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January 17, 2015

Slow-Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili Verde



Last weekend I shared a recipe (Slow-Cooker Santa Fe Chicken) from my newly acquired copy of The Skinnytaste Cookbook. This week I bring you another slow-cooker recipe from the same cookbook. It was was even better than last week's soup! I think I'm on a roll here! I love Gina Homolka's gorgeous cookbook, which is full of beautiful photographs of most of her recipes. The ingredients are items I would normally stock in my pantry, and the directions are uncomplicated and, so far, quick & easy. This is my kind of cookbook!




So here's the soup/chili. Doesn't it look delicious?! My house smelled so good when I came home from work. Even better, there wasn't much left to do other than grate a little bit of cheese, slice an avocado and crack open a Shiner. I made a simple cheese quesadilla to serve on the side, but a green salad would be good (and healthier), too.





Slow-Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili Verde
from The Skinnytaste Cookbook


1 tsp. olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup chopped cubanelle pepper
3 medium tomatillos, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
2 (15.5-oz.) cans Great Northern or navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 (7-oz.) can fire-roasted chopped green chiles
1/4 cup chopped jalapeno pepper, fresh or pickled (remove seeds if you prefer mild heat)
2 1/2 cups Swanson 33% less sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 cup finely chopped scallions or red onion, for garnish

Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the oil, then the onions and cubanelle pepper. Cook, stirring, until golden and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatillos, garlic, and 2 1/2 teaspoons of the cumin and cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer the mixture to the slow-cooker and add the beans, green chiles, jalapeno, chicken broth, chicken breasts, cilantro, oregano, chili powder and bay leaves.

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Remove chicken from the broth, shred with 2 forks, and return to the slow-cooker.

Season with the salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cumin, or to taste, and discard the bay leaves. To serve, ladle the chili into soup bowls and top with the scallions.

Yield: 6 servings

My Notes:



I cheated. I had a 16 oz. jar of La Victoria Thick 'n Chunky Medium Salsa Verde in my pantry and after reviewing list of ingredients on the label, I knew it would be an easy substitution for the onion, cubanelle pepper, tomatillos, garlic, fire-roasted green chiles and jalapeno. It was definitely a time-saver to skip all that chopping and the soup turned out with just enough heat that I knew I hadn't compromised the recipe for our taste buds.

I skipped the additional cumin and kosher salt in the last step and didn't notice the lack of seasoning. 

As pictured, I topped my soup with sliced avocado, a few sprigs of cilantro, grated Colby-Jack cheese and a few tortilla chips. Light sour cream would also be a good addition.

According to the author, this freezes well. We wouldn't know. We had it for dinner and again for lunch the next day. There's very little left to freeze.

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20 comments:

  1. This sounds delicious and I love the idea of substituting the salsa. Definitely makes for a much quicker prep without sacrificing the flavor.

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    1. I don't mind cooking from scratch, but the salsa was so similar, that I decided to save myself a few steps. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have known the difference and it wasn't too spicy for my husband. :)

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  2. I'm kind of addicted to La Victoria's green sauces. This chicken chili looks perfect for winter. I really must get myself a copy of that cookbook. :)

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    1. I love the La Victoria line of sauces. I haven't found an enchilada sauce that comes close to LV's mild blend. I've been using it for well over 25 years!

      This chili is so good, it will be tempting to cook it year round.

      Yes, you should get yourself a copy of this cookbook. You won't be disappointed!

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  3. This looks really good. Think I may try it soon.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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  4. That looks delicious! I saw someone else review that cookbook - I think I need to get it.

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    1. I have a feeling it's going to be my favorite cookbook in 2015! Love the recipes and the photography.

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  5. I make soup with tomatillo salsa quite often, usually posole. It's a great shortcut when you want dinner in a hurry.

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    1. I'm all about shortcuts. Plus, I've never cooked with tomatillos, so I'm a little intimidated. I'm so glad this worked out with the salsa substitution.

      Thanks for visiting, Janel!

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  6. Yum. I follow Gina's blog and have used some of her recipes before. I'll have to check out her cookbook.

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    1. I really need to take some time and visit Gina's blog. She's quite popular, from what I hear.

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  7. Yes ma'am. This looks SO GOOD.

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  8. SkinnyTaste EVERYWHERE!!! I'm going to try this. I think I'm also going to order the cookbook. I have made a similar white bean chicken chili before and loved freezing it in individual servings for lunches.

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    1. Isn't it funny how Skinnytaste has become so popular this year?!

      Glad you tried the recipe and that it was a hit. I need to get some smaller containers so I can start freezing lunch servings for my hubby. What do you use? Plastic containers or Ziplock bags?

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    2. I usually use ziploc bags. Then freeze them laying down so that they're flat and can be stacked (plus makes it a breeze to defrost them). Every now and then I'll use Ball freezer jars (glass).

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    3. Thanks, Trish. I remember you mentioning the ziploc bags for freezing soup. I'll get some that are smaller than what I have and stock my freezer with lots of soup for lunches. So tired of trying to come up with lunch ideas and we really do try to brown-bag it!

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  9. I think I got this recipe from her blog and used the salsa she used, so that's not cheating! :) It was a big hit when I made it for a family gathering.

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    1. She used salsa for this on the recipe on her blog? Cheater, cheater! ;) Yep, it's a winner. Of course, anything with chicken, cheese, beans and avocados is a winner in my book.

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