Easy Green Chicken Chili

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This Green Chili Chicken Soup recipe is easy to make, packed with protein, and full of flavor. Make it ahead, freeze it for quick weeknight meals, make it via slow cooker, or make it on the stovetop. Whichever way you make this soup, it will turn out delicious!

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
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Easy Green Chicken Chili

Green chicken and white bean soup in a bowl topped with cilantro, avocado, cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce

This Green Chili Chicken Soup recipe is easy to make, packed with protein, and full of flavor. Make it ahead, freeze it for quick weeknight meals, make it via slow cooker, or make it on the stovetop. Whichever way you make this soup, it will turn out delicious!

I love this easy Mexican-inspired Green Chili Chicken Soup because of its bright, vibrant orange color, its satisfying flavors, and because it’s packed with tons of protein!

Someone holding a chicken and white bean soup in a bowl topped with cilantro, avocado, cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce

Green Chicken Chili Ingredients & Substitutes:

  • Avocado Oil, or Olive Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Shredded chicken, or leave out if vegetarian
  • White Beans such as Great Northern Beans – These beans are super flavorful, and when you puree them in this soup, it makes a creamy soup texture!
  • White onion, or sub red onion
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeño with or without the seeds – up to you. We opted without the seeds in the soup to control the spiciness.
  • Can of Green Chili
  • Chicken Broth, or sub Vegetable Broth if Vegetarian and not adding chicken.
  • Lime Juice (fresh)
  • Spices: Smoked Paprika, Sweet Paprika, Chili Powder, Cumin, Oregano, Salt, Black Pepper, and Dried Bay Leaves
  • Toppings: Sour Cream, Cilantro, Green Onions, Hot Sauce, Avocado, and Cotija Cheese

We love to pair this soup with either a glass of Merlot or with a Margarita. Our go-to Margarita lately has been the On The Rocks Margarita Premium Cocktail. It’s super delicious, easy (hello, pre-made), and made with simple ingredients.

Chicken and white bean in 2 soup bowl topped with cilantro, avocado, cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce

Tips for making this recipe:

Either make this ahead, freeze and save for a quick and easy weekday meal. Or, make in the slow cooker on low heat for 6 hours. Or, make the same-day on the stove-top with cooked white beans. When I have more time in the kitchen, I will cook fresh beans in our pressure cooker to add to this recipe. For the slow cooker, I add soaked dried beans to the recipe. If you are rushing on time to cook dinner, use canned beans. Whichever way you go, this recipe will turn out delicious. I sauté the chicken in the same pot as the soup to avoid additional cleaning. Plus, the brown bits on the bottom of the pan add a ton of flavor to the soup!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to store leftovers and reheat?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until hot. We prefer leftovers because the flavors develop more overnight.

This is truly a delicious chicken chili verde soup (without salsa verde)! It’s full of flavor, packed with tons of protein, and super delicious. We hope you all enjoy it! ♡ 

Chicken and white bean soup in a bowl topped with cilantro, avocado, cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce

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Easy Green Chicken Chili

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This Green Chili Chicken Soup recipe is easy to make, packed with protein, and full of flavor. Make it ahead, freeze it for quick weeknight meals, make it via slow cooker, or make it on the stovetop. Whichever way you make this soup, it will turn out delicious!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Yields 6 bowls

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil or substitute Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 lb Chicken breast or tenders, or leave out if vegetarian
  • 2 cups White Beans such as Great Northern Beans
  • 1 White onion or substitute red onion, diced
  • 4 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Jalapeño with or without the seeds minced
  • 1, 14.5 oz can of Green Chili minced
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth or sub Vegetable Broth if Vegetarian and not adding chicken.
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • 3 Dried Bay Leaves
  • Toppings: Sour Cream Cilantro, Green Onions, Hot Sauce, Avocado, and Cotija Cheese

Instructions

  • In a bowl, toss spices together (smoked paprika, sweet paprika, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and black pepper).
  • Add avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, and add chicken (breast or tenders).  Toss to coat the chicken. 
  • In a large pot, add the coated chicken to the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes. Flip to continue cooking for about an additional 5-7 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked. Remove chicken and shred with two forks and set aside.
  • Add the white onion, garlic, jalapeño, and green chili and sauté for about 5 minutes. 
  • Add chicken broth (or sub vegetable broth), white beans, and dried basil leaves. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Use an emersion blender or scoop about 1/2 cup of the beans and liquid to blend into a purée and add back to the pot. 
  • Add the shredded chicken to the pot and simmer for an additional 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir in the lime juice and serve into bowls. 
  • Add desired toppings (Sour Cream, Cilantro, Green Onions, Hot Sauce, Avocado, and Cotija Cheese) and enjoy!

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until hot. We prefer leftovers because the flavors develop more overnight.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired
Keyword: Chicken Chili, Chili, Green Chile, Green Chili, Vegan-Option, Vegetarian-Option
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