White Bean-Chicken Chili with Tomatillos


Our pantry is FULL.  We went on a few too many shopping trips to ethnic grocery stores so I am now fully stocked on a TON of spices, all kinds of dried grains and legumes, and noodles from several different international cuisines.  My challenge for this week is to use up as much of that stuff as possible to make room for fun new finds.  One of the ingredients I had to choose from was a partially-full bag of dried white beans.  With those in mind, I perused the rest of the kitchen to see what I could come up with.

I also happened to have a produce drawer full of tomatillos and and jalapenos, and two chicken breasts in the freezer.  I had seen a few recipes for white bean chili over the past couple days, and decided to try coming up with my own version.  I defrosted the chicken, and cooked up some white beans (but canned would work fine too).  It’s a pretty healthy recipe, as long as you stay away from excessive amounts of cheese or sour cream as garnish!
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
10 medium tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed, and chopped
3 jalapenos, stems removed and chopped
1 tsp salt
pepper
1 1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 cups cooked white beans, drained
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup frozen corn
In a dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. 
Add the onion and garlic, and cook for several minutes, until the onions are soft.
Stir in the jalapenos and tomatillos and cook, stirring, for a minute or two.
Add the cubed chicken, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, and cumin and stir well.
Stir in the broth and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. (The chicken should no longer be pink on the outside).
Stir in the beans and tomato paste, turn the heat down slightly, and simmer partially covered for about 20 minutes.  
Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Just before serving, stir in the frozen corn and let it heat through.
Serve with sour cream or a sprinkling of grated cheese.
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7 Responses to “White Bean-Chicken Chili with Tomatillos”


  1. 1 Lisa October 6, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    This sounds delicious! I wish I had access to your pantry. You always come up with such creative things.

  2. 2 Colleen October 6, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I nominated you for an Excellent award!

  3. 3 That Girl October 7, 2008 at 2:57 am

    I love chili, but I’ve never had white chili. I keep meaning to make it,but I just get stuck in my rut 😉

  4. 4 Katie October 7, 2008 at 11:03 am

    That looks SOO good on a freezing cold morning like this! 🙂

  5. 5 Stephanie October 7, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Yum! You are so inventive with your recipes! Great job!

  6. 6 Sophie October 14, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    I love the tangy flavor of tomatillos. This chili sounds so tasty and unique. I would love to feature your recipe on our Demy, the first and only digital recipe reader. Please email sophiekiblogger@gmail.com if you’re interested. Thanks :)!

  7. 7 Stephanie October 18, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    I made this last night -it was delicious!!


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