Quick and Easy Green Chicken Chili
This delicious and simple to make Green Chicken Chili uses mild peppers, a mild salsa, mild green chili sauce and rotisserie chicken for a quick, pantry chili soup. We love serving it with crispy tortilla chips and loaded with all the fresh fixings, a dollop of sour cream and ofcourse extra green chili sauce.
I’m always game for a quick chili. I do love the ones cooked low and slow but for a quick midweek meal I opt for all my quick chili recipes and this is one of my favorites. It’s made with pantry items that I usually keep stocked along with some frozen ones too. Canned green chilies, salsa verde, canned white beans and Tabasco Green Sauce are always stocked in my pantry. Canned green chilies make it into a lot of my southwestern dishes and I alway buy an extra can every time I make a recipe that requires them. Canned beans come in handy for so many meals and chips and dip are our choice of snacks so we always have some sort of tortilla chip in the house along with salsa verde. We prefer it over regular salsa. We just love that tang.
That takes me to the Tabasco Green Sauce - my all time favorite sauce that I use on eggs, on tacos, my burrito bowls and so much more - we just love it and always have some on hand. It adds a fresh, tangy flavour to any meal without adding heat. It’s mild and can be used to season meals while they cook and after just like you would use salt and pepper. I was so stoked to create a recipe using it for Tabasco and so stoked for you to try this recipe. I used it to season my chili by adding it to the pot while my spices sizzled and it added extra flavour to the meat and the chili on the whole.
One of the best things about chilies is that they are super versatile to make and can be made with ingredients you already have at home in your pantry, fridge and freezer. The possibilities are endless with meatless or vegan options to heartier ones with extra beans and meat. They make great leftovers because the flavours get even better the next day. This green chicken chili can be repurposed in many delicious ways. For example you can easily use it as a filling for either my creamy enchiladas or my easy stuffed poblanos. Two fabulous recipe with delicious southwestern flavours.
Let’s talk substitutions for chickin
The main one is the chicken. I used leftover rotisserie chicken but you can easily swap it out for minced or ground chicken or even turkey. You can also poach your own. Or say you made a whole tray of chicken thighs the day before and you have some leftover, feel free to use them. I have made a combo of leftover rotisserie and ground chicken before. The point is - use what you got.
This green chili is green for a reason - it’s loaded with green peppers and salsa and there are even herbs blended and swirled through the soup making it the perfect lighter springtime chili. I love to thicken it up by puréeing half of the white beans and adding them back to the broth. You can reduce it even further if you like your chili thick but we like ours with a little liquid. Cook it to your preference. It never disappoints and I always regret not making a double batch. Do yourself a favor and make extra because it will be gone before you know it. For more Tabasco recipes check out out their website.
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- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cubanelle peppers, seeds removed and diced (or poblanos or one large sweet green peppers)
- 1 Jalapeño pepper seeds removed and minced
- 1 cup sweet corn, fresh, frozen or canned
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons of Tabasco Green Pepper sauce (1 small 4.5 oz can of chopped green chillis), plus more for serving
- 4 cups chicken stock, plus more if needed
- 3 cups cooked shredded chicken (approx two cooked breasts or 4-5 cooked thighs - I used the meat of one small rotisserie chicken)
- 1 cup of salsa verde
- two 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed, drained and divided
- ½ cup cilantro, plus more for serving
- ¼ cup water
- Freshly squeezed lime juice to taste and slices for serving
- Serve with: avocado slices, chopped red onions, cilantro, sour cream and tortilla chips
- Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large dutch oven to medium. Add the onion, corn, jalapeño and cubanelle peppers. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are translucent and tender, 5 to 6 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic, cumin and coriander and the hot sauce and cook until the spices are fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add the shredded chicken, salsa verde, salt and pepper, ½ the beans (1 can) and the broth. Bring to a low boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes.
- In a blender or food processor, add remaining half of the drained and rinsed beans, the water, and cilantro. Blend until the mixture is creamy. Add the paste to the chili and stir and simmer until the soup has thickened slightly, approx 10-15 minutes.
- Add lime juice to the chili, taste, and adjust for seasoning. Serve garnished with avocado, cilantro, hot sauce (optional), and crispy corn chips.
Leftover green chili can be stored in the fridge for five days, or frozen for up to three months. Reheat gently on the stove. Leftover chili makes the perfect filling for my creamy enchiladas and my stuffed poblanos