This is one of our go-to recipes when it gets “cold” in Los Angeles (and by cold we mean like 50 or 60 degrees F). It’s great to serve by itself or over rice, but we like to hollow out a large sourdough bread bowl to serve it in. It’s a fun, comforting meal for the entire family.
For the spice mix: Combine the cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and oregano in a small bowl. Set aside.
For the chili: Heat a medium pot or Dutch oven over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the oil. Add the chicken breast. Sear on all sides until browned but not cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add the bacon to the same pot and cook, stirring, until rendered and lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the onions and garlic and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring, until the onions are translucent, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the spice mix and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in the flour until it's mixed and forms a roux, about 1 minute. Whisk in the chicken broth, whisking until no lumps remain. Raise the heat to high and stir in the beans, roasted chiles, sugar and the cooked chicken. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat until the mixture simmers. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chili is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and the chicken is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes.
Stir in the sour cream. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Ladle into the sourdough bowls if using. Serve garnished with scallions.
Before serving, place the bread bowls in a 200 degrees F oven until crusty on the outside and warm on the inside, 5 to 10 minutes.