. Cibo (pronounced chee-bo) means food in Italian, but it's more of a feast for the senses. This beautiful, spacious and comfortable restaurant features an intimate yet vibrant atmosphere which is accentuated with expressive art in the form of photography, paintings, sculpture, hand-blown glass and live jazz. Fusing the best of old and new world Italian cuisine, Cibo offers an eclectic menu ranging from gourmet pizzas to multi-course dinners, including many gluten free choices. Families are welcome and there is a special children's menu. Cibo has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike since 1990.
Cibo is open every evening with dinner served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Cibo Bar is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is a popular pre-event and after-party destination. The bar features a $3 Happy Hour with special appetizers daily from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. In addition, in 2017, Cibo is continuing its popular “Cibo Hospitality Happy Hours – All Night Long!” when Cibo offers $3 well drinks, beer and wine every Thursday from 4 pm – 1:30 am., in appreciation of the hard-working hospitality industry staff in town and everyone else, too!
Cibo offers an extensive high quality local and international wine and beer list, cordials, microbrews, rare and small batch Bourbons, Scotches, Ports, Grappa and liqueurs, as well as espresso, coffee drinks and a full menu of cocktails. Cibo also presents live music 6 nights a week. On Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the cool sound of Jazz accompanies dinner from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. The restaurant features a lively and fun atmosphere with Reggae, R&B, Rock or Salsa dance music on Friday and Saturday nights from 9:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. with no cover charge. Cibo is now "wired" with free Internet service.
With 150 seats, including intimate booths for dining , and room for over 50 people in the attractive bar area, Cibo also accommodates large groups for business functions, wedding rehearsals and receptions, special group dining events, and customized private parties. Cibo now has a new 500 square-foot outdoor heated seating area along Alvarado Street available for Happy Hour, dinner and drinks after dinner.
Cibo Restaurant is the winner of numerous awards including California Writers Association Recommended Dining, Monterey Herald Readers Choice Local Favorite, Best Place to Meet Singles in Their 30s and 40s, Gold Key Award for Interior Design, Best Place to Enjoy a Martini, Best Place for Live Jazz, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Place to Dance, Best Martini and one of the Top 10 Happy Hours in Monterey.
For more information, go to www.cibo.com or call (831) 649-8151.