Chicken Chile Verde

Chicken Chile Verde

When I hear someone mention Chile Verde, I  usually think of pork, but this version, which uses canned chicken, is a simple and delicious alternative.  It’s a quick and delicious meal for a busy week night.  I like to make this using great northern beans, so that the entire dish is mostly white, but it’s equally delicious when made with pinto beans.  The Chicken Chile Verde is delicious on its own, but it can also be served with warm tortillas, or fresh tortilla chips, and topped with shredded Monterey Jack cheese, fresh cilantro,  green onions and accompanied by your favorite salsa.It’s also delicious with a wedge of fresh corn bread.Chicken Chile Verde

If you aren’t a fan of canned chicken, substitute a pound of cooked boneless and skinless chicken breast that you have diced into bite sized pieces.

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Chicken Chile Verde
Recipe type: Soup or Stew
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Serves: 6
This is a simple and delicious recipe that is sure to become a family favorite. This is basically a white chicken chili, but it's made almost entirely from canned food. Cook's Note: If you don't have canned chicken or aren't a big fan of it, you can make this recipe with 1 pound of cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Also, if you don't like spicy, you might want to decrease the amount of cayenne pepper, but at least, add a pinch. Total Cost of Recipe = $6.07 or $1.01 per serving.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil ($0.14)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.04)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped ($0.22)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of great northern or pinto beans, drained ($1.34)
  • 2 (12.5 ounce) cans of chicken breast ($5.16)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can of diced green chilies ($0.69)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin ($0.06)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano ($0.06)
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste ($0.04)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes (0.06)
  1. Heat oil in large pot or dutch oven.
  2. Add onion and garlic, and heat, stirring frequently for 2 or 3 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  3. Add drained beans to the pot.
  4. Add cans of chicken, including the liquid to the pot,
  5. Add diced green chilies, cumin, and oregano, and mix well.
  6. Add water and bouillon cubes.
  7. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.
  8. Serve with shredded cheese and fresh cilantro along with your favorite salsa.

 Chicken Chile Verde--A simple combination of mostly canned items that creates a delicious white chicken chili

Nutrition Grade:  A

Nutrition Information is for a serving of Chicken Chile Verde without added cheese or tortillas.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8.5g
Saturated Fat 1.5g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 19mg
Sodium 1621mg
Total Carbohydrates 36.2g
Dietary Fiber 11.0g
Sugars 9.6g
Protein 17.0g
Vitamin A 101%
Vitamin C 16%
Calcium 10%
Iron 19%

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