Yield: 8 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each)
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 medium yellow onions, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground red (cayenne) pepper
2 (4-ounce) cans diced green chiles
3 (15- to 16-ounce) cans great northern beans, undrained
4 cups chicken stock or canned broth
20 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
Sour cream, for garnish
Diced jalapeños, for garnish
1. Place chicken in a large saucepan; add cold water to cover and bring to a simmer. Cook until no pink remains, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain; when cool enough to handle, cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
2. In a large soup pot, sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, cloves, cumin, cayenne and green chiles. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add chicken, beans and their liquid and chicken stock; bring to a boil.
3. Add 12 ounces (about 3 cups) of the cheese and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Serve in bowls topped with remaining cheese; pass sour cream and jalapeños on the side.
Per serving (about 1 1/2 cups): 560 calories; 28g fat; 15g saturated fat; 130mg cholesterol; 52g protein; 31g carbohydrate; 7g sugar; 9g fiber; 1,340mg sodium; 620mg calcium.
Adapted for home kitchens by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.