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Tomatillo Chicken Chili with White Beans

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Rating: 5/5
3 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   6

recipe id: 89700
cook method: stovetop
Tomatillo Chicken Chili with White Beans Recipe
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1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 pound ground chicken
1 white onion
3 cloves garlic
1 serrano pepper
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 tablespoon coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound tomatillos
2 cans white beans
1 can (4 ounce size) mild green chiles
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup chopped cilantro


pumpkin seeds
sour cream
grated jack cheese


Preheat large soup pot with vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add ground chicken when hot.

Meanwhile, dice onion and garlic. Remove seeds from Serrano chili and finely mince. Break chicken up with a wooden spoon every couple of minutes. After chicken has been cooking for about 5 minutes, add onion and continue to cook breaking up chicken and stirring every couple of minutes.

Remove husks from tomatillos and rinse to remove sticky coating. When chicken has been cooking with the onions for about 3 minutes, add garlic, Serrano, cumin, coriander, and salt. Continue cooking for another 2 minutes.

Roughly chop tomatillos, or cut into quarters if the tomatillos are small. Add tomatillos to meat. Place a lid on the pot and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Crain and rinse white beans. Drain chilies and finely chop. Chop cilantro. After tomatillos have been cooking for 10 minutes, add beans and green chilies along with chicken stock. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Remove lid and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for another 8 minutes until chili has thickened and liquid has reduced slightly.

Remove from heat and stir in cilantro if serving immediately. If not serving immediately, save cilantro and serve as a garnish on each bowl. Taste for seasoning and adjust with more salt if necessary. Top with optional pumpkin seeds, sour cream, or cheese and serve.

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Amy Powell, CDKitchen Staff


642 calories, 23 grams fat, 51 grams carbohydrates, 58 grams protein per serving.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
My whole family loved it! This included a 4 and 2 year old.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I used cut up chicken breast in place of the ground chicken. This recipe is amazing. This is going to be one of my all time favorite meals. I had a similar chilli at a chilli cookoff in Sunriver Oregon and this recipe is just as good. I might double or tripple the soranno chili amount to spice it up next time. Thanks for the awesome recipe

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is a quick and very flavorful recipe. We substituted Turkey for the chicken and used 3 Serrano chilies with seeds and stems removed. It was a big hit!

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