Green Chicken Chili

A cross between a soup and a stew, this green version of a more common and ‘tomatoey’ ground beef/kidney bean chili kicks things up a notch with lots of fresh jalapeno, green chilies, cilantro and lime.  A spicy and zingy soup with healing properties for that nasty winter cold.

Green Chicken Chili
Green Chicken Chili with Lime Crema
  • 3 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/2 lb bone in chicken breast
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 large stalk celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 seeded jalapeño pepper chopped
  • 2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chilies
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 (14 oz) can white beans, undrained
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Green onions optional
  • Hot sauce optional
  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat-high. Add chicken pieces and brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pot and onto a plate. Set aside.
  2. Add remaining teaspoon of oil. Stir in the onion and celery, cook until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add in the garlic, jalapeño, green chile peppers, cumin, oregano, salt, cloves, and cayenne. Continue to cook and stir the mixture until tender, about 2 minutes. Mix in the white beans and broth. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat to a simmer and add in the cooked chicken pieces. Continue to simmer, partially covered for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken pieces from the pot and shred into large chunks, pulling all chicken off the bones. Add in cilantro. Using a potato masher or immersion blender, mash/puree about 1/3 of the soup to provide a thicker consistency.
  5. Return pulled chicken to the pot and stir in cilantro. Ladle into bowls and serve with a dollop of lime crèma, chopped green onion and hot sauce, if you like.
Recipe Notes

Serves 6

Lime Crema:

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Juice and zest of 1 lime

Stir yogurt, lime juice and zest together. Keep chilled until ready to use.

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